Monthly Archives: August 2017

Responding to Harvey and the Joys of a Denomination

Watching the news about Hurricane Harvey can be numbing. As we see picture after picture of devastation and destruction, we easily turn away and dismiss these pictures out of hand.  James 2:15–16 warns us that if a brother or sister … Continue reading

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Creation Ruled (Gen 1:26–31)

                  A screwdriver can be used as a hammer but only very poorly. When something is used for its created purpose, then it is used most effectively. What are we here for? The climax of creation in Genesis 1 is … Continue reading

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Hearing the Bible Afresh

Some Scriptures feel stale; they are so familiar that we cannot hear anything fresh from them. As I meditated on Genesis 1 for this past Sunday, I struggled to preach this over-familiar but under-applied passage. The issues that swirled in … Continue reading

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Creation Filled (Gen 1:14–25)

Authority orders according to its proper function. In my role as a senior pastor, my authority is not to be expressed in ordering people for my selfish ends (e.g., picking up my dry cleaning and coffee) but to mobilize our … Continue reading

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Rising Up Against the Disorder of the World

How do we respond to the brokenness of our world? Theologian Karl Barth says, “To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.”  This past week I’ve been grieved by the … Continue reading

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Creation Formed (Genesis 1:1–13)

Even a secular world is haunted by God’s presence. A secular world explains everything in terms of natural, historical causes,demythologizing the miracles of the Bible, reducing revivals to the expression of historical forces and ministry success to marketing principles.[1] Yet … Continue reading

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Trellis and Vine

The organic growth of a vine must happen along with the structural development of a trellis; too much trellis hampers the growth of a vine, inadequate trellis prevents the flourishing of that vine. Similarly the organic growth of the church … Continue reading

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