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Introduction to the Theology of Work Project

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I have recently been asked to participate in compelling new project, the Theology of Work Project. I have agreed to be involved, not only because the whole matter of faith and work lies close to the heart of Laity Lodge, […]

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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Lead Me to the Rock READ Psalm 61:1-8  From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety. Psalm 61:2 Psalm 61 expresses the desperate […]

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Different Places and Their Distinctive Smells

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Have you ever noticed how different places have different and distinctive smells? I expect you have, especially if you’ve visited a seaside community on vacation. Even before you can hear the waves crashing on the beach or the seagulls calling, […]

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Visiting Montana State University

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Last week I visited Montana State University along with my son. He is interested in attending film school for college, and Montana State has a well-regarded program in film, television, and theatre. Not surprisingly, one of the most attractive features […]

Montana Countryside Outside of Bozeman

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The following photos need no explanation . . . .

Hike to Lava Lake

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During our recent trip to Montana, my family and I, along with several friends, hiked to Lava Lake. This 5.5 mile hike involved a substantial climb (1600 ft) along a fast-moving creek. The forest was dense and lush. The trailhead […]

Fun Photos from Vacation

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My son and his friend chase the cattle off of our trail in the Montana mountains . . . . Who says there are palm trees in Montana?

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Keep on Praying READ Matthew 7:7-11  “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 The New Living […]

How Things Change . . .

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Yesterday I put up a photo of my son, Nathan, and me at the beginning of our first backpacking trip together. I believe that picture was taken in the summer of 2000. Here’s another look at that photo. We were […]

Intimate Fellowship and Complete Joy

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Part 21 of series: What is the Christian Life? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I began this series by looking at the sad situation that motivated John to write his first letter. Poor theology plus unloving […]

Hiking in Montana

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Here are a couple of photos from a hike that my wife and I took while on vacation in Montana. The hike was in Flathead National Forest, not far from Swan Lake. It was certainly nice of somebody to string […]

Intimate Fellowship Encompasses Four Common Ideas of the Christian Life (Section 2)

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Part 11 of series: What is the Christian Life? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post in this series I began to examine several common ideas of the Christian life and their relationship to […]

Intimate Fellowship Encompasses Four Common Ideas of the Christian Life

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Part 10 of series: What is the Christian Life? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in this series, I have been exploring the idea that the Christian life is, essentially, intimate fellowship with God and […]

Walking in Darkness and Light (continued)

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Part 9 of series: What is the Christian Life? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In yesterday’s post I began examining a passage from 1 John that uses the metaphor of walking to talk about how we […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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God Was Still with Joseph READ Genesis 39:7-23 But the LORD was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the LORD made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. Genesis 39:21 In the first part […]

On Swan Lake in Montana . . .

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My son, Nathan, gets a little “air” while wakeboarding . . . . And then he get a little “air” while tubing . . . .

Intimate Fellowship Impacts Our Whole Life

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Part 8 of series: What is the Christian Life? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series A couple of weeks ago I was working away on a series entitled “What is the Christian Life?” I got about two-thirds […]

God Will Wipe Away Our Tears: Implications (Section 6)

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Part 6 of series: God Will Wipe Away Our Tears: Grief and the Christian Life Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in this series I have been reflecting on some implications of the fact that, […]

Tubing Fun in Montana

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A couple recent vacation pics. My daughter and her friend get a little “air” over Swan Lake, Montana. My son enjoys the spray.

God Will Wipe Away Our Tears: Implications (Section 5)

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Part 5 of series: God Will Wipe Away Our Tears: Grief and the Christian Life Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post, I continued to answer the question, 2. What does this [the fact […]

God Will Wipe Away Our Tears: Implications (Section 4)

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Part 4 of series: God Will Wipe Away Our Tears: Grief and the Christian Life Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in this series I have been reflecting on some implications of the fact that, […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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A Discerning God READ Genesis 1:3-5  “And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:4 From the beginning, God saw with moral vision. He saw the light, and saw its goodness. […]

No Sign of Wile E. Coyote

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A genuine Roadrunner at Laity Lodge . . .

God Will Wipe Away Our Tears: Implications (Section 3)

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Part 3 of series: God Will Wipe Away Our Tears: Grief and the Christian Life Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In yesterday’s post I continued reflecting on some implications of the fact that, in the new […]

God Will Wipe Away Our Tears: Implications (Section 2)

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In yesterday’s post I began cogitating on the implications of the fact that, as the first act in the new creation, God will wipe away our tears. I suggested that this action of God reminds us of the pain and […]

God Will Wipe Away Our Tears: Implications

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Yesterday I put up some highlights of Scotty Smith’s recent contribution to a Laity Lodge retreat. I mentioned that one of the things he said that struck me was this: “God’s first action in the new creation is to wipe […]

Scotty Smith, Laity Lodge, and the New Creation

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At our recent Laity Lodge retreat we were pleased to have Scotty Smith as our speaker. Scotty is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. After twenty years as Senior Pastor, he is now the Pastor for […]

Inspiration from The High Calling

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My Holy People READ Exodus 22:25-31 “You must be my holy people. Therefore, do not eat any animal that has been torn up and killed by wild animals. Throw it to the dogs.” Exodus 22:31 Exodus 22:31 contains instructions about […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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My Strength READ Psalm 59:1-17  O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love. Psalm 59:17 Psalm 59 begins as David’s cry to be rescued from his […]

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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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