Popsicles and Polemics

Most Denver neighborhoods now have an online resource called “Next Door” to help people connect to their actual, real live neighbors who share the same streets, schools, restaurants and handymen. Lots of people use it to report lost pets, porch pirates, new...

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Is Connection a Fantasy, Church?

WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO FIRST with Heather Nelson and her grandpa, evangelical icon, Chuck Swindoll. This week’s article is by Highlander and director of Khesed Wellness, Heather Nelson. Glennon Doyle Melton posted on her Instagram a couple weeks ago a quote by...

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Everything Jesus Did Was Political

The root of the word “politic” in Greek is the word “polis,” which literally means “city” but more loosely refers to a body of citizens. It is in this sense that absolutely everything Jesus said and did was “political”;...

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In Many Ways, Dogs Seem to Catch On Faster

We had a family reunion last week with my sister Jackie’s kids and ours along with the grandkids, nieces, nephews, spouses and significant others. We had a blast, but what really tickled me was living in the microcosm of multiple generations at different levels...

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Hearing the Voice of Jesus

This week’s post is by Highlands Church Co-Pastor Rachael McClair. I heard an interesting article on CPR this morning about a woman named Sarah Jackson who started an organization called Casa de Paz as a way to serve released detainees from an Aurora immigrant...

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The Word of God is a double-edged Sword, not a Bayonet

Highlands Church has willingly embraced that our community is open to a wide range of people who may differ from others in significant ways. Currently the most challenging part of our ethos is what we mean when we say, “Conservative and liberal here, we’ve all gotta...

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Emergencies and Right Turns

We had a family wedding last weekend back in the Midwest. My wife, Leanne, grew up on a farm in NW Iowa in a town of 2,000 people called Hull. Her niece’s wedding was on the other side of the border in the thriving metropolis of Sioux Falls, SD. A lot of things...

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We Need to Plant Some Flags of Decency

Today I found myself feeling very thankful that President Trump declared, for any number of reasons, that while “we are going to keep the border strong” he said that “we are not going to separate children from their families”(although the official White House...

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All About Jesus or All About Justice?

For at least a century, the Protestant church has had basically two options: you could be all about Jesus or all about Justice. Not surprisingly, the two sides were suspicious of the other for not being true Christians. While there were all sorts of nuances within...

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No Ideas Are Neutral

On the wall next to my desk in my office I have three 4 foot long wooden rails displaying newspapers with headlines that span the decisive events of World War Two. I found these newspapers perfectly preserved in a crawl space under a house 25 years ago. I put them on...

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Being an Adult Can Really Take a Toll on Your Idealism

Our oldest granddaughter graduated from 5th grade today, which means she is headed for middle school next year! 109 fifth graders sang a very sweet song, “When I see the stars above I wish for peace, I wish for love.” Where did the tears come from?...

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Bad Theology Put the U.S. Embassy of Israel in Jerusalem

Bad theology always does damage. When we act in accordance with a grossly mistaken understanding of who God is and what God wants for the world, people get hurt. More accurately, people get killed. There is a strong branch of evangelicalism, and in particular the...

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What is Happening to my Sense of Time?

The last of our five children graduates this morning as a mechanical engineer from the School of Mines. “Whoopee,” and, as my wife says, “The last one is off the dole.” So yes, Whoopee, but, when did that happen? That’s four years of...

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One Hundred Reasons.

This week’s TiddBits is written by a guest contributor, our Strategic Communications Consultant, Hayro Luque: My name is Hayro, I serve in Strategic Communications at Highlands Church and I am honored for the reason of being a guest author for this week’s...

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Highlands Church Blog

Also known as TiddBits, the weekly blog by (usually) Co-pastor, Mark Tidd