A Free, Scientifically Proven Way to Be Physically Healthier and Feel Better about Life

There is a scenario tossed around occasionally about scientists doggedly slugging their way up the mountain of reality by experimentation on testable hypotheses only to find, when they reach the top, the theologians are sitting up there having tea. That’s certainly not going to happen with every religious belief or practice. However, an increasing body […]

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Jesus’ Last Word: Tetelestai, “It Is Finished”

Our readings for this Good Friday service are drawn from the Gospel according to Luke. John, for some reason, records a word of Jesus that Luke did not record: tetelestai – It is finished. John 19:28–30 (ESV) “28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 […]

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Values: Growing toward peace by clarifying values

Tomorrow is Transfiguration Sunday… a mountaintop experience! Unfortunately, we don’t live on the mountaintop. And while mountaintop experiences can be motivating and initiate positive change in our lives, humans just are not built to change in a weekend without something truly extraordinary happening (like a near death experience). We have to come down off the […]

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Garbage and Gratitude

Last Tuesday night my wife asked me to take out the recyclables. This was actually quite gracious because taking out the recyclables already is my job. She could have just reminded me to do it instead of asking me to do it. The thing is, taking out the recyclables is one of my least favorite […]

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Learning to Pray from a Foreign Woman

Last Sunday’s Bible text and message (August 14, 2011) covered a very perplexing incident wherein Jesus first ignores someone who wants help and then tries to brush her off. The woman succeeds in persuading Jesus to do what she asks (free her daughter from a demon) and, in doing so, joins a long list of […]

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Why did Jesus rise up into the clouds?

Hey! I figured out (to my satisfaction) why Jesus ascended into the clouds. (Did I tell you this already?) It was out of love for his disciples! (surprise!) Jesus had already demonstrated that he could simply be wherever he wanted to be, so he could have simply gone to be with the Father. And we […]

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