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Why I Read Fiction

Why I Read Fiction

This past week, I picked up the John Le Carre spy novel, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” It’s a thick book, and it will take me quite a while to read it. Reading the book probably won’t teach me something important that will contribute to my...
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...
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...
Sex, Maddi Runkles, and Throwing the First Stone

Sex, Maddi Runkles, and Throwing the First Stone

Maddi Runkles is an 18-year-old senior at Heritage Academy, which is a private Christian school in Hagerstown, Maryland. In January, she found out she was pregnant. The school requires all students to sign a pledge saying that they will adhere to a religious code of...
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...
The Good Samaritan: Pedigree vs. Actions

The Good Samaritan: Pedigree vs. Actions

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of the Good Samaritan, because it completely flips the script on what people think is important. Here is the passage: On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do...
Justice and Jesus

Justice and Jesus

This blog post is Part 3 in a 12-part blog series on Christianity and justice. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) For Christians, the life and teachings of Jesus represent the high point or climax of the Bible. The life, death, and resurrection of...
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...
The Trouble with Tradition

The Trouble with Tradition

I love having traditions and rituals in my life. For example, during the Christmas Eve service at my church growing up, we would end the service by singing Silent Night. The tradition was that during the song, you would give your family and friends a hug and tell them...
Mark Driscoll: How Should We Respond?

Mark Driscoll: How Should We Respond?

Mark Driscoll has been in the news quite a bit lately. And to be honest, the press has been pretty bad. Driscoll has been accused of plagiarizing, using church money to increase the sales of his book, and making derogatory comments on his church website under the...
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