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Unoffendable by Brant Hansen

*I wrote this years ago for another blog. It seems even more poignant today. Brant Hansen is a closet Lutheran. What I mean is that his view of grace, scripture, and even his view of humanity are all Lutheran. I hope that isn’t offensive. I was first introduced to Brant Hansen through the Brant and […]

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Theology

The Time Judas Preached the Gospel

*I wrote this for a another blog a few years ago. Photo credit © 2004 Icon Productions What I learned in church about Judas Betrayal is a word we don’t use much anymore. Over time most words lose their power because of overuse and misuse. One day we use the word in front of someone […]

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The Liturgy as Literature

I’ve been studying storytelling. Not just the typical three-act structure, but also the plot points, pinch points, climactic moment, the dark night of the soul and temporary triumph. Good stories hit all the major points. It keeps you engaged and leaves you with a sense of fulfillment, or challenge. Recently, sitting in church, I thought […]

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The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s been a while since I’ve read this classic and I still love it. C.S. Lewis is one of the great adventure writers that so clearly paints good versus evil. This tale is one of despair that becomes hope […]

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Theology

With or Without Liturgy; Worship Requires Something of Us

Worship is…a spiritual experience to be grounded in truth. The benefits and challenges of the liturgical worship are the same as those of the experiential worship.