Two Altars

It is an image etched into my mind. The preacher finishes preaching. He calls the song leaders to the front of the church and we all stand up. He invites… he beckons with his hands… and ultimately he pleads us to come. Where? To slip out of our seat and down to an altar in […]

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Bending Cynicism into Hope

From a sermon given February 2015 at St. Peter’s Anglican Church Readings Gen 9:8–17 (Covenant with Noah); Ps 25:1–9 (In you, Lord my God, I put my trust); 1 Peter 3:18–22 (Christ brings us to God); Mk 4:35-41 (Jesus calms the storm) Introduction Dick Keyes, in his book Seeing Through Cynicism, illustrates cynicism by way […]

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The Speck in the President’s Eye

Last week many Christians were offended when the president, at the National Prayer Breakfast, compared Muslim violence to historic Christian violence, namely the Crusades, the Inquisition, and Jim Crow laws. Many pointed out the connection (or disconnection) between core Christian commitments and actions, ergo violence done in the name of Christianity can hardly be considered […]

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Hunger for God and Mission

I will never forget that cold winter Saturday in 2006. I got up early to attend a quarterly district meeting of Free Will Baptists in Northeastern Ohio.  I wasn’t expecting much.  Conference meetings were generally poorly attended and unexciting.  Even more, a late night storm had left a thick blanket of snow on the roadways.  […]

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