An Introduction to the Solas

note: this post is an introduction to a series of five more that will be posted in subsequent weeks, subscribe or check back to follow along. Churches are like trees.  They have different roots finding nourishment from a number of different sources.  They branch out to supply shade or fruit in different directions.  All of

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Why Death Matters to a Gospel Centered Life

There are many things that have changed in our culture since I have been alive.  But I think one of the worst changes is that churches no longer have graveyards. Once upon a time when you were walking into your church you would pass the headstones of people who once stood next to you while

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Your Invitation to a New Thing

I have a few words and an invitation for the congregation of BCC.  This coming Monday night, October 16 we plan to have a worship, prayer, and listening meeting. Let me explain. Several months ago, the staff of the church laid out a path forward for our church.  We strongly believe that God is calling

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A Word On Vegas and this Sunday Service

There are just three really quick things that I need to say right now about how we are all processing this latest shooting. First: I am taking a break from our series on Daniel this week and intentionally thinking through “how do we live as believers in this screwed up world?” We will address things

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Loyalty, Unity, and Faith

I am currently preaching through the book of Daniel.  By the way, if you are in Bismarck or Mandan and don’t have a church, I would love for you to join us. But as I am getting ready to preach on Daniel chapter 3 this week something just hit me hard that I think I

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What I Shared with Students of our Church Tonight

Full disclosure:  I am going to be sharing this with the students before you get to read it.   Because, well you know … spoilers and all. Before I tell you what I said to them, I want to tell you why.  Sadly, we live in a culture where some people don’t really expect much out of young

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Daily Rhythms Begin Next Week

We are a fast paced people.  Life is managed in sound bites.  We will only watch videos that are less than three minutes long.  If your facebook post is too long we keep scrolling. We are busy.  Way too much to do.  Information is everything.  We consume quickly.  News headlines and drive thru burgers, baby.

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Why The Bible Explains Life Better than You Think

Look around.  Seriously, wherever you are right now I want you to look around. Maybe you’ll see the people in your family, maybe you will see a TV with news coverage.  Maybe you’re alone in your office, do you see uncompleted tasks or do you see accomplished work? Chances are, from your seat – right

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Carving out our name

I’m sitting on my back deck enjoying the beautiful hints of early Autumn in Bismarck.  I like to sit here sometimes when I’m working and the weather is nice.  I’m planning ahead at the things I will be teaching at BCC over the next several months.  And I happen to be listening to one of

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The Church, America, and White Supremacy

I’ve been thinking about this a lot the last few days.  I wholeheartedly believe that to remain silent in the face of evil is to remain complicit in that evil.   I recently tweeted my initial thoughts on white power politics in the aftermath of Charlottesville, naturally hoping that would be enough. If “thy kingdom come”

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