When Church Enables

I've had a sense through the years that churches in general and this church in particular need to take more care to avoid enabling unhealthy behaviors. With the best of intentions, we can reinforce behaviors and patterns in people that do much more harm than good. For...

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“It Runs In The Family,” Week 4 — “Deep Pockets”

God has been very good to us during the "It Runs In The Family" series.  I have sensed that many of you have begun to live its truths and principles inside your homes. This Sunday the series winds up with "Deep Pockets," a look at what we want to run in our families...

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Preaching & The Sacred Act Of Noticing

I am moved by the self-awareness of poet and memoirist Patricia Lockwood. Here’s how she words it in the best-selling Priestdaddy: I consider myself on an anthropological mission, much like Margaret Mead. I have discovered that this makes almost anything bearable – it...

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A Bit Of Creekside Reading

Last week, one of Julie's friends took a hike in the North Carolina mountains and decided to bring some reading material with her. I approve of the choice. In fact, she told Julie that this reading in this locale clarified faith for her in a way nothing had before....

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