Writer’s Remorse

For the last 9 months we have been living in a remodeling project that just won’t end. (Yes, I’m VERY aware that is not only a first world complaint but one that many people living in the first world could only wish was their problem.) As the end is in...

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Hellllo Highlands Church! 

As promised, I’m back! Thank you for the gift of a summer sabbatical. It was full of dream-come-true adventures. I feel refreshed, rested, and eager to re-enter our life together. The sabbatical gift mostly came down to the gift of time: time to connect with nature,...

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Nashville – Drawing Even More Lines in the Sand

Theologian Phyllis Tickle predicted that as more Christians move out of legalism and a more literal reading of the scripture toward a more inclusive embrace of all people and the need to read the Bible literately, not literally if we’re going to take it seriously,...

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Doing the Right Thing for Houston and Texas

It’s another beautiful day in Denver and my biggest complaint right now is that the roofing company we hired for our hail damage is poorly coordinated, and still hasn’t finished the job – after three months. Well, that’s hardly a Houston-sized...

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Eclipsed by Kindness in a Dark Place

On Friday one of my son’s had his car stolen off the university lot while he was in class. Sunday the police found it and took it to the impound lot in east Aurora where you can see the Kansas border. Monday we went to pick it up. There are no happy people...

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A Degenerating Sense of “Nobodyness”

A friend wanted to find out how some of the most prominent white pastors of mega churches in Colorado responded on Sunday to the racist and tragic events that happened in Charlottesville on Saturday. It got me curious too so I started listening. Two of these churches...

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An Opportunity to Love Each Other As Much as God Loves Us

My fellow Highlanders, hello! Olja here – or as Jill Altieri likes to call me – America’s favorite refugee! Being called “America’s favorite refugee” brings a big smile to my face. My family was saved by a beautiful family in Germany who took us in when we were...

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Why Bother Being Part of the Church? 

So why bother with church? If it is mostly for entertainment, there are so many better venues for it than the church. If it is for learning, you might be better off binge watching TED talks. If it is because you like music, wouldn’t you prefer to pick your own...

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Conversing About Hopelessness

Sunday evening I had a conversation with a dear Highlander who was finding some of my message from the morning tough to swallow. Asking if the sermon title, “Hold on, it gets better,” means that people who suffer chronically on earth are just supposed to hope that...

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Take a Moment to Breathe – or Doodle

In the 1970 movie, “Love Story”, one of the dumbest catchphrases of all time was spoken twice and became ensconced in film notoriety. “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”. Thankfully, in a 2004 episode, the Simpson family watches...

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Hope Deferred 

Did you ever think you were going to get a bike for Christmas and you got something like an annual membership to the Museum of Natural History instead? Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” We’ve all had to live with...

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The Bruise Beneath America

You know how if you accidentally get your hand slammed in a door it hurts for a long time, even if there’s no blood, broken bones or obvious scars? And since you may not have it wrapped in a cast, people assume they can shake your hand? They squeeze out a normal...

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We Take the Bible Seriously

You may have heard us say at Highlands, “We take the Bible seriously; so seriously we can’t always read it literally but we read it literately.” I have had some strong biblically conservative readers challenge me that I am just “picking and...

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Beautiful Baby Dreams

This past Sunday, on Father’s Day, I shared a funny mental image from a frustrating dream I’d had recently that supposedly took place on an Easter Sunday when nothing was going right. I went onto the stage to give the Easter message and I had inadvertently...

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We Are All Part of a Larger Family

In yet another week filled with the bizarre, a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress as they were practicing for an annual ball game against Congressional Democrats. This act of senseless violence deeply disturbed representatives on both sides of the...

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Highlands Church Blog

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