ASH WEDNESDAY

The Journey to Resurrection

Today is Ash Wednesday. For many Christians, it is a day of prayer and fasting and the beginning of the journey to Easter. Before the joy of the resurrection, comes the realization of the human condition and the painful reminder that our sins made the crucifixion necessary.  What does Ash Wednesday mean for you?   […]

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LIFE IN REALITY TELEVISION

Jesus and Living in Three Dimensions

Watching the news has become too much like watching reality television — a lot of drama with little substance — out of balance. I don’t like reality television. The problem with this is that watching can be addictive. Too much of anything can destroy your spirit. What does Jesus teach us about the value of […]

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THE DANGEROUS BIBLE

Three Ways We Try to Tame the Bible

One of three “Slave Bibles” known to exist is on display at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. The “Slave Bible” was given to European missionaries working with African slaves in the Americas. Slave owners wanted their slaves to become Christians but also wanted them to remain compliant. Printed in London in 1807, […]

The Dangerous Bible

STRENGTH IN A CRISIS

A Way Forward When Things Go Wrong

Our country is in crisis. Trust is at an all-time low. Violence is increasingly a normative form of expression. And the institutions and values that have traditionally held us together lie largely abandoned on the side of the American road. What can Jesus teach us about navigating a crisis?   Strength in the Crisis Jesus […]

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THE SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY

What Christmas Teaches Us About Generosity

I’ve almost completed my Christmas shopping two weeks before the big day. That’s a record. I credit the anxious push of the pandemic and my new Amazon Prime membership. Buying gifts has never been easier. Generosity has never been more accessible … and without excuse. What does the Christmas story teach us about generosity?   […]

Christmas Generosity

LESSONS ON HEALING

Listening to Veterans on Healing

We are a nation ripped apart by a contentious election that has affirmed a polarizing national divide. The election results in litigation and the pandemic raging, many are hurting. Today is Veteran’s Day. What can we learn from Jesus and our Veterans about finding healing?   Veteran’s Stories of Healing   Three Stories from the […]

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NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL

Smart is Always Better Than Afraid

The Covid-19 global pandemic will most likely be a seminal event. When we return to normal it will be a new normal. How do we surf the turbulent waters of a seminal event? How do we live smart so that we don’t have to be afraid?   The Seminal Event My Grandfather’s generation was shaped […]

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COVID-19 SHELTERING STRESS

12 Coping Skills Jesus Practiced for Stress

Do you ever feel like you’re drowning? In March, 40% of Americans reported that they were scared of getting the virus. In June, that number had risen to 60% (Covid-19 Tracker). Not surprisingly, those with pre-existing mental health issues are reporting even higher rates of fear and anxiety. Sheltering could wipe out a significant portion […]

Dealing with Stress

OUR CONFRONTATIONAL CULTURE

Three Ways to Confront the Culture as Jesus Did

We live in an increasingly confrontational culture. More and more of our political leaders are taking to twitter causing an avalanche of responses. Technology has given us unprecedented access to each other and equally unprecedented angry conversations. Millions have entered the fray. In the present cultural morass, where millions can react with lightning speed, how […]

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POWER-START YOUR DAY

A 60-Day Quiet Time Challenge

Paul warned us that our true enemy is not physical or material, but spiritual. If we hope to move beyond a superficial faith we must be willing to go down into the inner world of prayer and meditation. I want to challenge you to join my 60-Day Quiet Time Challenge (starting on May 4th) and […]

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