Owning your part in a conflict

Last weekend, we continued our series through James by considering the root causes of conflict. I don’t know anyone who is immune from relational conflict. Broken relationships affect all of us. James gives us the anatomy of quarrels and fights – our passions that are at war within us. These are selfish pleasures, desires that …

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The Beginning of a Lenten Journey

Last night (Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day…whichever way you want to identify it), several hundred Gracers across all generations gathered together to observe the beginning of Lent. 

My 5 Top Reads of 2017

Happy New Year! This past year I made the goal of reading 36 books (I only got to 35, and that with binge reading the week between Christmas and New Year’s!) I stepped it down from 2016’s 60-book count because I had a hard time recalling many of the books that I had read. I …

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Thanksgiving Conversations

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family. As you prepare to travel, cook, host, visit, etc. I hope that your weekend will be filled with more than just football on TV and polite dinner conversation (or hostile conversations). In an age where technology is causing us to lose the ability to engage meaningfully, I …

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My Five Best Reads of 2016

With the encouragement of a friend and in response to a fantastic workshop on reading for preaching (thanks to the Center for Excellence in Preaching), I accomplished my goal to read 60 books last year. Before you think I accomplished some super-human feat, the 60-book total consisted of everything from children’s books to multi-volume trilogy novels. Some books were …

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You Can't Buy This Shirt!

This past weekend, our church celebrated a MISSION weekend. That’s “Mission” as opposed to “missions”. What’s the difference?