Is There Any Hope for Peace in the New Year?

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— “Bad liturgy eventually leads to bad ethics. You begin by singing some sappy, sentimental hymn, then you pray some pointless prayer, and the next thing you know you have murdered your best friend.” – Stanley Hauerwas & William Willimon, The Truth About God. — I was recently offered the opportunity to write on the [Read More...]

Good and Bad News for Christmas & Easter Christians: A Little Friday Funny

So I found a neologism as yet unknown to me: Chreastians. It’s a mash-up of Christmas, Easter, and Christian meant to refer to the folks who only come around on Christmas and Easter. It’s a bad word both aesthetically and in it’s derogatory intention. Apparently there’s also the word Chreasters (Christmas and Easter) – equally troublesome. [Read More...]

Lent 3A – John 4:5-42: The Samaritan Woman at the Well

This is the sermon I preached last Sunday at my church Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy & steal everything. 2014.03.23 – Lent 03 John 4:5-42 – The Samaritan Woman at the Well We are in the season of Lent – our own 40 days in the wilderness during which [Read More...]

Donald Miller’s Worship Critique & Subsequent Rant

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Donald Miller wrote a post on his blog talking about why he doesn’t go to church. He began with a somewhat vulnerable moment: “I’ve a confession. I don’t connect with God by singing to Him. Not at all. I know I’m nearly alone in this but it’s true. I was finally able to admit this [Read More...]

Have You Outgrown Modern Worship Music?

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I read a great post this morning from my friend Jovan Brown on his blog Toward Fatherhood. Jovan is talking about why he finds modern worship music to be less significant as he enters into the way of descent. He’s finding most of those songs are really designed for the way of ascent, or the [Read More...]


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