Worship is Like Monday Morning

From a Christian perspective, when I say the word ‘worship’ what immediately comes to mind? Music? Singing? Songs? Sunday? Worship teams? Lights? Dark auditoriums? Professional musicians? Set list? Worship practice? By no means is this list exhaustive, but I think it would be safe to assume that when many of us reflect on the term […]

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If God is Always With Us – Why Do We Ask Him to “Visit Us”?

Our experience of God should always have a role to play in our attempts to better understand God and God’s activity in the world. Experience can help us determine the validity of a certain theological idea about God when we put that idea to the test in the real world of everyday life. If it seems to work with […]

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A King and His Kingdom: Relearning the Story of Jesus From the Ground Up

Sometimes, in order to learn about something, we have to (un)learn all of the things we thought we knew about that something first. In our pursuit of Jesus, sometimes we have to (un)learn what we thought we knew about Jesus, in order to (re)learn about the real Jesus that lay behind our presuppositions, prejudices and […]

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Why We Need to Seriously Reconsider the Whole Idea Behind the ‘Altar Call’

Asking people to make a decision to have their sins forgiven, but spending little time calling them to become disciples, is like telling someone half a story, while leaving them to figure out the rest on their own. Our preoccupation with getting people to make a decision is not only contrary to the biblical call to make […]

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What’s the Plan? The Adjustment Bureau and the Question of Free Will

The most common questions about God in contemporary society center less on whether or not God exists and more on what kind of God exists. And, by way of extension, what kind of world did God chose to create? This question forms the basis of director George Nolfi’s film, The Adjustment Bureau. The storyline of […]

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The Greatest Story NEVER Told with Leonard Sweet

Image – Story – Soundtrack –> this is how our culture communicates. We, on the other hand, have versitis. We’ve memorized the verses of the Bible, but not the story. Yet, the Bible is a story – a redemptive story for all. God invites us into His story. We would rather argue over a verse. Image What’s […]

Living in the Present as People of the Future: The Church as the Echo of the Kingdom of God

God’s promised future world is something we wait for and work for. It is a dream we hope for and live for – right now. Anchored in the kingdom Jesus inaugurated and demonstrated throughout his public ministry, death and resurrection, we’re called to echo the future and full realties of God’s promised ‘kingdom come’ in the ‘kingdom now.’ In […]

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2 Things Christians Should Consider in Our Public Use of the Phrase ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’

Keep Christ in Christmas is the slogan of choice for many Christians during this time of year. We see the phrase used all over the place – from Facebook posts, Twitter feeds and Instagram pictures, to Pinterest links and blog posts. However, while Keep Christ in Christmas is a good way for Jesus-followers to remember the season, the […]

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Jesus, Enemy-Love and the Church: A Call to Put Away our Swords, Stop Fighting and Embrace the Other

Christians are all too often known more for what they stand against, than what they stand for. Contemporary enemies, as we have defined them at least, are the people and issues we fight against in the public square. As those who claim to follow Jesus, an enemy-loving Lord, why do we so often choose to hate our enemies […]

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