The Goal of the Christian Faith

The Goal of the Christian Faith

I’m just one guy. One human being among 8.03 billion (and growing daily). I take up six feet of vertical space in a universe over 92 billion light years in diameter. I’ve lived through just forty-five years of history on a planet that is 4.543 billion...
When Your “God” Box Gets Smashed Again

When Your “God” Box Gets Smashed Again

The biggest breakthroughs in my faith have always smashed the box in which I was keeping my neat and tidy understanding of who God is and how God works. When you read the Hebrew scriptures in the Bible, one lesson the Israelites had to learn over and over again was...
The Mystery of Life After Death

The Mystery of Life After Death

A couple of decades ago, I taught a midweek Bible study on the subject of heaven. It stretched over seven or eight weeks and, while I had a lot of outlined material to cover, we also allowed conversation throughout the studies. I took a lot of questions about life...
What Holy Week is All About for Christians

What Holy Week is All About for Christians

Holy Week refers to Christianity’s annual commemoration of the final week of Jesus’ life leading to his death on the cross on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. This entire week is a reminder that Christianity isn’t just a global...
Messin’ with Religious People

Messin’ with Religious People

There are two ways to be religious as a Christian. The first way seeks to build walls and create boundaries using rigid doctrinal dogmas, rituals, and rules so that it can be clarified who is IN and who is OUT. Who is accepted, and who is rejected. Who is in the...
I’m Doing This For Me… A Reflection on Lent

I’m Doing This For Me… A Reflection on Lent

I grew up attending Southern Baptist churches. I became a Pastor in the Baptist tradition. I didn’t know what Lent was until I was in my early twenties and someone from a mainline denominational background joined our church. She shared with me that she’d...
Maybe Deconstructing the Puzzle Isn’t a Bad Thing

Maybe Deconstructing the Puzzle Isn’t a Bad Thing

We bought a toy for our 9-year-old. It’s a strange kind of puzzle next to impossible to solve – like a Rubiks Cube, but not a cube at all – something with many sides and angles. And what did he do? He became curious about how it worked. He peeled off the...

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