Bridges & pathways to experiencing more of God: Nature

For some, speaking of nature (or of “the creation” in Judeo-Christian language) as a bridge for God’s presence in our lives is so obvious it draws a “Well, duh!” response. This “of course” response is certainly not limited to Jews and Christians, but is easily documented as a response in most of the great religions

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Good News: Images of God’s Ongoing Salvation

My most recent post contained some of the key scriptural statements indicating that God believes that we are more salvageable than we usually think we are, and that this life is meant to be an ongoing process of healing, maturing, liberation, and rescue. As important as these often ignored statements are, the symbolic images that

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Good News: God’s Purpose, Our Purpose

In my most recent blog posts, I have suggested that a good way to summarize what the New Testament writers see as “Good News” is this: God loves us so much that God wants us to know – We are more valuable than we think. We are more broken and bent than we think. We

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Good News: We Are More Salvageable Than We Think

In my most recent blog posts, I suggest that a good way to summarize what the New Testament writers see as “Good News” is this three-part statement: God loves us so much that God wants us to know – We are more valuable than we think We are more broken and bent than we think

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Good News: We Are More Broken Than We Think

In my most recent blog, I suggested that a good way to summarize what the New Testament writers see as “Good News” is: God loves us so much that God wants us to know – We are more valuable than we think We are more broken and bent than we think We are more salvageable

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Good News: We Are More Valuable Than We Think

What is this “Good News,” which is supposed to be the reason many of us gather to worship and serve God together? I am certain that you can find far too many answers to that question—some really good and some really bad. I would like to suggest that there is a very biblical and powerful

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Living on God’s Great Stage: Waiting for God

Some of us need to be challenged and encouraged to act rather than be passive. To say it a bit differently, some of us need to take the responsibility that God has given us, as active agents who are co-laborers in God’s great drama that is being played out on God’s great stage. But quite

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3 Kings & a Wiseman, Part II: David

His name is David. We named our son after him. It’s easy to love the David we meet in children’s Sunday School stories, but when you free his narrative from that sanitizing framework and read it as an adult challenge, you might wonder why I love him so much. But, I do.  And, far more

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3 Kings & a Wiseman, Part I: Saul

His name was Saul.  He lived in a little “third world” country about 3,000 years and 8,000 miles from where I sit as I write.  Just as importantly, he lived in a cultural setting that even the most studied modern anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, and theologians can only barely attempt to understand. So, is there anything

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