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Evergreen Connection

I Love The Bible Project

In the vast sea of Bible study resources available there is one I am uniquely excited about. The Bible Project is a relatively new non-profit animation studio based in Portland whose mission is to show how the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus. Their primary work is producing short, animated videos explaining either […]

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When the Exception Becomes the Rule

I cannot imagine the terror of the worshipers in that small Texas church last Sunday as the gunman walked up and down the aisle seeking new targets. But for those who survived, the awful nightmare continues. Their building is riddled with bullet holes, the blood is likely still being cleaned up, and half the congregation is dead. How […]

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SafePark

Well before I was a balding giant, I was just a kid. I had wonderful, God-fearing parents who for a time, couldn’t make ends meet and so we went through a short period of homelessness. Thankfully, we were never on the streets, but only because of the safety net of family and church. As I write […]

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Who Am I?

Last weekend I addressed the issue of homosexuality in our Ten Tough Questions sermon series (listen here). While all these messages are challenging, this was easily the most difficult. The reason is simple: this issue touches so many people, so deeply and so personally, most of all, obviously, those who find themselves attracted to the same sex. The feelings they experience […]

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Of Broken and Break In

We were setting up chairs last Friday for the worship night when one of our hallway lights went out.  I likely wouldn’t have given it a second thought except that this has been happening a lot lately. The ballasts in our florescent lights apparently last for about 10 years because we have replaced about 15 of […]

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Dear Senators Murray and Cantwell

I’m putting all my cards on the table right off the bat.  I am writing today to urge you to contact your senators and urge them to pass the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”  Last week the House of Representatives passed this bill which would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks, one of America’s most grisly […]

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Strive Hard to See His Mercy

As I’m sure is the case for many of you, I woke up yesterday to the sound of an alarm clock (in this case, my phone) and golden lights peeking through my bedroom curtains. After fighting the urge to stay underneath my warm blankets, I drug my groggy self out of bed to get ready […]

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What Is Your Anthem?

What would you do if suddenly you had a national platform? If people far and wide looked up to you and cared about what you did and said? What would you do and say? As a Christian, I’m sure that you would use this amazing opportunity to reflect all fame and glory to the one […]

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Healing Rain

I woke to the sound of rain pounding on our roof and it felt like the return of an old friend. There have been times I have grumbled about this friend when perhaps he has visited too often and pushed the bounds of hospitality. But after such a long absence I am so very glad to have […]

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Help the Children Come

The familiar sounds of fall are in the air: School buses rolling through the neighborhoods, football fans shouting at their televisions and pastors begging the members to help in children’s ministry.  Isn’t it wonderful?  Last weekend I told the congregation we were considering a variety of signing bonus incentives to get more volunteers. Unlimited Starbucks […]

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