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Precarious Living

You are riding on a bus through the Andes. The road is as wide as a fat donkey, but little more! The driver speeds like this is NASCAR and the…


A Path to Atheism

Ryan Bell is a pastor in southern California and a professor at a seminary. Or at least, he was. Today, his pastoral ministry, and even his personal faith, is in…


Our Sixth Sense

“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully…


The Cross of Becoming

The word “discipleship” carries layers of meaning, but two are dominant. A disciple of Jesus is a learner and a follower. Both understandings are essential, and neither can stand alone.…


Eternal Taste

I usually don’t read cookbooks. I’m not anti-culinary, but I prefer the product rather than the process. So, I have only one cookbook on my shelf. Still, I’ve found it…


Distracted From Today?

Here’s a winning Scrabble word: “Acedia”. It’s in your dictionary, but not a word we use every day. None the less, it is something we see every day. I was preaching through the “Seven Deadly Sins” when I first encountered the word. Acedia is listed as one of the seven, but is translated as “sloth.” So, I thought it would be an easy sermon about laziness. But – my sermon got demolished by a Latin dictionary. It seems that acedia is not really about laziness, but about something far worse.



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