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Risk-n-Rest – Understanding "God’s Rest" in Hebrews

The Christian life really should be called “Risk-n-Rest”. It may sound odd, but it was evident at our FST retreat.

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The Bleeding Elephant Room

I felt a little sad coming home from the “Elephant Room”, a conference featuring well-known Evangelical Mega-Church leaders, which is odd, because they were good men with strong, biblical convictions and flourishing ministries. Still, the discussion resuscitated a conversation with Anne Blackwell this week. She is a quasi-elderly, ex-Baptist and a longstanding teacher/leader in Xenos, […] Continue reading

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Driscoll Attacks England – is Mark losing his mind?

We all know and love Mark Driscoll as a straight-shootin’, rootin’-tootin’ cowboy unafraid to “keep it real” with his tongue, even though he goes overboard, at times, by his own admission. We at Xenos certainly enjoyed a front-row seat at one of Drisoll’s cantankerous conversations (or “temper-tantrums”) a few years ago. It’s an amusing interview, […] Continue reading

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How Can We Then Live? – building disciples able to think

It was my fifth weekend retreat asking, “How Should We Then Live?” But the question was malformed. It should be, “How Can We Then Live?”

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2012 Doomsday Is Here – our last New Years celebration

I really hate to rain on the holiday season, but all our fates are hanging in the balance. According to ancient Mayan prophecies, 2012 marks the end of the world, or so says Hollywood and its fans. The Mayan predictions raise the question of just how easy is it to predict the future? The Bible […] Continue reading

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What a Firecracker!

Here’s someone who can tell it like it is! Christine Caine, Global Ambassador for Hillsong Church in Australia, talks about “Identity Theft” – how the modern church needs to return to its true purpose. That would mean “loving what God loves”, Christine says, and if you know any Bible, you know that means “for God […] Continue reading

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Aromatherapy – breaking the spell

New church trends offer aromatherapy, when chemotherapy is needed.

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Atheists Angry at God – can atheists complain about an act of God?

An organization called American Atheists is angry about a cross displayed at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, suing . They sued NYC to remove the “WTC Cross” from Ground Zero because it violates the separation of church and state. Fairly predictable, right? The angry atheists failed to notice the WTC Cross was created by “an act […] Continue reading

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The HCV Affair – my new life, part 2

Normally I wouldn’t talk about my HCV infection unless I wish to get depressed, but after my recent surgery it’s actually an exciting topic, of sorts. Hopefully we know the difference between HCV and HIV, right? Some 35 years ago, in my days of misguided youth, I was infected with Hepatitis C (HCV). The virus […] Continue reading

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ABC World News Exposes Christian ‘Scandal’ – Christian views attacked

ABC News attacks Christians for reaching out to gays who want help.

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A New Life, Part 1 – a personal story

I thought I was the rare person who almost exploded to death, but Mom said she knew a lady in Kenya whose guts split open. By the time they rushed her to a hospital in Mombasa, Kenya, gangrene was growing inside her, and she died the next day (gangrene grows fast in Kenya). Anyway, my […] Continue reading

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Exploding Inside – the joys of fatherhood

Dads explode inside, while moms explode outside. Compare Fathers Day with Mothers Day, fathers with mothers, and it makes sense.

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The 70 Year-Old Enigma – changing of the guard

This mysterious man in search of a cause is an old Jesus Freak, and a great picture of what became of Jesus Freaks, with lessons for us all.

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Wielding Authority – God’s answer to oppression

What they call “The Great Commission” was the original Declaration of Freedom. It brought God’s authority to the oppressed.

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