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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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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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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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