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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...
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...
10 Parts of a Good Apology

10 Parts of a Good Apology

There’s nothing worse than a bad apology. I experienced a bad apology the other day. The apartment where I live has been having problems with the fire alarms. Occasionally, they just go off for no apparent reason. They can’t seem to figure out what the problem is....
Should We Forgive Racism?

Should We Forgive Racism?

We recently published a paper that explored forgiveness in the context of race-related offenses. I had mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I’m a big believer in the power of forgiveness, even in the context of very serious offenses. Forgiving tends to improve...
Have a Short Memory

Have a Short Memory

I was visiting with some friends a few weeks ago who have small children. As we were finishing eating lunch one day, the kids were running around the house and playing. Everything was going swimmingly, until one of the children pushed the other one, who face-planted...
Hold on to Forgiveness

Hold on to Forgiveness

This post is Part 8 in an 8-part blog series on forgiveness. (If you missed the previous posts, you can find Part 1 here.) In Part 8, I want to talk to you about holding on to forgiveness. Here is a common scenario: You have worked through the steps and have made...