Dwell with us

Dec 21, 2017 by

“I think that the Christian doctrine of redemption — this idea that we need to be ‘redeemed’ from something — is just wrong. And it’s done all kinds of harm.” The comment came in the...

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Christmas imperfections

Dec 18, 2017 by

The screams were interrupted by yet another festive tinkle of shattering glass. Another ornament hit the hardwood floor, sending shards of Christmas cheer in every direction. The kids were helping decorate....

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A share of the blame

Dec 4, 2017 by

The church must take some responsibility for men who violate women. For centuries we have misinterpreted Gen. 3:16-18, which lists four curses: weeds, sorrow in childbirth, man ruling over woman, and a woman...

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Bible: The baby who threatened a king

Dec 4, 2017 by

Acts 14 showcases the people’s impulse to make gods of human leaders. Listening to Paul and Barnabas speak, seeing them manifest God’s power, the people mistake these men for something they’re not,...

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The missional nature of the Incarnation

Dec 4, 2017 by

As I enter this Christmas season, I am reminded again and again of the ways in which we have co-opted the story of the birth of Jesus as another ploy to get people saved (lead people to jesus, get people to...

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Human just like us

Sep 15, 2017 by

“I can understand that Jesus is our example in spiritual things, but for day-to-day living, that just doesn’t make any sense.” My friend raised a good point. After all, Jesus never had to deal with high...

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Jesus was born to die, but there’s more to the story

Dec 27, 2016 by

While some lament that Christmas has become increasingly secularized and materialistic, others have posted blogs and Facebook statuses reminding us of the real meaning of Christmas. Recently, Benjamin L....

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Waiting for God to act

Nov 29, 2016 by

Advent is for waiting. As we tell the story of redemption through the church calendar we begin our telling of the sacred story, not with doing, not with celebrating, but with waiting — waiting for God to...

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No ‘naked Anabaptists’

Sep 26, 2016 by

I appreciate Joe Miller’s effort in cross-cultural learning (“U.K. Reveals Anabaptism Without Baggage,” Sept. 12). I think he is a bit naive to believe he discovered in England a “naked Anabaptism.”...

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Christmas without incarnation

Jan 13, 2016 by

This past Christmas I noticed something: a lot of Christians talk about Christmas without talking about the incarnation, at least not in any meaningful way. This can be from conservatives or liberals (usually...

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Creation care and incarnation

Dec 30, 2015 by

Emmanuel. God with us. Really. In the flesh. The incarnation means that in the most real and concrete way, God is connected to the physical reality of this planet. God has inhabited a human body with skin,...

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Frightening light

Dec 24, 2015 by

The “rising sun” came unexpectedly and unobtrusively upon those living in darkness. It was a very small light in a very ordinary place. A baby. Of all things. A baby boy. Which didn’t seem very...

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Bethlehem: beauty and brutality

Dec 23, 2015 by

The Sunday before Advent, I was preaching in Bethlehem. While there, a Palestinian friend I’ve known for nearly 20 years and who shares my appreciation for Orthodox icons gave me the wonderful gifts of a...

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The Christ story

Dec 21, 2015 by

Do we really believe Jesus? Many read the Bible about the birth of Jesus and the miracles of his birth and life. The Christ story is going around the world, and many are dying for him, and many are coming to...

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Jesus’ earliest journeys

Dec 18, 2015 by

Many of us who are parents have at one time or another had the desire to see our children do just what we wanted them to. It happens occasionally, but more often, not. The best example of a son...

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Love without limit

Dec 7, 2015 by

Jesus said God is like a shepherd who leaves his flock of 99 to search for one lost sheep. The message is clear: God loves us as individuals. It is amazing enough that the Almighty cares about humans...

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