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Tag: Spiritual Theology

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Profession vs. Vocation?

September 28, 2014

“What do you do?”“I am a pastor.”Onboard an airplane or waiting in line at the local coffee shop the response is met with little fan-fair. The profession simply does not have the same cache or intrigue as say…“I am a doctor” or “I am a writer.”We pastors find ourselves in a professional culture. It is […]

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Theology Matters

September 28, 2014

What songs should we choose for the worship service? What should we do for our fall campaign? How many minutes should the sermon be? How should we organize the chairs in the worship center?The list could go on.Pastors are constantly faced with practical questions. What to do has become the driving force of ministry, and […]

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The Missing Ingredients of Evangelical Activism

September 28, 2014

Social justice has truly become the name of the game. Young evangelicals want to be about something, want to do something, want to make a difference…Of course, there are many good things about this activist spirit. The resurgence of care for the poor, broken and marginalized is certainly a virtue. In part, this movement toward action is a […]

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All Things Counter: On the Visible Unity of the Church

May 7, 2014

In light of “The Future of Protestantism” and other discussions surrounding ecumenicism and the visible unity of the church I’d like to ask a few questions and take a stab at a few suggestions (for the sake of conversation): Was it Christ’s intent, from the beginning to have one monolithic visible institution we call the […]

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Meditation ‘From the Cross’

September 26, 2013

As a a pastor I regularly interact with people in desperate situations, even now I agonize over a homeless family with two small children who have no where to go. They come with their stories of impossibility, tragedy, and poverty and on a shoe-string of hope ask for help. Sometimes we can help, sometimes there […]

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An Origins Theory

August 13, 2013

I have always been a fan of “origins” stories, and recently there has been a glut of superhero origin stories (here, here, and here). Whether or not the movies are good, we are fascinated by the origins of our favorite characters (also by apocalyptic storylines, but that’s for another post). There is something in understanding […]

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Cue Balls and Causal Love

August 5, 2013

I had always thought of our loving of God and neighbor as related to God’s love the way a cue ball was related to the cue. God loved me in Christ (the moving pool cue)  therefore I ought to love others (the cue ball), God’s love for me was sort of hermetically sealed off from […]

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Learning a New Spiritual Practice from Jonathan Edwards

July 11, 2013

I have spent the better part of the last decade studying Jonathan Edwards’s theology and spirituality. Edwards has been such a close companion over the past several years that I find myself less and less surprised by him. But that is not always the case. He is such a broad and deep thinker that there […]

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Jonathan Edwards on Meditation

July 9, 2013

Here is a short excerpt from Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards (IVP, 2013), 120-122. Click here for the publisher page. Edwards on Meditation Edwards told his church to set their minds on things of a divine nature and to turn the eye of their minds toward […]

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Young Adults Jumping Ship: Part Deux

December 18, 2012

According to my previous post, my developing conviction about young adults and the church is that the church is not presenting youth with a compelling vision for the Christian life. In other words, the church isn’t failing because a lack of any discrete “young adult ministry,” its failure is more systemic than anything else. Leaving […]

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