Is any one form of worship liturgy better for reaching God? The apostle Paul suggested that an open heart has the answer. Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. ~ Romans 3:27 Today was my last midterm exam for the […]

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God gives us perfect mountaintop moments of faith through grace, not to stay on the mountain, but to be perfected for the valleys below. Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the […]

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Do you really understand what I went through that first Christmas two thousand years ago – and why it matters to you today? But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. ~ Luke 2:19 Yes, you people from two thousand years after my son’s birth, that first Christmas day was something […]

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Our church’s recent tag sale revealed faith lessons for Christian discipleship from the way that it was organized to the way we cleaned up. Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” ~ John 6:1-14 The tag sale had been on our calendar for a while, and we […]

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Before the Fall Orientation (BTFO) at Yale Divinity School is a time to consider where we’re going through God’s grace as much as it is to celebrate having arrived. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing-floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn […]

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Church growth is about more than filling a building with people – it’s developing the many assets that faith reveals in a community. Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ – Matthew 14:16 I serve as a Seminarian Associate for a church that is preparing to buy land for […]

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Violence against innocent people seems to be everywhere. It can seem like an epidemic of madness, at times – but what is our own role in the “violence flu?” [Jesus] had said been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” ~ Mark 5:8 (NASB) As I sat down at my desk this morning, […]

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Are you a prophetic presence for God? You may not feel it, but God’s still, small voice in you is calling you to learn more about what needs to be shouted. “In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where…I felt my heart strangely warmed.” ~ John Wesley, 1738 I’ve […]

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Grace is God’s undeserved gift of love, freely given at a great price. How does a hospital turn into a place infused with God’s grace?  The holy time is quiet as a nun Breathless with adoration ~William Wordsworth The day is gray and clammy; the hospital building is unremarkable; its hallways are mostly featureless and […]

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Responding to a calling to serve the church is about the journey more than the destination – but what joy there is to see your destination arriving! And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. ~ Revelation 21:2 Forty years […]

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