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Merry Christmas from Pastor Dan

Merry Christmas from Pastor Dan

Merry Christmas! I want to take just a few moments to thank the Lord and to thank you for a most blessed year. In the recent weeks I have been able to meet personally with many of you. I wish I had been able to do that with each of you, but thankfully we have […]

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Spiritual Intelligence

Spiritual Intelligence

When Steve got home from church, he found his dad lying on the floor gasping his last breath. Someone had beaten his father to death. A week later, the police arrested Steve’s mother. She had hired the hit man who killed his father. Steve’s mom was then sentenced to die in the electric chair. He […]

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Japan Reflections: To the Mothers of the Church

Japan Reflections: To the Mothers of the Church

Recently, I spent ten days in Kyoto, Japan. In fact, I am writing this the morning after my return. My mind is filled with images and impressions, fueled by that mild form of intoxication called jetlag. Japan is a state of mind as well as a nation, and a true encounter with its people and […]

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With Deep Affection: Honoring Japanese Christiantiy

With Deep Affection: Honoring Japanese Christiantiy

Yesterday, for several hours, I wondered the streets of old Kyoto. I couldn’t read the street signs, so I got lost. That turned out to be a blessing. For example, I discovered a Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1890 and pastored for many years by a future patriarch. I also happened upon an old Protestant […]

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Japan Reflections: Where Was Jesus In Ancient Japan?

Japan Reflections: Where Was Jesus In Ancient Japan?

Many Japanese rock gardens contain a pair of large rocks. One is placed upright and vertical. The other is placed prone and horizontal. (see the two rocks on the back right) Together the two rocks symbolize the sound “ah,” or “mouth open,” and “nn,” or “mouth closed.” This is the Japanese way of expressing the […]

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Japan Reflections: I Learn Only To Be Contented

Japan Reflections: I Learn Only To Be Contented

Kyoto was Japan’s capital for over a thousand years. Home to hundreds of Shinto and Buddhist sites, it is still the nation’s spiritual and artistic heart. Ryoanji is one of Kyoto’s iconic Zen temples. We wanted to see it because it has the famous rock garden that inspired the landscape technique Americans often call the […]

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What in the World is a Peacemaker?

What in the World is a Peacemaker?

I took part in a public forum today that turned out to be a little more public than what is normally (or even comfortable) for me. I joined Governor Haslam, Senator Corker, former mayor Bill Purcell, CNN’s David Brody and a few other key business and political leaders for lunch. Then, along with several hundred […]

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Answering the Call: A Vision for our Future

Answering the Call: A Vision for our Future

Dear Christ Church Family, On Sunday, August 4, 2013, Christ Church Nashville entered a time of prayer and reflection. The purpose of this discerning process is to clarify our church’s identity and mission in a culture that has changed considerably since its founding era. That morning, we focused our attention on the reasons this process […]

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Judge Not: More Refections on American Evangelicalism and Same-Sex Marriage

Judge Not: More Refections on American Evangelicalism and Same-Sex Marriage

“Judge not, lest ye be judged. ” That’s how the Authorized Version puts one of our culture’s most quoted saying. It carries great authority because Jesus said it. But what does it mean? Surely Jesus did not mean we should not discern the validity or usefulness of ideas or actions. Otherwise, inhaling the vapors of […]

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Taking Refuge Part 2: Further Reflections on Same-Sex Marriage

Taking Refuge Part 2: Further Reflections on Same-Sex Marriage

This has been and interesting two weeks. I have answered over a hundred email responses from the sermon on June 30th, Taking Refuge: Reflections on Same-Sex Marriage. The overwhelming tone was respectful and appreciative. Both the proponents and the opponents of gay marriage wanted to discuss the issue in a way that deepened their understanding […]

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