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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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4 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 …

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10 Commandments Of A Real Man

What is a real man? Think about our culture’s definition. Look at the movies. Read the magazines. Listen to the music. What do you see? Muscles, money, and women. A real man is tough. He doesn’t show emotions. He handles his own business. A real man has money. Who cares if he blows it on …

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Alive or Awake: How To See The World Rather Than Sleepwalk Through It

I’ve never seen a sleepwalker. My wife, Tiffani, says the experience is quite terrifying. Her sister is a sleepwalker. When Tiffani describes her sister’s sleepwalking journeys, I liken her sister to a puppet who’s fastened to the strings of the subconscious, unaware she’s able to make decisions independent of them. …

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9 Things Your Children Need (But Won’t Tell You)

Not long after my first son was born, someone came up to me and said something that changed my perspective on parenting. “Enjoy every moment. The days are long but the years are short.” At the time, I was low on sleep and high on stress, and this wasn’t the …