Category Archives: Balance

The Lord My Refuge

Series: “The Names of God” (post #3) One of the three rounds of temptation that Satan inflicted upon Jesus involved the suggestion that Jesus leap from the pinnacle of the Jewish temple and expect God the Father to dispatch angels … Continue reading

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The Problem With Chasing “It”

There once was a man who was constantly searching for “it.” When he was a child, “it” was the cookie jar on the shelf. When he became a teenager, “it” was a nice car. When he got a little older, … Continue reading

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Jesus: The Cosmic Santa Claus

“The Jesus You Know” series (post #5) I was licensed to preach in October of 1992 and formally ordained into the ministry in February of 1993. Upon my ordination, I began my first pastorate. This means that I’m in my … Continue reading

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Jesus: The Compassionate Liberal

“The Jesus You Know” series (post #4) It is remarkable how Jesus can be so many different things to so many different people. Thus far in this series, we’ve seen Him as the white supremacist’s sanction for segregation and the … Continue reading

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Worship Wars

Some years ago I met with the pulpit committee of a certain church about the possibility of me becoming that church’s next pastor. I don’t normally take Tonya along for such meetings, but this committee wanted to meet her as … Continue reading

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Church Attendance Through the Ages

I’m a pastor, and so the goal of writing a blog post that gives anybody an excuse to attend church less is pretty far down my “to do” list. With that said, however, I would like for us to have … Continue reading

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Speak Up or Shut Up?

The Bible is a big, rich, diverse, and complex book, one that can be used to prove virtually anything if you try. This is one of the primary reasons why Christian denominations find it impossible to get together 100% on … Continue reading

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