Good News--Jesus Changes His Mind

God refuses to be contained in our pre-determined categories.  And thank God for that! If God were more consistent, Israel would have been destroyed for its transgressions. If Jesus were more consistent, the Gentile woman’s daughter would have remained possessed.

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Be a Foretaste of the End

The mission of the church is to advocate for and model here and now the kind of world that God will eventually bring into being everywhere. Our way of being in the world is to be a foretaste of the end. 

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Commandments for the Long Haul

God gave the Israelites the 10 commandments so that they would retain their peculiar identity over the long haul. The Church today needs to be aware of the commandments that will keep it from losing its peculiar character in a culture that wants to co-opt it for its own ends.

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Embodying Good News

The Church has often fallen woefully short of embodying God’s love and many people have found the church anything but Good News. However, all it takes is one disciple and one church to give the skeptical reason to believe that the church has something to offer

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What is Your Elevator Speech?

So imagine this: Imagine you are in an elevator with someone and you are holding a newsletter from your church, and the other person in the elevator says, “Is that where you go to church?” What would your elevator speech be about your church? You have at most 15 seconds before the elevator gets to their floor.

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The Well Inside

According to the Gospel of John, the classical tradition of the church, and mystics like Etty Hillesum, God has already come to be with us before we ever try to open ourselves to God. Our journey is not a search for something we don’t have, but something that has already been given to us.

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So Much for our Plans

“You do not know where the wind/Spirit comes from or where it goes.” How unnerving is that? Unnerving because it reminds us we are not in control of this relationship with God, no matter how thoughtful and prayerful we are. Unnerving because it reminds us that we cannot reduce the faith journey to a plan, let alone a plan that we know is in sync with Spirit of God. I am not suggesting that churches don’t need to make plans. I am suggesting that we need to hold them lightly and acknowledge that where we thought we were going may not be where God ends up taking us.

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A House of Cards

When we don’t accept ourselves as creatures created in God’s image; when we don’t accept ourselves as “marvelously made” (Ps 139.13); and when we don’t accept that we are loved by God beyond all imagining, we usually begin to build an identity that is a house of cards.

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Slow Down and Link Arms

The “rat race” is killing us. Everybody is stressed out and exhausted, and acutely aware that something is missing. The antidote is to slow down and pay attention to the one who has fallen and is in pain.

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