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2013 in Review

Hello blog readers and subscribers!

It has been another great year here at the blog. In fact, it has been the busiest year so far with almost 80,000 views! Thank you for reading and giving your feedback along the way. You encourage me to keep blogging.

Here are the 20 most popular posts of 2013:

  1. Jesus UnCrossed
  2. Support Us or You’re a Bigot?
  3. How Worship of the American Flag Changed Everything
  4. Meeting Jesus at Abu Ghraib
  5. Is the Pledge Good for Our Kids?
  6. An Open Theism Theodicy
  7. Why I Do Not Support or Oppose Gay Marriage
  8. In Awe of the God of Science
  9. Loving God With Your Mind
  10. Anabaptist Core Convictions
  11. Really Bad Church Names
  12. Josh Garrels on Believing
  13. The Difference Between Conviction & Condemnation
  14. Finding the Naked Anabaptist
  15. On Christian Cynicism
  16. Jumping Over Jesus
  17. Heaven is Not Our Home
  18. The Twilight Zone God
  19. Is God Good?
  20. God is Not Cynical (So Why Are You?)

Other blog highlights in 2013 include the following:

Was there a post this year that you appreciated more than others? What was it and why?

Please do me the honor of reflecting back on this year’s many posts and let me know if you there was one or two that especially ministered to you. (It may be a post that’s not mentioned above.) I sincerely thank you!

You can expect one more post in 2013. There, there now. Dry your eyes. 🙂 Stay tuned for a personal Christmas post from the Flowers family.

D.D. Flowers, 2013.

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On My Return to Vocational Ministry

Hello blog readers!

I’m still here. I’ve been sick over the last week, and the last two weeks I just haven’t been able to find time to write. I intend to pick back up with the blog series this week. Thank you for your patience.

In the meantime, I thought it was best to put together a video about my journey over the last 14 years—out of vocational ministry and back again.

You had questions, so I’m responding.

As I announced a couple months ago, I have been called to pastor an Anabaptist congregation in the New River Valley of Virginia. We now know that we will be moving after Christmas. My official start date is January 1st, and my first Sunday at Christiansburg Mennonite Fellowship is January 5th.

The following video is 25 minutes in length. Feel free to ask further questions if you’ve got them. Please follow the rules of the blog. Thanks!

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D.D. Flowers, 2013.


Give It To Jesus

We’ve all been told at one point or another to give things to Jesus. But what exactly does that mean? Think about it. What does that look like?

In the following video blog, I share what that looks like for me in my practice of imaginative prayer. Don’t let your relationship with Jesus become dull and lifeless for lack of a disciplined imagination.

What are you holding on to that you need to give to Jesus? What do you need to throw in the fire? Throw it in the fire and leave it in the ashes.

D.D. Flowers, 2013.

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The Next Big Thing

I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else. And we’ve been shown the mystery!  Col 2:2-3 (MSG)

How often have you thought, “If I could just have [insert obsession here], then I would be at rest.” Maybe you’ve thought something like that.

Many of us, especially those in ministry, have probably been told in a wilderness period that there are BIG things ahead, if we’ll just press on. It may be true that the Lord will increase and expand your influence in the days to come, but what if it doesn’t happen the way you envision it?

More importantly, what if I told you the next BIG thing won’t even really satisfy us if we’ve missed the greater things that God wants to do within us—that is to root us into the depths and mysteries of Christ.

I don’t want to have any other obsession but Jesus. Only Jesus is BIG enough to fill the desires of the human heart. In the following video, I talk about why our deepest need is to make Christ the next BIG thing.

Have you ever felt restless while you wait for God’s promises? Are you finding that he is enough? Let’s make knowing Jesus central and supreme.

D.D. Flowers, 2013.

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