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len on December 14th, 2014

O Come O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel.. This prayer is still ours as we wait for the return of Jesus. We are God’s people in exile, a broken people, at some times worshipping the true God, at other times worshipping an image of godness, self-created, a dead idol that will not confront our […]

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len on December 12th, 2014

Scot McKnight once noted that one of his favorite Christmas hymns is, “O Come, O Come Immanuel,” a 12th Century hymn originally penned in Latin. It wasn’t until 2008 that I heard the Latin version and since then have heard two more renditions in Latin – the most recent being a version sung by Enya, […]

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len on December 11th, 2014

Every year we attend Christmas events. Most years they are sentimental and soft and romantic. And generally, also humorous. Nothing wrong with that, right? We need some of that in our lives. I know I could use more laughs! But when these events are supposed to represent the most dramatic, dangerous, life changing event in […]

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len on April 7th, 2014

LORD LET ME SEE Lord let me see, see more and more: See the beauty of a person, not the colour of the skin, See the faces of the homeless with no-one to take them in, See discouragement because she’ll never win, See the face of our Lord in the pain. Lord let me see. […]

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len on February 16th, 2014

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len on February 7th, 2014

At OnFaith they write about the simplistic (cliches?) we too often use that scare off our young adults. It’s an honest and helpful discussion, and I am going to load it up with my own reflections. What else is a blog for? “The Bible clearly says…” We are the first generation to grow up in […]

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len on January 16th, 2014

Paul Fromont references a Podcast with Peter Block, author of Community: The Structure of Belonging. This book that is the focus of a Sounds True conversation between Tami Simon and Peter Block. “…How do we create organizations that work for everyone? What’s the true role of the person called “the boss?” How is the concept […]

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len on December 31st, 2013

I preached this sermon on Dec. 15. It was fun working on bringing out the contrast – and of course, it frames Christmas in a very different light than the cultural one we inherit. For some it was a very stark contrast. But for most it was another way to put Jesus back into a […]

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len on November 15th, 2013

Read the lyrics, Bono’s story of his time in Ethiopia.. then go listen.. and pray.. Heat haze rising On hell’s own hill You wake up this morning It took an act of will You walk through the night To get here today To bring your children To give them away Oh… oh this cruel sun […]

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len on November 11th, 2013

So much kingdom longing in many of the most beautiful songs, this one came back sharply to my memory in a dream last night. In days gone by I loved the song but thought it was bad theology. It’s only post NT Wright that I realize how close to reality this view of the kingdom […]

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