• #112
    Sep 24, 2009

    Introspective Adrenaline

    Whitewater Rafting
    Considering Legacy

    Today, one of my clients wished me a weekend free of injury, as “me and the boys” tackle the Gauley River marathon: 26+ miles of whitewater with 100 classed rapids, a handful of which are class V or V+. I told Marla, “Well, it’s not likely I’ll get hurt. It’s one of those deals where […]

  • #82
    Jul 21, 2008

    Truth in a Lover’s Words

    heart shape fire
    Spiritual Balance

    That shouldn’t surprise us: that’s how God designed it to work.

  • #69
    Mar 30, 2008

    Spontaneous Corruption?

    Boom, Baby
    Christian Music

    Is it that hard to think there’d be more than one way to communicate with the God of creativity, variety, and inspiration?

  • #68
    Mar 23, 2008

    The Heartbeat of the Church

    My Baptism
    The Alive Church

    That sounds so liberal and lazy to my old churches—probably because they can’t measure it, codify it, cross it off of their OCD lists. I know; I used to be that checklist guy.

  • #45
    Jul 10, 2007

    Death of a Salesman

    Megaphone
    Evangelism Strategies

    They mean good. Their goals seem eternal. But I don’t remember Jesus persuading anyone, selling anyone. People were drawn to him.

  • #40
    May 27, 2007

    Third Time is the Charm

    Parking Team Baptism
    Baptism Celebration

    This was what baptism was meant to be, how it was supposed to feel, what it was created to communicate. It’s designed to be one of the most monumental days in life, a watershed moment. For me—at least this time—it was.

  • #29
    Dec 25, 2006

    Christ-centric Communion

    Orthodox Communion
    Communion Environments

    It’s like all of the fundamentalist litmus tests: they take the elements of superstitious monasticism they can abide and chuck the rest as non applicable. They rip the temple curtain at their point of perforation.

  • #22
    Oct 30, 2006

    [D]Evolution of the Pulpit

    Pulpit
    Spiritual Caste Systems

    That pulpit, then, becomes the wall between a certain spiritual have and the have nots. I remember the spiritual place I felt attained by the times my dad lent me his pulpit, a sense of worthiness either doled or earned—sadly the antithesis of what that place should generate.

  • #11
    May 27, 2006

    Regularly Scheduled Maintenance

    Fire & Brimstone
    Revival Meeting-less Church

    You wouldn’t need revival brimstone, trained evangelist clones, or any other superstitious legalism. And I wouldn’t be nervous to bring my parents with me to my new church that doesn’t either.

  • #3
    Apr 28, 2006

    Long Distance Plans

    Standing Guard
    Barbarian Christianity

    And while it’s true that God doesn’t compare hearts by numbers, he does covet more from us than compliance to an artificial Christian brand. He called the Pharisee’s on it all the time, even dropped the “whited sepulchers” hammer on them.

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