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July 29, 2018

There is a remarkable amount of interpretation in how we experience the world. Imagine that my German shepherd is sprinting towards us at full speed. The visual image before us may be virtually identical. Still, it may seem to me that my dog is runni...

May 26, 2018

Kind thanks to Joel Ballivian for his comments on my paper, "Jesus and Affluence," and for the invitation to contribute a blog post in response. (And further thanks to Joel for patience with my glacial pace in getting this to him!)

I begin with a brie...

March 21, 2018

Growing up in church, one gets accustomed to a lot of acronyms. You also get used to a lot of 3 to 5 point sermons with words that all start with “p” or all end in “ation.” If you grew up in the youth group or “contemporary” church era you might be u...

December 24, 2017

"Do you think you could contain Niagara falls in a teacup? Is there anyone in our midst who pretends to understand the awesome love in the heart of the Abba of Jesus that inspired, motivated and brought about Christmas? The shipwrecked at the stable...

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