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Discipleship

Many of us feel we’re unworthy of love. Our painful knowledge of our fears, failures, sins and regrets are amplified by voices telling us we aren’t worthy. No matter what others think or say, true love is a gift from God. […] Read More

While it’s important to remember the past and appreciate what it can teach us, none of us can hold onto the past. As the events of our lives shift around us, we must embrace the transitions and allow God to transform us. […] Read More

Folks have different reasons for wanting to join a church: give them the love they deserve, be a place of support, find new friends, offer programs for their children. But one woman’s reason for joining nearly burned my gravy. […] Read More

Be Kind

Former President George W. Bush and Ellen DeGeneres showed us that political disagreement doesn’t mean disregarding each other’s humanity. If we follow their example, this world can be a kinder and more peaceful place to live. […] Read More

To be humble is to have one’s feet firmly planted on the ground, to carry the smell of the earth. Humble folks know they’re not the center of the earth but also know they aren’t second-rate pieces of dirt either. […] Read More

When we witness someone display a moment of extraordinary grace or strength, we must avoid setting that as the precedent for them or others. We can appreciate super-human effort but must still see normal-human effort as valuable. […] Read More

It’s an often-overlooked Old Testament account. Standing up to authority in a male-dominated society, the daughters of Zelophehad challenged an unjust law, scoring a victory for a woman’s right to inherit property. […] Read More

Far too many Christians consider environmental concerns a side issue that is irrelevant to salvation, a matter for pagans and tree huggers. The church has abandoned its prophetic task, and scientists have filled in the gap. […] Read More

Economic deficits have long-lasting consequences, but we incur an even greater moral deficit when we ‘trample the needy and bring ruin to the poor’ while favoring those who are well off. Will we choose to repair our moral deficits? […] Read More

Jesus said many amazing things, but it looks like he may have neglected to cover some of the exceptions. That would explain why some of his followers have seemingly worked out what he forgot to say and put them into practice. […] Read More