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“God, are you real?”

“God, are you real?”

“Dad, what if all this religion stuff is a hoax? What if God doesn’t really exist?” As a 12 year old, I did not know I was asking a fundamental question crying out for an answer throughout church history. Theologians seek to ‘prove’ God’s existence through Biblical proofs and sound doctrine while philosophers try to […]

Troubling Resurrection

Troubling Resurrection

“Why is it, I wonder, that we modern Christians so seldom tremble? No longer do we pause in reverence when a storm blows through. No longer do we fall to our knees in prayer when God’s fingers brush away our tears. And no longer do our hearts beat in awe when God’s power shakes the […]

Joshua

Joshua

I’ve been teaching through the book of Joshua in ‘House Church’. One of the more subtle, yet powerful themes the book seems to communicate is that God wants us to hate sin more than we hate struggle or pain. Achan’s story is a good example. It takes time to rid the land of our enemies […]

For to us… a child

For to us… a child

I have such mixed feelings this time of year, which is odd because I really enjoy Christmas. Really! I always have. Growing up in a ‘Christian’ ministry family, I really celebrated Christmas in two worlds: church and state. At ‘church’ we celebrated by reading the Christmas story, enacting it in pageants, singing carols and Christmas […]

Can missionaries really go home?

Can missionaries really go home?

I just read an interesting post from a missionary here in Thailand. Gleanings from the Field has accurately described the in-between life of the missionary; ours included.   “Your “home” country doesn’t quite feel like home anymore.  When you “go home”, some of the same people and places are there, but life has moved on in […]

Wearing me out…

Wearing me out…

When Christian was little, he liked helping around the house by vacuuming, helping with laundry, and even washing dishes. On one particularly helpful day Jeanni and I relaxed in his help a bit more than wisdom dictated. We left him washing the dishes in order to take care of something else—Jeanni changed out the laundry and […]

Common Prayer

Common Prayer

Liturgy for ordinary radicals… Hold that thought. Prayer is not what makes us Christian. In fact, just about every religion I’ve studied includes some form of ‘prayer’. I suspect a case could be made to show that even atheists pray if only to themselves through self-talk. Unfortunately for most Protestant Evangelical Christians who think they […]