Monthly Archives: October 2017

Semper Reformanda

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is worthy of celebration. But if we treat it as an Event in the Dim Misty Recesses of the Past, we miss the point. The re-formation of the church is always ongoing. Continue reading

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Heart Writing

The point of Reformation Sunday is that God wants to write the teaching of life on our deepest hearts so that our “yes” to life comes from the very center of who we are. Continue reading

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Explaining Evil

People of faith are constantly suckered in with the question “If God is all good and all loving, why did Bad Thing happen?” It’s a pointless question and I’m chucking it out the window. Continue reading

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Discerning Caesar

Jesus and the Pharisees are arguing (quelle surprise). This time they’re doing it about money and Jesus answers a question about taxes by talking about discernment. Continue reading

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Not Against Flesh and Blood

War is a simplistic and emotionally appealing model. The problem that comes from using this model is that we tend to get confused about who our enemy is. Continue reading

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A Completionist God

There’s a kind of video game player whose determination to finish the whole game and not just the “good bits” is actually a great way to think about the way God works. Continue reading

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