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Christians, Charlottesville, and Enabling Racism

Christians bear responsibility for enabling the racism in Charlottesville. Racism is part of us. It is deeply embedded in the cultural fabric of the United States. Racism is part of me. It is something I have to fight against every day. Racism may be part of you, although it might be …

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God’s Heart for Mission

This blog post is Part 2 in a 14-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) Finding and living out our mission isn’t just something we do because it makes our lives more meaningful—it is deeply important to the …

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Humble vs. Self-Righteous Religion

Religion can be healthy or unhealthy. One key factor differentiating the two is the extent to which religion promotes humility or self-righteousness. In other words, does religion help me focus on myself, and how great I am, or does religion help me focus on loving and serving others and God? …

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Sex, Maddi Runkles, and Throwing the First Stone

Maddi Runkles is an 18-year-old senior at Heritage Academy, which is a private Christian school in Hagerstown, Maryland. In January, she found out she was pregnant. The school requires all students to sign a pledge saying that they will adhere to a religious code of conduct, which includes “abstaining from sexual …

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Jesus, Rules, and the Heart of the Matter

Rules are an important part of any well-functioning society. We follow rules every day. For example, when driving, we follow the rules of the road. We can’t steal things that aren’t ours, or punch someone in the face. There are consequences if you break a rule. For example, you might …

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