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Black Lives Matter #3

Black lives matter. It has to be said because it is not readily seen when we turn on the news, when we visit black communities, when we investigate the history of American policy and practice. When we listen to black voices, we have to accept their experiences as their reality even when if it differs […]

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Black Lives Matter #2

If you watch the video of George Floyd’s arrest, you will see a man who looks calm, quiet, and obedient and a bit confused. From his vehicle to the wall, from the wall to the cruiser, from the cruiser to the ground, he is not resistive, he is not yelling, he is not flailing. He […]

January 01, 1970
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Black Lives Matter #1

This is the first in a series of posts about the current crisis of race in North America. Well, I guess I was waiting for a good time to get back to the blog. I just didn’t have much to say in the last few weeks. My daily practice was to calmly walk the woods […]

January 01, 1970
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The Age of the Spirit

In this post I talk about a couple books and ask a few questions about the Holy Spirit. The late Phyllis Tickle wrote much late in life about the age of the church that we are coming to understand as the Great Emergence. The Great Emergence comes to us almost predictably as Tickle and many […]

January 01, 1970
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A Spiritual Practice for a Chaotic World

This post is about a spiritual practice for everyone called Sit Spot. Have you spent much time outside since the shutdown came? Maybe you’ve found more time for yard work or cleanup. Maybe your kids tried to dig a hole to China. Maybe you’ve taken more walks or runs than you used to. These are […]

January 01, 1970
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A reflection on Mike Tyson’s “Undisputed Truth”

This post is a reflection on my recent reading of Mike Tyson’s book, Undisputed Truth. During this pandemic, I have a lot more time for reading. It’s something I typically do a lot of anyway, but now I can get into some of my books that have been waiting for a time such as this. […]

January 01, 1970
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Be What You Already Are

If you have had any contact with the high school students of LUMC and heard them share about what goes on in the youth group, you may have picked up the word ‘Gargon’. It’s a weird word. It’s like ‘Mormon’ but more pirate-y. If the word sounds a bit spooky, it should. A Gargon is […]

April 07, 2020 Zach C.
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One of My Favourite Resources

This is a really short post about a really great resource. One thing that always gets me when thinking about how our faith is how there are so many other people around the world and throughout history who have been navigating the vary same faith that you and I try to understand and live out […]

April 06, 2020 Zach C.
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A note about encouragement

Hey all, Zach here. I just wanted to reflect for a second on the power of encouragement. I’m not an expert on the psychology of it and I don’t have any Greek or Hebrew words to share with you today, but I do have some experience. Last week was a hard week here at LUMC. […]

April 01, 2020 Zach C.
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Pastor Zach’s Podcast Playlist

Hey all! Zach here! Looking for some interesting podcasts in this extended time of quiet? I have got you covered my friends! I like to listen to podcasts while I walk or do chores. They give me new things to think about and sometimes just serve as the perfect background noise in a chaotic day. […]

March 31, 2020 Zach C.
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