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Jesus the Immigrant

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I wonder if we might think differently about immigration matters if Jesus were an immigrant.  Often our settled ways of thinking about issues, and therefore our responses to them, suffer disruption when we learn that the “issue” has happened to a loved one.  No one I know champions divorce because everyone knows how devastating a […]

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Trinity of Tears

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On the fourth day at the tomb of a dear friend Jesus wept (John 11:35).  On the first day of the week, as the crowds hailed him as king, Jesus wept (Luke 19:41).  On the night he was betrayed, Jesus wept (Luke 22:39-45, Heb. 5:7). In the face of death, at the place of death, […]

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FOR LOVE OF THE PHARISEES

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It is common to rail against the Pharisees in our churches.  Pharisees embody everything that goes wrong in the life of a “missional church.”  Pharisees gather herds of sacred cows and solemnly lead them to pasture, carefully tend their bruises, and eagerly exalt their status among the other, ordinary and mundane bovine.  Pharisees travel far […]

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What are you giving up for Lent?  This has become a common question reflecting a common practice among Christ-followers today.  The Lenten season, which begins today, is the forty day period of repentance, confession, and seeking by which the world wide community of Jesus enters into the passion of Jesus once again, eventually joining Jesus […]

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