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The God Who Has Tears…

Several years ago I had a note from a friend, Mako Fujimura, who heard that I was speaking in New York City, and wondered if I would be able to see him in his gallery. The 400th anniversary of the … more »

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Missio on Joseph: 20% Battery Life Remaining – Do You Want to Enter Low Power Mode?

The frantic blare of an air horn awakens me and welcomes me to Sunday morning.  The life of a youth worker at a church. 5:30 am, pray tell, how did you arrive so quickly? The 4 hours of sleep I … more »

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Missio on Joseph: From Punk to Pillar

A spoiled little brat tattletales on his brothers, and they hate him for it.  Anyone could have seen that coming in Genesis 37.  Of course, the response of Joseph’s brothers is rather severe: they try to kill him, only belatedly … more »

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Missio on Genesis 13: Unnecessary Generosity

“So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negeb. Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold…. And Lot, who went with Abram, … more »

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Mission on Gen. 11: Foot of Pride

It’s like the earth just opened and swallowed him up He reached too high, was thrown back to the ground… Well there ain’t no going back when your foot of pride comes down Ain’t no going back. — Bob Dylan, “Foot … more »

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“Bleeding Together” and the Failure of Majority Churches

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wisely observed that the most segregated parts of the American week were Sunday Mornings. Despite his exhortations to bring different races together, this is largely still true today, and the effects are tragic. more »

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Missio on Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42)

The story of Mary and Martha is challenging for me. As someone who believes that we are on Earth for a purpose and a mission, simply sitting back and listening – even to Jesus Himself – seems like more of … more »

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Missio on Rest: The Domino Effect of the Sabbath

Growing up, I was always taught about the importance of the Sabbath and keeping it holy.  When I think of that, the only connection it had was how we would spend our Sabbath day – Sundays.  Every Sunday morning, my … more »

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Missio on Rest: Helping Our Youth Learn Sabbath

“I’ve got National Honor Society on Mondays, Soccer practice Tuesday through Thursday with occasional games on the weekends, and then Friday I am hanging out with friends from school. On Saturday I am working on college applications, and then Sunday … more »

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Relational Healing

A physician mentor once told me, “Healing is not simply transactional; it is highly relational.” In December of 2009, my father revealed the unexpected news that my mom had cancer, Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I was terrified. My mother, the All-American … more »

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