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I’m home on furlough, waiting to return to work, while the nation’s leaders are in deadlock over funding for a border wall. There’s no better time for me to reflect on nationalism. The word nationalism was one of the top searched words in 2018 according to Merriam Webster Company, undoubtedly because of President Trump’s use of the word in his October speech. [a] Continue reading


Hearing and Doing: A Simple Look at the Sermon on the Mount


The teaching of the Lord has been given for the purpose of being put into practice.  -Conrad Grebel


Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount isn’t a message for another time or place. It is a three chapter call from Jesus to follow Him and to live out His Kingdom standards in the now. The things Jesus says should awaken us, should challenge us, but ultimately He intends that we believe His words beyond a mental assent as listeners only and wrestle them into our daily lives as doers. My survey of Jesus’ sermon really only scratches the surface, but maybe it will challenge you, as it does me, to look again at His words for the purpose of personal application. Continue reading

At What Cost?

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It was 1976 and Steven Georgiou had gone for a swim in the ocean near Malibu, California. But when he decided to swim to shore he found that the current was too strong for him, and as he continued to struggle he realized that he was going to drown. Exhausted, and with no other option, he shouted: “Oh, God! If you save me I will work for you.” Immediately a wave pushed him towards the beach and he was saved. Continue reading

Knowledge or Knowing?

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The story goes that man was both lost and saved in a garden. The first garden was the Garden of Eden where man lost his innocence, the second garden was the Garden Tomb where Jesus was buried and resurrected. Some believe that these “garden stories” are pure fiction, from beginning to end, both the losing and the saving. Strangely enough, it seems that everyone keeps repeating the first garden story whether they believe it or not.
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