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Be On the Lookout for People in Need

Be On the Lookout for People in Need

The other day, I was spending a lot of time on my iPhone—checking email, posting on social media, and reading articles on ESPN. There’s nothing wrong with those activities per se, but they are all self-focused. When I’m on my iPhone, I’m not engaged with others or...
Healing Might Come From an Unexpected Place

Healing Might Come From an Unexpected Place

Sometimes healing can come from an unexpected place. Jesus and the Pool of Bethesda There is an interesting story in the Gospel of John (Ch 5) in which Jesus heals a disabled man. In Jerusalem, there was a pool called Bethesda. This pool was thought to have...
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...
When in Distress, Follow the Example of Jesus

When in Distress, Follow the Example of Jesus

We all go through times of distress. The other day, I was feeling quite upset. My uncle was sick with Stage IV cancer, and his prognosis didn’t look good. I was also dealing with some personal issues and insecurities that were causing me to feel sad and down. I was in...
How to Follow the Humility of Jesus

How to Follow the Humility of Jesus

I love reading the Gospels. I think part of the reason is that throughout my life, no matter how frustrated or upset I have been with religion, I always liked Jesus. I always thought he was on point with what he said and did. As much as I thought those WWJD (What...
How Do We Love God?

How Do We Love God?

I like to evaluate my actions or behaviors through the lens of whether or not they are consistent with loving God and loving others. Loving Others I think I have a pretty good idea of what it means to love others. Loving others is difficult to do in practice. But I...
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...
How Many Loaves Do You Have?

How Many Loaves Do You Have?

I remember listening to a sermon series about the questions of Jesus. We often focus on the teachings of Jesus, or the actions of Jesus. But Jesus also asked some very powerful questions during his three years of ministry. These questions forced his listeners to...
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...
What is the Payoff of Your Religion?

What is the Payoff of Your Religion?

I’d like to do something a little different today and share a parable by the theologian Peter Rollins. (Note: The language in the parable is framed toward Christians, but if that’s not your tradition, try to substitute language from your own religious or cultural...
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