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9 Ways Your Ego Prevents You From Experiencing God

Lately, I’ve been haunted by a question. How could so much violence, fear, racism, and divisiveness occur in God’s name? I’ll ask it a different way. If God is love, why does the narrative of Christianity include so little of it? The impending election and media attention surrounding police brutality …

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5 Reasons You Really Need To Slow Down

In 1967, experts on time management delivered a report to the U. S. Senate. These experts believed the speed of technology, satellites, and robotics would present a big problem for the American workplace in the years to come. The problem? People would have too much free time. Here’s a quote …

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7 Qualities Of An Emotionally Mature Christian

How is it someone can be saved and not look much at all like Jesus? Undoubtedly you’ve seen this. Controlling and manipulative pastors. Elders who gossip, rant, and lose their cool. Christians more materialistic than their non-Christian neighbor. Christ-following people who believe they must fix and change everyone around them. …

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How To Respond When Life Knocks You Out

Life can be cruel, striking violently and without warning. The force of the blow can leave people dazed and confused, unsure how to move forward. I’ve been around long enough to witness this. But I didn’t expect to experience it firsthand, not this year, anyway. I turned 30 last August, a …

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8 “Christian” Virtues That Are Not Really Christian

What if certain virtues we equate with following Jesus aren’t actually Christian? Like it or not, culture shapes our picture of Jesus. If we don’t identify false stigmas and misconceptions, we will devote time and energy cultivating a virtue that isn’t Christian. I hate disclaimers, but what follows deserves one. …

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9 Things I Wish I Knew When I Graduated

Congrats, Frank. You’re a college graduate. Who am I? Well, I’m you…seven years later. Don’t get caught up in particulars. Just listen. First of all, you deserve a bro hug. Bring it in close. Let’s go. Don’t hold it too long though. It’s a bro hug. Don’t you know what …

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Suicide, Mental Illness And Coping With Tragedy

Could a Christian really do this? And not just any Christian, a good one. Jesus was real to this man. Christianity wasn’t a silly American game he played to get ahead. He believed every word in the Bible. He practiced those words. He told others about them. I saw this …

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8 Signs Of Humility In A Self-Absorbed Culture

Recently, I was asked to speak to college students on the topic of Jesus as the better David, the Perfect King. David is a fascinating character, the greatest king in Israel’s history, and arguably the greatest leader in the Bible. VBS stories frame David as a small boy, weak and …

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This Question Changed My Life. It Will Change Yours Too

In Barbara Brown Taylor’s epic memoir Leaving Church, she tells of an experience that altered her perspective (and now has altered mine). A local pastor asked her speak at his church. Her first question was “What do you want to speak about?” His response stands as one of the most …

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6 Important Reasons Christians Struggle With Grace

I was leaving our worship center after preaching a sermon on grace. I had been in full-time ministry for a year or so. The man who regularly preaches stopped me on my way out. I expected a few pointers or immediate feedback on the sermon. He was great with constructive …