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Andy Crouch at Laity Lodge: What Keeps Us From Being Creative?

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We had a fantastic lineup at Laity Lodge last week. Our musicians were Ashley Cleveland and Kenny Greenberg (for the second retreat in a row). Our speakers were Dr. J.I. Packer and Andy Crouch. I expect most of you have […]

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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Inevitability of Death READ Psalm 49:1-20  Those who are wise must finally die, just like the foolish and senseless, leaving all their wealth behind. Psalm 49:10 Psalm 49 isn’t exactly what you’d call cheery. Its main point is that […]

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Missional and Formational: Factors in the Formation of Jesus (continued)

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Part 4 of series: Missional and Formational? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I mentioned that Jesus, as a carpenter, would have had to operate his business with integrity if he were to […]

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Missional and Formational: Factors in the Formation of Jesus

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Part 3 of series: Missional and Formational? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series It’s always risky to try and speak of the forces that formed Jesus and his ministry. Partly we face the problem of his uniqueness […]

Missional and Formational in the Old Testament

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As the mission of God unfolds in the Old Testament, he enters into covenant relationship with key partners is mission. In each of these covenant relationships there are both missional and formational components, and they are closely related. Abraham God […]

Missional and Formational?

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On Wednesday of this week I’ll be offering a workshop at the Renovaré conference in San Antonio. The theme of this conference is: The Jesus Way: Recovering the Lost Content of Discipleship. Conference headliners include Eugene Peterson, Max Lucado, Emilie […]

Great Music at Laity Lodge . . . Ashley Cleveland and Kenny Greenberg

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One of the things I love about Laity Lodge is getting to hear great music in a wide variety of genres. A week ago we were treated to a world-class string trio composed of Stephen Clapp (violinist and former dean […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Clap and Shout! READ Psalm 47:1-9 Come, everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God with joyful praise! Psalm 47:1 In yesterday’s reflection, I mentioned that I am not wired for stillness, but rather for activity and worry. So I need […]

A Windy Summer Day at Laity Lodge

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Here’s a great reason to hang out at Laity Lodge . . . . Check out this short video clip so you can appreciate the warm summer wind at your back:

Is Twitter Making a Difference that Matters?

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You may have noticed that I am now including my tweets (Twitter posts) on this website. In the amazing world of computer automation, all I need to do is to create a tweet in my Twitter account, and it magically […]

Now That’s What I Call Church! (Or Not)

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Check out this funny but all-too-true video about church . . . Ouch! (Hat tip: Branon Dempsey at Worship Team Training)

Good News for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) could use some good news. No, I don’t mean the Good News, though we could always stand to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ once again. I’m speaking more of specific, tangible good news that would […]

Tuesday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Trustworthy Leadership READ Exodus 14:15-31  When the people of Israel saw the mighty power that the LORD had unleashed against the Egyptians, they were filled with awe before him. They put their faith in the LORD and in his servant […]

Monday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Lord Will Fight for You READ Exodus 14:1-14  “The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:14 As the Israelites left Egypt, they were pursued by the Egyptians. Fearful of the awesome power of Pharaoh’s army, […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Defending Truth, Humility, and Justice READ Psalm 45:1-17  In your majesty, ride out to victory, defending truth, humility, and justice. Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds! Psalm 45:4 When I was a boy, I loved watching the Adventures of Superman […]

Only in Texas

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A recent headline is encouraging. Somehow, the buses in Seguin, Texas are able to imbue politeness into seventh grade boys: This store has something for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. You don’t see this sort of thing in California!

Technology and Theology: Unexpected Consequences

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When we begin to use a new technology, usually we focus on its primary impact. For example, when I got my first cell phone, I was excited about the possibility of staying in touch with people with whom I worked […]

Technology and Theology: A Negative Example

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In yesterday’s post I examined ways in which technology can support God’s work in the world. Specifically, I noted now the early Christian use of letters and roads helped to spread the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the Roman […]

Technology and Theology: Positive Examples

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Thanks to those who contributed comments to yesterday’s post, and to those who communicated with me by email. As always, I am encouraged, instructed, and challenged by your insights. When I think about the relationship of technology and theology, I […]

Technology and Theology: Your Ideas

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I have been asked to write an article on technology and theology for Outcomes, a magazine for leaders published by the Christian Leadership Alliance. The timing of this request seems to be providential. The cover of this week’s Time Magazine […]

What Makes Us Happy?

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The current issue of Atlantic Monthly has a long article with the title “What Makes Us Happy?” The author, Joshua Wolf Shenk, writes about the 72-year-long, in-depth study of 268 men from Harvard. He focuses considerable attention on the current […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Hope in God! READ Psalm 43:1-5 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Psalm 43:5 If Psalm 43 seems strangely […]

New Babies at Home!

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A couple of months ago, our back porch was invaded by a couple of Barn Swallows. They’re colorful birds that build bowl-shaped mud nests. Our invasion force picked our porch for such a nest and we decided to let them […]

Final Comments on the MBA Oath

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Today was the 358th Commencement of Harvard University. Among the thousands of graduates from the various Harvard schools were about 900 who received the Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. A significant percentage of these graduates, now […]

Ethical MBAs? Some Comments on the MBA Oath

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Yesterday I began by noting an article in the New York Times that describes the efforts of a number of students at Harvard Business School to commit to being ethical in their future business practices. So far, over 160 soon-to-be-graduates […]

Ethical MBAs? From Harvard Business School?!

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A recent article in the New York Times focused on a group of soon-to-be graduates of Harvard Business School who have signed an oath promising to “serve the greater good” as business leaders (HT: Susan McCool). According to the Times, […]

The Twilight Books: Should You Let Your Daughter Read Them?

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Odds are that you’ve heard of the Twilight books, even if you’re not a teenage girl. If not the Twilight books, then probably the movie. Yesterday, in fact, it won five MTV movie awards, including Best Movie . . . […]

Red, Yellow, and Blue

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Some birds in my back yard . . . . Cardinal . . . . Goldfinch . . . . Scrub Jay . . . .

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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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