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Archives for June, 2015

When we start talking about speaking truth to power…there is only one side of that equation we typically like to be on. We want to be the truth teller, not the truth listener. We want to be the hero…the one who has the insight and the courage to “stick it to the man.” Whether it be the nasty letter you…

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        “Readers are Leaders.” That’s a mantra that I’ve heard ballyhooed from teachers and those involved in education for as long as I’ve been attending school. My love of reading did not come naturally. I can still remember skimming through the required reading materials all the way through college exerting the bare minimum effort because I just didn’t care for…

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            One of my favorite movie scenes is from the cinematic masterpiece Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. It’s when Pee Wee goes into a biker bar to make a phone call on a payphone (remember those!?) The bar is too noisy causing the uptight, gray-suit-clad Pee Wee to shout over all the bar noise in his nasal-driven voice, “I’m trying to…

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In 1967, Jim Morrison and the Doors sang what would become a popular and enduring song: People Are Strange.

Indeed. I have met some of them. To some, I probably am one of them.

People are strange. Aren’t we all?

Aside from the debate over who is strange and why they are, the lyrics themselves are haunting. As you read them, I wonder if you hear the echoes of the Gospel?

People are strange…

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The aging Apostle Paul breathes in the damp air of the cell around him. It is pungent with body order and human waste. Whether imprisoned in Rome or Ephesus – I lean toward Ephesus1 – the conditions would have been equally distasteful. Still, Paul’s mind wanders not…

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It had been a few years since I watched Shawshank redemption. I noticed it was coming on and recorded it a few weeks ago (the made for TV version…the unedited version is hard to watch for me). Missy and I finally had a couple of hours the other night to watch it. I am sure most of you are familiar with the movie but for those who aren’t, there…

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An upside down world? Or an upside down church? Where we sit determines not just our perspective but also decides whether or not we need to be turned upside down in order to effectively live out the good news of the Kingdom.

If you spend any time reading Mark’s Gospel, you can’t help but feel your world being turned upside down….

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I stayed up late November 4th, 2008 to watch the presidential election with my son. I held his chubby three-year-old hand like a vise, stone-faced, too nervous to eat the bag of popcorn we made.

A few days prior an African American woman at a Christian event told me, while Joshua was there pulling a juice box out of my purse,…

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One of our goals is to keep you informed on good resources out there that can help you in your faith and ministry. We want to make sure you are aware that ACU has helped launch a new site called Charis. It has some similarities with Wineskins and so we thought you might find it helpful as we will have a pretty similar audience. We appreciate ACU providing…

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I have resisted writing this for years. Not because I’m ashamed or embarrassed. Not because I feel guilty or am worried about what someone might think or say. Well that isn’t totally true, I have worried about how it might impact my ministry and I don’t want it to take over my identity. Still, the main reason I have never shared this is because when I think about it,…

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