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Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Psalms

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Excerpt Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14 Click here to read all of Psalm 90 Prayer What better way to begin a new day, […]

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If I Had It To Do Over Again . . .

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Part 11 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I will be the pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church for two more days. At the stroke of midnight on […]

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A Philippian Attitude Adjustment

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Note: I’m not quite done with my series on Grace in the Rearview Mirror. There will be more tomorrow. It’s easy to feel upbeat about life when things are going your way. Opportunities at work + social standing + love […]

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The Hardest Thing About Being a Pastor

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Part 10 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In yesterday’s post I explained several things I found difficult about being a parish pastor: the difficulty of certain […]

The Best Job in the World, Except . . .

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Part 9 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I explained why I often thought that I had the best job in the world […]

The Best Job in the World

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Part 8 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series There were many times during the past sixteen years when I thought I had the best job in the […]

The Stupidest Thing I Ever Said in a Sermon

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Part 7 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I do not look back at my ministry at Irvine Presbyterian Church with many regrets. Oh, I certainly made […]

Inspiration from the Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 Click here to read all of John 8:12-30 Prayer […]

Memories in Pictures, A Few More

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Part 6 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series A few men at our Men’s Retreat in the “Whar’s the bar?” skit. A fine tradition of humiliating the […]

Some Memories in Pictures

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Part 5 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Baptizing a high school girl who became a Christian. Yes, am immersing her (sort of) in a kiddie pool. […]

Flooded with Gratitude

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Part 4 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Every time I sit back and begin to reflect on my last sixteen years of ministry at Irvine Presbyterian […]

Pastoring by Grace, Section 2

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Part 3 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I explained my conviction that my pastoral work at Irvine Presbyterian Church was by God’s […]

Pastoring by Grace, Section 1

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Part 2 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I’m calling this series on my pastoring Grace in the Rearview Mirror. As I begin to reflect on my […]

Grace in the Rearview Mirror: Introduction

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Part 1 of series: Grace in the Rearview Mirror: A Pastoral Retrospective Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Two weeks from today I will be driving across Arizona on my way to Texas, having said goodbye to […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Psalms

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Excerpt There he broke the flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Psalm 76:3 Click here to read all of Psalm 76 Prayer O Lord, it seems sadly ironic that this psalm celebrates Your vanquishing the […]

MissionInsite: Hi-Tech Help for the Missional Church

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This week saw the launch of a new ministry, MissionInsite. MissionInsite provides demographic data to churches and denominational bodies, so that they might minister more effectively to their own members and to their neighbors. Or, to put it in the […]

P.S. – Is the Missional Church Just a Fad?

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Part 17 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As I was working my way through this series, I received a question from Matthew in one of the […]

Practical Questions and Answers About the Missional Church

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Part 16 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series 1. “I could get pretty excited about being a part of God’s mission in the world. But, frankly, I’m […]

Sent as a Community of the Good News, Part 2

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Part 15 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I began talking about how we are sent as a community of the good news […]

D. James Kennedy: Tribute and a Funny Story

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Pastor, televangelist, and author D. James Kennedy died last week. A man of amazing energy and vision, Kennedy planted Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1960. Today, it has about 10,000 members, and Coral Ridge Ministries, which […]

Sent as a Community of the Good News, Part 1

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Part 14 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series When Jesus sent His first disciples into the world, He sent them as a community, not as a bunch […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Psalms

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Excerpt Do not let those who hope in you be put to shame because of me, O Lord GOD of hosts; do not let those who seek you be dishonored because of me, O God of Israel. Psalm 69:6 Click […]

Images of San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio, Texas, is an amazing city. Of course it’s been in the news recently because of all the flooding that’s happened there this summer. But, excess water aside, San Antonio has a unique charm. It is also one of […]

Sent to Enact the Good News, Part 3

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Part 13 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Until a few months ago, most people were unfamiliar with William Wilberforce. The recent movie Amazing Grace has changed […]

Sent to Enact the Good News, Part 2

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Part 12 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began to explain how we can enact the good news of Jesus even as we speak of […]

Sent to Enact the Good News, Part 1

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Part 11 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Like Jesus, we have been sent to enact the good news. Not only are we to proclaim what Christ […]

We Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Blog . . .

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. . . for a special announcement. Tod Bolsinger, my friend, fellow pastor and blogger, is preparing to run the Chicago marathon. Why? A change to get away from San Clemente, California to enjoy the Windy City? Probably not. An […]

Sent to Proclaim the Good News, Part 4

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Part 10 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I mentioned that my college friend Lance, who was so free in talking about his […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” John 2:1-10 Click here to read all of John 2:1-12 Prayer Lord, I […]

Sent to Proclaim the Good News, Part 3

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Part 9 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last two posts I’ve been explaining how we who believe in Jesus have been sent by Him […]

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Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
Can We Find God in the City? Psalm 48:1-14 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers. Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations. For that ...

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy ...

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with ...

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