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You Don’t See This Everyday!

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A few days ago I flew from Los Angeles to San Antonio on Southwest Airlines. I was surprised to find the Southwest section of the terminal decorated for Halloween. Here are a couple of photos:

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A Case for Virtual Church

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Part 4 of series: The Challenge and Opportunity of Virtual Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last two posts I explained that virtual church, in my opinion, is “real” in many ways that count. […]

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Could Virtual Church Be Real Church? Section 2

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Part 3 of series: The Challenge and Opportunity of Virtual Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I began to respond to those who might think that this whole conversation about the reality […]

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Wit and Wisdom from Bill Swedberg

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If you read my blog yesterday, you saw my tribute to my father-in-law, Bill Swedberg. He died a couple of weeks ago. On Saturday I officiated at his memorial service. A few years Bill died, his daughter Debbie gave him […]

A Tribute to My Father-in-Law, Bill Swedberg

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Last Saturday I officiated at the memorial service for my father-in-law, Bill Swedberg. He died a couple of weeks ago at the age of 84, a victim of Parkinson’s Syndrome. The service was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Has God Forgotten to Be Gracious? READ Psalm 77:1-20  Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he slammed the door on his compassion? Psalm 77:9 Psalm 77, written by Asaph, begins with a profound expression of anguish. The psalmist has […]

Could Virtual Church Be Real Church?

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Part 2 of series: The Challenge and Opportunity of Virtual Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began a blog series focusing on the challenge and opportunity of virtual church. This series will be, in […]

The Challenge of Virtual Church: Introduction

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Part 1 of series: The Challenge and Opportunity of Virtual Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series A month ago I did a blog series on the topic: Is Online Church Really Church? Inspired by a conversation […]

SimChurch: Being the Church in the Virtual World, by Douglas Estes

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Today this website is a “stop” on a blog tour for a new book, SimChurch: Being the Church in the Virtual World, by Douglas Estes (Zondervan, 2009). This book offers an in-depth analysis of so-called “virtual churches.” We’re not talking […]

Introducing Patheos

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A few weeks ago, one of my colleagues at Foundations for Laity Renewal forwarded to me a news release about Patheos and its effort to increase meaningful dialogue among different religious traditions. Keith Mirrer, our Director of Communications, keeps abreast […]

Final Views of New England

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Before I return to my usual blogging routine, I thought I’d post three more photos of New England, from my trip there a couple of weeks ago. First, the statue of Paul Revere, with the Old North Church in the […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Drinking the Cup of Judgment READ Psalm 75:1-10  For the LORD holds a cup in his hand that is full of foaming wine mixed with spices. He pours out the wine in judgment, and all the wicked must drink it, draining […]

Views of Harvard

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During my trip to New England last week, I was able to visit Harvard University. I had not been back to my alma mater since my final graduation there in 1992. Of course I enjoyed plenty of nostalgia, which I […]

Park Street Church in Boston

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Last weekend I had the privilege of preaching at Park Street Church in downtown Boston. Park St. is celebrating its bicentennial this year. That’s right, 200 years! They’ve had a bunch of guest preachers, including me. I thought I’d share […]

Scenes from Rockport, Massachusetts

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Here are a few photos from one of my favorite places in the world, Rockport, Massachusetts. The red fishing shack in the center of these photos is Motif #1, one of the most photographed, painted, and drawn structures in the […]

The Office, the Wedding, and the Power of the Internet

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Warning: The Office spoilers ahead. If you have doubted the power of the Internet to impact culture, consider last week’s big event on The Office.  After seasons of waiting, Pam and Jim finally got married. The “Niagara” episode offered its […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Desiring God Most of All READ Psalm 73:1-28  Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. Psalm 73:25 This verse from Psalm 73 is one of the most beloved of all the psalms. […]

New England in the Fall

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I’m in the Boston area this weekend to preach at Park St. Church. Had the chance to get up to New Hampshire today. There is nothing like New England in the fall! Not even Texas. This is New Hampshire. This […]

Highest Recommendation: Frio Suite by Jeff Johnson and Phil Keaggy

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Do I have a recommendation for you! Today marks the full release of an extraordinary album by Jeff Johnson and Phil Keaggy: Frio Suite. This instrumental collection is engaging, inspiring, quieting, even haunting. It is an extraordinary collaboration of two […]

Creation, Incarnation, and Online Church

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Part 8 of series: Is Online Church Really Church? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Let me say, once again, that I am not opposed to online church if it is an extension of in-the-flesh church. When […]

Words to Weigh: “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost

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Yesterday in his sermon, my pastor, David Evans, quoted from Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall.” I had not thought about this poem in many years, but was glad David mentioned it. It surely contains words to weigh. “Mending Wall” by […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Hope and Praise READ Psalm 71:1-24  But I will keep on hoping for your help; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14 Psalm 71 is a prayer for deliverance offered by an unnamed poet who has repeatedly experienced […]

The Nature of the Church and the Possibility of Virtual Church

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Part 7 of series: Is Online Church Really Church? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series If you’ve been following along in this series dealing with online church, you know that I see many ways the Internet can […]

But Aren’t There Some Aspects of Church That Are Necessarily Physical? Section 2

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Part 6 of series: Is Online Church Really Church? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I suggested that the Christian sacraments of baptism and communion have essential corporate aspects, and even physical aspects, […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
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