Wicked Good Easter Sunday: The Gospel with Skin On

Wicked Good Easter Sunday: The Gospel with Skin On

Every Easter, year in, year out, so many of us come to church, and we shout, “Christ is risen!” And lots of us, we believe that. But others of us, we hear that, and we think…that’s a nice tradition. It’s a quaint story, perhaps. But we haven’t really ever seen that, heard that, experienced that, someone rising from the dead.  

Some things just have to be seen, heard, felt - experienced - to be believed.

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Wicked Good: The Discipline of Prayer

Wicked Good:  The Discipline of Prayer

We’re never given a guarantee that prayer will change our circumstances. 

For sure, sometimes it does. Sometimes, for reasons unknown to me, prayers for a change in circumstance gets answered. Sometimes the sickness is healed. Sometimes the addiction ends. Sometimes you find the job of your dreams or you find “the one”. Sometimes the relationship is healed and restored. But other times our prayer for a change in circumstance doesn’t get answered, and the sickness isn’t healed. The addiction doesn’t end. We don’t find the one. The relationship stays broken. We not only don't get the job we want, we lose the job we have.

What gives? What difference does prayer make? Why even bother with it?

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Wicked Good: The Discipline of Repentance

Wicked Good:  The Discipline of Repentance

When we hear the word "repent," many of us immediately think of street preachers and televangelists shouting about God’s wrath and judgment. Maybe even some of us think of our own experiences in the church - moments when we’ve felt shamed for our choices or thoughts or habits. And yet, we cannot escape the fact that, according to Scripture, repentance is a necessary part of experiencing God at work in our midst. So that begs the question: what does “repentance” actually mean?

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