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Love. For the past six months we have been drinking deeply from the Epistles of 1-2 John in the rarefied air of the Rocky Mountains. The apostle wastes not an iota on trivia. The teaching that John stresses, in the starkest terms possible, is often barely acknowledged in Christian circles. The eternality of the Incarnation of Christ. The Cross. Love as…

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What follows is a combined/condensed version of bulletin articles I wrote in February for the Stamford Church of Christ (where I work), when our church was about to start up new small groups, as an attempt to frame theologically what our leadership team hopes small groups will contribute to our context. Those hopes center around three themes: Intimacy, Service, and Diversity. The leadership team decided to call our…

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Change is hard. There was a time when “change” was nearly a curse word in our movement. Taking a quick scan of the Restoration Movement area of my bookshelves I see the word change appear frequently in the titles of some books and in every case it is used negatively and often harshly. We haven’t always had a good relationship with change.

When you talk about “creating a culture”, bottom…

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If you haven’t heard, Jonathan Storment recently wrote a book called “How to Start a Riot“. To whet your appetite, here is chapter 4 from the book. This chapter is a call on the church to understand and embrace our prophetic role in the world. The chapter is entitled, “Calling All Prophets”. Comment on this post for a chance to get a copy of the book!

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I find myself in another argument with God.

I wish He would be reasonable.

Some days I just don’t “get” it. Or Him. And I’m pretty sure He doesn’t “get” me on those days.

Oh, He “has” me and I know I’m saved and all that but…

My best friend is having surgery…


Fourth time, in fact. The cancer grew…

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Way back in 1982 when the earth’s crust was still cooling and the T-Rex walked among us, Amy Grant recorded a song called “Fat Baby” on her epic Age to Age album. It was a playful rebuke of Christians who constantly take in spiritual food at church with a constant craving for more, but who never do anything with it. It portrayed some believers as perpetual spiritual infants who…

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Creating a Christ-like Culture?

Talk about that too much and the next thing you know, we might again start spouting initials everywhere!

Maybe you’ll remember WWJD?

What Would Jesus Do?

Indeed. A Christ-like culture kind of gets started when we do things like Jesus might have done them.

But changing a culture from the outside in is hard work. I can modify some of my…

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This month’s issue of Wineskins is on “Creating a Christ-like Culture”. To kick off this issue I want to share a few thoughts on how church culture works: what it is, where it comes from, how it shows up and how it is formed. So bear with me as this is not a traditional theme-kickoff post but I think is an important starting point in discussing how we can…

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