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February 01, 2019
Worshipful Living: How a Church in the Netherlands Prayed Away Deportation
The concept of "worshipful living" is an underrated Christian practice. Most of us worship once...
December 23, 2018
Magnificat: Revolutionary Mary
46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my...
December 21, 2018
For Goodness Sake: Preachers, Try Not To Ruin Santa
Last weekend, my 8-year-old cornered me, eyed me suspiciously and said "Ginger's handwriting looks JUST...
December 08, 2018
Singing In the Dark: 7 Christmas Songs You Never Saw Coming
What I know from years of blogging (and pastoring) is that people have some FEELINGS...
April 25, 2018
Is Church for Extroverts?
Most churches are designed by and for extroverts. To be truly diverse, we need to...
March 30, 2018
7 Last Words, Redux
Because for the real, the raw, and the unimaginable that this day brings... sometimes art...
December 24, 2015
Meanwhile, Instead, Anyway: Christmas, the Great Conjunction
My high school English teacher--the one who showed me the wonders of eliminating 'to-be' verbs...
December 17, 2015
Let it Go: What Church Can and Can’t Be at Christmas
Here's what I did NOT need to see: that article from "Christianity Today" about how...
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Because The World is Hungry
This was Sunday's sermon for World Communion Sunday. As always, the table was filled with...
December 23, 2013
In Church, At Christmas Time
It's Christmas week, and you know what that means--re-runs! I wrote this piece last year,...
May 29, 2013
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March 26, 2013
A Song and a Prayer: The Holy Week Playlist
Throughout the season of Advent, Christmas music (for better or worse) blares at us everywhere we...
December 24, 2012
Go and See
God comes wherever we are: even if we've failed to pray the right prayer; even...
December 13, 2012
What We Never Knew We Needed
Guest Post: Rev. Andrew Shepherd is Pastoral Resident at Foothills Christian Church in Phoenix. He...
December 11, 2012
Week 2, Day 2: Magnificat
Mary's was the original Christmas carol. She is the reason that we sing our way...
November 17, 2012
til by Turning, Turning, We Come ‘Round Right
Spoiler alert: if you are coming to Foothills for worship tomorrow and you want to be...
August 09, 2012
A Good Word
The essence of being 'timely' has utterly changed, now that news can travel to us...
March 20, 2012
A Primer for New Life: Painting Over Pastels
...it is time to get rid of the 16-year-old carpet. Because ultimately, at that point...
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For Such a Time as This
I was sitting on the floor of my crummy first-year-of-being-a-grownup apartment, doing grad school homework...
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The Sacred Struggle
"The middle ground lies in the struggle. The acceptance that, when violence becomes necessary to...
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Saturday Night’s Alright (just alright)
One thing they don't tell you when you go into the ministry [wait--there are about...
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