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What Do You Believe?

My family has a Christmas tradition that makes most people’s heads explode. We don’t do Santa. (I can hear the gasps from here.) Don’t get me wrong, we still talk about Santa, watch movies and read books about Santa. Heck, we even go visit him. But my husband and I explain to our kids that […]

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Treat People For What They’re Worth

My two-year-old tends to look a lot like me sometimes—not necessarily with her blue eyes or blond locks that curl around her shoulders. Her resemblance doesn’t reside in the curve of her nose or the shape of her face. Even her smile is her father’s. No, in pictures, you might not think we look exactly […]

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Cry, Cry My Beloved Child

Imagine you’re unable to move or speak.  Your stomach churns violently, constricting on itself.  You have no ability to feed yourself.  You can’t even form words to tell someone about your hunger.  The pangs yank harder in your belly.  What would you do? My daughter cries.  And I don’t blame her.  She is not capable […]

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Childbirth Through the Eyes of a Soon-to-be-Mom

“I am never going to have kids!” I declared decisively.  I had been awakened to the gruesome torture of childbirth that day in my middle school health class.  I watched as a small creature slowly stretched its way from a woman’s most sensitive area.  Then as the doctor yanked the being from the dark prison, […]

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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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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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Who’s This Jesus Guy?

The existence of Jesus is a documented reality, his life an historical truth.  His name pops up in ancient political papers and his face seeps into sacred scriptures of several world religions.  Thus, the question is not whether or not Jesus really lived, for it is proven that he tread the paths that exist beneath […]

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Putting the ‘Hope’ in ‘Hopelessness’

In the aftermath of tragedy such as that at Sandy Hook Elementary, we as a people often find ourselves burning bitterly over one three-letter word.  “Why?” we plead in desperation, unable to make sense of evil.  And yet, in the silence of tears, no answers emerge.  The next quandary, then, becomes a question of God’s […]

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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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