What Kind of Man was Jesus?

Men! yea, I am talking mostly to you.  Few things bother me more than knowing that many men in the church don’t find Jesus interesting or helpful.  I see women who are pursuing Jesus and coming to church.  I see fewer men really engaged in what God is doing. We recently had 29 women sign

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A Tale of Two Carepoints

When I was in Ethiopia, I visited two places. Well, honestly, I visited several, but I want to tell you about two of them. The first was Jemo. It really was the first. The first site our team visited. We were a bit overwhelmed. We were new to the culture and the country, and almost

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What do we really believe?

I have been doing some thinking today that has taken me back to days of debating the finer points of theology.  Recently several people have contacted me, curious to know if we had a statement of faith.  Most of these people are looking for a church and rightfully want to connect to a community that

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A Dropped Ball in the Pulpit

Yes, so today I dropped a ball. During the sermon, I mentioned the discipline of God toward Covenant Members. If you are baptized, you are a part of the people of God, a member of the covenant of Grace where God pursues his people. I believe God pursues his people. The point of discipline is

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Where is the power really?

Reading Psalm two reminds me of what I really think is important. It’s about power. Written in a time when civilizations went after one another regularly for access to wheat, land and water, this Psalm reminded the ancient people that whatever they THOUGHT was powerful, God was greater. We can learn from that. We absolutely

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A tree by the water

The psalms are about Worship. Songs that tell of God’s glory, works, and power. Some of these songs call for justice in a world that is broken. Some are a cry for mercy from a brutalized heart. The first of these, quite obviously known as “Psalm 1,” paints a picture of a tree planted by

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Restoration

    Thanks to Mary Palmer for doing pretty much everything to make this work!    

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Why a Little Theology is a good thing

Sometimes we tend to disregard theology and doctrine. I have heard people say things like “Just let me love Jesus and leave me alone with all that scholarly nonsense.” The thing is, I absolutely understand it, and I know why people feel that way. So many who love doctrine love very little else. People preach

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Be a Man

Manliness is something few of us fellas can actually even begin to understand. Our gut reaction is to think it is toughness, strength, what some would call machismo. One of the most productive, and gut wrenchingly stern dudes who ever lived once said that it was in his weakness that he was made strong. (this

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A Pastor Looks at Ethiopia

I have been home for almost a week now.  Before I go on, I should say that I have had the unique privilege in my life of being on 3 continents other than my own.  I tell you that so that when I say “this was an important and formative trip”, it will mean something.  In other words, this

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