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Thoughts on World Vision and the Latest Unnecessary Controversy

March 27, 2014

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A dozen emails, numerous phone calls, conversation around the dinner table for three days, a dozen blogs read, and hours of my focus this week have been spent on the topic of World Vision. World Vision, one of the leading Evangelical Christianity compassionate ministries, has been in the news quite a bit this week. Not […]

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Fred Phelps Sr., Founder of Westboro Baptist Church Passes Away

March 20, 2014

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Fred Phelps has passed away. This pastor led his small but vocal congregation in Topeka, KS to undue notoriety and unfortunate influence. Their notoriety is undue because their work shouldn’t matter. They have influence because they have damaged the reputation of the church in North America in huge ways. It is hard to hear this […]

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Mondays are for Living in the First Century

March 10, 2014

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When you read about the first century church, does it seem to good to be true? Do the stories about the rapid spread of the church, the impact it had on the surrounding culture, and tales of the miraculous just seem made up to you? When I read through Acts there is often a nagging […]

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Producing vs. Consuming

February 12, 2014

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One of the most powerful forces at work in our culture is consumerism. This is not a new idea, in fact it is a well documented reality both inside and outside of the church in America. Great swaths of our economy are built on creating products and services that people don’t need and then convincing […]

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Thoughts on Being a Prophet

August 21, 2013

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Want to get someone to look at you like you are crazy? All you have to do is tell them that you have been spending a lot more time lately learning to be a prophet. Yep, see that did it, I can see your amused and perplexed expression through the computer. (I am serious about […]

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Mondays are for How Buildings, Pastors, and Denominations Make the Church Impotent

August 12, 2013

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When you talk about your church or the church, what do you usually think of first? Is it a building? Is it a pastor? Is it a denomination? Is it the people? Is the church you think of tame? Is it a revolution? Is it powerful? Imagine that you have never been to a zoo, […]

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Where is the Church of the Nazarene headed?

June 27, 2013

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Throughout the past week, as the Church of the Nazarene has gathered in Indianapolis, I have been asking myself this questions, “Where is the Church of the Nazarene headed?” It is a huge and layered question, but having been at General Assembly, and having spent the past three days watching all the business meetings, there […]

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Mondays are for General Assembly Ramblings…

June 24, 2013

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What happens when 40,000 Nazarenes from around the world descend on the same city at the same time? Holypalooza? Godstock? A Mob? I am not sure the best description, but it sure is interesting. On Thursday through Saturday my family and I headed down to Indianapolis to join in the fun at General Assembly 2013 […]

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A For Sale Sign In Front of the Church

June 4, 2013

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On the way into work this morning I saw a For Sale sign in front of a church building. It is church here in Chesterton that I had heard was having a hard time and about to close. It looks like that time has come. It is just a building for sale, the church isn’t […]

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Fewer Seminarians Becoming Pastors – Is this a good sign or a bad sign?

May 23, 2013

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An increasing number of students earning a Masters of Divinity degree (typically required for pastoral ministry) are not going into traditional pastoral roles. Is this a a good thing? Is a bad thing? Is it simply descriptive of how our culture has changed? According to the Washington Post article only 41 percent of master of […]

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