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Preparing to Encounter God Through Advent

Advent is the season of waiting, the season of preparation, the season of nearly but not yet. We prepare the manger, but the Baby isn't here yet. The season of Advent, traditionally the four weeks prior to Chr...
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That Time When I Got Cancer

My plan was to go to a conference in Nashville a couple of days early as I always do. I would visit with my parents, who live in town; get the supplies together from Dollar Tree, Target and Hobby Lobby; and...
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Encountering God: The Practice of Pilgrimage

For centuries, faithful men and women have journeyed together on pilgrimage to sacred places. Today, journeys to sacred places or quests made sacred by their purpose allow people to connect with God in ways not...
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Resurrecting Christian Symbols

Our students have been trained to read symbols. Draw a Nike swoosh or McDonald's golden arches on a white board and everyone in the room will recognize them. Symbols are reminders that give us cues to stories, ...
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Encountering God: Celebrating Art in Worship

During the Reformation, the church frowned on artists and destroyed much of the art found in churches. Today, artists often are not included in worship. These creative types, who may have different artisti...
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The Worship Leader as Creative Curator

I constantly am amazed by the popularity of reality TV shows. They aren’t just entertainment; they’ve changed the way viewers watch TV, allowing viewers to alter the outcome of the action!These show...