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Apr
24

A Prayer for our Seminary Graduates

Graduates kneeling

Western Seminary’s 2015 Portland graduation is Saturday, April 25. Below is the commencement prayer that I prayed for the 2014 graduates. Our sovereign Lord and Father, we bow before you now as our great God and king. To you alone belong honor and power and glory, for you alone are God. You alone are creator,…
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Apr
22

Twitter Gospel

Stone church with steeple

In a world of sound bites, Instagram, #, and Twitter, we have become really good at saying as much as possible in the fewest words. We have become highly effective reductionists. The more I look at my faith, particularly as an evangelical, the more I realize we have done the same in our spiritual practice.…
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Feb
02

Is Your Job Your Calling?

Hikers survey mountains

Recently I asked a asked a couple of friends if I should give up on my campaign to encourage people to stop using the word “calling” in the sense of “finding one’s calling” in the realm of work. They both said “yes.” They agreed that the idea was too ingrained in both the Christian culture…
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Jan
26

4 Ways to Become a Horrible Pastor

assumptions

No one sets out to be a horrible pastor, it just sort of happens. My guess is you aren’t reading this article to learn how to be more horrible as a pastor, but to make sure that you aren’t on the list. Sometimes horrible pastors are bad from the very beginning, but often they don’t…
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Jan
20

Why I Quit My Job

basket weaving

Before joining the faculty at Western Seminary in 2009, I worked for a technology company that was (and is) consistently named by FORTUNE magazine as one of the best companies to work for in America. In fact, the year I quit the company was the number one best company to work for. They deserved the…
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