Faith

The Sure Sign of a Growing Faith

The Sure Sign of a Growing Faith

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I once buried an old Datsun truck in sand. Not by choice, of course. It was just that the shortest path looked so inviting despite my inner warnings to go a different way. As I eased the truck into the soft sand and began to sink, I thought if I just pressed on the gas [...]

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The Need for Grace in Social Media

The Need for Grace in Social Media

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Sometimes I think social media and the Internet is like smoking around a gas truck. And that can be both good and bad. Good when an idea worth sharing explodes. Bad when you’re covered in soot and wondering why you ever thought whatever you posted was funny. I often think I’m wittier than I really [...]

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Our Labels’ Struggle to Truly Define

Our Labels’ Struggle to Truly Define

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Words are a curious thing. They help us define ideas and communicate thoughts to one another. The problem is that sometimes they can create a sticky mess. What a word or phrase means to you may mean something totally different to someone else. I came across this great video blog by John Green discussing religion. [...]

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What We Were Talking About in June

What We Were Talking About in June

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I normally write about things that interest me — but that doesn’t always translate into things that interest other people. But thanks to the wonderful world wide web and its dazzling array of analytics, it’s easier for me to take the guess work out of what really engage or resonates with readers versus what I [...]

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Mystical Mondays: A Foretaste of Felicity

Mystical Mondays: A Foretaste of Felicity

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Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, [...]

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Seeing the Divine in the Seemingly Simple

Seeing the Divine in the Seemingly Simple

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Published: June 23, 2011 | By Jason

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“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40 A month ago, I posted a story about my 4-year-old daughter, Faith, and about her idea to give away her stuffed animals to kids who had everything ripped away [...]

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Why Christians Ignore Unethical Behavior in College Football

Why Christians Ignore Unethical Behavior in College Football

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GUEST POST: Today’s guest post comes from former Northwestern football star Jason Wright, who went on to have a solid seven-year NFL career. I connected with Jason when he was in Atlanta, struggling to make the Falcons’ roster. He retired this season and we’re working on a writing project that talks about his time in [...]

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Mystical Mondays: A Reward Worth Waiting for?

Mystical Mondays: A Reward Worth Waiting for?

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For a small reward, a man will hurry away on a long journey; while for eternal life, many will hardly take a single step. — Thomas A Kempis, German monk While they do nothing but collect dust in storage these days, trophies were the pursuit of my athletic conquest while growing up as a little [...]

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Discipleship: The Constant of Change

Discipleship: The Constant of Change

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GUEST POST: Today’s guest post comes from my dad, Darrell Chatraw — a fitting tribute for Father’s Day week. When it comes to discipleship, my dad has modeled for me what this looks like in an effective and natural way. And while many church leaders admire pastors who build megachurches with thousands of weekly attendees, [...]

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Father’s Day: Is It about You or Is It about Being a Father?

Father’s Day: Is It about You or Is It about Being a Father?

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My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.  Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.”  “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply.  “We’re raising boys.”  — Harmon Killebrew, former Major League Baseball great I love being a dad. All those corny jokes that made me an [...]

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