Sons & Daughters Through God’s Annointed One

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am somewhat amazed that so many Christians seem to believe that the big picture message about God raising Jesus from the dead is that it was a huge miracle. Obviously, the miracle isn’t at all “bad news,” but it certainly is not the main thing the New Testament

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The resurrection: more than just miraculous power

I think it is often surprising to people when (if ever) they realize that the main reasons the New Testament writers thought the fact that God raised Jesus from the dead was “good news” was not that it was a great show of miraculous power. Of course, power over death is essential to this being

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No Event is Neutral (& Life is Sometimes Strange)

There is certainly nothing news-worthy about having a terrible cold, like the one I’ve had, nor about the fact that I haven’t updated my weekly blog for a month. Now, if God sneezed, that would be NEWS! As self-centered as I (and the rest of the human race) can be, I do have enough awareness

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Being a servant by being yourself—courageously! (part 2)

Last week, I reflected on a young Israeli slave girl, and the amazing difference in history she made just by being herself—courageously. Today, I want to reflect on a passage that seems to be one of those almost unknown narratives: the story of a young boy who changed history by quickly deciding to be courageous

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Being God’s Servant Can Mean Courageously Being Yourself

I deeply appreciate the fact that serving God often involves planning and strategizing. Also, it is sometimes overwhelming how gifted some people are who make their talents and abilities available for loving God and loving others. Having said that, it is also amazing how often some unnamed person who no one would think could change

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Thankfulness in community

Those of you who know me personally know that I tend to lean toward the world of theory and big pictures rather than toward the world of details and specific, practical application. However, I want to note a few practical realities about being thankful that have caught my attention recently. First, I have been touched

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Thankfulness as an Attitude and Opportunity

As I mentioned in my post last week, I am increasingly convinced that learning to be thankful to God and to one another is crucial to our well-being as individuals and as communities. It is probably just about as important to learn to be thankful to what we call “nature” or what the Bible calls

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Thankfulness: An Attitude & An Opportunity

Most likely, if you are honest, you tend to think about thankfulness somewhat like I do: Thankfulness is a “nice” idea but the word seems a bit “touchy feely” and “warm-and-fuzzy.” I am increasingly convinced, though, that thankfulness is one of the single most powerful choices we can make as human beings. This is true,

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TRUTH encompassing dynamic polarities

Recently, my long time co-teacher at New Covenant, Jim, challenged us to solve the “problem of breathing.” First he told us to breathe in as much oxygen as possible and hold on tightly to as much of it as possible. This is an obvious solution to the fact that we desperately need oxygen, right? But

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