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Book Review of Prototype by Jonathan Martin

      When I received my copy of Prototype by Jonathan Martin, I was more than elated. For one thing, Jonathan is a close and personal friend of mine. Moreover, he is one of the most important voices in the denomination we share, the Church...

When God Weeps

Her questions were not unlike any of ours when tragedy strikes. Running to meet him as he arrived 4 days too late she exclaimed, "If you were here, Lazarus would not have died." As a pastor I have sat with many families as they grieve...

Being Free From the Power of Fear

"A bird in the hand is better than two in a bush." I know we have all heard that before. I was driving down the road the other day thinking about the church I pastor, and the business I own, when I came to the...

A Holy Mess

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (Ex. 3:5, NIV) Basilica of St. Lawrence. Asheville, NC. Growing up in church I often heard preachers shout the cliché, "God won't bless a mess!" Sadly,...

Book Review: The Politics of Jesus by Hendricks

In his book The Politics of Jesus, Obery M. Hendricks, Jr. argues that Jesus was a liberal political figure that responded to the conditions of oppressed people groups in first century Israel by empowering them to upset the status quo. He seeks to convince the...