I went to a pastor’s meeting in West Seattle yesterday and saw a smudge on the forehead of a fellow pastor and thought, “What the heck?” and then remembered it was Ash Wednesday. What is Lent? The word “Lent” comes from an old Anglo-Saxon word for springtime, lencten. This describes the gradual lengthening of days […]Read More What is Lent?
Let me tell you a story. When I was growing up the primary religious influences in my life were my dad and the Palmer family. . My dad was Catholic and growing up with him, mass was a weekly (Sundays) if not a daily discipline. I lamented going to church in the fall, especially when […]Read More Tongues, Prophecy, Communion
How does God speak? How does God reveal His will? What does divine will even mean? In reading the Old Testament I have contemplated how the infinite God of the universe who is Spirit communicates with finite humanity confined to the body each inhabits. And so I opened Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem and turned […]Read More What is God’s will for me?
Everyone wants to be known, and we want to be known for something great we have done. The architect wants to be known for the building she constructed, the high school football coach wants to be known for the students’ he impacted and the lives he changed, the NBA superstar wants to be known for […]Read More Identity
Perhaps you have had this experience; on Facebook I saw a post by a guy who frequents a chat group called “Challenging Christianity.” He constantly is posting as if he has nothing better to do than to argue with Christians. In one of his posts I saw that he made a blanket statement about how […]Read More Interaction with a “Natural” Man
My experience with church over 35 years is this is a place to engage with God and a community to support one another. But one aspect is generally missing in many churches, and that is a vibrant Spirit-led desire of the common person to be on mission to lead people to know Christ. Often people […]Read More Recontextualizing Church: