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THESE ARE NOT ORDINARY TIMES

BLOG. 2/24/20. THESE ARE NOT ORDINARY TIMES … NOR IS THIS NEUTRAL TERRITORY As a pastor who sought to faithfully shepherd congregations through some difficult, even traumatic, times, … I find these day in this nation downright frightening. This should … Continue reading

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RESISTING MEDIOCRITY IN CHRIST’S CHURCH

BLOG 2/18/20. RESISTING MEDIOCRITY IN CHRIST’S CHURCH To say that something/anything is mediocre is hardly a compliment. It indicates that it is beneath standard expectations. When it comes to Christ’s church, it is tragic. The church is to be the … Continue reading

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FACING THR FORTHCOMING ELECTION

BLOG 2/11/20. FACING THE FORTHCOMING ELECTION AS GOD’S NEW CREATION PEOPLE. It’s almost impossible to avoid the forthcoming presidential election, what with it dominating the news incessantly, with the episodes of political cowardice it the debates in Washington (along with … Continue reading

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THE RADIANT DISPLAY OF DIVINE NATURE IN US

BLOG 2.6.20. GLORY: THE “RADIANT DISPLAY OF THE DIVINE NATURE IN US It is often said that: “Jesus didn’t come to make us more religious, but rather, more human. Yes! One synonymous designation of God’s kingdom, (as inaugurated in the … Continue reading

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BLOG 1.31.20. A PRAYER FOR THE NATION

At this confusing and frightening moment in our nation’s history, I am reminded of the wonderful and helpful poem/hymn by G.K.Chesterton, and offer it to my readers: O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry, our … Continue reading

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A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL PEOPLES

BLOG 1/28/20. “MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL     PEOPLES.” At the height of the civil rights movement I was pastor of a church in New Orleans that had this text from Isaiah 56:7 sculpted … Continue reading

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A FRIGHTENING PARALLEL

BLOG 1/20/20. A FRIGHTENING PARALLEL WITH NAZI GERMANY Germany in the late 1920s and 1930s was a very enlightened nation in every way. It was a center of higher education, of music and the arts, of science and technology, … … Continue reading

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THE CHURCH: A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY.

BLOG. 1/14/20. THE CHURCH: A MISSION COMMUNITY, GATHERED AND SCATTERED. It helps us to remind ourselves, from time to time, that the church is, as the community of God’s new creation, a community that is called by Jesus Christ to … Continue reading

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CHRIST’S CHURCH ALWAYS COUNTER-CULTURAL

BLOG. 1.10.20. CHRIST’S CHURCH IS ALWAYS COUNTER-CULTURAL Here, at the end of the week, given the chaos on the national and international scene, we need to be reminded that in whatever expression/community of the Christian we inhabit, … that the … Continue reading

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‘EVANGELICAL’: A PROTEST

BLOG 1.7.20. ‘EVANGELICAL’: A PROTEST I want to add my voice to the protest against the conservative right wing on the political scene who have both hijacked and bastardized the venerable and adjectival designation ‘evangelical’ to give legitimacy to their … Continue reading

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