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As Is

As Is

I was browsing on Ebay the other day, reading ads for used cars. I remember one advertisement in particular was for an older, worn-down vehicle. Somewhere in the description were these words: “As Is.” As Is “As Is” means the buyer agrees to buy the product without the...
Are Faith and Doubt Compatible?

Are Faith and Doubt Compatible?

I’m part of a grant that is exploring the idea of faith and trust in God. It’s an interesting group—we have a combination of philosophers, theologians, and psychologists. We’re all trying to nail down what true faith in God involves. Faith as Certainty of Belief The...
Time for a Reboot

Time for a Reboot

I was listening to a talk by Joel Osteen the other day, and he talked about how it’s important to be open to the new things God is doing in our lives and the world. In other words, it might be time for a reboot. Update Available Have you ever had the experience where...
Blessed to Be a Blessing

Blessed to Be a Blessing

Many of us struggle to figure out our purpose in life. We long to live full, meaningful lives, but our reality often falls short. We might feel like we’re just going through the motions. Or, we might work really hard at something we thought would bring us meaning...
It’s All Connected

It’s All Connected

I remember one day I woke up feeling sluggish. I was tired, and couldn’t seem to get myself going. I struggled through my workday, always feeling a bit off. I was also grumpy and short with the people I interacted with. The day after that, on the other hand, I woke up...
Encourage “You”

Encourage “You”

A few years ago, I helped lead a college mission trip to Guatemala through my church. We partnered with Habitat for Humanity, and spent a week working on building two houses. Over the course of the trip, one of the things I felt God leading me to do was to recognize...
Not Part of Our Group

Not Part of Our Group

There’s an interesting story in the Gospel of Mark that critiques our tendency to form little groups or cliques based on our particular understanding of God. Here’s what happened: “Teacher,” said John, “We saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to...
You Are Not Your Number

You Are Not Your Number

One of the most frustrating things about the Enneagram (for me) is when people use it to put themselves in a box. “Oh, I’m a 6, I can’t do that.” “That’s so typical for a 1.” “That’s just the way he is—he’s a 9.” And so on. Locked into Your Personality The whole point...
Ask God INTO Your Trouble

Ask God INTO Your Trouble

There’s no way around it: we’re going through a difficult time right now. The COVID-19 virus has everyone on edge. There are serious health and safety concerns, as well as financial and job difficulties. We aren’t sure when things are going to turn around. Take Me Out...
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