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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Are You a Pilgrim or a Tourist?

I received a note from a pastor in Michigan, Tanner Smith, who said a friend had passed along one of my Tiddbit blogs from April 20, “The Cosmic Gorilla Glue of Love.” I love knowing ideas are being shared so I followed suit and found a blog he had written on...

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Following Where Love Leads 

Many of you have heard me talk about Haley, the trans-gender girl who 13 years ago, at a church I was pastoring in Boulder when she was 7 years old, started her transition to Hal. Hal just graduated from Trinity College and I had lunch yesterday with him and his...

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A Former Boulder Snob’s Thoughts About Longmont

Growing up in Boulder it was inevitable I would become a snob about many things including why anyone would bother living in any other city besides Boulder, the epicenter of all things beautiful and enlightened. I used to relish telling the joke, “What’s...

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Pray for Those in Power

We know Jesus paid his taxes but if Palestine had been a democracy with a constitutional government in his time, would Jesus have voted? Would he have signed petitions or given money to support one candidate over another? Would he have told his followers it is their...

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The Taco Debacle

At a slow day at the bank the other day I heard two tellers near me talking about a messy taco debacle. The guy said that they’d made tacos for a dinner party the night before and as he was walking out of the kitchen one of his kids came whipping around the...

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This is Not Just a Red vs. Blue Problem  

For most of us, the phrase, “religious exemption” has been meaningful and has held positive implications upheld by the First Amendment that has provided adequately for the separation of church and state. But in the past few years, there has been an attempt...

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We Are Different. Yet Alike.

Last Sunday, Highlands Church began the long journey of supporting refugees. For our first initiative, we’re partnering with a local, Denver resettlement agency, “ACC.” 50 of us gathered in the auditorium where we heard from amazing people, like Eyni Ali (pictured)...

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The Cosmic Gorilla Glue of Love

After my Easter message last week, a couple people asked if what I was describing is “universalism,” the idea that everyone is “saved.” In one of my responses I said that the phrase I would use to describe myself is a “Christocentric Universalist.” When I...

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“I Am the Beloved, and So is Everyone Else.”

Last Saturday, after driving through the white-knuckle snowstorm in Southern Colorado, the blizzard cleared, the road opened up and then our rear right tire blew. Much better there than in the white-out when cars couldn’t see us, though there wasn’t much...

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We Are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. Period!

In a laboratory in Chicago, a palm-size device had its first period. Yes, that kind of period! A medical research experiment to better understand how medicines and toxins affect women differently from men created a small device with dividers that contains living...

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Highlands Church Blog

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