Archive - 2016

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Breathless
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ARE YOU STILL DREAMING?
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The Evangelicalism That Needs to Die
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Is the Evangelicalism of Old White Men Dead?
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Black Friday Proverb
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Reports From My Annual Pilgrimage
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Time to Get Back To What We Promised
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Beirut Diary
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Is Life an Accident?
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Monday Morning Proverb

Breathless

I’ve interned myself here in a room where the light can barely sneak through the blinds. If any ultraviolet rays reach my face, it will only intensify the present pain. I just finished another session of Photodynamic Therapy, a procedure to prevent cancerous growths. You submit your face to a blue light for 16 minutes,[…]

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ARE YOU STILL DREAMING?

For the second time in my life, I am going to a physical therapist (or is it “terrorist”?). I was first assigned a therapist after I tore apart my Achilles tendon during a USTA tennis match. It was slow, restorative work. Atrophy had set in and had to be reversed. My present weekly appointments are[…]

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The Evangelicalism That Needs to Die

Given the intensity generated by this election, there has been a fair amount of post-election stress and commentary. The results have not only fractured a nation—it has fractured parts of the church. This is evident in some of the posts on Facebook. Some believers have told me they have sworn off certain social media sites[…]

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Is the Evangelicalism of Old White Men Dead?

This morning I worked through my daily list of readings–beginning with God’s Word. I have worked my way through the One Year Bible each year for nearly 30 years. If I didn’t, my spiritual growth would be stunted, deformed. I would read books more to my liking (Mark, Philippians) and read books less to my[…]

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Black Friday Proverb

“Two things I ask of You; don’t deny them to me before I die: Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need. Otherwise, I might have too much and deny You, saying, ‘Who is the Lord?’ or I might have nothing and[…]

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Reports From My Annual Pilgrimage

  For a few brief days every November, I step into a world of scholars. I sometimes feel a bit like a fish out of water. Out of a pastoral world of broken marriages and prayer requests (like a family sharing their fears that their daughter will be evicted or a cancer will continue to[…]

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Time to Get Back To What We Promised

On the fortieth anniversary of his ordination, Eugene Peterson went back to review the vows he made before God. Vows are often made when an Ordinand sets his/her life apart for service. But then, all of us who have come to Christ are called to a life of promises–promises that are critical. They are the pitons,[…]

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Beirut Diary

He caught my eye the moment he sat down. This man had just come in from Aleppo, Syria. Along with other pastors from the Mideast region, he gave a brief, matter of fact report. “Things are difficult in Aleppo. There is news that chemical weapons were used again today. People will stay indoors. I will[…]

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Is Life an Accident?

  When you sit in first class, you can feel a tinge of resentment oozing out of those in coach who are boarding and walking by. Some of them are probably wondering—“Why does he get the bigger seat, the longer space for his worthless legs, and the attendant who waits on his every need? Look[…]

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Monday Morning Proverb

“If you do nothing in a difficult time, your strength is limited”  Proverbs 24:10 There’s something in the air. I noticed it on my flight to Seattle this morning. You could hear it in the flight attendant’s voice:  “Welcome ladies and…(pause)…gentlemen. Wwwwelcome to Al…aska flight…(more pauses) 643, with service to…(blank).”  Maybe he was new and[…]

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