How Can You Eat at a Time Like This?

Why do we fast? Perhaps an experience from this week can point to one of the Bible’s answers. On Wednesday afternoon Jakob, Aaron, and I were at a ministry leaders’ lunch when, at the end of the meeting, we were all informed of the Chandler Fashion Center shootings. Someone prayed

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The Divine Meal Jesus Brings Us

As we celebrate Christ’s birth, I thought I would share a narrative from Augustine’s Confessions, which he wrote in 398 A.D. In this selection from Book VII, Augustine recounts to God his first awareness of God’s existence, mingled with his ongoing pull toward this world’s pleasures and his frustrating inability to

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Glee In Real Life

I have a confusing relationship with the television show Glee. Positively, I find the music intoxicating. They recently did a mash-up of the classic “Singing in the Rain” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella” that is one of the most creative pop-culture products of the year. And somehow they consistently transform 80’s music

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The Ultimate Vandalism Restoration Project

Before sitting down to write this, I went to wash my hands, only to find that our entire liquid soap bottle had been emptied into the sink. Not a world crisis, but typical of our week, which has been filled with small actions perpetrated by our children that carry disproportionally

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Connecting with God’s Heart for Unbelievers

Acts 29, a church-planting network that some of our good friends in Phoenix are affiliated with, hosted a two-day conference this week in Tempe that drew attendees from Georgia, New York, Canada, and even Wales. It was a blessing to hear godly men trumpeting the call to make disciples and

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The Parable of the Missing Contact Lens

The contact lens is a spectacular invention. This thin layer of polymers that could be confused with a drop of water actually enables a person to see accurately in the broadest range of vision. My children share my sense of awe when they watch me put my contacts in, piecing

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Resources to Make Abortion Unthinkable

On Sunday we explored two interconnected mandates related to the unborn: make abortion unthinkable; make alternatives possible. Here are some resources for these tasks. Make abortion unthinkable –Abort73.com is a strategic tool on two fronts. First, it provides hard facts and clear logic that can further educate us in why

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A Look Back for the Road Ahead

I distinctly remember unique juncture I experienced at my high school graduation. For the first time it seemed I had lived enough life to reflect on the past, yet there was an infinite amount of road ahead. So the glance back was brief yet intentional for the sake of the

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Mission and Mercy Month 2010

“Create space to engage in God’s mission.”  This has been the recurring theme in how we takes steps to join in what God is doing in the world.  We create space individually in our daily schedules, our weekly calendars, and in our wallets.  Likewise, we as a church keep a

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Creating Space for Engaging God’s Mission

On Sunday we began exploring practical steps we must take to move from talking about the mission of God to engaging in the mission of God.  First and foremost, this requires creating space, or rearranging our lives, for the sake of God’s mission.  Here are the four ways we hope

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Ruminating In An Age Of Information Overload

Every weekday morning two very different activities are taking place in my front and back yards. In the front yard, a newspaper is delivered in the wee hours of the morning–a fresh batch of information about the financial, political, technological, and social goings on of our world. In the back

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For Real This Time

Last Sunday we wrapped up the Mission of GOD series with what was supposed to be the practical application of engaging in God’s mission.  Instead it ended up being a sermon focusing on our identity as God’s missional people.  As our family drove home from the worship service I asked

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Our Youth in Christianity’s New Culture

I read a fascinating article in National Geographic about pre-historic whales that were unearthed in the deserts of Egypt. These whales had legs. Some were functional and seemed to be used to actually walk on land, while others were too tiny to be of any use, presumed to be leftovers

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The Mission of GOD in Real Time

God willing, we will begin our seven week series on The Mission of GOD this Sunday, in which we hope to walk through the story of the Bible and observe what God is doing in the world and how we engage in his mission.  As we anticipate this journey, I

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Preparing for a Significant Commitment

On Sunday morning, God willing, we will have a dedication service for four children: Aylee Tanner, Gabriella Staich, Claire Channing, and Noah Kinkel.  The parents dedicate their children by acknowledging that their children belong to the Lord.  They also dedicate themselves to raise their children in a gospel-centered home, praying

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Thinking Toward The Mission of GOD

God willing, on June 27th we will begin a seven week series on The Mission of GOD.  As I shared in last week’s article, I believe this could be a significant opportunity to be reinvigorated in our sense of mission in our relationships, in our church’s neighborhood, in our city,

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What Next?

On Sunday we finished a full year’s worth of sermons-52 on the nose-in the book of 1 Corinthians.  What comes next?  What do we need to hear from God’s word? I believe one the great things God has in front of us is a deepening call to mission.  Not “missions”

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Our Clear Place on the Map

Like many of you, I have tried to stay engaged in the conversation regarding our state’s new immigration law, both in conversations and in reading media reports.  And frankly, my head is spinning as I see people all over the map.  Consider these differences within very narrow categories: First is

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