Monthly Archives: November 2010

One Hit From Home: My Bit Role in a Film

I mentioned to a few of you late last year that two good friends asked me to play the role of a minister in a movie they were making. Most of you know how much I love movies and film-making. … Continue reading

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Illustrations of Missional-Ecumenism at Work

When I wrote Your Church Is Too Small I wanted to make sure the reader got some sense of what missional-ecumenism actually looks like in practice. While this vision is fresh it is not new. Churches, ministerial association, missions and … Continue reading

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Little Town of Bethlehem

Opinions range from one extreme to the other on how to find “peace in the Middle East.” Many Christians actually think peace is impossible since the great prophetic clock is ticking down day-by-day to the return of Christ. Others, especially … Continue reading

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A Common Mistake Made in the Pursuit of Holiness

Popular Catholic author Fr. Joseph F. Girzone, in his first non-fiction book Never Alone (1994,) wrote: The mistake many people make when they start trying to be holy is they multiply religious practices and burden themselves with a host of … Continue reading

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The Iron Bowl

Only big-time college football fans understand rivalry games. People in Ohio and Michigan, at least a lot of them, understand Ohio State vs. Michigan in their annual battle. Texas and Texas A & M fans understand the same. So do … Continue reading

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Today millions of Americans celebrate what we call Thanksgiving Day. My friend Steve Brown wrote in his recent Key Life publication that he’s a little bothered by devoting one day to this or that. “It’s as if the point is: … Continue reading

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The Sermon on the Mount: Indicative or Imperative?

One of those oft discussed books which has enough weight about it to remain important twenty years after publication is Resident Aliens, by Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon. Even if you have read it I encourage you to read it … Continue reading

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A Visit to Grand Rapids: Acton on Tap & Calvin Seminary

I will be in West Michigan November 29-December 1. I will  speak at several different venues as well as meet with the staff of several organizations. There are two public events. The first, and most accessible to most of our … Continue reading

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How Are Unity and Mission Related?

In my book, Your Church Is Too Small, I make a link between unity and mission based upon John 13:34-35; 17:20-23 and 20:21. It is clear that the unity Jesus prayed for in John 17 was intended to lead the … Continue reading

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The Passing of the Peace

When I began to understand ancient liturgical practice some years ago one of the more beautiful discoveries was “The Passing of the Peace.” I had never heard the term until I was introduced to the practice in a liturgical context. … Continue reading

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