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4 Tips for Sharing Powerful Stories

4 Tips for Sharing Powerful Stories

One of my favorite books is “Love Does” by Bob Goff. The book focuses on Bob’s views on God and Christianity. There is a lot of great material in the book—I highly recommend it. The Power of Story One of the things I like most about the book is Bob’s...
The Sin of Certainty

The Sin of Certainty

I’m reading an interesting book by Peter Enns called “The Sin of Certainty.” The basic idea is that as Christians, we often define faith as being certain that what we believe is true. I could connect with this. As a kid growing up in the church, what mattered most was...
How to Change Your Reality with Your Words

How to Change Your Reality with Your Words

In the creation story in Genesis 1, God created the heavens and the earth by speaking. There is a beautiful rhythm to the creation story. On each day God creates something new. Each new act of creation is preceded by the phrase “And God said…” And God said, “Let there...
Assimilation, Accommodation, and Personal Growth

Assimilation, Accommodation, and Personal Growth

I was listening to a talk the other day about how our brains develop, and the speaker made some interesting comments that are applicable to all of our lives, especially if we want to grow. Schemas The speaker talked about how we all develop certain schemas. Schemas...
3 Virtues in the Wizard of Oz

3 Virtues in the Wizard of Oz

I was reading an interesting paper the other day, and the authors argued that the key virtues for a good life can each be found in the movie “The Wizard of Oz.” The 3 virtues are each connected to one of the 3 “helpers” that Dorothy meets along her...
The Table Isn’t Yours

The Table Isn’t Yours

Our pastor shared a powerful story the other day about the importance of inclusion, love, and respect, especially toward people who are different from us. An older gentleman at our church grew up in foster care, and bounced around from home to home growing up. There...
As They Went, They Were Healed

As They Went, They Were Healed

There’s a famous story in the Gospel of Luke where Jesus heals ten people with leprosy. To give a bit of background, leprosy was a progressive skin condition that was extremely debilitating. Also, people who had leprosy were excluded from community life, and forced to...
Should We Interpret the Bible Like the Constitution?

Should We Interpret the Bible Like the Constitution?

I finished reading a book awhile back about what the Bible has to say about human sexuality. It was an interesting read. One of the author’s main points was that it is problematic to pick and choose various Bible verses to support one’s particular position on...
Who is My Neighbor?

Who is My Neighbor?

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the Good Samaritan. If you haven’t heard it before, Jesus is talking with another religious leader about what you need to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus asks the guy what he thinks. What Should We Do? The religious leader...
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