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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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8 Signs You Love Legalism More Than Jesus

Growing up, Sunday mornings were dreadful. Most everyone wore suits. The preacher yelled especially when it seemed like he had nothing to say. And the same old guy prayed marathon prayers using a host of words with more syllables than his age. Since I was too young to understand churchy …

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7 Signs You Love The American Dream More Than Jesus

I enjoy writing in different settings, particularly when blogging. I’m not sure why. Maybe I love watching people. I might even enjoy eavesdropping on conversations around me. Please stop judging me. For this post, I chose the commons of a local Christian library. While searching for an interesting story to …

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“Do Not Be Afraid:” The First Step To Receiving God’s Promises

Today begins week 3 of Advent. This week we will highlight necessary postures for receiving God’s promises. Not everyone recognized the Savior. Why did shepherds and Magi see the Messiah while others, including the religious leaders, missed him? It’s not mere coincidence. Those who saw Jesus were ready. The first …