Putting an end to the Funeral Gospel.

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Putting an end to the Funeral Gospel.

Several years ago I attended a funeral for a dear friend who lived and ministered in our community for decades.

And, though this friend had a full life, he still – for so many – died at too young an age.  As such, his death was an untimely and terrible reality to face for dozens, even hundreds, of family and friends.

As is often the case for funerals such as this, the church was packed.

Well into the service, a pastor took the …
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The Tragic End of the Transactional Gospel

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The Tragic End of the Transactional Gospel

Recently, most churches in America celebrated Easter, or Resurrection Sunday.

The “Big-Day” within the Christian calendar.

The day of all days, so to speak.

Or, as one pastor-friend of mine used to say, “Easter is to Christians what Super Bowl Sunday is to football players.”

More than a Day, Easter is a Season!

Easter, however, is designed to be celebrated and experienced as a Season, not just a day.

It’s actually a season of 50 days during which we bump into the resurrected …
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An Unusual “Fast” at an Unusual Time!

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An Unusual “Fast” at an Unusual Time!

Lent is, traditionally speaking, the season of the church calendar year during which many Christians fast.

While I often fast during the Lenten season, it’s rare that I commit to a fast during the season of Easter.  In fact, I love the rhythm of the church calendar: we fast during the 40 days of Lent and then Feast for 50 days during Easter season.  The feast is always longer than the fast.

Yes, I love that.

A few weeks ago, during the middle …
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