A Great Mystery

One of life’s greatest mysteries to me are Christians who claim the name of Christ, yet resist following his way of living and being. I don’t understand it at all. Jesus has specific commands for us – to love our enemies, to care for the poor, to feed people,...
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Prayer for September 2, 2020

Prayer for September 2, 2020: Please pray with me. God of the cosmos, why do we often have underwhelming expectations of you? You are the God who creates all things, brings order out of chaos, overthrows empires, and conquers death. Yet, we limit what you are about so we...
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Measuring church success

For decades now the primary metrics that churches have used to measure their success have been attendance and giving. And that was fine when churches were the center of the culture. But, as we’ve seen, institutional churches have declined in both attendance and giving. And the institutional church is...
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Prayer for September 1, 2020

Prayer for September 1, 2020: Please pray with me. God of transformation, do we really understand what that means? We get really attached to our buildings and our structures. We get really attached to the way we’ve always done it. But that’s not the point is it? Our institutions,...
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Why is the church in decline?

There are plenty of articles on why the church is in decline. These can be interesting and even informative. They range from churches being out of touch in their messaging, to being too political, to being too worldly, to being too cloistered, to taking a stand for something, to...
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Stroll through Scripture for September 6, 2020

So, I’m having some trouble with my video downloader right now. Which means that in order to watch the Stroll through Scripture, you’ll need to click on the link below. Sorry for the inconvenience. Which leads me to my next point – anyone have a recommendation on video downloaders?...
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Romans 13 is not what you think

(Below is the sermon I preached on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. You can listen to the sermon from the church website – www.ststephenlc.org) Did you know that there is a long history of the Bible being abused and used as a weapon of control?  Did you know that slave owners...
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Prayer for August 28, 2020

Prayer for August 28, 2020: Please pray with me. God of the nations, why do we try to restrict you? Why do insist that faith in you is only a private matter? Is that an excuse that allows us to accommodate injustice? Is that some kind of spin that...
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Individualism doesn't mesh well with Christianity

In America, we value the individual. Individualism is a core principle of American idealism. We proclaim a message of rugged individualism. We value individual freedom and personal choices. We praise the individuals who have overcome great odds and succeed (however that is defined). We like to think that when...
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