how worship solves our mysteries

Throughout the generations, a consistent form of human entertainment has been the solving of complicated puzzles. Whether it is an old school, 1,000-piece puzzle in a box, a Rubik’s cube, or word puzzle games on our phones, the challenge to solve baffling puzzles fascinates. It is far less fascinating, however, to encounter riddles or mysteries […]

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And the answer is…

Jesus. That’s it. He is the answer. To what question(s), you ask? All of them. What does God look like? How do I know God loves me? How do I relate with God? What is my purpose? Why am I here? Why am I such a mixture of brilliance and brokenness? Where will I go […]

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The World Vision fiasco

So…the World Vision fiasco. Certainly you’ve heard of it by now. A few days ago, World Vision executives made a public decision to amend their hiring practices to include married gay couples, but then reversed their decision after a vehement outcry arose against it. Understandably, this decision and un-decision has drawn fire from constituents from […]

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The Hole in our Gospel Reading Program–Week Six

Chapter Four: The Towering Pillars of Compassion and Justice Kidnapping…trafficking…children forced to serve as violent soldiers…sexual exploitation…these horrifying acts of human degradation are nearly too gruesome to fathom. As Richard Stearns said, if Satan is alive and manifesting himself in our world, he is surely present in these places of horror.[1] For many people the […]

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Letters from Crete–part 1

A wry smile tugged at the weathered corners of the ancient Apostle Paul’s lips as he unfolded a wrinkled letter and recognized a familiar script.  The opening line, in extra-large print, brought both a chuckle to his heart and a tear to his eye. It was from Titus. He had left Titus on the little, […]

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