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Make me Clean: a reflection on illness and salvation

I have a benign essential tremor. My hands have a tremor. It’s worse in my left hand than my right. Some days are worse than others and I can’t seem to pinpoint any reason why. I am, it seems, subject … Continue reading

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The First Great Commission: mercy, not sacrifice

We all know how the gospel of Matthew ends: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go into all the world, making disciples…” These verses, are less well known. “Woe to you scribes, Pharisees, hypocrites! … Continue reading

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Mercy, Not Sacrifice: Welcome to the table of the Lord

I grew up in a tradition, the tradition in which I still participate, that practiced the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. It was impressed upon me by those presiding at the table that this was not a practice to be trifled … Continue reading

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Mercy, Not Sacrifice: The Missional Imperative

In Matthew 9, Jesus challenges the Pharisees, “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’” A few chapters later, the Pharisees find themselves on the wrong side of a dispute about the law with Jesus. There he … Continue reading

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Reflections on Identity and Fatherhood on My Son’s 26th Birthday

I thought I would be good at it. A natural. Just like rolling off a log. Being a good dad. I thought it was core to my identity, just part of who I was and was meant to be. Like … Continue reading

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