The Tragic Loss of the Art of Listening

Six Ways Jesus Modeled the Spiritual Practice of Listening

Technology has effectively democratized publishing and mass communications. Anyone with a computer can publish their message to millions. Unfortunately, the technological gold rush didn’t come with a manual or a course on ethics. Our digital conversations seem to have one volume: Loud. Who is listening? With so many shouting to be heard, we are in […]

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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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RACISM, COVID-19, AND FACEBOOK

Five Jesus Principles for the National Conversation

The racial, cultural, and ideological divide in our nation is obvious by the way people talk to each other on Facebook. Our nation has survived these differences for more than two centuries, but it will not survive for long with the growth of hatred, anger, and violence born from that divide. How should Christians respond? […]

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GEORGE FLOYD’S AMERICA

Racism and the American Confessing Church

In 1933 Hitler took effective control of the German government and immediately moved to unify all Protestant churches into a single pro-Nazi Protestant Reich Church. A group of pastors protested and formed the Confessing Church in opposition to some of the Nazi ideals, including antisemitism. Most of those pastors ended up in concentration camps or […]

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THE ESSENTIAL CHURCH

Reopening Public Worship Services

President Donald Trump pronounced churches and other houses of worship as “essential” and called on state governors nationwide to let them reopen. Many Christians hailed his announcement as heroic, while others called it irresponsible. I have no desire to enter the political fray. However, this has raised an important theological question that is worthy of […]

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PEACE IN ANY STORM

How Jesus Would Face This Pandemic

It gets more difficult to cope with each passing day of “shelter-in-place.” The challenges of loss of income, the painful inaccessibility to mental health professionals, the strain of a difficult marriage, the exacerbation of online public education — all these and so much more are creating a seething caldron of anxiety and desperation. Most are […]

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THE MASKED CHRISTIAN

A Statement of Faith and Love

I never thought masks would be controversial. Welcome to 2020, where the complexities of a global pandemic have us debating the finer points of mask-wearing. One Ohio State Representative is refusing to wear a mask (he used Scripture to justify his refusal). US officials including Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Vice President Mike Pence have […]

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IS IT A SIN TO BE ANXIOUS?

Fear and Anxiety in a Global Pandemic

A lot of people are fearful right now. Covid-19 is spreading. Nerves are on high alert. Fear is an essential part of the survival instinct. Truth be told — fear and anxiety are a part of the human experience. If someone tells you that they are never anxious or afraid, then they are either lying, […]

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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

Learning How to Pray from the Lord's Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May when people are asked: “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. The president is required by law to sign a proclamation each year, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Nothing can stop a praying […]

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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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