An Open Letter to Everyone Who Hates Organized Religion

I know you’re out there.  I’ve talked with you.  In fact I’m thinking of a few of your names right now.  And we have had these conversations.  But for the sake of any others who might read this I want to say a few things, and I am open to hearing what you might have to

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Why You Should Come to Ash Wednesday Service

This Wednesday night at 6:00 is our Ash Wednesday Service at BCC.  If you are in Bismarck, you are welcome to join us.  You can even drive in from out of town if you like. But I know not everyone will come.  At our church we have been what are usually called “Evangelicals” and evangelicals

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Humanity and the Freak Show

It’s a real phrase.  Back in the day (and by that I mean like … A long time ago…) there used to be traveling “freak shows.”  People who were different, either because they had a birth defect or a debilitating injury had no means of survival.  There was no sort of social safety net until

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Why a Podcast?

I recently launched a podcast.  And I feel a need to talk about that for a minute for a few reasons. First of all, I want you to subscribe to it.  There I said it, I want listeners.  Making a podcast is absolutely no fun and frankly it isn’t terribly motivating if no one is

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Christians Must not Participate in the Culture of Outrage

Americans are at a dangerous place in their history.  We live in a culture of outrage.  Unfortunately everything has become political, and outrage is the new cool. There is a reason for this.   A long time ago historians, philosophers and political theorists began to talk in terms of a “progression of history.”  They believed

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A post following the last few chapters in Judges

You can hear the sermon Here. This text tells two very related stories.  A woman is terribly abused and in a passion for justice the people of God get into a devastating civil war where other great atrocities are committed.  There is a lot going on here and it is an opportunity to discuss a

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At advent let’s think about sorrow

Yes, it is advent.  Instead of a sentimental baby story, this week I will be preaching on what is probably the most horrific scene in the Bible.  Judges 19-21 tell a story about abuse on a level that is almost unspeakable.  I still struggle when I think of what words I will use to explain this

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A reflection on the Good Samaritan in these days of the DAPL

The good samaritan is a popular story, and one that we have used for centuries to promote “the golden rule.”  We want people to treat others well, and Jesus’s parable about the good samaritan does the trick. The thing is, Jesus didn’t tell it to teach us how to treat each other.  He told the

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A few words now that the polls are closed

I am writing this on Monday morning, the day before the election.  I don’t know how this is going to go.  Looking at the polls today, it really could go either way.  I won’t lie, I am certain that tomorrow night, when this post is scheduled to publish I will be sitting in front of the

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