Archive - March 2019

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Slowing Down to Catch Up With God
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The Tension We Face
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Serving Time in the Pew
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This Is A Bunch Of Sh*t!

Slowing Down to Catch Up With God

Up here on the Pend Oreille River, I am slowing down to catch up with God. It happens every time I drive the eight hours to escape. One rediscovers Godspeed, what a recent video refers to as “the pace of being.” In it, Matt Canlis, a parish priest, narrates his own journey of slowing in[…]

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The Tension We Face

Every week, I get the pleasure of dialoguing with future leaders of the church, a.k.a. seminary students. I am confident in them, though I fear for the contemporary church and its waning influence. These students will enter a world that is losing both its mind and its soul. They will step into churches, some of[…]

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Serving Time in the Pew

Last night in class, one of my students asked me how many sermons I have preached over the course of 35 years. A brief calculation suggests approximately 1400 sermons. How many times I have spoken is another matter, given I typically preached 2-5 times per week.  That’s a lot of sermonizing—a lot of my life–a[…]

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This Is A Bunch Of Sh*t!

I thought a provocative title might help. Stein, in his book on writing, notes that titles and first sentences and first paragraphs of any writing are critical to arousing the restless reader. And when you think about it, arousal is important. “Arousal is nature’s stimulus for the propagation of the human race.” Unaroused, humanity will[…]

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