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Author: Dan

a commitment to something greater

Read­ing Time: 1 minuteThere is a veneer, a cul­tur­al Chris­tian­i­ty. That’s not appeal­ing to peo­ple any­more.… Feel­ing good about your­self is not enough. It has to be life-trans­form­ing, with doc­trine, prac­tice and behav­ior in the world, and a com­mit­ment to some­thing...

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seeing past divisions

Read­ing Time: 5 min­utesIn 2003, my fam­i­ly vis­it­ed a neigh­bor­hood Church of Christ con­gre­ga­tion. We had left the denom­i­na­tion in 1997 but went out of respect for rel­a­tives in town for the week­end. One of them decid­ed to fill out a vis­i­tor card for us — you know, the card that says you want more infor­ma­tion and the church should con­tact you. A few days lat­er, a let­ter came thank­ing us for vis­it­ing and invit­ing us to return. It also high­light­ed what set this con­gre­ga­tion apart. Such let­ters are com­mon — and they are usu­al­ly short, a few sen­tences at most. welcome…and here’s what we’re against...

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“joy for what lies waiting”

Read­ing Time: 3 min­utesWhen I start­ed blog­ging in 2006, I was a dif­fer­ent man in a dif­fer­ent place. I was 42; my old­est was in mid­dle school, my youngest not even in kinder­garten; I was about 30 pounds heav­ier; I was mar­ried and vir­tu­al­ly inca­pac­i­tat­ed by pan­ic attacks (these last two are not unre­lat­ed). I was teach­ing growth-track class­es at a megachurch and active in their small group min­istry. That was Dan ver­sion 1.5 or 6. Now, I’m 51; Zack has start­ed his career (I have an adult child!), Anna is in mid­dle school, and Isaac is in high school;...

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a brief history of my life in church

Read­ing Time: 5 min­utesWhat fol­lows is an overview of my spir­i­tu­al his­to­ry by way of my life in church; think of it as anoth­er kind of “about” page. my journey in 5 quick steps… I grew up in the Church­es of Christ, went charis­mat­ic in 1997, then non­de­nom­i­na­tion­al evan­gel­i­cal in 2001, became an Epis­co­palian in 2012, and now I’m a Methodist. …or, a brief history of my life in church steps 1 and 2: from a capella to speaking in tongues… On both sides, I come from at least two gen­er­a­tions in the Church­es of Christ, and I val­ue the...

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