Category Archives: 3 The Mission

There is always a little pain in the introduction

My sense of church planting begins with introducing myself and the Lord who is with me. Like God became incarnate in Jesus, I am a human filled with the Spirit. Church planting is personal — just like Jesus walking around … Continue reading

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If I tell you not to watch Kingsman will it make you want to see it?

Somehow we wandered into the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service — I am surprised the ticket taker did not stop the oldsters on the way in, “Are you sure you mean to see this one, old man? You look like … Continue reading

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Iraq Aftermath — six things Christian peacemakers can practice right now.

Gulf War — began on August 2, 1990 and ended on February 28, 1991. “The U.S. Department of Defense has estimated the cost of the Gulf War at $61 billion. Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States covered $36 billion.” (CNN) Iraq War — … Continue reading

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Obama runs over Jesus in victory lap

Last night I watched the whole State of the Union address for the first time since I can’t remember. Good speech – even usually-disapproving pundits had to admit that. After forty-five minutes most of us were getting a little tired, … Continue reading

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Your socks are going to get dirty on today’s march. Keep cleaning.

Life in the Spirit is like cleaning. Clean the inside of the cup, not just the outside you think people can see — stuff a cloth way down in that spiritual “cup” and scrub out that dried crud on the bottom. Don’t do … Continue reading

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Seafaring: a key discipline for success

I have been slowly plowing through a very well-written book: The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America–The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 by Bernard Bailyn. Maybe I am one of the last people in the U.S. who think “history” … Continue reading

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Homo Economicus at Christmas

I can only hope that the pundits were right and the “Black Friday” holiday was toned down a bit this year. I am praying that fad dies. God has answered my prayer so many times, I no longer suspect He won’t. Maybe … Continue reading

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Christians are often in the forefront — note healthcare

It was quite a night last night at the BW PMs! I am still in wonder about all the stories I heard and experiences I had. We are alive in the Spirit. We are making a difference. People are seeking … Continue reading

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What I Learn from Project Runway

I discovered the other night at the Love Feast that I might lose a couple of friends if I betrayed who won Project Runway last Thursday. Life is now DVR’d so there is no shared sense of real time — … Continue reading

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An old story: loving our neighbor on Tenth St.

When we first got started as Circle of Hope at Tenth and Locust I was determined to stay under the radar of the Philadelphia authorities until we were established. I did not expect them to understand us, much less love … Continue reading

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