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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What are the ten commandments?

I have been agonizing a little bit today as I have been preparing to preach tomorrow on the fifth commandment – “Honor your mother and father.” One big reason I have been struggling is that all the commandments are traditionally taught and understood as “rules.”  And frankly, I think sometimes – at least in our

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The Ten comitwhatmeants?

The Ten Commandments.  So recognizable that a movie was made starring Charleston Heston with the same name. But what are these commands? Why exactly did God give his people a list of do’s and don’ts? And is there a way that you and I who struggle with material wealth and spiritual poverty can relate to these commands?

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Why does a church really need a Website?

I have been redesigning the church website lately.  A combination of the downtime between Christmas and New Year’s and my prior experience as a web designer are the primary culprits. Though I have to confess that the biggest reason I decided to do that is because I care about Bismarck Community Church and I want us to

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