Occupational Longevity in the Kingdom of God

Question.  What do a wainwright, costermonger, and warrener have in common?  Other than being words you likely have never used in a sentence, these have the distinction of being occupations that have faded from the American mainstream over the last 100 years.  Since we no longer need men and women

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Yes, We Were Serious

We’re glad for the opportunity to follow-up our previous article, “Why I Watch TV and Frequently Go to the Movies.”  In that last article, we provided a series of passages that demonstrated the need for Christ-followers to create and interact with “art.” We pointed to God’s use of and approval

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Christians and the Arts

A few weeks ago, Gabe Schmidt and Dan Julian co-wrote the weekly article about why Christians should engage the arts.  I appreciate their biblical basis for this, as it is often missed in our brand of Protestantism.  In the creation account and the tabernacle and temple plans, God reveals himself

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A Theology of Enchantment

One of the many reasons I love interacting with kids is their wild imaginations.  Children are able to create entire worlds filled with myriad characters who defy human limitations.  They delight themselves in seemingly mundane ways through their creativity.  I often find myself envying their ability to explore their creativity

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Why I Have A TV and Frequently Go to the Movies

Sometimes we just get scared.  We are afraid to engage because there are consequences.  What will people think?  What if I actually start to like to what I’m participating in?  Sometimes we just can’t be bothered because there are other more “pressing” issues.  Sometimes it is convenient to be ignorant. 

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True legacy

The past weekend brought forth two drastically different experiences with two men who passed away.  I did not know either of the individuals who passed away and yet as I listened to people talk about each of the figures I heard two distinctly different sentiments regarding legacy.   One of the

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Did Paul Support Slavery?

How do we think about slavery when we read about it in Paul’s letters?  Was it the same as American slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries?  If Paul had been an American in the 1850s, would he have argued for or against abolition?  What views lay behind Paul’s words

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Solomon’s Executions and Jesus’ Prayer

What do the Lord’s prayer and the execution of Shimei the son of Gera have in common? This connection came into focus for me earlier this week when my morning prayer and evening reading converged in an unexpected way.  In the morning I was meditating on the prayer Jesus taught

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Part 2

Last week I wrote about a startling conversation I had with children from the neighborhood regarding domestic violence.  What broke my heart the most was knowing that the twisted perspective they have embraced from pop culture, peers, and family only makes them more vulnerable to enter into and remain in

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Lost in the Larger Story

For nearly five months now I have attempted to keep a retaining wall around my rising engagement with the television show Lost when it comes to sermon illustrations or articles.  Since Wednesday evening’s episode was the last of the year, I thought I could indulge one article for musing on the parallels

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The Idea of Abortion and the Fact of Abortion

This week I heard an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air that gave me a glimmer of hope that abortion will one day be unthinkable.  Terry Gross was interviewing Ayelet Waldman-a mother, writer, and former attorney-when she asked about her brand of feminism compared to her mother’s feminism. Waldman (born in

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Three Things I have Learned from Sophia

Three years ago, on April 30, 2006, I heard an excited scream as I walked into our house after church.  Rachael was checking our phone messages, and heard that the birthmother with whom we were matched had gone into early labor and that our little girl had been born at

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God and Google

As an unashamed technology geek, I geeked out when I heard about Google’s latest product, Google Voice.  If all works as they plan, this service will provide customers with a single phone number that, when called, will simultaneously ring all of your phones-cell, home, office, etc.  Among a dozen amazing

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A Good Friday Meditation

What have you done, oh sweetest child, that you should be judged so, oh loving youth, that you should be brought to this? What is your offense, what is your crime, what is the cause of your death, what is the reason for your condemnation? I am the blow which brings you

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What Exactly is a Maundy?

Last week I gave reasons for why Holy Week, culminating with Resurrection Sunday, should be the highest celebration of our year as a church.  In an effort to increase our celebration of Jesus’ final week before his death and resurrection, we are adding a Maundy Thursday service to our usual

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Why Add Another Holy Week Service?

God willing, this year we will celebrate the week leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection (Holy Week) with both a Maundy Thursday service and a Good Friday service.  Since we try not to add services without purpose at Whitton Avenue, I thought I would give a brief explanation for

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Praying the Lord’s Prayer with a Pause Button

Tonight we gather in the sanctuary for a “Concert of Prayer” from 6:30 – 7:30.  For some, the words “concert” and “prayer” belong to two different worlds, so to dispel any imaginations of guys playing electric guitars on their knees, I thought I would share what we hope the hour

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