Another Bible in the Wall

David Hayward’s cartoon which I’ve shared above illustrates one of the ways that people use the Bible. The Bible, of course, includes plenty of material for dividing and separating people. But it also includes a lot of dynamite for busting holes in such walls and knocking them down altogether. What you choose to use this [Read More…]

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Refugeaster

This Sunday morning’s service at Crooked Creek Baptist Church was held jointly not just with the members of Grace Tabernacle, a Congolese congregation that has been sharing our building, but with many guests who were here for the “Life After Pain” conference. We had our own choir as well as a Congolese choir, and the [Read More…]

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Cloak Sunday

The service at my church yesterday focused on “Cloak Sunday.” Although it is “Palm Sunday,” the reading was from Luke’s Gospel, which has people strewing clothing before Jesus rather than palm branches. It is interesting to ask whether Luke was aware that the use of palms in the manner depicted would more naturally suggest a [Read More…]

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Holy Week at Crooked Creek Baptist Church

First, the funny part. In an earlier version of the announcement on my church website about Holy Week events, it said of the lunchtime Good Friday service: The theme for the service will focus on the stations of the cross and will feature medications from several local pastors. If you are not sure why that [Read More…]

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Grace

I mentioned previously that, challenged with coming up with a list of the core beliefs of my church, the members basically only agreed on one word: grace. And so I am grateful to Dănuţ Mănăstireanu for drawing my attention to the fact that U2 have a song with the title “Grace,” which I’ve shared above. [Read more…]

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What is Sin? (Virtual Sunday School)

Last Sunday in my Sunday school class, we reached the part of the Lord’s Prayer that asks for forgiveness of sins/debts/trespasses. Among the topics which came up, and to which we would have returned today if all church events had not been cancelled due to the severe winter weather, were the question of what “sin” [Read More…]

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Favorite Part of Church?

Jeremy Myers shared this drawing a child made on a bulletin, which asked them to draw their favorite part of the mass: I consider it a real privilege to attend a church, Crooked Creek Baptist Church, where the only reason I am glad it is over is because by that point I am starting to [Read More…]

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Misplaced Gods

I could have called this post several other things. I considered “What in Samhain is going on at Crooked Creek Baptist Church?” or perhaps “Bring Your Gods to Church Day.” But let me start at the beginning. The text for last Sunday’s sermon at my church was Paul’s speech at the Areopagus. My wife was [Read More…]

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Good Fight

“Good fight” is something that two competitors can say to each other, winner to loser and vice versa, after a boxing match or something similar. It is also part of the phrase found in the Bible, “fight the good fight.” David Hayward’s cartoon above, and his post related to it, helpfully ask whether one can [Read More…]

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Beyond Tribal Theology

The blog Psephizo shared this graphic, developed by Jon Kuhrt: Although I line up more on the liberal side of many things, I am delighted to be part of a church that isn’t liberal, nor moderate, nor conservative. It is diverse, and finding a church where you can not only be welcome and fit in, and [Read More…]

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Creed

I recently shared a recording of a song I wrote, “Creed,” from when we performed it in church. I’ve now added the lyrics in closed captioning, and so thought I should mention that. [Read more…]

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