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Some time ago, I proposed that those of us in the community of Christ need to lose the absurd phrase, “God showed up.” This week, I want to look at another “Christianese” phrase that needs to die a quick death – the phrase, “I led [insert name here] to the Lord.” This phrase is almost…

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Imitation I suspect it is the practice of almost every toddler to step into mom or dad’s shoes. My granddaughter, Peyton, is intrigued by my shoes and looks adorable trying to wear them. Grandpa wears these things, so it must be important for me to wear them too, just like grandpa. We imitate those we deem…

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Scripture consistently draws lines of demarcation between the Spirit and the world, and between Christ-followers and the world. As the called-out, we are repeatedly adjured to be set apart from the world system. We are entreated to resist the urge to pattern our lives and our passions after that system, pursuing rather the kingdom of…

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After a one-week hiatus, Alean and I have returned to Washington state following a wonderful visit with dear friends in New Mexico. It is good to be home, but we are thankful for the break, and for good friends with whom to spend it. This week, we are returning to our look at the phrase…

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Last week, we took a dive into defining what it means to be a spiritual man or woman. This week we continue that examination. You will recall that we looked at three classifications, or categories of persons: 1) The Spiritual – This is the Christ-follower who has the mind of Christ, discerns all things, but who…

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“Oh, he’s so spiritual,” or “She’s so spiritual.” We hear this from time to time, and may have spoken those words with reference to others, but what does it even mean to say someone is spiritual? Society will offer up myriad answers to that question. For example, a spiritual person is one who practices yoga…

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The Concern Last week we began a discussion of the church’s tendency to conform to culture rather than to conform to Christ, and to do so in the belief that the inherently offensive nature of the cross and the call to discipleship may be off-putting to those who need to hear the gospel message. In…

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I have attended and worked with enormous churches, and also with very small ones. I have worked with churches that delivered impressively polished, theater-worthy presentations, where event timing was measured in the seconds, all of it driven by headset-adorned technicians working feverishly behind the scenes to keep the flow of the service as smooth and…

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The showing of proper respect is a lost art in western society. Examples abound of both active disrespect and passive failure to show respect where it is due. The sad reality is, I believe those failing to show respect do not even know that they are failing to do so. So prevalent is this behavioral…

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