Twenty-Four Inches to Choose Truth

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It came on out of nowhere, a small thing turned big, a feeling– normally dismissed– now wielding supernatural strength. It claimed hold; it held tight. First the anger, then the sadness, tired beyond tired, done. Submerged, suffocated. Me. *** My …

I Didn’t Know How to Stop Being a Pharisee

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Despite the walls of theology books I’d set up as a defense, God still saved me from myself. I have seen God’s mercy descend—even in the unlikely space of a seminary library. I’d been in seminary long …

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February 27 2014

Jesus

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Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there’s just something about that name. I found myself in church today, saying Jesus over and over again. I have worshipped for years, declaring His goodness, feeling washed by the oceans of grace …

Long Obedience in the Same Direction

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O Master, let me walk with Thee In lowly paths of service free; Tell me Thy secret; help me bear The strain of toil, the fret of care. Last summer, the church where I serve as an Associate Pastor …

To All of Us on the Fringe

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I've just finished a session at a youth conference. This weekend, I decided I would tell my story. Whatever handful or hundred-ful of girls decided to come and listen, I'd be honest. I'd speak clear …

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February 25 2014

Lord, Lord

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Author’s Note: As an exercise, I re-wrote the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) in “socially acceptable” language--a sort of modern version. I was surprised at how convicted I was (and which parts were the …

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