Dear United States,

I love you. (I love us.) I thank God for our nation and our liberties and our diversity and our exceptional approach.  Jon Stewart is right: “This ain’t easy … America is not natural. Natural is tribal. We are fighting against thousands of years of human behavior and history to create something that no one’s ever done. That’s what’s exceptional …” Which is […]

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Jesus, justice, & the multicultural church

As I look at the church, I’m quite concerned about the white-washing of Jesus, the toxic absence of justice, and the potential dangers of the multicultural movement. Which is why I am so thrilled to spend the next few days with the great civil rights activist Dr. John Perkins. He lives for the biblical Jesus, true justice, and a truly multicultural church. Here are some random […]

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Why do we fast?

Not my will, but yours be done. What a stunning thought that Jesus, the King of kings would feel the need to pray these words. That he could will something that was contrary to Father’s will – and yet remain sinless. Possessing a will contrary to God’s is not a sign that you should give up, it’s a sign that your human […]

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I hate envy

  If you ever realized who God made you to be, you’d want to be you so badly you wouldn’t know what to do. Which is why I hate envy; it’s soul-sabotage. Because what if the gifts of God really are stunning? Including yours. What if He really doesn’t make mistakes? Including you. What if He is so infinite that every […]

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Finish well.

Finish well. In an age of so little perseverance I find these words ringing in my ears like the background music on an elevator. Fight the good fight; keep the faith; finish the race. I can’t count how many times I heard Pastor Arnold Lastinger speak these words of challenge into my life. As a young man with no experience I probably rolled my […]

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