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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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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