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The Sin of Singleness?

The Sin of Singleness?

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Fingernails, meet chalkboard. That’s how I felt listening to Dr. Albert Mohler on the radio last night rant on single people who intend to get married one day but delay the process. If that’s you, Dr. Mohler says you are sinning. Obviously, he’s right … I mean, you can’t spell “singleness” without “sin”. I respect [...]

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When Faith and Politics Collide

When Faith and Politics Collide

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:: AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. C. EVERETT KOOP :: In an interview this week with former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop for another writing project, I took a few moments to talk faith and leadership with one of the most controversial public figures in the 1980s. Leaders who stand strong for their convictions [...]

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Jim Tressel & the Importance of Quitting

Jim Tressel & the Importance of Quitting

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Ohio State coach Jim Tressel resigned Monday. For a man who built his reputation as a winner who did things the right way, Jim Tressel – the now former head coach of the Ohio State football program – is teaching us all another important lesson. He’s teaching us the importance of quitting. But I don’t [...]

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The Hypocrisy of Tolerance

The Hypocrisy of Tolerance

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Being a Christian in the age of “tolerance” can present quite a challenge. After all, it’s much easier to judge people and move on. What Christian wants to be convicted or confronted by attitudes that don’t exactly reflect the heart of Christ? Whether it’s comfortable or not, we should all desire to be confronted when [...]

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Little Faith, Big Faith

Little Faith, Big Faith

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Sometimes I forget what it was like to be a child and just believe anything was possible. Like the time when I thought I could just waltz right up to world famous evangelist Kenneth Hagin at a conference with 15,000 people and ask him the deepest of theological questions that nagged my 8-year-old mind: “When [...]

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Promises Like a God, Pays Like a Devil

Promises Like a God, Pays Like a Devil

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It looked great. Chocolate cake, drizzled with fudge and sprinkled with chunks of hard chocolate. I could hardly wait to stab a piece and place it on my salivating palate. And then I did it. But it was … disappointing. The flavor wasn’t as rich as it appeared to promise. Sweet? Not exactly. Bitter aftertaste? [...]

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Virtue’s Smiling Face

Virtue’s Smiling Face

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Doing the right thing isn’t always easy. In fact, it’s usually easier to do the thing that best suits your personal desires; it’s the consequences of those decisions that aren’t so easy to deal with. Our culture doesn’t try to hide its disdain for virtue. For the most part, people feign disappointment when they hear [...]

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The Faith of a Child

The Faith of a Child

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  There are some trite phrases in Christianity that almost lose their meaning because they’re used so frequently and thoughtlessly. Kind of like saying the word “elbow” over and over until you start asking yourself, “What does that word even mean?” (Pick a random word and try it sometime; you’ll know what I’m talking about.) [...]

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A Pat on the Back

A Pat on the Back

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Ridiculous sayings abound in the English vernacular, but one that has to be near the top is this one: “Give yourself a pat on the back.” Oh, it sounds great. Someone is telling you that you did a good job. It starts off promising. Then you realize what they’re really saying: “You pat yourself on [...]

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Preventing Character Collapse

Preventing Character Collapse

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I love shortcuts. The fastest way to get home. The hot keys on my computer keyboard. Even pre-prepared food. If something can save me time and still be serviceable, count me in. But in some cases, I end up spending more time correcting the mistakes I made in my rush to get it done because [...]

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