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Is Christianity Still “Good News”?

Is Christianity Still “Good News”?

When I read about the life of Jesus, time and time again I see Jesus offering the “Gospel” or “Good News.” But what was the Gospel, and why was it considered good news? And is it still considered good news today? The Gospel as Kingdom of God There are two...
Do We Get “3 Free Sins”?

Do We Get “3 Free Sins”?

I finished reading an interesting book called “3 Free Sins” by Steve Brown, and I’m curious to hear your thoughts about it. The basic idea of the book is that Christians are usually focused on “getting better.” We get obsessive about not...
4 Steps for Dealing with Anger

4 Steps for Dealing with Anger

Often in our culture today, we think of anger as a negative emotion. We think about anger as something we need to do away with. If we get too angry, it can be scary. We might have to go to anger management classes. So many of us push down our anger and stuff it, not...
Want Grace? Get in Touch With Your Brokenness

Want Grace? Get in Touch With Your Brokenness

There’s a story about Jesus in the book of Luke that I absolutely love. The story begins with a Pharisee (a religious leader) named Simon inviting Jesus over for dinner. They are reclining at his table, when a “sinful woman” (probably a prostitute) comes...
Sex, Maddi Runkles, and Throwing the First Stone

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...
Micah 6:8

Micah 6:8

During my freshman year of college, I went to a small faith-based school and ran cross-country. Each afternoon at 3:30, we would meet for our training run. Before we got started, we would stand in a circle, put our arms around each other, and sing a song. One of my...
How to Forgive: Ask the Experts

How to Forgive: Ask the Experts

One thing I struggle with is how to forgive the people in my life who hurt me. I try to remember that we all make mistakes, but when someone I love does something that hurts me, I have trouble forgiving that person. I replay what happened in my mind, and I feel sad...
The Bad in the Good

The Bad in the Good

This post is Part 1 in a 3-part blog series on good and bad. Often we have a clear division in our mind about what is good vs. what is bad, usually rooted in our family or cultural upbringing. For example, making more money is good; making less money is bad. Being...
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