All You Need Is Love?

I’ve been pondering 1 John for several weeks. Frankly, it’s been a bit frustrating. I’m trying to understand why the writer goes on and on about love. I get that love is a big deal. It’s the big deal. But it feels like the letter goes around and around this same topic. I figure I […]

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Going Beyond The Words

I’m an impatient reader. It’s a curious weakness, and it doesn’t matter much what kind of material I’m reading. I might begin with good intentions, but as soon as I start reading I find myself looking for the end. This bad habit makes studying difficult. I blast through the words, but often realize I’ve little […]

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Is This A Broken Promise?

Can a promise mean something bigger than you imagined? On last June’s Front Range FREEDOM Tour we had the opportunity to participate in worship at First Presbyterian Church in Pueblo. The sermon reminded me of an evening a few years ago when Becky and I were invited to speak at a local church’s “family movie […]

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A Garden Parable

Note: I published this parable last week over at Rich’s Ride. I’m re-posting here, with some edits, because I’d love to know your thoughts. What if the Kingdom is as simple as seeds planted by a Master Gardener? The seeds sprout and become the plants they were destined to become. They produce their particular fruit. […]

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What If It’s Not Complicated?

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets […]

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What To Do When You Mess Up

Apparently it’s the season for public scandal. Politicians, athletes, and media figures seem to be lining up to provide the latest highly visible lapse in personal or professional judgment. Personal indiscretions, performance enhancing drugs, political cover-ups—if not for the tragic consequences, the stream of indignities would be laughable. It’s like a reality TV competition—How Low […]

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What’s Your Message?

This writing thing is an interesting process. I used to worry about what I’d write. Sometimes I’d build a plan, figuring I’d worry less if I knew what I was going to write about. But often I found myself torturing the plan because it didn’t make sense when I actually started writing. These days I […]

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Who Do You Say I Am?

A while back I led a small group discussion for new believers at church. It was perfect for me, since mostly our conversation was about questions. I’m good at questions, as long as I don’t have to know the answers. I recently received an invitation to repeat the process. Looking back at some of the […]

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