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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...
A Day in the Life of an Enneagram 1: Monica M.

A Day in the Life of an Enneagram 1: Monica M.

How did you get introduced to the Enneagram? I heard about it a few years ago from several friends, but I didn’t really get into it until I read The Road Back To You (most of it) by Ian Morgan Cron. What is it like being a 1? I mostly identify with a 1...
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...
Don’t Take the Wine

Don’t Take the Wine

When we experience pain in our lives, our natural tendency is to avoid it. In a way, this makes sense. No one likes to feel pain, so why not do something to take the pain away? One problem with this way of doing life is that sometimes the things we do to avoid our...
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...
The Problem with Purity

The Problem with Purity

I recently read an interesting book by Richard Beck called “Unclean.” In the book, he explores how Christians focus a lot on purity. He also says this focus on purity might be a problem. The Problem with Purity The main idea is that when Christians focus...
Sometimes Jesus Calms Us Before He Calms the Storm

Sometimes Jesus Calms Us Before He Calms the Storm

There’s this interesting story in the Bible where Jesus calms a storm. Here’s what happened: Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to...
Who is My Family?

Who is My Family?

I was talking with a friend, and she expressed sadness about the lack of support she was feeling from her family of origin. She and her husband were thinking about having kids, and my friend felt like they would be all alone in that process. She had an idea of what...
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