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Discipline Like Christ

Since my previous post, The Power of Forgiveness, something radical happened: I looked into the spiritual mirror and discovered I looked nothing like Jesus. Particularly in the way I was disciplining my children. Too many endless days had seeped into too many sleepless nights. Without even realizing it, I had reached my boiling point. And […]

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Walking The Straight and Narrow

What happens when people follow Christ on the narrow path?

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The Intent of Advent

Every year around this time, my mom would dig out a calendar and hang it on the wall.  She used the same one, year after year.  It was made of green cloth, and the top half was covered in some sort of colorful Christmas-themed picture. Yet, unlike other yearly agendas, this one only charted the […]

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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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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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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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What is a Disciple?

I recently read a brilliant article titled Christianity Without Commitment? by a Moorlands College theology student regarding Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s definition of “discipleship”. (If you don’t know who Dietrich Bonhoeffer is, get to know him. He’s awesome). In this student’s message, he essentially asks the question, “What is a Disciple?” I will pose that question now […]

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