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The Return of the Prodigal Son: Where is Our Focus?

The Return of the Prodigal Son: Where is Our Focus?

One of my favorite books is “The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Henri Nouwen. In the book, Nouwen discusses the parable of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), and he also walks the reader through his reflections on the painting, “The Return of the...
Who is My Neighbor?

Who is My Neighbor?

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the Good Samaritan. If you haven’t heard it before, Jesus is talking with another religious leader about what you need to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus asks the guy what he thinks. What Should We Do? The religious leader...
How Do We Love God?

How Do We Love God?

I like to evaluate my actions or behaviors through the lens of whether or not they are consistent with loving God and loving others. Loving Others I think I have a pretty good idea of what it means to love others. Loving others is difficult to do in practice. But I...
Why It’s Important to Love People Up Close

Why It’s Important to Love People Up Close

It can be life-changing to show love to others through our touch and physical presence. The Tendency to Avoid Physical Contact We have a tendency in our society today to avoid physical contact with anyone or anything we consider "unclean." I see this avoidance of...
Use Love as the Lens

Use Love as the Lens

I listened to a sermon recently by Paul Rasmussen that made a big impact on me, and I’d like to share a little bit about what he said. Grace and Truth His sermon was focused on the tension many Christians feel between grace and truth. You might have experienced this...
The Five Love Languages

The Five Love Languages

One of my favorite books for couples is the Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. The premise of the book is simple, but profound. As people, we give and receive love in different ways. We tend to think our partner will receive love in the same way that we prefer to...
The Good Samaritan: Pedigree vs. Actions

The Good Samaritan: Pedigree vs. Actions

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of the Good Samaritan, because it completely flips the script on what people think is important. Here is the passage: On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do...