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How Not to Walk by the Spirit

“I feel like the Lord is leading me to do it.” Those were my friend’s parting words to me. I told him not to follow this leading, but he’d had an experience he “really felt was from the Lord.” I tried to explain what the Bible had  Keep Reading...

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Why Christians Will Help Rebuild Houston

I was living just 60 miles away when a tornado hit Joplin in 2011 and obliterated several city blocks, leaving 158 people dead. X-rays from that tornado rained down in my front yard while I sat in church, initially oblivious to what had happened. But once we knew, we mobilized. Keep Reading...

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4 Reasons You Shouldn't Be Colorblind

Can you imagine wanting to be colorblind? And yet I hear that hope all the time. When I speak with people about ethnic and racial diversity, it’s not long before I hear, “I don’t see color. I’m colorblind! My parents taught me not to see color.” The phrase is trying to express that all people are people, and that color Keep Reading...

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Race, the Gospel, and the Moment

How should Christians, and especially those with an Anglo-white background, respond to last weekend’s alt-right gathering in Charlottesville and its tragic aftermath?  Three brief things need to be said. First, Christians should look at the energized and emboldened white nationalism movement, and at its fascist slogans, and condemn it—full stop. No,...

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I Don't Understand Christians Watching Game of Thrones

This will not be a long post. Because the issue doesn’t seem all that complicated. I don’t understand Christians watching Game of Thrones. Whenever there is a new episode, my Twitter feed overflows with people talking about Game of Thrones. First off, I’m always amazed that this many people have HBO. But second, and much more importantly, I’m alwa...

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Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of My Diving Accident

Recently I was at my desk writing to Tommy, a 17-year-old boy who just broke his neck body surfing off the Jersey shore. He’s now a quadriplegic. He will live the rest of his life in a wheelchair without use of his hands or legs. When it comes to life-altering injuries, quadriplegia is catastrophic. Halfway through my letter describing several hurdles...

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The Agonizing Ordeal of Eugene Peterson

Was he against it, before he was for it? Is he really against it now? The ordeal experienced last week by popular author Eugene Peterson was agonizing to observe, largely self-inflicted, and virtually inevitable. You should pay close attention to it, for you might very well be next. Keep Reading...

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Community Covers a Thousand Threats

Those simple words, once safe and sweet, now haunt me at times. I remember discovering (it seemed) two verses at age seventeen. I memorized them, working each phrase into my adolescent mind and heart. Now they have taken on a whole new meaning almost two decades later. Keep Reading...

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5 Ways to Minister to Other Christians This Sunday

Every Christian is a minister. According to the book of Romans, every Christian is called upon by God to minister the Word of God to other believers (see Romans 15:14 and the words “able to instruct one another”). But what does that actually look like? How can normal people like you Keep Reading...

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10 Things You Should Know about God's Attributes

1. God is simple. What that means is this: God is free from all composition; He is not the sum of his parts. There is not one thing and another in God. Rather, whatever is in God, God is. He is absolute, which means that there are no distinctions within his being. Keep Reading...

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