On Creation vs. Evolution

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.             Isaiah 55:8-9, ESV

Several months back, I received a request to address “creation” and “evolution” from a Christian perspective.  For weeks I have prayed and pondered because behind the seemingly simple request to write on creation vs. evolution; I heard faith crying out to faith for some help in understanding “who we are” as followers of Christ and “what our place” is in the Creation. Continue reading

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Can Living be Dying?

Matthew 16:25 – For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

It’s really no wonder that the world often labels Christians as losers-of-a-sort.   It’s easy to talk about all the ways that we don’t move in concert with the changing tides of worldly fashion, politics and culture.  From the beginning of our walk with Christ, most of us feel the riptide-like pull of the world as it works to sweep us from our firm footing on the Rock of Ages. Continue reading

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“What does God call Christians to do in the 24/7 living of life?”

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself” Luke 10:27, ESV.

There have been times in my life where I have sat at the crossroads of the moment and wondered, “Which way is God’s way?”  In those times, I’ve yearned for a glimpse of what loving Him with all my heart, soul, mind and strength looks like. Continue reading

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Following Christ Looks Like (?)

Romans 12 – The Whole Chapter!

In response to recent posts, one of my dearest friends wrote, “I find the whole being/doing balance one of the most elusive concepts associated with following Christ.” He’s not alone. Most Christians I know are striving to discern what being a “doer of the word” looks like in their particular context. Continue reading

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“How busy is too busy?”

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…”
Colossians 3:23, ESV

One of the most difficult aspects of “being transformed” is letting go of a self-managed life.   Common wisdom celebrates making a “to-do list” or taking on some other slick organizational technique to manage our time, space or stuff to “transform” life to meet whatever “best practices” or “goals” we are chasing. Continue reading

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Transformation

Romans 12:2 “…be transformed by the renewal of your mind…”

transformer.jpgHow do we choose to be transformers?

The imperative “be transformed” calls us to reexamine not only the ways we have lived, but the ways we should live.  Transformation is not some squishy philosophical self-analysis, but is the hard-core living of a renewed life.  Transformation is the work of letting go and taking up; of leaving behind those understandings of the world and self that arise from human priorities, and of taking up kingdom perspectives on being and doing.

That’s all easy to say; but let’s be real.  If you’re like me, transformation is a problem.  Like Paul, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:15, NIV). Continue reading

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Our National Museums: Mirrors of Truth?

Come with me…I have been mining the museums in our nation’s capitol in hopes of understanding my life as a disciple of Christ in this present American generation.  As you walk with me, imagine moving from exhibit to exhibit amidst thousands whose eyes are fixed and strangely averted as they go to and fro amidst our glittering national treasures.  We walk shoulder to shoulder; yet rarely meet the eyes of another. Continue reading

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Why “Moving the Word” ?

When God speaks, something happens.
Worlds are created, a people are freed, bread rains down from heaven, a child is born to a virgin, the Word becomes flesh and walks among us…and we are given the power to become children of God. Continue reading

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If You’re Going to Say Anything – Move It!

If God speaks and something happens. Why then, as children of God, do we divide speaking and moving into separate and definite categories? Why have our lives been  fractured into separate worlds of mind and body, sacred and profane, spiritual and physical? Why are we content to speak the word or hear the word, but leave it at that? If God creates and holds the world together in and through living words, why do we often choose to do the very opposite? Continue reading

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