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Try This and Encounter God

I counted 37. They are all cheap. Some are tattered others are coffee-stained. But in my spiritual pilgrimage, these 37 have played a vital role. Sometimes they stop my racing soul. Sometimes they illuminate a dark corner. Other times they replay what I missed in real time. I love them. They are the stop sign in my…

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Testimony Can Build Up Faith

I had this pocket notebook. Before smartphones, it was my go-to organizer and reminder. In the warehouse where I worked, I used it to record employee’s payroll queries, phone messages, absentees and more. On one occasion a warehouse worker was accused of a crime. The worker’s lawyer contacted me to serve as a potential witness.…

What is the unforgivable sin?

He sat across from me. His face drained of colour, his fingers fidgeting. Eventually, he shared that he was worried he had committed the unforgivable sin. With that admission, I knew there was hope for him and for us. Let me tell you why. In his account of Jesus’ life, the gospel writer Mark recounts how Jesus…

Do we need to ‘rest’ from our tech?

Andy Crouch, author of The Tech-Wise Family makes the valid point that we are the first generation that must figure out how to steward wireless technology. Listen to the 3-minute excerpt below in which Crouch talks about intentionally resting from our devices. Do you have other suggestions?

Whose work is waiting tables? (Mark 1:29-31)

Peter’s mother-in-law is lying sick with a fever. Jesus arrives in the home, he ministers to her, she is healed of her affliction and rises to wait on those gathered. Some see in this account a paradigm of ministry, in particular, of women’s ministry. To that, I say ‘yes’, but first I say ‘no’. I say ‘no’ if one means that waiting…

Gospel of Mark – Reading Schedule & Overview

This autumn we are working through the first part of Mark’s Gospel during our Sunday morning teaching time. You can find audio recordings of those talks on our website under the tab “Sermons”. This link will take you there. Reading Schedule for Mark We are trying something new for us. We have created a 21-day…

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Kingdom Capital and Spiritual Gifts

The Parable of the Talents (Mat 25:14-30) is not the best name to give this teaching for an English speaking reader. Even when we know better, we associate this parable too much with human abilities and skills. That is only part of it! Jesus is teaching his disciples that if they want to be ready…

Connecting to God’s Grid

America experienced unprecedented economic growth in the years following World War II. Yet this increase in material resources did not translate into human flourishing. In those same years, there was an explosion of mental illness, particularly among young people. In response, the Commission on Children at Risk conducted a study. It published its finding in…

Are you shoehorning God?

My feet are not small. That is about the kindest way of saying they are big. Too big for most manufacturers, makers of basketball sneakers excepted. But in my mind, high tops, no matter what celebrity signed them, are not dress shoes. Often when trying to match footwear to more formal attire I have no…

Navigating Life

Our kids emotions were on a rolling boil. We were headed to an amusement park! They were excited for the obvious reasons; I was stressed because I didn’t know where I was going. My wife was stressed because if we got lost, it might be several meals off the tailgate before I would be ready…