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January 2008 Archives

The Most Frequently Disobeyed Sign in the World???

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Next time you visit your local gas station, check out the sign on the gas pump. Chances are you’ll see something like this: Question: Have you ever obeyed this sign? Do you know anybody who does? Have you ever even […]

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Let’s Start at the Beginning

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Part 2 of series: Being the People of God Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Fraulein Maria got it right in The Sound of Music: “Let’s start at the very beginning; a very good place to start.” […]

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Being the People of God: An Introduction

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Part 1 of series: Being the People of God Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Today I’m beginning a new blog series called Being the People of God. I expect that this will be one of those […]

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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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“Walking with God” READ Genesis 6:1-10   “This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.” Genesis […]

You Know You’re in a Small Town When . . . A Ghost in the City Library Grabs the Headlines

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This week The Boerne Star feature this headline: “Certified Ghosts? Boerne Public Library gets certificate of paranormal activity.” Other cities may have fires, murders, and official scandals. But we in Boerne have ghosts! And in the public library, no less. […]

God at Work: An Appendix for the Laity (Section 4)

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In the series: God at Work: A Review of the Book by David Miller Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far I have put up the following recommendations for lay people who want to help their […]

Eyewitness Testimony in John’s Gospel

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Check out the latest post in the excellent series by James Arlandson, my first guest blogger. In typical fashion, James puts up a very thorough and readable look at eyewitness testimony in John’s gospel.

God at Work: An Appendix for the Laity (Section 3)

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In the series: God at Work: A Review of the Book by David Miller Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I put up my first suggestion for how lay people might help their churches be more […]

God at Work: An Appendix for the Laity (Section 2)

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In the series: God at Work: A Review of the Book by David Miller Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Okay, so here’s the scenario: You’re a member of a church, part of the laity (non-ordained folk). […]

God at Work: An Appendix for the Laity (Section 1)

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In the series: God at Work: A Review of the Book by David Miller Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I’ve just wrapped up a five-part review of David Miller’s fine book, God at Work. In this […]

A Review of God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement by David W. Miller (Section 5)

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In the series: God at Work: A Review of the Book by David Miller Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I suggested that David Miller’s recommendations for clergy are basically fine, though I think lay people […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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“Hint of the Savior” READ Genesis 3:14-16 “And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15 Throughout the ages, […]

Poltergeist at Night

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Poltergeist is a roller coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. I’ve been on faster thrill rides, but I don’t think I’ve ever been on one that was more compact. There are almost no straight sections of Poltergeist, […]

A Review of God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement by David W. Miller (Section 4)

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In the series: God at Work: A Review of the Book by David Miller Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began examining David Miller’s recommendations for clergy in his fine book, God at Work. Here […]

A Review of God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement, by David W. Miller (Section 3)

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In the series: God at Work: A Review of the Book by David Miller Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in this series I’ve examined some of the main ideas in God at Work by […]

A Review of God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement by David W. Miller (Section 2)

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In the series: God at Work: A Review of the Book by David Miller Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began a review of God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at […]

A Review of God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement by David W. Miller

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In the series: God at Work: A Review of the Book by David Miller Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In a Nutshell: God at Work by David Miller is an accurate, insightful analysis of the Faith […]

You Know You’re Still in a Small Town When . . . .

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On Friday I put up a few highlights from the Boerne Star News police blotter. Here are a few more. Obviously Boenre has been having a crime wave recently. December 15 30100 block of Battle Intense, 3:37 p.m., A caller […]

Only in Texas: Po-Po Family Restaurant

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In the Texas Hill Country about 30 miles northwest of San Antonio you’ll find  a Texas original: Po-Po Family Restaurant. Here you can find authentic Texas cuisine, wonderfully prepared. The restaurant was named  by a former owner who had made […]

You Know You’re in a Small Town When . . . .

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As most of my reader know, I recently moved from Irvine, California (population about 200,000) to Boerne, Texas, (population about 9,000). Irvine is part of Orange County (population about 3,000,000). Boerne is in Kendall County (population about 30,000). As you […]

Give Back to Bethlehem.org

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I’ve recently become aware of a business venture that seems, as far as I can tell, to be working towards peace between Israel and Palestine in a creative way. God knows we need some new approaches over there. The goal […]

Letting Go and Coming Back

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Part 5 of series: Letting Go of a Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series When pastors leave a church, they need to let go. This is essential for the health of the church, both in the […]

What is Helping Me to Let Go (Section C)

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Part 4 of series: Letting Go of a Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far I’ve mentioned seven factors that are helping me let go as pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church. They are: 1. My […]

What is Helping Me to Let Go (Section B)

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Part 3 of series: Letting Go of a Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series On Friday I mentioned five things that are helping me let go as pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church. They were: 1. My […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Be Fruitful and Multiply READ Genesis 1:28-30 “Then God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that […]

Final Christmas Photos

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From the family worship service on Christmas Eve at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. Angels we have heard on high . . . . From Balboa Island near Newport Beach, California. Now those are some Christmas lights, don’t you […]

What is Helping Me to Let Go (Section A)

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Part 2 of series: Letting Go of a Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I talked about my current struggle to let go of Irvine Presbyterian Church, where I served as pastor […]

Letting Go of a Church

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Part 1 of series: Letting Go of a Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series On June 30, 1991, I preached my first sermon as Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church. On September 30, 2007, I preached […]

The New Media Frontier

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Roger Overton of The A-Team Blog announces the forthcoming publication of The New Media Frontier, to be published in September 2008 by Crossway. I have one chapter in this book, “Pastors and the New Media.” You’ll recognize many other others […]

The High Calling of Our Daily Work

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Yesterday I introduced my new daily devotional at The High Calling. As I explained, this website is part of the larger ministry of Laity Lodge (and the HEB Foundation), where I am now serving as Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence. The […]

Announcing My New Daily Devotional

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Beginning today, I have a new daily devotional. It’s found at The High Calling. This website is part of the larger ministry of Laity Lodge (and the HEB Foundation), where I am now serving as Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence. I’ll […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Conclusions
In this series on the death of Jesus, I have presented four different perspectives on why Jesus had to die: Roman, Jewish, Jesus’, and Early Christian. I believe that each of these points of view has merit, and that we cannot fully understand the necessity of Jesus’ death without taking them all

posted 2:47:39am Apr. 11, 2011 | read full post »

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 is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever,

posted 2:05:51am Apr. 10, 2011 | read full post »

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 jewelry to associate the cross with love. But, in the first

posted 2:41:47am Apr. 08, 2011 | read full post »

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 the scriptures” (15:3). Yet this text doesn’t expl

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