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How to Lose and Win in 2024

Maybe you’ve had the experience this past week when you say “Happy New Year” it feels like you’re telling a joke. Should we really expect a Happy 2024? Turn on the news and the signs aren’t so hopeful. Wars and rumors of war; complicated problems with no easy solutions; an election year that will be […]

Give Thanks!

The saintly Bart Simpson once prayed the family grace, “God we paid for all this ourselves, so thanks for nothing.” Though we might not be so bold to pray in this way, we often communicate it in our lack of thanks. In an affluent culture, we can take for granted that all that we have […]

Kingdom Shrewdness

Luke 16:1-8 may be the most confusing parable Jesus ever told. It’s a parable of the antihero. On the surface it seems that He’s commending dishonesty and manipulation. This led the Roman Emperor Julian to accuse Christians of being liars and thieves. At this point, we might be thinking “Jesus, couldn’t you make this one […]

God is Love

On Valentine’s Day, we’re reminded that, in our culture, love is a god. This is why there’s commercial appeal to get the chocolates and buy the roses. Where love is a god, the god called “money” has quite an opportunity. The two share a bed quite nicely. This isn’t to scoff at the lovers out […]

Dare To Be a Sinner

A man and a woman walk into a church. As the service begins, they sit on opposite sides of the sanctuary. They are opposite in many ways. The man’s attire is formal and old fashioned; the woman is formal and chic. The man sings vibrantly during the singing; the woman stands and mouths the words. […]