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Why I Read Fiction

Why I Read Fiction

This past week, I picked up the John Le Carre spy novel, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” It’s a thick book, and it will take me quite a while to read it. Reading the book probably won’t teach me something important that will contribute to my...
How to Help Without Enabling: 5 Key Steps

How to Help Without Enabling: 5 Key Steps

A common dilemma in life is how to help without enabling. Here’s what I mean: It’s natural to want to help others who are in need. We all need help sometimes, and it’s important to use our time, money, and resources to help people who are struggling. Also, if you...
Integration of the Shadow

Integration of the Shadow

This blog post is Part 3 in a 4-part blog series on Integrated Faith. (If you missed the first blog post, you can find it here.) In this blog series, I am taking a look at aspects of our spiritual lives that might be out of step or disconnected with the rest of our...
What To Do When You’re Stuck in the Saturday

What To Do When You’re Stuck in the Saturday

The season of Easter is a focal point of the Christian faith, because it marks the death and resurrection of Jesus. For Christians, the death of Jesus is associated with sacrifice and the ability to be forgiven of our sins. The resurrection of Jesus is associated with...
When Helping Others, Don’t Capsize Your Canoe

When Helping Others, Don’t Capsize Your Canoe

If you are a person who prioritizes helping others in need, you probably have experienced a tension in your life. You want to help and serve others, but the need is so great. In fact, the needs of others are often greater than your ability to meet these needs. You...
Is it Okay to Have Doubts About God?

Is it Okay to Have Doubts About God?

When I was a kid, I loved this card game called ‘I Doubt It.’ Basically, you dealt out the cards, and then you went around in a circle. The first person placed a certain number of cards face down and said “Two 2’s!” The next person did the same thing and said “One 3!”...
Wheaton College, Hazing, and The Need for Integrity

Wheaton College, Hazing, and The Need for Integrity

If you’re connected to the Christian education world, you have probably heard about the latest controversy to hit Wheaton College. If not, buckle your seatbelt. Five football players were charged with felonies: aggravated battery, mob action, and unlawful restraint...
Exploring Stories of Brokenness

Exploring Stories of Brokenness

This blog post is Part 6 in a 14-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) In this blog post, we will explore an exercise that can help you discover and clarify your purpose: exploring your stories of...
Christian Privilege

Christian Privilege

This blog post is Part 7 in a 12-part blog series on Christianity and justice. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) We have been talking about barriers that hold Christians back from getting involved in supporting justice causes—including having an...
Our Stories Should Tell the Full Truth

Our Stories Should Tell the Full Truth

We each have stories about our lives, the world, and our place in it. Our stories come from a variety of sources, such as our cultural background, religious upbringing, the educational system, and our families of origin. Our stories comprise the foundation for our...
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