Christianity Category

Why…?

Little kids often go through an inquisitive phase that wreaks havoc on their parents’ hairlines.  “Why?” they ask.  Not once.  Not twice.  Always. “Why is the sky blue?” “Why do dogs bark?” “Why does Melissa get to watch R-rated movies and I don’t?” Fortunately my parents’ brown locks still sprout from their scalp, refusing to […]

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Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

“My grandma has a shrine to Mary in her bedroom,” my friend divulged over dinner. His maternal grandmother had been raised Catholic in a Mexican culture, and because of her Catholic roots, she worshiped Mary – or so this friend implied.  I could tell that this man, a passionate follower of Christ, loved his grandmother […]

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There’s Something About Mary

My husband placed his hand gently on my belly, hoping this would be the day he’d feel his first child move.  For weeks, I had bonded with the life inside my womb.  I had felt her tumble and bounce, kick and play. Each thrash of her hand or foot made my heart accelerate. Each flutter […]

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Is Christianity Simply Science Fiction?

In a society domineered by an insatiable hunger for the undead and a fancy for all sorts of science fiction, I can’t help but see the similarities between my faith and this fantastical fad.  I turn to scripture and find miraculous works of magic, supernatural powers, and an eternal battle between good and evil.  From […]

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Eat This, Not That

“I believe who you are and how you live should raise questions,” the old monk said to us.  “Then, you can turn those questions into conversations about living a life dedicated to God.”  Time had stolen color from his hair and paling face, but not from his spirit.  Passion overflowed from his lips as he […]

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If You’re a Knee, Be the Best Darned Knee You Can Be

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ…the body is not made up of one part but of many.  Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not […]

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Truth is Bigger Than Fear

Two women sit across from each other, one with exhaustion tugging violently at her lower lids.  Her shoulders curl inwards toward her torso in defeat.  “I just don’t know what to do anymore,” she confesses, broken.  “Everything I do is for everyone else.  I never have time for me.  If anyone asks me to do […]

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Love AND Marriage?

Marriage in America: A Report to the Nation recently described marriage as an “institution in decay”. Due to shifts in values and lifestyles, they claim that our country transformed from one of the most marrying nations in the world to a society that questions the validity and value of marriage. Ironically, though, the things that […]

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HypoCHRISTy

“The fundamental fact of Christian faith is this: Christ is alive!” Leonard Sweet writes in Nudge, his book about sharing one’s Christian faith.  In every other religion, I came to realize, prophets and scripture-worthy characters currently lie six feet below ground, never to be seen, heard, or touched again.  Their words and teachings resound only […]

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A Few Words on a Living Faith

What is it about the world that keeps us clinging on, hoping for dear life that we might be accepted by it? How can the fear of isolation train even the most unique people to conform? It’s almost as if Rejection reaches directly into our hearts with its ugly, tainted hands, shaking our souls by […]

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