Tag Archives: Paul

Being Saved: living in patterns of trust

In a previous post, I wrote that our own participation in the “word of the cross” is saving. Put another way, when the death and resurrection of Jesus becomes autobiographical for us, we find ourselves being saved. But what does … Continue reading

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My Trip to Turkey: standing where others stood

First, stood is an odd looking, sounding word. Just saying. I haven’t blogged in a bit mostly because I took a trip to Turkey during our college’s spring break. You can have Florida. I’ll take a spring break in Turkey … Continue reading

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We are Being Saved: I’ll have mine venti, please

If you ordered a tall, skinny, salvation latte, you would be getting forgiveness of sins and a home in heaven. I prefer, however, a venti, whole milk, hazelnut salvation latte. And what I get here is the opportunity to participate … Continue reading

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We are Being Saved: The Word of the Cross

As we noticed in our previous post, in three places, Paul uses the phrase “being saved.” In all three of those texts, there is an emphasis on the death of Jesus. For those being saved, the word of the cross … Continue reading

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We Are Being Saved: the promise of the pesky

The journey to new insight often follows the path of a pesky phrase. You know, that one phrase that doesn’t quite fit into your understanding of things. It’s the anomaly that suggests that things may not be what they appear. … Continue reading

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Woe to You Passive-Aggressives!

This is just a theory based on my observations in ministry. I have no research to back up this claim. Here it is. Most congregations are petrie dishes for passive-aggressiveness. I will start by saying that I experience passive-aggressivness more … Continue reading

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It’s All About Power

I was with church leaders a few weekends ago, coaching them (with my friend Stephen Johnson) in processes of communal, spiritual discernment. It’s big on listening and on letting wisdom emerge. It requires patience and a confidence that God really … Continue reading

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