The Grace of a Birthday

Today I turned 35 years-old. For many, this official induction to the “mid-30’s” raises all sorts of existential trouble, especially for its numerical crispness–5 years until 40, half of 70. This is not my experience. I eagerly await 40, even 70, if only for the chronological legitimacy it will put

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Story Matters

God willing, in January we will begin a sermon series through Genesis 1-11 called “God’s Story Begins.” As the title suggests, we will be paying attention not only to the text of Genesis, but the way the themes introduced in these chapters play out over the entire storyline of the

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Did Jesus Have Documents?

On Sunday morning we will cover two topics that may seem as dissimilar as crocheting and sumo wrestling. During the training hour we will begin a two-week focus on the issue of immigration, and during the worship service we will continue our Advent sermons as we enter into the anticipation

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Standing With the Pharisees

Let’s begin with a few questions. Question #1: Are the Pharisees good guys or bad guys? Questions #2: When you visualize Jesus speaking to the Pharisees, do you see yourself  standing next to him, saying “That’s right, you tell ‘em, Jesus!” or standing with the Pharisees, in need of rebuke?

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The Advent Conspiracy

Though Christmas is more than a month away, many are already shopping and making spending plans, so I wanted to get this initiative on your radar screen. The material below represents a movement many like-minded churches in the Valley are joining. Please read it prayerfully and consider how you can

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The Suffering That Deepens Joy

The longer Rachael and I are married–approaching 9 years now–the more I am convinced that the premium joy of marriage is sharing life together. To state in with the New Testament’s language, koinonia (fellowship, sharing) is the God-ordained context in which agape (love) is experienced. While this certainly holds true

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A Prayer for the Unborn

Our Father in heaven, we come to you embracing the priorities that Jesus taught us to pray. We pray that your name would be revered in our land. We pray that your kingdom, your perfect reign, would come. And we pray that your desire for human flourishing would be carried

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The Gospel And The City

This afternoon I will be talking with some friends in ministry about two questions: What is the gospel? Why does that matter for our city? These are significant questions, so I thought I would share my thoughts with you. What is the gospel? This is the most elemental question of

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