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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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The Airing of Grievances

"I got a lotta problems with you people, and now you're going to hear about it!" Frank Costanza Hopefully you all are old enough and refined enough to remember the celebration of Festivus, the fictional secular holiday that took place on the TV show Seinfeld as an alternative to on overly-commercialized Christmas holiday. After an… Continue reading The Airing of Grievances

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Weathered

You've probably heard Paul's encouraging words in 2 Corinthians 4:17 reminding us "that our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." It's a reminder that the hardships we face here on earth really are small and temporary compared to our promised… Continue reading Weathered

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That’s Not How This Works

Photo courtesy: PinterestThere's a funny car insurance commercial floating around where an elderly woman is proudly posting her photos "to her wall" but instead of Facebook, she's just pinning them to her actual wall. Her friend comes in and tells her she's doing it wrong by proclaiming "that's not how this works... that's not how… Continue reading That’s Not How This Works

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First World Easter

Easter week. Holy Week. My favorite holiday and my favorite celebration. In the same way we observe advent, I think the time before Easter deserves our attention and willingness to quiet ourselves to hear with clear minds the story that changed everything. Our lives are not very conducive to this message, however, and the gospel… Continue reading First World Easter

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Not A Safe Space

"Christians should be creating safe spaces, not ridiculing them." The headline grabbed my attention. It was an article on Patheos that was tagged 'progressive Christian', which, admittedly is not the way I lean, but this is a topic that kind of ruffles my feathers. When I think about it, it's because I see so much more below the… Continue reading Not A Safe Space

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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