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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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WHY MLK DAY MATTERS!

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As I write this the U.S. is poised to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, commemorating the life and accomplishments of Dr. King for the cause of human rights in the USA and around the world.  I suspect, however, that the NFL championship games, with Super Bowl stakes, have captured the minds and hearts of […]

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All We Got was Jesus!

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We decided that we wouldn’t give each other gifts this year.  There were good reasons.  For one, we already have a lot.  In fact, most everything we could want, within reason, we have.  Then, also, we have just moved to a new place, in a sense giving ourselves a new home.  Finally and more importantly, […]

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