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Humble Faith

Humble Faith

It seems paradoxical, but sometimes doing the right thing and following all the rules can actually move you further away from loving God and loving others. One of my favorite stories illustrating this point involves Jesus going to a dinner party at the house of a...
Christian Freedom

Christian Freedom

It’s the July 4th holiday, where we celebrate freedom as a nation. There is something about freedom that is inherently appealing. We all want it. But many of us don’t feel fully free to be the people that God created us to be. Some people aren’t free because of...
The Trouble with Tradition

The Trouble with Tradition

I love having traditions and rituals in my life. For example, during the Christmas Eve service at my church growing up, we would end the service by singing Silent Night. The tradition was that during the song, you would give your family and friends a hug and tell them...
Love Must Trump Religion

Love Must Trump Religion

Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened as I listened to news coverage about the mass shooting that occurred in Orlando on Sunday. Authorities have called the shooting both an act of terror and an act of hate. The shooting was an act of terror—the gunman...
Balancing the Bible

Balancing the Bible

The Bible is an important book for Christians. For many of us, it provides not only a historical narrative for how God has engaged with humans over the course of history, but also a set of guidelines for making moral and ethical decisions. When I was growing up, I was...
Who is Your ‘Other?’

Who is Your ‘Other?’

One of the most difficult teachings of Jesus for me to follow is to love others, even my enemies. In his famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said it this way: You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love...
Don’t Stop at the Cross

Don’t Stop at the Cross

This week is a special week for those of us in the Christian faith–we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. It’s an interesting juxtaposition–the sadness and despair of Good Friday contrasted with the joy and happiness of Easter Sunday. Both...
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