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Is God to Blame?

Is God to blame when we suffer? Does God cause our Suffering? Did God give my mom the cancer that killed her? Those are hard questions. We need to ask them. More importantly we need to answer them. For ourselves and others. These are questions that plague our faith and life. The first two are …

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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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Dare To Change

There are two schools of thoughts on change. Cynics say you cannot change and the optimist says that change is not just possible, but simple. I fall somewhere between. We can and do change, usually only when we are forced to or go through something awful. When we change its usually, I almost want to …

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Get Up and Go

I am set to leave for Dubuque, Iowa to begin my theological education this August. I am both excited and scared. The school and the few students and faculty I have interacted with have been wonderful. I have never been to Iowa, don’t know anyone, and will be on my own for the first time …

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What The Church Needs

In a meeting with my pastor, I heard that the congregation I belong to, PCUSA would lose a projected 100,000 members just in this year alone. So, it got me thinking what does the church need. My initial answer was to chuck the book of Order to do away with traditional ways. I figured the …

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A Living Sacrifice

Our lives can be seen as both a signpost of the presence of God in the world and a doorway to gifting the world with our faith. The Christian life is not just about what we get from and through it, but what we can do, offer, and extend because of the power we receive …

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Resurrection Now and Later

Christianity is about something that happened; something that happened to and through Jesus; something that touches and transforms our life continually. Christian faith is centered on the cross. What led up to the cross, the event of the cross and repercussions of the cross throughout history is the story of Christian faith. The Christian faith …

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The Wonder of Grace

The love of God is not some theological construct that helps one sleep at night. Not a security blanket that helps one get out of bed and face the world. It is not wishful thinking or fantasy.  It’s the ultimate reality at the nub of the universe. It’s the heart of everything. At the center …

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On Rick Warren’s Loss

I am not a fan of Rick Warren. His book is not on my favorite list. I still got my copy somewhere. It’s not one I would recommend. Yet, with all that said I was saddened to hear of his loss. A note sent out said: The 27-year-old son of Pastor Rick Warren has taken …

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Risky Faith

We are sinners in the hand of a loving God. As such, we need not worry or fear; we can live life to the full. Risk is involved in our relationship with God and the abundant life that God can only gives us, wants to lavish on us, and intends that we express and extend …

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