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Turn the Gem

Turn the Gem

I was listening to Rob Bell speak the other day about reading and interpreting the Bible. He used a metaphor for engaging with the Bible that I thought was really interesting: turn the gem. The One Correct Interpretation Here’s what he was talking about: Often when we...
Integration of the Shadow

Integration of the Shadow

This blog post is Part 3 in a 4-part blog series on Integrated Faith. (If you missed the first blog post, you can find it here.) In this blog series, I am taking a look at aspects of our spiritual lives that might be out of step or disconnected with the rest of our...
How Women Just Might Save the Church

How Women Just Might Save the Church

If you explore the factors that differentiate successful societies from unsuccessful societies, one issue consistently rises to the top: the education of women. Successful societies educate their women. Unsuccessful societies don’t. You see this across the board. A...
3 Keys for Preventing a Church Split

3 Keys for Preventing a Church Split

Historically, Christians haven’t been good at working out their differences in community. Instead, the more common scenario is that a church or denomination disagrees over a particular issue, people pick sides, and the church or denomination splits. I think we could...
My Small Group Isn’t Working

My Small Group Isn’t Working

If you have been in the church world for any length of time, you probably have attended a small group. Ideally, being involved in a small group allows you to develop close relationships with a few folks whom you see on a regular basis. It’s one of the primary ways...
The Emotionally Healthy Church

The Emotionally Healthy Church

One of my favorite books is The Emotionally Healthy Church by Peter Scazzero. The premise of the book is simple. Emotional health and spiritual health are intimately connected. You can’t have one without the other. In order to be spiritually healthy, you have to work...
How Secure is Your Ladder?

How Secure is Your Ladder?

My pastor shared something a few weeks ago that has helped me as I have processed through the results from the election this week. He told the story of a team of workers that was fixing his house. Part of the job involved working near the roof on the side of the...
Why I Still Read the Bible

Why I Still Read the Bible

The Bible isn’t very popular these days. It seems like every week someone brings up (a) the contradictions between the Bible and science, (b) the contradictions among various Bible passages with each other, and (c) how religious people have used passages in the Bible...
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