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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Paying Attention to the Poor READ Psalm 41:1-13  Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The LORD rescues them when they are in trouble. Psalm 41:1 Yesterday I began reflecting on Psalm 41:1. Today I want […]

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All Hail Broke Loose!

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On Wednesday evening, all hail broke loose in Boerne, Texas. For a brief time, we had a stunning hail storm, complete with deafening thunder and blinding lightning. The photo below shows the result. No, this is not snow in winter. […]

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Thin Places: Theological Reflections and Hesitations

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Part 10 of series: Thin Places Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Today I want to wrap up this series on thin places by offering some theological reflections and hesitations. If you’re joining this series late in […]

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The Church as a Thin Place: Dreams and Visions

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Part 9 of series: Thin Places Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In yesterday’s post I began reflecting in a more practical way on the church as a thin place. Today I want to continue these reflections, […]

The Church as a Thin Place: Some Implications

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In my last post in this series, I suggested that, from the point of view of the New Testament, the church is to be the world’s most significant thin place. To put it more differently, in the time after the […]

â??Hot in Recession: Chocolate, Running Shoes, and Spamâ?

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Now there’s a combination you don’t see very often: Chocolate, Running Shoes, and Spam. No, no, not the Spam that fills you inbox with donations from Africa and illicit invitations. This recent AP story referred to Spam, the stuff you […]

Some Thoughts for Memorial Day

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For most of my life, Memorial Day signified the beginning of summer with a day off from school or work. When I was in college, Memorial Day usually fell during my final exams, so it was an extra study day. […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Joy in Doing God’s Will READ Psalm 40:1-17  I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart. Psalm 40:8 Undeniably, there are times when obeying God is hard, times when we’d much […]

AP: Hanalei Bay the World’s Best Beach

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The AP reports that Hanalei Bay on the Hawaiian island of Kauai was ranked as the best beach in the world by “Dr. Beach,” Stephen P. Leatherman. (HT: Nathan Roberts.) Leatherman, director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, […]

Commitment!

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If you’re a squirrel, it takes commitment to steal my bird seed.

The Church as a Thin Place

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Part 7 of series: Thin Places Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post in this series, I examined how Jesus impacts our understanding of thin places. If a thin place is a location where […]

For a Little Fun . . .

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I wasn’t able to put up the next post in my series on Thin Places because I was out late last night at my son’s choir concert at school. I’ll get back to the series tomorrow. For now, I thought […]

Thin Places and Jesus

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In my last post in this series I suggested that the Temple in Jerusalem was the paradigmatic thin place in the Old Testament. The Temple was considered God’s house, metaphorically speaking, the chief place in which his presence dwelled. Unlike […]

Love in the Workplace: A Tribute

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No, this is not a salacious story about sex on the job. I want to reflect about love in the workplace, the caring, giving, selfless kind of love, what Christians call agape (pronounced uh-GAH-pay). In some jobs, love is virtually […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Sickness and Sin READ Psalm 38:1-22  Because of your anger, my whole body is sick; my health is broken because of my sins. Psalm 38:3 In Psalm 38, David makes a strong connection between his devastating physical illness and his […]

A Good Reason Not to Use Your Cell Phone While Driving

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One of my son’s friends (whom I’ll call DW) recently got into a serious accident while driving in Boerne. Apparently he was talking on his cell phone and dropped it. When he reached to pick it up, he lost control […]

The Temple as a Thin Place

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Part 5 of series: Thin Places Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series After God established the Tabernacle as “sanctuary” for the Israelites so that he might “dwell in their midst” (Exod 25:8), he continued to “camp” among […]

More Thin Places in Exodus

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Part 4 of series: Thin Places Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post, I examined Mt. Sinai as a thin place, that is, a place where God is experienced with unusual propinquity. (Now there’s […]

Mt. Sinai as a Thin Place

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Part 2 of series: Thin Places Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series If a thin place is defined as a place where God’s presence is known with particular immediacy, then there are several stunning thin places in […]

The First Thin Place

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Part 2 of series: Thin Places Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series First, I want to thank those of you who have given feedback on this series, either through your comments or through emails to me. Your […]

The Honor System at DFW

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Note: I’ll get back to my Thin Places series soon. Sorry for the delay. On a recent trip through the Dallas Fort Worth airport, I was surprised that they’re selling copies of USA Today on the honor system. The copies […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Feeding on God’s Abundance READ Psalm 36:1-12  How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your […]

McKnight, Ford, and Now Avery: Déjà Vu All Over Again!

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Well, sometimes life is strange, full of concidences, if not conspiracies. I’ve stumbled into just such an odd situation. It’s very peculiar . . . curious! Last Wednesday I put up a rather silly blog post about book covers (see […]

Your “Thin Places”?

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First of all, I want to thank those of you who commented on yesterday’s introductory post. I appreciate your honesty and insights. I also like the respectful disagreement among commentators. You’ve give us all lots to think about. (If you […]

Thin Places: An Introduction

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Part 1 of series: Thin Places Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I first heard someone use the phrase “thin place” about fifteen years ago. She had become a devotee of Celtic spirituality, from which source she […]

McKnight and Ford: Book Déjà Vu?

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Recently I put up a brief review of Scot McKnight’s newest book, The Blue Parakeet. You can read the review here, if you wish. The Blue Parakeet is Scot’s effort to help us think about how we interpret the Bible, […]

Retreat as Practice

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This past weekend we at Laity Lodge were pleased to host a group from Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. This large, vibrant church hosts a wide array of ministries, including The Center for Christian Spirituality. The director of […]

Newsweek: “Is That a Bible in Your Pocket?”

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This week’s edition of Newsweek (May 4, 2009) includes an article called: “Is That a Bible in Your Pocket?” Lisa Miller, Newsweek‘s religion editor, comments on the growing popularity of holy writ iPhone apps. Apparently, some of the most popular […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Play Skillfully READ Psalm 33:1-22 Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy. Psalm 33:3 The Hebrew expression translated here as “play skillfully” literally means “to do well in playing music.” […]

A Hidden Mickey at Laity Lodge

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Recently I found an unexpected surprise . . . a Hidden Mickey at Laity Lodge. “What is a Hidden Mickey?” you ask. If you’re a fan of Walt Disney lore, you probably know the answer. But if not, let me […]

Highly Recommended: National Worship Leader Conference 2009

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If you’re a worship leader, a pastor, or a lay person who cares about the worship life of your church, I highly recommend the National Worhsip Leader Conference 2009. Let me say up front that I am involved with this […]

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Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
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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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