Dwell

“Brokenness is a scent, as is pride. These are not as obvious as our words or actions, but they create an atmosphere around us that gives others a sense of how connected we are with our need for God. Our aim in being involved in the lives of others is

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Getting Our Bearings for Busyness

Jesus could have been the busiest human being in history. His divine authority over all things–especially demons and diseases–attracted crowds in need of deliverance and healing wherever he went. His schedule could have been full from the moment he woke up to when he crashed in exhaustion. Sometimes it was.

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Waiting For An Upgrade

The guy in front of me wore flip-flops and consumed only an energy drink. He was a low-maintenance line-waiter when set against my camping chair and satchel full of computer, books, and snacks. In response to the lady behind me, he said that he is a bartender at a gay

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When There Is Nothing To Say

God is the original orator. He spoke the worlds into existence. God the Son exists eternally as the Word, the expression of the mind of God. Throughout Israel’s history God spoke to or through his people–the words “Thus says YHWH…” appear over 400 times in the Old Testament. Jesus, the

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Where Was God?

When tragedies strike–think school shootings at Newtown, Virginia Tech, or Columbine–great cries go out to ask, “Where was God?” Typically these are not expressions of the covenantal complaining we read in the Psalms, where God’s people expect God to keep his promises yet find him to be silent, delayed, or

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God’s Brand of Laughter

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh” (Luke 6:21). What does Jesus promise when he says that we will laugh? What will we laugh about in the new creation? What type of laughter had God inspired in his people? The story from the Hebrew Scriptures in which laughter

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Intimacy and Instinct

Escape. That is the name of the buck we brought into our back yard on Tuesday to help begin a new generation of goat kids in our herd. For us city slickers, still learning the urban farm life, the realities of goat mating have been eye-opening. It is not that goats

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Grow Up!

One of the dominant themes of the New Testament is the believer’s experience of becoming increasingly like Jesus in real life. This is referred to as holiness or sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8), maturity (Colossians 1:27-29), and being transformed (Romans 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 3:16-18), conformed (Romans 8:29), and imitators (1 Corinthians

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Church History Teaser

Beginning this Sunday, we will turn our focus during the Training Hour to the stories of those followers of Jesus who came before us. The first 250 years of the church’s history is filled with persecution, so as a preview of the amazing testimonies we will hear, I give you

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History Matters

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns,

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