Which Narrative Do We Choose?

"Signs of Life" by Christie

Following up on yesterday’s post about the theme of exile at the NEXT Church National Gathering, here are some further thoughts about the biblical narratives we use to help us understand our situation and tell our stories. There are essentially three sweeping narratives in the Bible, all three of which are variations of the same […]

BBQ Dynasty


I haven’t publicly commented on the Phil Robertson controversy these past few weeks. I’ve never watched an episode of Duck Dynasty, so I don’t have much context other than what I’ve seen in news reports. Honestly, I think the whole thing was a publicity stunt intended to stir up old culture war conflicts. Based on […]

A Sacred Responsibility

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Reading: Deuteronomy 6:16-25 Reflection Several years ago, when my wife and I were waiting to bring our firstborn son home from the hospital, I found myself holding him in my arms and anxiously pacing the floor, ready to get him home as soon as possible. During that precious time together, without really thinking about it, […]

Change Happens

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Reading: Acts 10:1-33 Reflection In college I was introduced to the historical and critical study of religion. As it applies to my own Christian faith, this approach has helped me realize that religion is never static. Rather, religion is always dynamic and changing. Such thinking would have been considered heretical in the conservative churches in […]

Be Ready

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Reading: Luke 12:32-48 Reflection The simple message of this passage is this: be ready when Christ returns to usher in the kingdom of God. When considered in the context of the early church, it becomes more complicated. Most of the New Testament writers expected Christ to return within their lifetime. They spoke in urgent and […]