Sabbath Rest

I write this pastor’s perspective amidst packing for a vacation with my kids to Silverthorne, Colorado—just outside Breckenridge. My parents have a church member at their Hot Springs church who has a 4 bedroom condo there and have encouraged my...

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In paradox

Okay—I promise not to dwell on this forever, but the experience of having a photograph of our church courtyard marquee resonate so powerfully with a huge audience tends to stir several pots of faith-life, creativity, and imagination. Let me share...

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Helping the Refugee

A few months ago I preached a sermon following the Paris attacks that terrorized the world with murders committed in the name of a twisted version of Islam. The massacre saturated the media, and prompted some politicians to ban the relocation of...

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Mental Slavery

February is black history month, and though some celebrities apparently think it’s an unnecessary period of national focus (why do we as a society privilege the opinions of celebrities?), I think we as a church have made some good attempts to...

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A Parable for a New Year

Once there was a couple who built a house. This couple planned to have a large family, and so they worked hard to build a house that would be able to fit all their children. They were a favorite among their neighbors, who were so drawn to the...

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One Solitary Life

When I lived in Morris, we had a carillon hooked up to a CD player in the fellowship hall. It would broadcast the sound of handbells playing familiar hymns at noon and at 5pm. I used to joke with the trustees that I hoped the town would enjoy...

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Importance

On Wednesday, I wrapped up a month of frequent travel. It is exciting to travel a lot from here to there, and something about being in an airport makes you feel important. “I’m going somewhere” is written on your face. I...

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A Kingdom Focused Church

This past week I attended the Bishop’s Retreat, which is a day of continuing education attended by all the pastors in the Oklahoma Conference.  The Bishop brought in Reggie McNeal, a church strategist and author of many books including Kingdom...

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