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Ecclesia!

Just when I was putting my website together, and wondering what to call it, our pastor gave a sermon about the universal Christian church. He used the Greek term ecclesia to describe this gathering of the faithful. People make up … Continue reading

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Thought Police Knocking at the Door

“It’s wrong,” she whispered. “Shhhh, do you want to lose your job?” her husband hissed, looking around to see if anyone was within earshot. “The Supreme Court said it’s the law of the land and if you don’t follow it, … Continue reading

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Tennebrae – A Ritual of Shadows

The Holy Week service called Tennebrae has become so rare today many Christians have never experienced the funereal tenor of this sorrowful ritual. The first Tennebrae service I attended made such a profound impact on me that I had to learn more … Continue reading

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One Heart, One Church

  I realized, after interviewing a husband and wife serving as dual pastors in one church and a senior pastor in another church, that I’ve interviewed quite a few pastors over the years. Let’s see…there was the delightful Baptist pastor … Continue reading

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Nothing Like a Good Plot

If you’re like me, there’s nothing better than a good novel to take you on a wild adventure or inflict the agony of unrequited love. If the writer is really good, I ignore my “to do” list for just one … Continue reading

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Hedged In

I could be dead right now. The whole thing seemed like a fluke. One day last week I heard a funny sound coming from my refrigerator. I opened the doors and peeked inside; everything looked OK, so I didn’t think … Continue reading

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Lion of Judah

The speaker at a seminar I attended welcomed everyone from all the “tribes” that made up the audience of pastors and church workers representing various Christian denominations. I had never heard the word “tribe” attributed to a church denomination, but … Continue reading

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Not So Hidden Agendas

I suspect using methods to sway public opinion isn’t new but I’ve noticed the media is slipping particular messages more often into everything from advertising to programming. It may have been subtle before but now it’s in my face. It’s … Continue reading

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I Hate Religion

That’s a strange title for someone who’s supposed to be a Christian writer, but it’s the truth. Wars are fought over theologies; people are burned and tortured all in the name of religion. In some countries, civil law is based … Continue reading

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Doing Church in America Part II

Thom S. Rainer’s book, I am a Church Member, is so small you can read it in a few hours. In my previous blog, I wrote about his comments relative to a spirit of serving rather than one of entitlement … Continue reading

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