Moving the Finish Line

On New Year's morning, I shared with the congregation my plan to run a half-marathon the following Saturday. You have to understand this was a big deal for me-I am not a natural runner, in fact I doubt I had run more than a continuous mile...

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Being Jesus' Guy

"Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'"                            ...

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Water Servers for Christ

Go to most sit-down restaurants and what is the first thing your server does? Fills your water glass, right? In all our discussion about water this Lent, let's remember that water also symbolizes a basic act of hospitality.   There is...

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The Oxford Evangelist

Forgive me for using my devotion to plug a friend's book, but I believe you'll be glad to be introduced to this resource. My longtime colleague, Dr. Mike Gehring, has just published his first book about C.S. Lewis, The Oxford Evangelist. It's a...

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Meek and Mighty

In getting ready for our Lent series, focusing on water, I thought of an observation by the ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi. He noted that water is the softest of all substances and yet the strongest. Water is gentle and follows the form of...

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Tithing for More

  Lent, the six-week season leading up to Easter, takes its name from an old Anglo-Saxon word which means lengthen. This is the time of year when the darkness of winter diminishes and the days lengthen as spring appears. (Not too spiritual...

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Coming Home

Colorful lights, music pumping, adrenaline rush, children from ages 5-10 swooping in with smiles on their faces, happy to be with those they feel safe with, ready for fun and action and a deeper lesson. Meaning. Purpose. This inner pull to share...

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Family Promise Insights

“I used to be scared of homelessness. Now I know it is just about people like us who are just looking for a home.” Makenzie, 8 years old, reflected as we drove home from our third time volunteering to help St. Luke’s host the...

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Traditions: Santa

Throughout this season, we’ve been talking at church about the traditions which surround Christmas. This coming Sunday, we’re going to dive into the tradition of Santa Claus, which for a pastor is kind of like treading on thin ice. My...

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Blessings Flow

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow…” The Doxology All blessings flow...if they are truly blessings. That's the nature of a blessing. It is meant to be passed on and keep blessing. The other morning as I was driving to...

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