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What Is Baptism Anyway?

Baptism is a command of Jesus. Baptism is something about which Christians argue and over which they divide from each other. This video presents baptism in a way that allows Christians who disagree to talk together. I serve a Lutheran … Continue reading

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Do You Hate Religion But Love Jesus?

What does healthy fighting look and sound like? Check out the dueling videos—personal vs. community Christianity. Jefferson Bethke declares, “Jesus came to abolish religion.” He discounts the church and emphasizes personal Christianity. He’s worth watching and listening to. In Fiddler … Continue reading

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What Is the Bible Anyway?

Lots of experts have written precise, scholarly explanations of what the Bible is. I like David Bowden’s fast-paced original slam poem “I Believe in Scripture”: There’s so much flying by that I’ve enjoyed Bowden’s piece more as I watched it … Continue reading

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What do you mean by the “Word of God”?

Christians mean different things when they say the “Word of God.” WRITTEN WORD OF GOD The default response for the “Word of God” is the Bible—God’s Word on paper…or on your electronic device. Roman Catholics, Orthodox believers, fundamentalists and evangelicals … Continue reading

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Of Parrots and Preachers

Listening to preachers can feel too much like listening to parrots! Many preachers are predictable, repetitive—and even worse—one wonders if they could explain their inherited parrot phrases in contemporary, public square English. This affliction includes preachers from every theological/denominational tribe. … Continue reading

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Which Century Are You Talking To?

Do you have more in common with Martin Luther or Joan Osborne? In 1970 Judy Collins sold a million records by recording “Amazing Grace,” the joyful lament of a long ago slave trader who had turned to Jesus. Today, people … Continue reading

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Leaders or Changemongers?

Leaders who won’t receive change should step down. If leaders could accept a fraction of the change that they require from others, their teams could achieve what now seems impossible. Change is disorienting when it happens to us. A “stranger” … Continue reading

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