On pins and needles: faith and acupuncture

If you visit this blog regularly, you know that I believe in the authority of the Bible as the final voice regarding what God has to say about our world, where it came from, what's wrong with it, where history is headed, and how humankind can be restored to God.  You know, too, that I believe in the uniqueness and centrality of Christ, and preach that He is indeed, the door, the way, the truth, and the life - the single door through which all must walk for eternal life.  I agree with my most c … [Read more...]

Creation, science, Genesis: it’s time for a conversation

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I was privileged to attend what I affectionately called "Science Camp" this past May, which was actually a gathering of pastors, theologians, and scientists, brought together for the purpose of discussing the intersection and interrelatedness of our various disciplines.  It was one of the great weeks of my career as a pastor as fellowship, stunning creation (via Gulf Island beauty), and intellectual stimulation blended together for a life changing experience.My theology, though, was challenged … [Read more...]

The flu… losing weight, losing stuff, finding peace

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I had the flu last week.  By Friday, my day off, my plans for a short overnight backpack trip were scuttled because the week old virus clung (and still clings) to me, sapping my strength and leaving me with no weapons to fight back other than rest and water.  As I was walking up the stairs on Friday, there were stacks of books in need of my care, shouting "read me," "file me," "return me," "share me."  There were papers too, and pictures in need of frames, not to mention a backpacking headlamp, a … [Read more...]

Seeing and Hearing God – Joyfully – Beyond Church Walls

One of the best parts of the Christmas story is when we encounter those two old folks named Simeon and Anna waiting, waiting, longing, looking for Jesus.  They're the one's who see him for who he is when Mary and Joseph bring him in for dedication, while the religious elite miss him entirely.  I've preached on this text more than once, always trying to make the point that we need to read our Bibles with a view towards looking for Christ and respond to his wooing call, pointing out that people w … [Read more...]

Seeing and hearing God – joyfully – beyond church walls

One of the best parts of the Christmas story is when we encounter those two old folks named Simeon and Anna waiting, waiting, longing, looking for Jesus.  They're the one's who see him for who he is when Mary and Joseph bring him in for dedication, while the religious elite miss him entirely.  I've preached on this text more than once, always trying to make the point that we need to read our Bibles with a view towards looking for Christ and respond to his wooing call, pointing out that people w … [Read more...]

“Individual Morality” = Oxymoronic half-truth

A recent NY Times editorial exposes the reality that emerging generations have almost no sense of ethic and morality because, as they've been taught by our culture, "morality is a personal, individual matter."  It appears that, aside from the most obvious moral issues, such as the wrongness of rape and murder, 18- to 23-year-olds have no consensus on issues like cheating on a test, driving drunk, or cheating on one's partner.When asked about the rightness or wrongness of situations that, in … [Read more...]

“Individual Morality” = Oxymoronic Half Truth

A recent NY Times editorial exposes the reality that emerging generations have almost no sense of ethic and morality because, as they've been taught by our culture, "morality is a personal, individual matter."  It appears that, aside from the most obvious moral issues, such as the wrongness of rape and murder, 18-23 year olds have no consensus on issues like cheating on a test, driving drunk, or cheating on one's partner.When asked about the rightness or wrongness of situations that, in other … [Read more...]

Totalism: a dangerous playground

A quick look at Jesus life, and one realizes that his most difficult audience wasn’t the folks who, today, would be living on the streets, or spending time in the bars.  The morally dubious, the sick, the marginalized, the people who today the church seems to have a difficult time reaching, were the very people most responsive to the presence of Jesus.Resistance and challenge to Jesus authority, on the other hand, came from the people who knew their Bibles quite well.  We’re fools if we don’t p … [Read more...]


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