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The Office, the Wedding, and the Power of the Internet

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Warning: The Office spoilers ahead.
If you have doubted the power of the Internet to impact culture, consider last week’s big event on The Office.  After seasons of waiting, Pam and Jim finally got married. The “Niagara” episode offered its usual dosage of off-the-wall humor, plus some tender moments.
But one of the most clever and, for […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Desiring God Most of All
READ Psalm 73:1-28
 Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
Psalm 73:25
This verse from Psalm 73 is one of the most beloved of all the psalms. It expresses the psalmist’s recognition of God’s unique value, as well as a passionate desire for God. Asaph, the […]

New England in the Fall

Friday, October 9th, 2009

I’m in the Boston area this weekend to preach at Park St. Church. Had the chance to get up to New Hampshire today. There is nothing like New England in the fall! Not even Texas.
This is New Hampshire.

This is the Texas Hill Country.

And this is New Hampshire, again.


Highest Recommendation: Frio Suite by Jeff Johnson and Phil Keaggy

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Do I have a recommendation for you! Today marks the full release of an extraordinary album by Jeff Johnson and Phil Keaggy: Frio Suite. This instrumental collection is engaging, inspiring, quieting, even haunting. It is an extraordinary collaboration of two wonderful artists: Phil Keaggy, who is widely considered to be one of the finest guitarists […]

Creation, Incarnation, and Online Church

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Part 8 of series: Is Online Church Really Church?
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Let me say, once again, that I am not opposed to online church if it is an extension of in-the-flesh church. When connected to an actual community, not just a virtual one, online church can be a point of […]

Words to Weigh: “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Yesterday in his sermon, my pastor, David Evans, quoted from Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall.” I had not thought about this poem in many years, but was glad David mentioned it. It surely contains words to weigh.
“Mending Wall” by Robert Frost
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Hope and Praise
READ Psalm 71:1-24
 But I will keep on hoping for your help;
I will praise you more and more.
Psalm 71:14
Psalm 71 is a prayer for deliverance offered by an unnamed poet who has repeatedly experienced God’s help throughout his long life. Now he needs the Lord to protect and save him once again.
In verse […]

The Nature of the Church and the Possibility of Virtual Church

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Part 7 of series: Is Online Church Really Church?
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If you’ve been following along in this series dealing with online church, you know that I see many ways the Internet can extend and enrich the experience of church. I affirm churches that are seeking to reach out through […]

But Aren’t There Some Aspects of Church That Are Necessarily Physical? Section 2

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Part 6 of series: Is Online Church Really Church?
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In my last post I suggested that the Christian sacraments of baptism and communion have essential corporate aspects, and even physical aspects, that cannot be adequately experienced online. When the sacraments are included in a virtual church experience, vital […]
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