Hearts that beat as one with fists that hit a ton

Happy Valentine's Day! Sure, sure, it's a made up holiday (thanks, Chaucer) that can be pretty lame. Then again, aren't all holidays (like all words) made up? I aim to inject a little geeky fun into the day. In place of chocolate, roses, or even wine how about some comic book power couples falling in …

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Coffee ‘n’ Capes: My Passion Project Podcast

Yes, it's true: I am, apparently, all about that alliteration. Alliteration seems to be de rigueur for us pastor types. I mean, perhaps peruse our sermon titles sometime. We can't seem to help ourselves. You know who else loves alliteration? Comic book writers. Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Stephen Strange, Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Jessica Jones, …

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A moment of goodness, justice, and joy

Buck O'Neil is kinda, sorta, my grandfather. That is a very bizarre idea for me to posit. Here's what I mean: over the last 15-20 years I've learned to love reading what Joe Posnanski writes and, more recently, listening to what Joe Posnanski says. Before that Substack, Joe wrote for several newspapers, Sports Illustrated, The …

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50 is just a number, right? Right?!

Hi. Wow...it has been a minute. And for no good reason other than, I guess, life happens? Driving kids to and from school, practices, appointments. Actually driving myself to and from the church office again (well, once in a while anyway). Working on bulletins and pastoral care visits and bible studies. Spending time with my …

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A Halloween unlike any other…

...(said in Jim Nantz voice, of course). A peek into our office today: That's Lead Pastor the Rev. Danita R. Anderson with me preparing for our church's preschool to parade by our offices. It's a tremendous gift to work with Danita, who is always ready to laugh. One of the reasons we work well together …

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Match Game: a Christianity21 Quiz #c21denver

Last week I attended Christianity 21, an excellent and fun conference organized by the incomparable JoPa Group. It is a conference ostensibly offered for those of the (E)(e)merg(ing/ence/ent) persuasion. Whatever that means anymore. Based on my experience at this gathering, it means something along the lines of, "smart, compassionate, diverse people who want their Christian faith …

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Happy Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas! It's my Christmas day tradition to post this Isaiah passage (which is a reading for Christmas Eve worship every year), Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War is Over)" (the world's best - and most challenging - Christmas song), and a lighter second song that changes each year. You're welcome. 😉 Isaiah 9:2-7: The people who …

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Changes for the Holidays

"One word can bring you round" To say that change is difficult is no kind of insight. We know this is true. Yet change comes to us all and sometimes even proves to be a Good Thing. This fall our wonderful partners at the West Suburban Community Pantry changed how they distribute food boxes at Thanksgiving …

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Giving ’til it feels good

As the end of the year approaches, my congregation is, like many organizations, in the midst of our stewardship campaign. That campaign will determine the level of financial support for our ministries in 2013. There is much biblical support for giving to such a campaign. If you've been around most any church for most any …

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