Our Christmas Hope

So much anticipation is wrapped up in that baby boy lying in a manager – weeks of waiting for the Christmas season, months of pregnancy for Mary, years of pleading for a savior by Israel. And one night, God showed up and delivered on his promise when Mary delivered her child – Jesus, Emmanuel, God with […]

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A Blue Christmas [Service]

Christmas is far-and-away my favorite holiday, but this year the Christmas spirit just hasn’t come over me. This is large-in-part to the fact that it is SEVENTY DEGREES in Nashville and there are still trees flecked with yellow waiting for a hard frost to knock the last of the leaves from their branches. But I’ve also […]

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This blog is going to take a little different a form than most of my writing, because, well, I need to ask a favor. I need you to loan me a little faith. Not in the sense that I’m “doubting my faith” or anything; I’m actually in a better (and more dependent) place spiritually than I have […]

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Guard Your Heart?

I recently finished a 2,500+ mile road trip for work through West Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. The bulk of the twelve day trip was spent by myself, incessantly changing the radio to find a station that wasn’t either county or static, or ideally, both. Unsuccessful as I was, I spent too many hours silently processing life and the […]

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Finding Christ on Our Cross

Last week I wrote a blog about how we have a God that came into the world as it actually exists–a world where there is universal pain, hurt, and suffering. But what do we when the conversation shifts from the universal issue of suffering to our own places of pain and hurt? I’ve sat with this […]

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Sanitized Christianity

Nadia Bolz-Weber spoke in downtown Nashville last night and I wasn’t about to pass up the chance to hear her speak during her book tour. For those of you who don’t know about her, she’s a tatted, crass, progressive, lutheran pastor in Denver who’s known for her books Pastrix and Accidental Saints, and for the fact that she swears […]

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On Becoming an Introvert

You know the kind of people who’d rather crawl in bed with a book and retreat from the world than go out to the movies with their friends? I’m not one of those people. Of course I’m referring to introverts, and yes I know that they have friends and like to go out too. But […]

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