This Advent: Christ Is Here – May He Be Found In Us

As we finish off leftovers from Thanksgiving, we usher in another season of advent. And if you are like me, you too have also been wondering what this season means in light of the current political moment. Getting wrapped up in the typical holiday festivities and cheer is tempting - I want my children to …

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I’ve Been Thinking: Thoughts on Racism, Oppression, and the Kingdom of God

I’ve been thinking... ...about how racism compounds the already complex nature of original sin. Of how, because of sin, humans already have a tendency to exploit and abuse one another. On our worst days, and under the right circumstances, we can all be lured into sin and take that which belongs to another. But racism …

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Lord’s Prayer as Social Justice Theology: It’s All About the Kingdom (Part 8)

Over the last eight weeks, I have explored the Lord’s Prayer as a model for forming a social justice theology. Throughout this series, I have proposed that Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 6 show believers how to pray and also how we should reorient our lives and relationships with one another in light of what we are praying. This week, …

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The City, Chaos and the God Who Makes All Things New

A few days ago, I drove down Franklin heading to a training session with an organization that I do some work with on the side (yes, in addition to my already BUSY life). As I neared my destination, something disturbing and frankly scary caught my attention. Up against the side of a building I saw …

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Glimpses of the Kingdom of God

In a world that is so torn apart by war, oppression, poverty and more, it is hard to believe that there was a time when it knew peace. It is hard to think that this same world that is characterized by power-grabbing, division, and hatred in this present day and age once enjoyed unadulterated love, …

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