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Megachurch Pastor Resigns Over Moral Failure: what does it mean?

Another famous preacher has fallen. Moral failure is what they’re calling it in the news. It is my single biggest fear. Perhaps it’s because I have witnessed the cultural aftershock every time a Christian leader falls into scandalous sin. It could be that I’ve been up close with one too many people who felt the […]

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Finishing well in your fast

Finish well. I can’t tell you how many times I ended a fast gorging at a barbecue restaurant, only to be miserable a few hours later. And strangely dull in the days to follow as I went back to “life as usual.” So foolish. If you have been fasting, I dare you to consider finishing well. […]

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Fasting … What for?

Fasting. Oh this will be fun. Defined simply, fasting is the discipline of willingly restricting food for a spiritual purpose. The Hebrew word (tsowm) is graphic: it means “to cover the mouth.” Whenever a fast is mentioned in the Bible it has to do with abstaining from food for a spiritual purpose. It’s not a […]

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Fasting is waiting

Fasting is waiting. In a world where we’ve been trained to look for quick and convenient solutions, fasting goes against the grain in every possible way. Fasting is about embracing the call to endure the wait. Ever read the Bible and ask Why? Why did Jesus rise from the dead in Jerusalem, and then tell the […]

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A new year’s prayer

Here is my prayer for our movement on this first day of the year: Your face O Lord we will seek. Our deepest desire is not family or ministry or growth or mission or community.  We want You. Whatever we do, may it be the result of this experiment: What happens when communities of Jesus-followers […]

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Death by Affluenza

Not sure if you read the story about the 16-year old from Texas who got drunk, got behind the wheel of his pickup truck, and mowed down four people who are now dead. You’d think the young man would be bracing himself for significant jail time, but his well-paid defense team pulled together an argument […]

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Medical update – overwhelmed

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you care for him? (Psalm 8:3-4) I’m still groggy from the drugs they use to knock you out […]

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Medical update and questions I’m asking

Here’s an update on my medical condition and how it has me thinking. After five weeks of vocal problems a specialist let me know that I have a cyst on my left vocal fold that is damaging the right vocal fold every time I talk. I’m sure you can imagine all the thoughts that go […]

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Envy is idiotic

Envy is idiotic. I loved hearing this in church today. The wise man gets it. “A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.” (Proverbs 14:30) Why? Because it’s not just that we’re not satisfied; we’re not satisfiable. Ever since the beginning our fault-finding streak has been killing us. Even in […]

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Second-hand smoke

It is quite possible to know a lot about God and very little of God. Sometimes I ask questions I should not ask. Especially with married couples. The mild version of the conversation usually starts with, “Do you still kiss?” I remember being at a conference where I met a cheerful and outgoing couple, when […]

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