My Writings. My Thoughts.

Suffering and Redemption

// February 28th, 2015 // No Comments » // Church in The Cliff

Because Lent is a time when we tend to talk a lot about sin, I endeavored on Sunday to explain my framework for thinking about sin.  Some folks asked for a write-up, so here it is if you’re interested. The reason this alternative view is important is that sin, in the Christian mindset, is thought […]

My Understanding of Sin

// February 28th, 2015 // No Comments » // Church in The Cliff

Because Lent is a time when we tend to talk a lot about sin, I endeavored on Sunday to explain my framework for thinking about sin.  It differs from things we might have heard growing up in a modern American Christian context, whether Catholic or Evangelical.  In the spirit of this church’s emphasis on questioning […]

Walking, Running, and Soaring

// February 7th, 2015 // No Comments » // Church in The Cliff

I recently started marathon training.  The program I’m using requires me to run five days each week, totaling anywhere from thirty to eighty miles.  There is rarely a day when my legs don’t feel either sore or just dead, useless slabs of meat.  Each day, it is hard to go out for that day’s run. […]

Calling Again: An Apology

// January 22nd, 2015 // No Comments » // Church in The Cliff

I didn’t do a very good job last Sunday.  I’m sorry.  Ironically, the service was primarily about vocational call, so I spent a good bit of my opening proclaiming how pleased I am with my call and, by implication, how well-suited I am to it.  Then, as someone was speaking, I realized I was utterly […]

Carnival Cancelled! (Plus: Vote on the Budget!)

// January 17th, 2015 // No Comments » // Church in The Cliff

I was listening to a preacher on the excellent podcast, Working, and he talked about his preparations for Sunday.  Even though our contexts are quite different, his process was very familiar.  He said that you start with either a Scripture or an idea.  Once you figure out which one you have, you go get the […]

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