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Faith that Makes Mountain’s Tremble…

Faith makes mountain’s tremble. That’s what the spiritual master said. “For sure, I tell you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to over there,’ and it would move over. You will be able to do anything” (Matthew 17:20). Note the following three things…and then, […]

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How Do You Define Faith?

Define Faith Today I was asked, “How do you define faith?” I’m not sure you can. Isn’t it a little like trying to define God? Whatever you say about God is either wrong or woefully insufficient. Which is why, even when the New Testament writer says, “God is love,” (1 John 4:8) he is both […]

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On the Meaning of Faith…

The Meaning of Faith Faith: What is faith? Content? Doctrines of our church? The stuff you believe? The stuff we believe? What the Church believes? What our church believes? Your beliefs? Their beliefs? Our beliefs? Which is it? Maybe none of the above. Faith may be less about “content” and more about “conduct”? Not as […]

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Live by Faith…But How?

Live By Faith But how? The 6th century Greek philosopher named Xenophanes wrote: “If horses had gods, they would look like horses.” Explains why I grew up thinking of God as this big dude (a bigger and unlimited version of me) in the sky who was neither limited nor weak like I am but who […]

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Faith…What Is Faith and How Do I Live by Faith?

Faith. What is it? How do I live by faith? Faith! What is it? How do I live by faith? These are two of the questions that I am constantly asking myself. The word faith is, for example, greatly misunderstood. In the English language, we have no verbal form of the word for “faith.” As […]

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Stepping into the Eternal…into Authentic Faith

All structures…foundations…all pillars of faith….in other words, all beliefs are uncertain, temporary, and they are not…I repeat…they are not the source of authentic faith… …if authentic faith is what you seek. Faith is authentic…genuine…most real…when it has nothing upon which to stand. Which is why I’ve always liked the picture at the top of this page.  It […]

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Faith Is…

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There and Here…

Why am I so seldom satisfied with where I am? Why does over there always appear more enchanting than right here? Why is it that I look forward to vacation…make plans…detailed plans…imagine the fun, the relaxation I’m going to have…the stuff I’m going to do or not do and the consequential rejuvenation I’m going to […]

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A Tribute to My Father…

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I Was Born with a “W H Y” Chromosome…

I was born with a “W H Y” chromosome which is why I’ve been asking questions all my life. Unfortunately, many religious people are threatened whenever you question faith. But, my own opinion is, until you question your faith, you have no faith. Yes, of course, you may have beliefs. And, many of them. Religion […]

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On the Pathway…But, to Where?

On the Pathway…But, To Where? It’s today’s buzzword, isn’t it? Pathway…Journey…People speak quite frequently these days about being on the path…or, on the journey. But, to where? For some Christians, it is a journey to heaven. Really? Is that the point of this life? Just to endure it to make it finally to heaven? At […]

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How to Question Everything and Be the Stronger in Faith for It…

“Doubt is no more disbelief than questions are compromise” (from, The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God). Until you question your faith, you have no faith. It is true, however, you might have beliefs. But there is a chasm of difference between a believing person and a person of authentic faith. For many people, […]

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Who I Am Naturally!…

Here’s a thought for consideration on this bright new April morning in spring. In Harvey Cox’s book The Future of Faith, he references a statement to this effect: “If we love God, even if we think God might not exist, God will make herself manifest to us.” Love and faith are primordial…or, you might even […]

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What IS Faith?…

I’m looking out the window on a flight from Louisville to Atlanta where I’m helping a congregation redefine its understanding of mission and then recast a vision for their future. I’ve been reflecting on the meaning of faith. What is faith? What I realize today is that, more than at any other time, the confusion between […]

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God-Talk about Faith…

It abounds everywhere, doesn’t it? Religious people use the word faith so much, you would think they actually knew something about it. Like a person who regularly drives a car, as I and perhaps you do as well or who steps on board an airplane as I do almost weekly. If an alien from another […]

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