Monthly Archives: July, 2012

On Discipleship

German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonheoffer defines discipleship as “bondage to Jesus alone, completely breaking through every program, every ideal, every… law. Beside Jesus, nothing has significance. He alone matters.” Brennan Manning doesn’t mince words in his book The Signature of Jesus: “We have to abandon the cankerous, worm-eaten structure of legalism, moralism, and perfectionism …

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Celebration, Healing, and Forgiveness

We are meant to celebrate to party to rejoice for Jesus has come and shown us what it looks like when God is in Charge. God is King, so rock on! There is no reason to fear to worry to grieve. No matter how dark how difficult how miserable this moment may be as Christians …

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Can Christianity Survive?

On Facebook Anne Rice asked, “My question today: do you think Christianity can survive and evolve if it stops persecuting, stops projecting its concept of “evil” and “Satan” on others — such as gays, or worshippers in other religions, or sexually liberated women? Can Christianity exist without scapegoats?” I do. I am hopeful. Yet, it …

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Divine Scandal

In Romans 12 Paul writes, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may …

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I believe…

I believe in God—Creator, King, Father, Holy One, Eternal, incomprehensible almighty. He loves us personally and limitlessly as we are, but loves us way too much to leave is that way. God blesses us with grace, love, and peace. We belong in body and soul to God. I believe in Jesus—Lord, Savior, teacher, Son of …

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Rob Bell’s Love Wins Revisited

A year ago, I reviewed Rob Bell’s Love Wins. As it comes out in paperback, I thought I would revisit this book and its author. I hope my reflections will help you see why I am such a fan of this book and its author. I may write a series of reflections on each chapter …

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God As King

I have been reading N T Wrights marvelous Simply Jesus and would like to share a few reflections on it. N T Wrights main premise in both Simply Jesus and How God Became King is that in Jesus God is becoming King of this world of this life. Life should look different if God really …

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All Creation Praises God

Psalm 19 begins like this: The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day, they pour forth speech; night after night, they reveal knowledge. Have you found yourself staring up clouds in all their funny patterns and been surprised at what you see? Have you found …

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Why Did This Have To Happen?

I woke up like many of you to the news report of the shooting in Colorado. The question that has been reverberating in my head all day is why—why did this have to happen? I don’t have an answer to that question. I wished I could give an answer to all of you who are …

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My First Year

I have been blogging for a year, what a year it has been. My blog is part of my faith journey and my continued hope is that is has helped my constant readers in their faith journey. Some of you dear readers have been with me from the beginning others joined later, a few of …

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