A Teacher and So Much More

Jesus is always more than… He is more than a prophet. More than a teacher. More than a healer. He is always those things, but Jesus is always more than any ONE thing. And Jesus usually goes about those things differently than we would expect, or perhaps want. He categorically redefines the categories. Murder is […]

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Jesus is the Chief Everything Officer

For so many Sunday messages it feels like I can only cover the part of the iceberg that’s above the water. Most of what needs to be said remains unsaid, hidden under the water. Certainly our series, reJesus: Stories, Words, Encounters, creates that experience for me. This past Sunday’s Jesus is King, Lord, Entrepreneur of God’s in-breaking […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr. (My Tribute)

I have long appreciated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was the right leader at the right time in our nation. Like one of his inspirations, Abraham Lincoln, he was assassinated. Like Lincoln, that assassination served a deeper, unintended purpose. What Edwin Stanton said of Lincoln, must also be said of King: “Now he belongs to […]

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My Working Assignment in This World

I don’t want to bore you with repeated references to Eugene Peterson, but Peterson has been a significant shaping voice for how I understand my vocation for pastoral leadership and teaching. He is, perhaps, most challenging and insightful, on what he says about his own working assignment in this world. Because I can’t say it […]

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Some Sad News About a Tragic Death

Many of you remember Dr. Sam Kamaleson. Dr. Sam is a very dear friend of Pastor Steve and Whitney.  It was through Dr. Sam that Living Word was able to do ministry in India for several decades. Many times Dr. Sam spoke at Living Word. We were always blessed with his wisdom and devotion to […]

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It Works Both Ways

What do I mean by that? Eugene Peterson has greatly influenced me on the Better Way of Jesus. Jesus is the Way. Jesus shows us the Way. Jesus walks with us on the Way. We do life together with Jesus on the Way. John 14:6 begins with Jesus saying, “I am the way, the truth, […]

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