Scripture Reflection – Psalm 50

“Our God is coming; He will not be silent! Devouring fire precedes Him, and a storm rages around Him. On high, He summons heaven and earth in order to judge His people…” Psalm 50:3-4 The following two headlines caught my attention today: “How Bad is the Bootleg Fire? It’s Now Generating Its Own Weather.” “Egypt […]

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Does spiritual warfare matter?

I had heard it before. The man across the table from me was obviously distressed. Disheveled hair and red eyes let me know before he did that he had not been sleeping well. Trouble with his wife and kids as well as stress at work were the source that he identified as the problem. It […]

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THE EXCHANGE WITH PASTOR JOSH: ETHICAL ISSUES – PART 2

Jesus commanded that we are to “love the Lord your God…with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). It is a command that can be joyfully obeyed especially when done together with other Jesus followers. That is what “The Exchange with Pastor Josh” is all about. The questions and insights that are shared are not from Pastor […]

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Book Review: Being the Body of Christ in the Age of Management

Shakespeare, Lyndon. Being the Body of Christ in the Age of Management (Veritas Book 19), 2016. Summary Lyndon Shakespeare serves as a rector in the Episcopal church. He argues that the response to decline in church participation in the West has been met with either managerial or missional impulses. He states that both responses are shaped […]

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The Exchange with Pastor Josh: Ethical Issues – Part 1

Jesus commanded that we are to “love the Lord your God…with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). It is a command that can be joyfully obeyed especially when done together with other Jesus followers. That is what “The Exchange with Pastor Josh” is all about. The questions and insights that are shared are not from Pastor […]

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The Exchange with Pastor Josh: Offerings & Sacrifices

Jesus commanded that we are to “love the Lord your God…with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). It is a command that can be joyfully obeyed especially when done together with other Jesus followers. That is what “The Exchange with Pastor Josh” is all about. The questions and insights that are shared are not from Pastor […]

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The Exchange with Pastor Josh: Where Did the Apostles Go?

Jesus commanded that we are to “love the Lord your God…with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). It is a command that can be joyfully obeyed especially when done together with other Jesus followers. That is what “The Exchange with Pastor Josh” is all about. The questions and insights that are shared are not from Pastor […]

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The Exchange with Pastor Josh: The Early Church and the Church Today

Jesus commanded that we are to “love the Lord your God…with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). It is a command that can be joyfully obeyed especially when done together with other Jesus followers. That is what “The Exchange with Pastor Josh” is all about. The questions and insights that are shared are not from Pastor […]

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God’s Unusual Way of Answering Prayer

In a ministry staff meeting, our ministers were doing some self-evaluation using the “APEST” framework from Ephesians 4:11. The Lord gives some to be Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds, and Teachers. As we surveyed the team, most of us were shepherds and teachers. Only one of us had distinct giftedness as an evangelist, and we were […]

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Scripture Reflection – Luke 7:50

No greater words could be spoken to us by Jesus. “Your faith…” Not your works nor your worth. Not your parents nor your peers. Only humble, submissive faith in the work and worth of Jesus is what matters. “…has saved you…” Neither my emotions nor my circumstances can change It. No accusation from without or […]

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