Undeserved Disadvantage

Why is it that sometimes we have to spin things in order to talk about what we really want to talk about? What is undeserved disadvantage? It’s often the recognition that some folks just have it worse off because of their station in life, or because of the group...
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Launching Missions

When is the last mission launch the church has done in your area? Has it been awhile? Over a decade? A couple of decades? Maybe the only mission launches you have seen or heard about are from mega-churches. Somehow they start off with lots of money and staff and...
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Puritanism 2.0

Everyone is familiar with the Puritans. At least familiar with the popular story about the Puritans. You know the one. That these deeply religious people left England in pursuit of religious freedom and so they went to the “new world” and set up a colony and they experienced hardship...
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Breaking News: Old Hymn gets new words

Breaking News… Sources are telling us that the popular hymn “They will know we are Christians by our love” is set for an updated version. Chris T. Mas, spokesperson for the popular hymn publisher Sin(g) Boldly!, made the following statement: “The old hymn is really popular and we hate...
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Prayer for July 15, 2022

Prayer for July 15, 2022: Please pray with me. God of love, make yourself known to us in love. We live in a culture that doesn’t understand what love is. Love gets equated with sex. But love is so much more. And love comes in a variety of forms...
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Church is all about change

“Whoa there, Pr. Matthew! What you mean that the church is all about change? Churches don’t change, don’t you know – or at least they don’t change fast. There are certain ways that we do things. There is an order to maintain. Where do you get off claiming that...
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Avoidance

I was struck by yesterday’s reflection from Fr. Richard Rohr. Here’s the text of it: “There seem to be two typical ways to avoid conversion or transformation, two diversionary tactics that we use to avoid holding pain: fight and flight.   “Fight” is what I’ll call the way of Simon...
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