Divorcing the War on Marriage

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In the conservative Christian circles I live in, we often talk about the war on marriage: how the laws of our culture must uphold the biblical pattern against those who would seek to redefine it.

While that may be true, we seem to be ignoring a painful reality. The church lost that same war decades ago: on the issue of divorce. Maybe we should take the time to understand why before we make the same mistakes all over again.

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Honoring Bill Johnson

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Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding is truly one of God’s greatest gifts to the 21st century church. At a time when many (perhaps most) Christians unthinkingly accept the brokenness of this world as “just the way things are”, He has both preached and practiced the vital truth that Christ came to give us victorious life.

He has led Bethel for decades with humility, integrity, and compassion — including a perhaps unprecedented openness to raising up and blessing other leaders. I wish more leaders were like him.

But to be honest, sometimes he drives me crazy.

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A Reason to Rejoice

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Update: Through a series of miracles, I am starting my dream job on July 25th as Director of Product at Quilt Data, after less than four weeks unemployed. Thanks for your prayers!

Yesterday I was laid off from the startup I’ve worked at for the last six years.

I am incredibly privileged to be a highly-educated tech worker in a growing industry, from a (formerly) two-income family. But it still hurts. Especially since we haven’t really recovered (financially or emotionally) from my prior layoff.

Which is why this post today from my friends at Pure Glory really spoke to me. Rather than reacting out of fear and dread, I choose to believe God is using this crisis to confront the doubt, deceptions, and division that have stolen my joy and crippled my impact.

Because the only thing truly standing in the way of my destiny is my own sin. So I rejoice that God is using these challenging circumstances to bless, purify and heal me in ways I could never imagine.

No matter how much it hurts.

by Apostle Gabriel Cross God is going deep to heal each one of us. God is dealing with the deep things in your spirit, the hidden things in your …

The Healing Hand Of The Lord

DRAFT: DBJ Challenge Statement

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My current best understanding of what we are trying to accomplish in DBJ.

  1. Learn and model what it means to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus in a nominally Christianized culture.
  2. Develop a “Jesus Study” format where people who think they know Jesus and the Bible encounter the living Messiah by soaking together in Scripture and the Spirit
  3. Leverage the unprecedented global adoption of video conferencing for publicly practicing fellowship and repentance, in order to draw others to the cross of Christ rather than church buildings.

Sign Up Now! Experience Discipling by Jesus during Lent 2021

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Tickets now available for our inaugural season, starting February 25th/26th

Discipling by Jesus is a novel public co-devotional format, where we help each other learn and demonstrate how to keep growing closer to Jesus, via His Word & Spirit, Body & Blood. We come together online for seven weeks to read, meditate, journal, and respond to how Jesus discipled Peter in the gospels.

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2/13 Show Notes for Inspired Stewardship

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It was immense privilege to be interviewed Scott Maderer for the February 13th episode of the Inspired Stewardship Podcast. We discussed my crazy career journey, helpful spiritual practices, and how I want to be remembered a century from now.

Episode 80: Follow your AORTA, not your Heart

Below are links to some of the resources and concepts I discussed.

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First Love: Sat 2/6 Design Summit for Lent 2021

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Lent has always been a time for the followers of Jesus to reflect and prepare for remembering Christ’s death and resurrection. This year, in light of everything that has happened over the last twelve months, I would like to take that to the next level.

My dream for Lent and Holy Week (Feb 15 to April 6) is to host an online group devotional where every week we publicly model how to vulnerably encounter Jesus via His Word & Spirit, Body & Blood. Continue reading

An Ode to My Personal Trainer

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For Steve Hernandez.

One day after the first workout:

I hate you.

You make me do things I don’t want to do.

My muscles ache.  My joints creak.  My steps are slow.

I feel ten years older.

One month after the first workout:

I feel ten years younger.

My muscles are stronger.  My joints flex.  My steps are springy.

You make me do things I don’t want to do.

I love you.

 

2010 in review

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 20 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 691 posts. There were 24 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 12mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 15th with 148 views. The most popular post that day was Kenneth James Sniecinski’s Personal Blurb.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, drernie.com, otpproductions.com, mail.live.com, and inthesunnyspot.net.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for jon andreas, scripture observation application prayer, soap scripture observation application prayer, a long obedience in the same direction – pdf, and purpose driven life chapter 26.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Kenneth James Sniecinski’s Personal Blurb November 2005

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Growing Church Leaders March 2010
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Proverbs 3:5-6 SOAP (Scripture Observation Application Prayer) for LDT July 2007

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What You Can Do to Help Those Behind Bars by Jon Andreas July 2007
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Demolishing Strongholds by Philip John October 2007