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Inward or Upward?

"The desire for man to feel right in the world. This is the goal that so many are working toward, and why so many are discarding the relationships and careers and obligations that they see as holding them back, as they press on, trying to become the best version of themselves that they can be,… Continue reading Inward or Upward?

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Secular Puritains

"A mob of secular Puritans..."  I read that phrase this morning in a Wall Street Journal article and it really struck a chord with me. It was a write up on the recent hysteria over the fact that the Vice President's wife, Karen Pence, works at a Christian school that is... well... Christian. This past week has… Continue reading Secular Puritains

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Fancy Christmas Anxiety

I saw this yesterday and laughed out loud. We like to fancy it up this time of year, don't we? The holidays have a way of magnifying and bringing to the surface all kinds of feelings that lie dormant the rest of the year. Totally irrational fears about ourselves? Check. Deep wounds from something that… Continue reading Fancy Christmas Anxiety

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Leaving The Mall

I had to run an errand yesterday at the mall. Needless to say... it was not pleasant. The sheer number of people out on a Tuesday afternoon was baffling. I saw folks doing the 'grab and go' in stores, hoping that whatever gift they were hastily purchasing would suffice. One lady snatched up four big… Continue reading Leaving The Mall

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These Three Things

  We are in the home stretch... Thanksgiving has come and gone and it's full-steam ahead to Christmas and a new year. I have no childhood recollection of how fast these few weeks go by, I simply remember enjoying two separate holidays that seemed to just magically happen to my great delight. Grown ups know… Continue reading These Three Things

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Baby Tigers and False Peace

"Is it even possible to live a holy Christian life? The kind of life we talk about and aspire to, but seem to fall short of on a daily basis?" Some form of this question has been buzzing around in my conversations the past week or so with different people in my life. I've come… Continue reading Baby Tigers and False Peace

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Please…Go Outside

"The artificial world lies and cheats. It seduces us with the worst of all lessons: that life is easy, and comfort is the goal. Thus it kills initiation at every turn. It cheats us of nourishment and strength and the very training we need. The answer is not only online filters. The answer is to… Continue reading Please…Go Outside

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Sticky Labels

"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." WC Fields Conservative. Liberal. Classical liberal. Evangelical. I was reading a comment thread where people were arguing the virtues and vices of all these labels we take on or give out. On and on it went, everyone arguing in circles about "what does it… Continue reading Sticky Labels

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The Old Cross and Modern Thought

"Leave Christ out? O my brethren, better leave the pulpit out altogether. If a man can preach one sermon without mentioning Christ's name in it, it ought to be his last, certainly the last that any Christian ought to go to hear him preach." Charles Spurgeon "There has come in modern times a new cross… Continue reading The Old Cross and Modern Thought

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A World of Nervous Activity

"Every age has it's own characteristics. Right now we are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity, which is in Christ, is rarely found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous activities, which occupy time and attention, but can never satisfy the longing of the heart." A.W.… Continue reading A World of Nervous Activity