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The Urgency of Opening

And the church just slips through the cracks again. Every week, I wait eagerly for the email from our pastor telling us that doors are finally going to open - its almost July after all, if anyone is keeping track. Each week, we receive another message explaining why we still can't gather... it's either logistically… Continue reading The Urgency of Opening

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Where the Wild Feelings Are

"How are you feeling today?" It's the question I must ask my kids at least five times before they even leave the house. When someone bounces down the stairs with a smile, I assume they are feeling confident. If a door slams, someone is ticked off. We can go from happy to tears in a… Continue reading Where the Wild Feelings Are

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The Choice To Rejoice

“Christmas, in this age, doesn’t guarantee merry and bright. Not yet. But it does promise that merriness and brightness are breaking in. Christmas, at its best, gives us a peek of the uncompromised joy that is coming, and as we glimpse it, even from afar, we have a foretaste. Like the apostle Paul, and the… Continue reading The Choice To Rejoice

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Offended! Men, Women, and Hating on the Truth

"In every moral question we are bound to be on Christ's side. In every religious question we are not on the side of predominant thought, nor on the side of fashionable views... but on the side of Christ." Charles Spurgeon As we all sit and consume our daily dose of media, opinions and outrage, I… Continue reading Offended! Men, Women, and Hating on the Truth

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Rotten, Woke Fruit

I'm reading a lot lately about fruit... good fruit vs. bad fruit and how to discern the difference. It's rather straightforward in our Bibles, or at least I thought it was. The book of Luke tells us that good trees bear good fruit, and bad trees bear bad fruit (6:43). So how in the world… Continue reading Rotten, Woke Fruit

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The Heat Is On

There comes a time in every believers faith journey when the rubber has to meet the road. Eventually, we are going to have to walk our talk. I'll be the first to say that I don't think piling on personal hot-takes when others struggle is very helpful. As the cultural temperature gets turned up, too… Continue reading The Heat Is On

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Redeem The Time

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.Ephesians 5:15 Sometimes, in the desperate attempt to make sense of the senseless, we hitch our wagons to some really destructive ideas. In the wake of unspeakable tragedy, the very best and worst of human nature… Continue reading Redeem The Time

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Enter Your Rest

"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate. Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher… Continue reading Enter Your Rest

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Replace Purity Culture, But Don’t Replace Jesus

If you came of age in the late 1990's or were anywhere near an evangelical circle, then 21 year-old Joshua Harris' book I Kissed Dating Goodbye probably made it's way onto your bookshelf. The so-called 'purity movement' was born, and with it came some pretty high expectations and both good and bad theology. I distinctly… Continue reading Replace Purity Culture, But Don’t Replace Jesus

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Jesus On The Beach

Easter has come and gone. I was reminded of this no less than ten times yesterday when I heard and saw numerous ads for Mother's Day. Overnight, the stores have done away with all things bunny-related and have moved on in their push to get us thinking about the next thing. Not so fast please.… Continue reading Jesus On The Beach