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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Living among lions…now what?

When David was hiding inside a cave from king Saul, he penned these plaintive words: “I am in the midst of lions; I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts.” Can you relate to David? Have you ever wanted to hide inside a cave? Have you ever felt pursued by King Saul, or surrounded by […]

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Hard work mistaken for talent

One of several books that I have  been perusing recently is Erwin McManus’ 2014 The Artisan Soul, wherein Erwin beautifully describes the interplay between hard work and talent. He writes: “Eventually art becomes craft. The combination of talent and passion funneled through the crucible of discipline and determination resulted in an expression of skill and […]

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What excellence looks like

This is what my daily sermon looks like. Every morning after I drop Maddie off at school, I watch this crossing guard work the intersection of Benson and Arrow Highway and I am inspired. I don’t know this guy’s name, occupation, or station in life, but for a few seconds before my light turns green […]

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Was our solar eclipse a “sign”?

Amid this week’s excitement surrounding one of the clearest solar eclipses in recent history, questions surfaced in many people’s hearts: “Is this a sign? Is this the fulfillment of some ancient Biblical prophecy? Is this more than a natural phenomenon—is this a harbinger of apocalyptic consequence?” Not everyone asked these questions of course. Some people […]

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