Rocks Sink, Don’t They?

Can we talk about your faith for a minute? Specifically, can we talk about how much faith you have? I just want to tell you that you have enough. Yes. Enough. There’s no catch. It’s that simple, you have enough. Good for you. I think we can easily get used...

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You can do it, too

I’m not sure if now is the best time or the worst time to hear the story of Jesus feeding the multitude. In the days of the pandemic, there are limits on the number of people who can gather in one place, even outside. There are way too many people...

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Do You Know What a Sea Change Is?

Recently, I suggested that it must have been frustrating to be Jesus. We were looking at the story of the commissioning of the disciples and what followed that was a remarkable example of just how well things weren’t going for Jesus. He remarks about several places he spent time in,...

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Surely God Is In This Place

For weeks now, I’ve been going on about how we’re all Jesus. And by weeks, I mean all the time. That’s how Jesus is alive, we’re Jesus. I made it a verb, even, hoping that would make it seem more realistic: Jesusing. It didn’t really take off, though, and then...

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So Many Stories

We all learn differently. I think I’m more of an experiential learner. I like to see the instructions, but, more often than not, I get more out of the doing than reading the “how to.” But, like I said, we all learn differently and it’s always better to be able...

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Burden of Blessing

It must have been frustrating to be Jesus, sometimes. There’s a lengthy story in Matthew that we’ve been following for a few weeks now in which Jesus commissions the disciples to go out and be Jesus for others. So, once again, just to be clear because it’s super important to...

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Welcoming What’s Next

Back in March, when the pandemic closed everything but essential services, including churches, we were always hopeful that we’d be back. And here we are. With restrictions lifted and guidelines in place, some churches are headed back. Of course, that could change if there’s a second wave, but it feels...

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The Struggle is Real

We love our loving Jesus. We do, thank goodness. But sometimes I think we like to keep Jesus in a nice tidy little box that reflects what we think loving means. That can be warm and comfortable, as well as comforting, and while it can reflect the love we might...

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Jesusness is a Word

There’s a story that appears in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke in which Jesus sends out the disciples to be, well, like Jesus. You might think that would be a regular occurrence, but this is a particular moment and the story goes something like this, according to Matthew...

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Body Image

This might be one of those things that I feel the need to repeat on an annoyingly regular basis, but, let’s be clear: unity and uniformity are not the same thing. And when Jesus prays that we “might all be one” (John 17:21), he means unity, not uniformity. Imagine what...

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