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Four Ways Husbands Should Lead

Four Ways Husbands Should Lead

"C.S. Lewis says that in the marriage relationship, men wear a crown, but it is first and foremost one of thorns."
A Time to Listen

A Time to Listen

Yes, it is a time to listen. To listen to those who were silenced for most of our nation's history. Even as I write this post, I find a strange relief in not having to speak to an issue I really don't understand. I'm glad to listen.
Quarantined Believers Lead Their Family to Christ

Quarantined Believers Lead Their Family to Christ

This time something was different. Her mom was ready to follow Christ. She prayed with Jess and confessed her sin and her need for Jesus. Her mom was the first person to start the chain to lead their family to Christ.
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When Your Faith Goes Down the Drain

That was my faith. And that faith escaped from my heart and flushed down the drain that day. That was the beginning of my rescue.
8 Thoughts About Discipling Remotely

8 Thoughts About Discipling Remotely

Many of us who disciple will be forced by our mobile society to consider discipling remotely at some point. For many folks, long gone are the days when they stayed in one area their entire lives. We must be ready to disciple from a distance.
We Are All Exiles Now

We Are All Exiles Now

We are all exiles. We live in a world broken by sin. And while sometimes we enter a situation of exile because of our own sinful actions, it’s at least as common if not more that the deep frustration of exile comes upon us due to the brokenness that mars all parts of this world.
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Created for Community: Three Re-opening Options

Many churches wish that one Sunday a switch is going to flip and everything will go back to the way things were before. But this re-opening scenario seems unlikely.
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What to Say When Your Daughter Tells You She’s Gay

The first thing I’d do if my daughter told me she had same sex attractions is give her a giant hug and tell her that nothing, nothing, nothing can ever change my love for her.
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Your Conscience Is a Gift From God. But It’s Not God.

We don’t talk about conscience much anymore, and that’s a tragedy because your conscience is a gift from God. It’s a type of moral intuition where you know something before you can articulate it—a kind of “sixth sense.”
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What Does a Healthy Christian Look Like?

"Just because someone calls themself a Christian doesn't mean they are a good representation of Jesus."
5 Things Newlyweds Must Not Do

5 Things Newlyweds Must Not Do

Newlyweds can postpone some things. But there are some mighty important matters they need to deal with head on and face immediately.
How Senior Adults Can Love the Church During COVID-19

How Senior Adults Can Love the Church During COVID-19

I feel and hear the frustrations that many senior adults have as they see the ways that churches are taking extra precautions. Our senior adults can make the entire process easier, with less contention and with more preference for one another, if you will lead us in love.
4 Characteristics of Emotionally Healthy Planning and Decision Making

4 Characteristics of Emotionally Healthy Planning and Decision Making

"If you are willing to take the risks and live with some temporary disorientation, I can promise you that God is waiting for you there."
An Open Letter to the Older Women in the Church

An Open Letter to the Older Women in the Church

Some say Christian maturity marks the older woman. Others say we’re all older than someone else, so, in a sense, we can all be considered older women. Some say there is an age requirement, though none dare suggest a number!
Like a Child: Drawing Near to Christ in Days of Distance

Like a Child: Drawing Near to Christ in Days of Distance

When we long for Him, Jesus welcomes us! When we receive Christ with faith like a child, we receive access to all that God has promised in His Word.
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6 Lessons Losing My Job Taught Me

There is an acute pain for those who lost their job through no fault of their own. Because this is my story, it has given me a fresh perspective on what millions of others are going through right now since they've lost their job.
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When It All Still Hurts a Month After Easter

The following reflection is written with all of these past and present realities in mind. Horatio Spafford, after losing four daughters in a tragic Atlantic Ocean shipwreck, he lamented his “sorrows like sea billows” through the writing of a now-famous hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul.”
Life in a Fallen World: a Theology of Uncomfortable Grace

Life in a Fallen World: a Theology of Uncomfortable Grace

Life in this terribly broken world is hard. You are constantly dealing with the frustration of this world not operating the way God intended. Now, there are really only two responses we can have to the brokenness that complicates all of our lives: cursing or mourning.
Face Masks: The New Sackcloth?

Face Masks: The New Sackcloth?

Face masks are a point of controversy these days of coronavirus. Like sackcloth, they’re uncomfortable, inconvenient, and goofy-looking. It makes sense to me that, rightly used, they can’t do much harm, and they probably can do a lot of good.
Why You Are Allowed to Be Angry With God

Why You Are Allowed to Be Angry With God

You’ll know you’ve come across one when you feel like you’ve turned the corner in a hallway and bumped into someone kicking, punching and screaming at a locked door; the psalms of lament are that intense. You are allowed to be angry with God.
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