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Small Steps at Great Cost

In the seemingly endless parade of things to watch, I want to recommend a recent addition to Netflix: “Churchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits.” Originally aired on BBC2 this past spring as “Secret Agent Selection,” the 5-part series is a…
July 11, 2018
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Make Christianity Great Again?

My friends who are skeptics are cynical about Christianity these days. From our intramural fights to our political collusion on both sides, it all looks very un-Jesus-like. My skeptical friends from back in Chicago, Orlando and San Francisco, in particular…
July 10, 2018
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I Remember, Therefore I Am

Cogito ergo sum, Descartes famously said, but sometimes I think recordor ergo sum might be more accurate. “I remember, therefore I am.” I have a sense that everything–every person, place, event, moment–is locked in our brains somewhere, whether we are…
July 9, 2018
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The Lectionary Advantage

by Melody Meeter There are advantages to preaching from the lectionary. Think of millions of Christians, Protestant and Catholic, hearing the same texts on the same Sunday around the world---a powerful image of unity. Think of preachers struggling with the…
July 8, 2018
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If We Could Spell

If We Could Spell by Chad Engbers This past spring, I took a group of students to George Herbert’s small parish church in Bemerton, a mile or two from Salisbury Cathedral. The 25 of us all but filled the tiny…
July 7, 2018
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Thank God for President Trump

High school students know how to play the game. The ones I taught knew what to say and when to say it. In class, I'd listen to a student give a heart warming articulation of the Christian faith, only to…
July 6, 2018
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The Millennials Have Spoken

The Millennials Have Spoken: NO MORE COMPACT DISCS!  by  Shane Versteeg I am a Generation X guy. A “GenXer.” Generation X population members are those born between the mid 1960s through around 1980. My TV: Seinfield. My music: REM. My…
July 5, 2018
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Slowed Down

20km. Easy pace. One day of each week of my distance-cycling training schedule last summer recommended this – a 20 km ride at an easy pace. These ‘easy pace’ days were to be balanced with 4 days/week at a normal…
July 4, 2018
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Encouraging Unity

Recently I returned from leading a seminar for twenty-one pastors at Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado.  On this particular seminar I was joined in leadership by two colleagues, Peter Jonker and Heidi De Jonge (who also blogs here on The…
July 3, 2018
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Sharing the Pain

Kate Bowler, historian and professor of American religious history at Duke Divinity School, published a piece in the New York Times called “What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party.” It went viral and gave…
July 2, 2018