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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As a Pastor, I Sometimes do Weird Things

Last Saturday I was a speaker on a diversity panel in a convention room full of…Santas. And a good scattering of Mrs. Claus’s as well. And because this was a meeting of IBRBS, the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas, all the Santas looked just like Santa....

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The Dead Bear and Great Grandpa

Some friends of ours have a beautiful mountain home with guest rooms decorated according to different countries. There is a French room, an Italian room, etc. A few years ago they generously shared their house with us for a getaway with our kids and grandkids. The...

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Make All the Difference in the World.

Between last Sunday and the one coming up, I was part of a great conspiracy taking shape to change the world. Our church hosted a national conference for people who are starting–or want to be starting–new kinds of churches and gatherings of people committed to...

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We Still Have a Long, Long Way to Go

On this week, remembering that it’s been 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, everything about him seems every bit as pertinent now as it was then, if not more so. I was only 11 when Dr. King led the march from Selma to the capital city of...

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Speaking of Codependence

I was talking with a friend recently about one of the most insidious and easily misunderstood “diseases” that wreaks havoc on the possibility of healthy relationships; namely: co-dependence. In my first marriage, we were both young, from troubled families...

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Live and Love as the Beloved

After I gave Sunday’s message a dear friend said, “Phew, it was just nice to hear you give a message of good news that didn’t have the POTUS (unnamed, but still present) in it.” I did not take this person to be critical of our preaching which has been pretty intense...

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Living at the Speed of Love

I was reminded again this past Sunday at our new session of Facing Racism and Privilege cohort by Rev. Dr. Dawn Riley Duvas that rushing, hurrying, and being obsessed with the clock is much more a “white” thing than a “black” thing. Even just this one aspect of my...

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We Are Kids.

13 months ago, as the inaugural proceedings were going on, I wrote in my Tiddbits that though our country was in the beginning throes of some of the biggest divisions many of us will see in our lifetime, I was finding peace in the words of a 3,000-year-old Psalm. I...

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Highlands Church Blog

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