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Leave Judgment for God

Leave Judgment for God

As human beings, we have a bad habit of judging others. It’s easy to do. We see someone who is doing something we view as bad, or living their life in a way we disapprove. So we look down on them. We criticize them. We think they should be making better decisions or...
3 Reasons to Stop Judging Other People

3 Reasons to Stop Judging Other People

I remember hanging out with some people, and I found myself judging them in my heart. They were different from me, I thought they were awkward, and I didn’t agree with some of the choices they were making. Judging other people is a bad deal. When you judge...
Should We Comment on Physical Appearance?

Should We Comment on Physical Appearance?

I had a random conversation with a lady at the train station the other day. It went like this: Lady: “Are you a lawyer?” Me: “Uh, no… Do I look like one?” Lady: (Looks at me again) “Yeah.” A few seconds pass. Lady: (Looks at me again) “Why are you so skinny?” Me:...
What is Your Mercy Exception?

What is Your Mercy Exception?

I recently read an excellent book by a good friend of mine, Dmitri Bilgere, called Gateways to God. The book is about how to more fully experience God’s love and mercy in our everyday lives. I love the book because it is practical, and gives specific steps and...
Judging Others and Scapegoating Sins

Judging Others and Scapegoating Sins

Judging others is usually a bad deal. I have noticed that religious people (myself included) tend to judge other people a lot. Also, we often scapegoat certain sins, and judge those things more harshly. What I mean by scapegoating is that if I can find something that...
Grace and Acceptance

Grace and Acceptance

I spent the Labor Day weekend in Holland, Michigan, connecting with some good friends from graduate school. Holland is a beautiful small town in Western Michigan. We caught up, ate great food, hiked the sand dunes, and swam in Lake Michigan. The activities were fun,...
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