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This Can't Keep Happening
Two more horrible images of racism were added to the national lexicon of our racial divide this week. Both have made my heart hurt this week. The first was the killing of a young, black man in Minneapolis by a policeman who persistently ground his knee into the man’s neck as he lay handcuffed... Read More
The Passion that Has Motivated My Journey
Last week I got into a bit of an email exchange with someone reading the first book I published so very long ago: Tim: I’m reading the Naked church it’s probably an old unedited version because I printed it free off of one of your sites, and it’s in a three-ring binder large print.... Read More
We Have Completed the Work...
It's one of my favorite passages in Acts. Paul and Barnabas return from their first missionary journey and report back to the church in Antioch that, "they had completed the work God gave them to do." When does that ever happen? Our religious culture doesn't think in terms of tasks that can be done... Read More
A Conversation about Race
Yesterday, my coauthors of A Language of Healing for a Polarized Nation hosted a Zoom conversation to discuss the public reaction to the Ahmaud Arbery killing in Georgia and the racial divide it exposes. Gil Michel, a friend, CPA and an inner-city pastor in Indiana moderated our discussion with a diverse panel who braved the... Read More
Can't We Have a Better Conversation?
In just a few hours, at 2:00 PDT today, I will be joining my coauthors of A Language of Healing for a Polarized Nation to discuss the public reaction to the Ahmaud Arbery killing in Georgia and the racial divide it exposes. People are quick to choose sides and vilify anyone whose opinion doesn't... Read More
Love Does Not Require Agreement
I've got friends on both sides of the polarizing divide in our country, some who think religious conservatives are some of the worst people on the planet and some who think it is impossible for Democrats to believe in God. I've been questioned by people on both of those sides as to how I... Read More
A Peek At My Email
I don't post these emails because I like reading about myself on my blog. I've already read them and expressed my gratefulness to those who took the time to write me and to the Father for the way some of these things find their way into the world to encourage his people. I post... Read More
Language of Healing Goes Live!
God was opening what could have been some incredible doors for A Language of Healing for a Polarized Nation before the pandemic shut everything down. People were planning book groups, we had an opening to get this message onto college campuses, and we were asked to do workshops in churches and communities to help people explore... Read More
It's Rarely the Words...
During a trip on the East coast in 2016, I was asked to meet with a couple whose twenty-something daughter had been recently killed in a car crash. A friend of a friend asked if I could give them some time, so I met them for lunch during a free moment in my schedule.... Read More
Zooming Through the Pandemic
We certainly live in interesting times. We are experiencing a worldwide event that will shape our planet in ways we can't even conceive yet. This pandemic has sent most of us to our homes, restricted our travel and extended family time, and put many jobs and businesses in jeopardy. The economic fall-out from this... Read More
The Jesus Story #5 - The Story that Leads Us to Jesus
After talking through the life of Jesus, and how the early followers discovered what it means to let the Risen Christ live in them, we start looking back at the Bible story that leads to Jesus' coming. This is a long story of God seeking to win people to himself as they continue to... Read More
Embracing Your Own Resurrection
I am a bit saddened this morning by all those who will celebrate the fact of the Resurrection today as if it guarantees them the hope, light, and joy they want. But so many will miss the reality of the Resurrection in their own lives. The fact of the Resurrection did nothing for the... Read More
COVID-19 Finds Its Way to Kenya
Can you imagine the changes the world has undergone in the last three weeks. How unthinkable this would have been if someone told you even two months ago that so many of us would be locked up in our homes and when we do venture out it would be with masks and gloves. Our... Read More
The Jesus Story #4 - Learning to Live in Jesus
After Jesus's resurrection, his new followers had to learn how to live in this new kingdom with Jesus on the inside instead of the outside. A number of those wrote letters to help explain it to others and those have been saved for us in the part of the New Testament between Acts and... Read More
The Pews Are Empty Again Today
“This pandemic makes Beyond Sundays even more relevant and applicable!!!” That text came from a friend a couple of weeks ago when congregations were forced to cancel their Sunday services all across the country to flatten the proliferation of the coronavirus. This Sunday, once again, the pews were empty and on Palm Sunday at that.... Read More
The Visible Becomes Invisible Again
As Jesus's body ascends to the Father, the disciples could no longer see him as they did before. But it wasn't long until they discovered that Jesus had come to live in them by his Spirit and now they would be the vessels through whom Jesus would make himself known in the world. Then... Read More
When the Invisible Became Visible
"The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory..." Reading about Jesus in The Gospels can help you learn to recognize the voice and the work of the Risen Jesus as he draws you into a relationship with him today. That's the theme of the second episode of The Jesus... Read More