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Missio on Joseph: The Shire’s Definition of Success

Take your pick. Pain is weakness leaving the body; impossible is nothing; it’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, it’s about the size of the fight in the dog—there is no shortage of “hype-up” slogans for … 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 Strife: Unnecessary Generosity, Part 2

In Genesis 13, even though the promise of the land was to Abram, he allowed Lot to choose the best part of the land, showing uncommon and unnecessary generosity.  And Abram lived less well because of this choice.  Lot took … more »

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Missio on Strife: Federalist No. 10 and Genesis 13

“Is not the whole land before you?” In Congress, a culture of political strife clouds the atmosphere as spiteful statements daily crackle off flaming tongues.  Congress is a combat zone where politicians throw deadly verbal grenades, launch legislative bazookas seeking to … more »

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Missio on Strife: 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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Redeeming Vocation: Shutting Down “Underground Economies”

Although the word, ‘covenant,’ is not spoken in Genesis 1-2, all the elements of a covenant are present – showing that God entered into a covenantal relationship with Adam and Eve. It was a covenant that God initiated.  In response … more »

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“Let’s Start at the Very Beginning, a Very Good Place to Start”

“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…” Julie Andrews sang Rodgers and Hammerstein’s famous line in The Sound of Music.  And that’s good advice.  Genesis 1 and 2 bear a disproportionate influence on our understanding … more »

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What Is Missio?

Steve Garber, the founder and principal of The Washington Institute, is wont to say that “Vocation is integral, not incidental, to the Missio Dei.”  These are profound words, because almost none of us seem to actually believe that.  We pray … more »

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A Meditation on Excess Productivity: Great Gifts, Stewarded Badly

Genesis 3: 14-20 describes the curse that befalls creation after Adam and Eve have disobeyed God in the garden. We then hear the stories of their descendants and the story of the Flood before we end up at the tower … more »

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A New Year’s 2016 Wish from October 1863

Two years into the unrelenting carnage of the Civil War, the bloodstained plains of America’s homeland absorbed the lives of countless husbands, fathers, and sons. Families rent apart by the devastation continued to serve and sacrifice. Houses were burned; the … more »

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