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rooted and grounded

This is a sermon I preached on Sunday, July 26, 2015 as pulpit supply at First Presbyterian Church in Nebraska City, NE.

You may find a link to the audio… 2,158 more words


The Conventional Wisdom Has Not Helped

I have been in ministry since 1998. The conventional wisdom, in short, has been that the church is:

— Too enmeshed in its ways.

— Is resistant to change… 844 more words



Blog 263 July 27, 2015

With the congressional debate on the Iranian nuclear arms dealing making the headlines, the issue of supporting Israel is pressing. American public opinion expert Frank Luntz predicts Israel can block the deal in congress if they mount a unified PR campaign. 495 more words

Middle East

If By Miracle... (sermon 7/26/15)

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 1,721 more words

Far More than All We Can Ask or Imagine

Ephesians 3:14-21

There is an old joke that goes something like this:

There’s a Christian who’s hiking in the woods one day when he comes upon an angry bear. 1,714 more words


Assumptions Are Dangerous

I was journaling a bit last night and going through some old thoughts. I started then going through older Instagram posts. I found one from the talk that Matthew and Marvin gave at Fuller Seminary. 541 more words

Church Today


Today at church, I felt like an 11 year old. Yes, 11 years of age. I was squirming, I couldn’t sit still, and the seat was shaped funny for my awkwardly lanky body. 470 more words