Reforming a Reformed View of Atonement

I was poking around on facebook the other day and saw Wayne Bowerman anticipating a new book by Tony Jones on a subject near to my heart and heavy on my brain: atonement. Having grown up, and now serving in, a reformed church I’ve spent many moments wrestling with others and myself regarding the “king” […]


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The Death of Innocents

Innocent people die. In a world of disease, people who don’t smoke and don’t drink and eat the best they can, feel strange pains in their abdomen.  “It’s cancer,” the doctor says.  Where did it come from?  Why me?  Was it due to pesticides and hormones in food that I did not make?  Is it […]

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“Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin), so as to live for the rest of your earthly life no longer by human desires but by the will of God” – I Peter 4:1-2  We believe that the […]

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Rotten Pastors?

                                      I am a pastor.  So, I’m writing about myself as much as all the others.  The reason I’m writing is that I’m about to enter my 8th year of ministry with this particular congregation.  And, it’s a particularly exciting time.  As I type, I’m looking forward to this 8th year more than many of […]

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Rotten Kids?

My son, who is 7, is a really sensitive kid.  I like that about him.  I especially like how he befriends other kids with special needs.  Whether it’s another kid on the basketball team who has autism or a relative with Cerebral Palsy, he seems to make special time and give special attention to those […]

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Be Holy (whatever that means).

Today marks the beginning of Holy Week. “Holy” is such a churchy word and, as a result, carries a lot of baggage.  So, let’s start by lightening the load.  Holy means somewhat peculiar, somehow different, something unique, or someone set apart for a special purpose.  This week, then, is different, unique, even peculiar.  And yes, […]

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