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Mixing Christianity with America

Mixing Christianity with America

One of my friends was attending a Christmas light display in his hometown with his family. During the show, there was an interesting mix of music. They played God Bless the USA and the theme from Top Gun, with a few Christian hymns mixed in. My friend commented that...
What Happened to the Woman at the Well?

What Happened to the Woman at the Well?

I was talking with a friend of mine the other day who was struggling. She was separated from her husband, and was struggling with figuring out how to move forward. She had high hopes that her marriage would work out, but it didn’t seem to be happening. She was also...
Why I Still Read the Bible

Why I Still Read the Bible

The Bible isn’t very popular these days. It seems like every week someone brings up (a) the contradictions between the Bible and science, (b) the contradictions among various Bible passages with each other, and (c) how religious people have used passages in the Bible...
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...
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