Tag Archives: Christian

Jesus Shows Us The Way

I believe that Jesus shows us how to live fully human. Many people will emphasize Jesus’ divine side to the detriment of his human side. We lose something crucial if we only see Jesus as merely God or human. Christianity claims Jesus as fully God and fully human. We need both sides. Jesus is fully …

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I Am (not) A Christian

Confession: I don’t know if I am Christian anymore. The word Christian has gotten such a bad rep that it is hard if not impossible for a thinking, feeling, and compassionate human beings to call one by that label. This word Christian I fear has lost all its meaning. No longer do Christians want to …

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We Belong To God

I am going to spend the next several weeks fleshing out the Brief Statement of Faith of the PCUSA. It appears last in the PCUSA’s Book of Confessions, as it is the most recent. I hope my meditations will help you, dear reader grow in faith in God and deepen your walk with Christ. Even …

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Esther Chapter 8

Chapter 8 may allows us to talk about the role of human government. One could argue that one lesson that can be learned from the book of Esther is that there is no certainty in human governments and that our confidence should rest in God (and Christ) alone. I think that too many in the …

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A Christian is…

A Christian is not someone who sits in a pew on Sunday claiming to worship Jesus then spending the rest of the week however they want to; a Christian does not point fingers at others, excluding and hating gays, women, those of other or no faith, abortion doctors, liberals, and others who don’t share our …

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Grace is…

Grace is the teaching that salvation comes by grace only, not as something earned. Salvation is an unearned gift from God through Jesus; God acts alone to save the sinner. The responsibility for salvation does not rest to any degree on our actions or belief, but comes from God freely through Jesus. Jesus died on …

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Choose Love

We make a choice every minute of our lives. The choice we make is to love or hate to bring more of heaven or hell to earth. When we chose to love everyone, serve our fellow man even if it goes against the accepted norm, live in the present, and do the will of God …

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The Little Drummer Boy

Everywhere we go right now, we hear Christmas music. It plays in shopping malls, department stores, and coffee shops as background noise. It’s piped in everywhere, used to sell products, and to spur us to go shopping and give to charities. I find myself singing or humming along with it. I like Christmas music, or …

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My Future Church

I have written before how I feel I am being called to be a pastor. At first, I thought I might be a spiritual director or hospital chaplain and while these two ministries may deal largely in my call as pastor, I am feeling called to pastor a church. This Tuesday, I will go in …

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I Am Progressive

A year ago in response to the question Are you progressive I wrote: I would say yes and no to the question am I progressive. If by progressive do you mean that Jesus’ central message is about radical inclusion, faith as the search for understanding, the raising of important questions, the open honest doubt, and …

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