Being Wrong

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I spent the past two months preaching through selected stories from Acts. Sometimes I don’t know what a sermon is about until I’ve preached it. Same goes with a sermon series. I wish I could say I’m able to think so far ahead that I know why I’m preaching a particular series, but sometimes I’m […]

The Biggest Miracle of All

Conversion, the reorientation of a life round the good news of the risen Jesus, is a mystery to me. More so now than it used to be. How do we explain how someone’s life can be changed in such a radical way? I say we explain it by calling conversion what it is: the biggest […]

Fearful Unto Death

The following is based on a true story. . . ***** It was summer and the old man was curled in a fetal position under a heavy quilt. He was upset. He’d been having hard dreams that left him confused. He dreamt she was sick, but was going to get better. He dreamt she was […]

Can’t You See What Love Has Done

The shackles are undone The bullet’s quit the gun The heat that’s in the sun Will keep us when there’s none The rule has been disproved The stone it has been moved The grave is now a groove All debts are removed

A Good Friday Reflection

Here is a piece I wrote about the death of Jesus last year. ******* Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in […]

Jimmy Kimmel’s Summary of Christianity

Here’s how Jimmy Kimmel summed up Christianity on his show the other night: In a lot of religions, Christianity being one of them, the idea is that life is a test. That you go through your life and if you’re good you go to heaven or nirvana or whatever and if you’re bad you don’t, […]

Believing the Worst About God

Last week I did a teaching on the parable of the talents from Matthew 25:14-30. On the surface, it’s a fairly simple story. The master leaves large amounts of money with three servants. The master comes back expecting his servants to have made good use of the money and ready to show a profit. He […]

Enter the Darkness

Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this […]

Transformation Guaranteed

In a recent post, I described my experience with crossfit and the difference it’s made in my life. I’m not alone in this. I’ve seen plenty of people cautiously step into a crossfit gym, give it a try, and have something powerful awakened within them. At the end of the post, I said that I’ve […]

Want to Change the World?

Want to change the world? I’ll can tell you how. But first, a story. . . In the beginning, God created a good world that very quickly fell into chaos because of our rebellion against God. Full of grace, God initiated a plan to redeem, repair, and restore his broken world. It started with his […]