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Tenderness is the heart of the covenant.

When Jesus passes you the cup at the Love Feast it is an act of tenderness. Maybe you can’t look into his eyes and see it. But when you drink you might be able to feel it. When you are … Continue reading

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12 basics for covenant keeping in conflict

This piece is for everyone who wants to work out a covenant. The covenant relationships most common to us are the ones we keep in our marriages and the one we have with each other as the people of God … Continue reading

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Lowest Common Denominator Assumptions

I still remember the time, a few years ago, when fifty people came to our meeting about making a covenant. Joshua Grace and I led most of it. Nate Hulfish got in there, too, even though he came with a … Continue reading

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Let’s look at this again — You’re married, right?

I heard a common story from a new friend last night. As far as she knew about church people, “living together” was so frowned upon that she and her boyfriend suspected they would be ostracized if they got involved in … Continue reading

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Intent: Jesus Is Not Tupperware and You Don’t Sell Him.

Gwen was marveling at a Tupperware pitcher the other day. Someone gave it to us for our wedding and it is still working well. Other pitchers come and go, but the sturdy little Tupperware goes on and on — which, … Continue reading

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I think we should not get the drift, at least in a bad way

The “state” has sucked up the majority of everyone’s allegiance and made the church a private, leisure time matter. That makes our public covenant-making with the people of God a radical, countercultural act. We still think Jesus is Lord and … Continue reading

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Answering those Who Teeter…again

Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”  Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his … Continue reading

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Keeping the Covenant Real

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21 Paul writes the sentence above to exhort the Ephesians to a new way of relating. He immediately proceeds to exhort husbands and wives, in particular, to relate in that … Continue reading

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Intentional household conference

The intentional household conference was a great time. I was surprised at how many people showed up without a lot of recruiting and without a good idea of what they were getting into. I was also forewarned, so to speak, … Continue reading

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Denominators

Fifty people came to our meeting about making a covenant last night. Joshua and I lead most of it. Nate got in there, too, even though he came with a fever and could barely talk! Everyone had to venture out … Continue reading

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