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Passionate Spirituality, Part 3

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This is the third part of a short series on Passionate Spirituality. In yesterday’s post, I began looking at Galatians 5:16-25, a passage that identifies passionate spirituality as life in the Spirit of God. When we live in the Spirit, […]

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Passionate Spirituality, Part 2

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Yesterday I began a short series on Passionate Spirituality. This is actually a revised version of a sermon I preached at my new church in Boerne, Texas this past Sunday. In yesterday’s post, I introduced the theme of passionate spirituality, […]

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Passionate Spirituality, Part 1

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Yesterday I preached my first sermon in my new home church, St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Boerne, Texas. The topic had been assigned to me by the pastor, John Watson. It was sermon three in a series he’s doing on […]

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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling.org

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Reunion READ Genesis 46:5-34 Joseph prepared his chariot and traveled to Goshen to meet his father, Jacob. When Joseph arrived, he embraced his father and wept, holding him for a long time. Genesis 46:29 What a touching scene! After years […]

A Fascinating Interview

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Marcus Goodyear, one of my friends and colleagues who works for The High Calling of Our Daily Work, (he’s also a fine blogger!) has completed a two-part interview with Micheal Flaherty, the president of Walden Media. (Note: Micheal is the […]

You Know You’re in a Small Town When . . . More from the Boerne Police Blotter

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April 5 100 block of Wollschlaeger Driver, 11:53 a.m., A caller reported that there was a pot-bellied pig on his property tearing up his yard. [MDR: That’s just about a mile from my house. The feral hogs in this part […]

Excellent Discussion on the Problem of Suffering

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Beliefnet.com is hosting a fine “blogalogue” between Bart Ehrman and N. T. Wright on the problem of suffering. Ehrman, as you may know, has published the most recent installment in his series that might be called: “A Popular Scholar’s Attempt […]

Three More Seeds for Discerning God’s Call to Ministry

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Part 5 of series: Ivy League Congress: Discerning God’s Call Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series More Seeds for Discerning God’s Call to “Ministry” In my last several posts I sowed the first eight of eleven “seeds” […]

Still More Seeds for Discerning God’s Call to Ministry

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Part 4 of series: Ivy League Congress: Discerning God’s Call Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last couple of posts I sowed the first five of eleven “seeds” for discerning God’s call to ministry: 1. […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling.org

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It’s Not About You! READ Genesis 43:1-7 “Why were you so cruel to me?” Jacob moaned. “Why did you tell him you had another brother?” Genesis 43:6 The story of Joseph overflows with self-centeredness, beginning with Joseph’s dreams, continuing through […]

You Don’t See This Every Day . . .

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Last Saturday I was driving from New Haven, Connecticut, to JFK Airport in New York. I got of the highway to grab something to eat. I ended up at Friendly’s, one of my old favorites from my New England days. […]

More Seeds for Discerning God’s Call to Ministry

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Part 3 of series: Ivy League Congress: Discerning God’s Call Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series More Seeds for Discerning God’s Call to “Ministry” In my last post I sowed the first two of eleven “seeds” for […]

Ivy League Congress on Faith and Action: My Presentation

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As I mentioned yesterday, this past weekend I participated in the Ivy League Congress on Faith and Action in New Haven, Connecticut – a short walk from Yale University. (Photo: Yale University from my hotel. In the immediate foreground is […]

Ivy League Congress on Faith and Action

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This past weekend I participated in the Ivy League Congress on Faith and Action, sponsored by the Christian Union. It happened at the Omni Hotel in New Haven, Connecticut, home of Yale University. Some 400 Ivy League students from all […]

What Can We Do to Make Room for the Holy Spirit in Strategic Planning and Goal Setting: Section F

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Part 7 of series: Planning and Goals: Is There Room for the Holy Spirit? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far I’ve outlined six attitudes and/or actions will help us be open to the Spirit’s guidance […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling.org

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One Discouragement After Another READ Genesis 40:1-23 Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought. Genesis 40:23 Sold into slavery by his own brothers, wrongly imprisoned by the master he had served loyally, Joseph continued […]

No Food Allowed!

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Yesterday I was riding on the AirTrain at JFK Airport in New York. This ride came after a eleven-hour travel day thanks to a canceled American Airlines flight and a two-hour-delayed JetBlue flight. While standing on the AirTrain in my […]

Lessons from Odd Jobs: P.S. – The Wonders of the Internet

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Yesterday I put up a story about the strangest job I ever had: trimming the grave marker of my boss, Mrs. Bivans. Today I want to jump off from that story to marvel on the wonders of the Internet. I […]

Lessons from Odd Jobs

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Members of the HighCallingBlog.com community are writing on lessons learned from odd jobs. The questions are: What is the strangest job you’ve ever had? And what did you learn from it? As a member of that blogging community, I’m weighing […]

What Can We Do to Make Room for the Holy Spirit in Strategic Planning and Goal Setting: Section E

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Part 6 of series: Planning and Goals: Is There Room for the Holy Spirit? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series What We Can Do to Make Room for the Holy Spirit in Strategic Planning and Goal Setting: […]

What Can We Do to Make Room for the Holy Spirit in Strategic Planning and Goal Setting: Section D

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Part 5 of series: Planning and Goals: Is There Room for the Holy Spirit? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series To this point I’ve outlined five attitudes and/or actions will help us be open to the Spirit’s […]

What Can We Do to Make Room for the Holy Spirit in Strategic Planning and Goal Setting: Section C

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Part 4 of series: Planning and Goals: Is There Room for the Holy Spirit? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far I’ve proposed that four attitudes and/or actions will help us be open to the Spirit’s […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling.org

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Jacob’s Stone Pillar READ Genesis 35:5-29 Jacob set up a stone pillar to mark the place where God had spoken to him. Then he poured wine over it as an offering to God and anointed the pillar with olive oil. […]

Mt. Hermon Christian Conference Center

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Last week I spoke at a Presbyterian pastors conference at Mt. Hermon. This conference center, the oldest Christian camp in the western United States, lies in the sylvan woods of the Santa Cruz mountains. It’s setting among the redwoods is […]

What Can We Do to Make Room for the Holy Spirit in Strategic Planning and Goal Setting: Section B

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Part 3 of series: Planning and Goals: Is There Room for the Holy Spirit? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Last month I began a blog series entitled Planning and Goals: Is There Room for the Holy […]

What is the Most Central Doctrine of Christianity?

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This week I’ve been speaking at the West Coast Presbyterian Pastors Conference at Mt. Hermon, California, in the verdant mountains above Santa Cruz. That’s rather ironic, given the fact that I am no longer a parish pastor and no longer […]

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

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Feb. 7 30200 Fairway Ranch, 1:09 p.m., An attempt to bake a pie turned into an oven fire. The volunteer fire department responded and put it out with – what else – baking soda. [MDR: I’ve never seen “what else” […]

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