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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...
8 Keys to Emotionally Healthy Faith

8 Keys to Emotionally Healthy Faith

I’m a big believer that you can’t have spiritual health without emotional health. Part of this conviction has to do with my background. I’m a Christian, and I’m also a psychologist. The way of Jesus is the key framework that orients my life and values. I also view...
4 Steps for Dealing with Anger

4 Steps for Dealing with Anger

Often in our culture today, we think of anger as a negative emotion. We think about anger as something we need to do away with. If we get too angry, it can be scary. We might have to go to anger management classes. So many of us push down our anger and stuff it, not...
The 3 Most Important Values of Jesus

The 3 Most Important Values of Jesus

Jesus had an interesting relationship with the Law. The Law was an important aspect of the Jewish faith. The Law was given to the Israelites from God Himself, and it directed and guided every aspect of their lives. The Law set them apart as a chosen people, and...
Christians, Charlottesville, and Enabling Racism

Christians, Charlottesville, and Enabling Racism

Christians bear responsibility for enabling the racism in Charlottesville. Racism is part of us. It is deeply embedded in the cultural fabric of the United States. Racism is part of me. It is something I have to fight against every day. Racism may be part of you,...
God’s Heart for Mission

God’s Heart for Mission

This blog post is Part 2 in a 14-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) Finding and living out our mission isn’t just something we do because it makes our lives more meaningful—it is deeply important to...
Jesus, Rules, and the Heart of the Matter

Jesus, Rules, and the Heart of the Matter

Rules are an important part of any well-functioning society. We follow rules every day. For example, when driving, we follow the rules of the road. We can’t steal things that aren’t ours, or punch someone in the face. There are consequences if you break a rule. For...
Micah 6:8

Micah 6:8

During my freshman year of college, I went to a small faith-based school and ran cross-country. Each afternoon at 3:30, we would meet for our training run. Before we got started, we would stand in a circle, put our arms around each other, and sing a song. One of my...
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