Christmas Cross Breeze

Last night Rachael and I were determined to enjoy some December hot cocoa, unseasonably warm weather notwithstanding. So we started opening windows to let the night air at least bring the house temperature down to the mid 70s. The key to natural cooling, of course, is a good cross breeze.

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Postcards from the Far Country

Some people–as DC Talk lamented in the early 90’s–gotta learn the hard way. They have to find out for themselves. As a firstborn, compliant child with an average amount of ambition, this was not my story. I was relatively content to take my parents’ word on most things, which translated

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Religious Liberty: Blessing or Curse?

The recent toppling of Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage has reintroduced concerns over the broader issue of religious liberty. Will pastors like me who refuse to perform same-sex weddings face fines, lawsuits, or jail time? Will preaching Bible passages that call homosexual relations sin be considered hate speech? These are

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God’s Mission Where You Work

“I used to think that my only contribution to missions would be making money and giving it to missionaries.” A young business owner shared this with me recently, capturing one of the deficiencies in the church’s teaching on mission and vocation. Because we rightly extol the work of pastors, missionaries,

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Halloween and the Risk of Mission

Mission always involves risk and risks misunderstanding. When approached with thoughtful, prayerful consideration, these risks are worth taking. Paul took risks in his mission to the Gentiles. Jewish religious leaders followed him from city to city, charging, “This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to the law” (Acts

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Mission and Mercy Month 2014

Start with a simple task: cleaning the room. Now imagine all the possible ways for that task to be derailed. In our family the patterns are predictable. The boys will end up creating a new Lego structure, Sophia will oversee a dramatic situation between her dollies, and I will decide

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God’s Word on Human Oppression

What moral issues ignite your outrage? For many evangelicals the list rightly includes abortion, the redefinition of marriage, and threats to religious liberty. What about issues of human oppression? The news cycle is filled with stories of domestic violence, police brutality, racial or ethnic discrimination, and government corruption. What does

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