Monthly Archives: August 2007

Short Skirt/Long Jacket and the Proverbs 31 Woman

Who better than a chronic sufferer of foot-in-mouth disease like myself to find two things that disgust women and put them together? I refer to a song, and a scripture passage. The song is “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by Cake, and … Continue reading

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When you don’t believe in luck, chance or coincidence you’re typically left with a lot of churchy words to describe the unexpected neat stuff that happens in your life. And those words never really seem to capture it. “Blessing”, “Divine … Continue reading

Posted in autobiography, front porch, the core | 2 Comments

You Can Never Become an Encourager Like Me

I love irony.

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Evangelism’s Code of Conduct

On Thursday, the Chicago Tribune featured an article about the World Council of Churches and the Vatican teaming up to establish a code of conduct for Evangelism. Now I can’t say that when the WCC and the Vatican link arms, … Continue reading

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Last night I discovered that The Core website has been linked by a German-language emerging church blog called “oikosthemen” which means, as far as I can tell, in English, “OK”. Makes sense. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that it … Continue reading

Posted in blogs, the core | 4 Comments


We are all born onceinto the pale glowof fluorescent tubingand flickering darknessbathing the foreheads ofmad scientistsin lieu of OBGYNs. Some are born a second timeinto the sunlightand everything is different.

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Death of a Salesman

“The only thing you got in this world is what you can sell.” I’ve been known to say it before, and more and more Christians are beginning to realize it. The concept of Evangelism has been deteriorating into pure salesmanship. … Continue reading

Posted in community, religion, the core | 24 Comments