Archives: Mission

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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Freedom and Dignity Legacy

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The world celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, and modern icon of human dignity and freedom.  I want to suggest that his life truly merits our reflection especially in light of the larger biblical story from which we, as Jesus followers, derive our identity and by which we orient our […]

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