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There is so much about Jesus and his earthly life that looked like everyone else around them. But, we too often dismiss this or simply don’t pay attention to it.

My friend Drew Anderson, a contributor to Jeremiah’s Vow, and I have started the Jesus Took Naps Podcast. A podcast that looks at the remarkably ordinary life of Jesus. We will look at how Jesus’s life can teach us how to live ours today.

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The Jesus Took Naps Podcast. A Remarkably Ordinary Podcast

We will be discussing the remarkably ordinary life of Jesus Christ. This is a concept we have been mulling over and discussing for some time. What we have discovered is that in our own lives we have missed the simplicity of who Jesus was and what Jesus did. Our hope is to recapture some of that.

There is so much about Jesus and his earthly life that looked like everyone else around them. But, we too often dismiss this or simply don’t pay attention to it. Our lives have become busier than we have time for. More congested than we have the capacity to manage. And we have become more concerned with short-term achievements and lost sight of long-term realities.

On the Jesus Took Naps Podcast, we want to change that. We will talk about the simple realities of living a life of faith as well as the practical challenges of living in the world.

We want to invite you to join us as we talk, think, pray, and consider what it means to live a remarkably ordinary life. Just like Jesus did!

An Office of Lament in a Time of Social Strife

UPDATED: The video has been included for those who would like to be guided through the resource below.

It is designed to help us pray intentionally in times of social strife and unrest. As we confess sin and plead with our Heavenly Father to provide us wisdom and to hear our prayers, we are forced to face our weaknesses. Forced to acknowledge the deep needs of our own hearts as we look for ways of living in a world marked by peace and justice.

Worship is the Result, Not the Cause

Most of the people who attend worship services have become consumers of worship rather than the producers of it within the local church.

Since I have been tasked with leading worship at my church, I have given significant time to think about the topic of worship. During this time, I have found the biggest issue I find being discussed (in one way or another) that most churches face in the area of worship can be boiled down to one issue: We have allowed the congregation to become the audience rather than the performers of worship. Whether intentionally or not this has been the trend. And it is a trend that must be changed.
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1 John 1:6 | We walk in Darkness

6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (1 John 1:6 ESV)

After declaring and defining that one of God’s clearest characteristics is “light” in verse 5, John turns in verse 6 to an implication of this reality, of being in the light. It is the first of two that he provides in this paragraph.

John wants to highlight and contrast a contradiction between our confession, of being in fellowship with God, with our actual positional relationship with God. Now, it is important to maintain the argument John is making here. The power of the argument is that it forces us, as readers, to assess our own lives against the truth that John is bringing to bear. And what is that truth? It is that light and darkness cannot and will not coexist.

Let’s look at it more closely. John begins by asking, in the form of a conditional statement, where we stand. “If we say we have fellowship with [God],” this is our confession, “while we walk in darkness…,” this is the reality of where we stand. Now, it is important that we do not miss the contradiction here. The contradiction is that we are believing one thing and yet doing the opposite. It is not that we are just a little bit off. We must remember that John is using an undeniable contrast. When God is light and we are in darkness, we are left with an unbridgeable divide.

This is the problem and challenge John highlights. We are actively saying we are in fellowship with God while at the same time walking apart from him. What this means is that we are deluded and blind to the reality–and the danger–of our position.

Once we understand the conditions of our dilemma, we can better understand the conclusion that John draws. John says that when I, as an individual, exist in this state described I have two problems. First, I am a liar. Whether it is intentional or out of ignorance makes no difference. I have become a liar because my confession and my conduct do not agree. Second, and this may be more damning, I have physical evidence that I am a law-breaker because I am not “practicing” the truth. Every action I take that maintains the contradiction is another step toward bondage and away from freedom.


Whether I can see it or not, if I do not understand that the contradiction exists I may never be able to break free from the cycle. Only the light of the truth of the Gospel can release me from this blindness.

What we may not want to admit, and what may even be closer to the truth, is that we already know that the contradiction exists, but we are unwilling or unable to stop being liars and failures as practitioners of the truth. We must hear the truth and allow that truth to be the light that illuminates our way out from the darkness of sin.

Will Hunting and the Experiences that Shape us

I was having a conversation with a member of my life group last night. We were talking about something unrelated to this post, but in the course of that conversation I realized something. The Christian faith has been transferred from one generation to the next by the personal witness of those who have been changed by the power of the Gospel. Continue reading “Will Hunting and the Experiences that Shape us”

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