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Telling the Story: The Eucharistic Prayer

Telling the Story: The Eucharistic Prayer

Last month, at the Ecclesia National Gathering, I had the privilege and honor to preside over communion for the whole group. I led through the time as we usually do here at Life on the Vine, but many people not from a more liturgical background…

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Honoring Your Church

Honoring Your Church

Headline news is usually bad news.  Viral blog posts are usually polemical.  And those “way-too-long” conversations on Facebook and Twitter are often based in controversy.  Pain, division, and anger drive on-line traffic and often directs the content. And church news is little different: pastor so-and-so…

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Lent and Human Limitations

Lent and Human Limitations

I often always tell people the best spiritual thing they could do is get a good night’s sleep.   Sleep is a necessary limitation to human striving, to the pride of achievement, or of the folly of wasted time.  Eventually we have to sleep. And I…

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The Un-Household Codes

The Un-Household Codes

Misogynists? Was Paul faithlessly capitulating to the social norms of his day? Was Paul really a supporter of subjugating women in the home? Was Peter again reverting to his old ways when he offers commands to wives? Were these stalwarts of the faith hopelessly captive…

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Make Tradition, Not War

Make Tradition, Not War

I’m working on my notes for my DMIN class at Northern Seminary, and I just added this text for my lecture on tradition.  Here Paul is not just mentioning that he is passing on what he has recieved, but commands Timothy to continue this process,…

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Abundance and Access: Eternal Life in John

Abundance and Access: Eternal Life in John

I’m working on my sermon on John 3:1-21, which covers the ‘born-again’ conversation with Nicodemus to the famous “for God so loved the world” verse. But neither of these themes should be disconnected from the two episodes covered in John 2.  There Jesus first turns…

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Christology of the Temple: in Heaven and on Earth

Christology of the Temple: in Heaven and on Earth

Temple Christology So I’ve been reflecting on N.T. Wright’s claim that Christology should properly begin with an understand of the Temple as the initial place of God’s dwelling on earth, of the union of heaven and earth (I believe this is in Simply Jesus, but…

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Theology of Scripture?

Theology of Scripture?

I’ve been reading two books on a theology of Scripture in order to beef up my class on “Biblical and Theology Reflections on Ministry and Culture” (what a mouthful, not my title) at Northern Seminary (their MDim program). They are both from a more Reformed…

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We are Worthless Slaves?

We are Worthless Slaves?

Jesus doesn’t seem very nice when he says stuff like this.  Some help please. Luke: 17:7 “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at…

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God With Us, #1: From Garden to Garden.

God With Us, #1: From Garden to Garden.

The season of Advent prompts me to think on the coming of Christ, of Immanuel, God with us.  It makes me think of the deep mysteries of the Incarnation and the doctrine of Christology (that Christ is both God and human).  And yesterday was the…

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