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June 15, 2015

The Joy of Pride

A couple of weeks ago, a friend asked me, “What is the most important piece of advice you’ve ever received?” That’s a difficult question to answer because I’ve received a lot of great advice over the years. The first thing that came to mind, though, was a message about pride shared with me back in […]
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May 13, 2015

A Call for Conservative Voices

Conservative Christians, I believe in you. I love you. I admire your faith, your witness, your dedication to Scripture. I value your voice - let no one silence you! You are a crucial, effective part of the Christian faith. We need you to continue kindling our spiritual fervor for being in a personal relationship with […]
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May 1, 2015

Those Who Most Need It Will Never Read It.

We love to be told that we’re right, especially when that validation is coming from a source that we respect. Reading blogs and articles that affirm our beliefs gives us confidence in our own sense of right-ness and pats us on our proverbial backs. As a society, we have a natural tendency to take this […]
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April 16, 2015

A Whisper, Stronger than the Storm

The world is spinning for me right now. So much has happened in the past couple of months that I don’t even know how to begin processing it all: In South Carolina, an African-American man was shot in the back multiple times by a police officer. After killing him, the officer planted evidence to corroborate a […]
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April 13, 2015

The War is Coming!

Sometimes, in our preparation for war, we are the ones creating the fight.
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April 10, 2015

A Longing, An Inspiration

It seems like the greatest inspiration often comes through pain.
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April 4, 2015

The Slippery Slope of Denying Inerrancy

When I was a kid, my parents had this amazing blue recliner. It was the most comfortable seat in the house, and I loved it. The chair had some cosmetic flaws - it had a few tears and stains, and it squeaked a bit as you rocked. As my mother would say, the flaws “added […]
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March 30, 2015

Monday Morning Confession Time

A couple of weeks ago, Shannon wrote a lighthearted article as a confession, and I thought it was really cool. Since then, I've felt challenged to share a confession of my own. As a reminder, this format is based on Tim Suttle’s “Monday Morning Confessionals.” I confess that I, like Shannon, have a tattoo. I […]
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March 20, 2015

Redefining Masculinity

Note: This is a follow-up post to Imitation Masculinity. Reading that post is not a prerequisite to being able to understand this post, but you may find it helpful (and, if I do say so myself, it's totally worth the read). Men love to watch sports. Men love to play sports. In fact, there are […]
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March 16, 2015

Adults, We Don't Have to Agree.

My faith has grown a lot over the years, and I hope that it keeps growing as I continue to mature. We all grow up with ideas about how life works. As we grow, we learn that some of them are right (don’t touch fire, because it burns), some are wrong (Santa brings us presents […]
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March 11, 2015

We Need to Have a Healthy Conversation

In the last few weeks, I have become acutely aware of the fact that we evangelicals are horrible participants in discussions, particularly on social media. I am fortunate to have friends from a wide variety of faiths and religious backgrounds, and recently I've seen several of them publicly wrestling with tough, real-life questions. Through the […]
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March 7, 2015

7 Things the Church Is Doing Right

For the past week or so, I've had a serious case of writer’s block. Well, not writer’s block exactly. I've been able to put pen-to-paper, but the things that I've been writing haven’t had the voice that I'm used to writing with. They've had a harsh, judgmental, preachy tone that I despise, and when I've gone […]
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March 3, 2015

An Agnostic Search for Truth

Personal Note: This post was written by an old friend of mine. He shared it with me in private, and though he wishes to remain anonymous, he gave me permission to publish the account here. His willingness to open himself up in this way is, for me, a much-needed affirmation: this is exactly the kind […]
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February 24, 2015

Santa's Not Real

Sometimes stories, whether they are "factually accurate" or not, carry more truth in their bones than a journalistic account ever could. It's like Santa Claus.
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February 19, 2015

If They're Right

What if the accusations against us are right? What if we're the monsters they say we are? We don't think they are, but could that be part of the problem?
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February 14, 2015

Coffee, Creation, and Theistic Evolution

This may shock some of you, but I love coffee. Hot, iced, espresso, dark roast, light roast - it doesn't matter. It’s delicious. In case you don't believe me, here are just a few of the brewers that I have in my kitchen: Black & Decker Drip Pot Moka Pot Melitta Pourover Kalita Wave Pourover Aeropress French Press […]
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February 11, 2015

Freedom in Biblical Inerrancy

If I asked three different men to describe the perfect woman, I would get three completely different responses. The first man might describe a tall, blonde-haired, blue-eyed bombshell. The second man might describe a woman of remarkable intellect and drive. And the third man might describe a woman who was 100% devoted to her family. […]
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February 5, 2015

Empty Night

Each day, no matter how bright, passes inevitably into the darkness of night.
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February 2, 2015

Behind Closed Eyes.

Even the best of us often see what we want to see... and miss what we don't want to see. What do you notice as you read this story? What do you skim over? Where in your life do you miss opportunities to make a difference?
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January 30, 2015

Painting a Vision of the Future

I love art. Every once-in-a-while, I get this crazy notion that I can be an artist. When this whim hits, I usually go to Hobby Lobby, buy a boatload of paints and a couple of canvases (I already have brushes at home) and prepare to let my creativity wash over me. Before I even begin painting, […]
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January 29, 2015

Love is Beautiful.

I met my wife when I was 12 years old, and I started dating her when I was 17 years old. Yes, we were high school sweethearts. Shannon is the only girl that I've ever dated (unless you count that one awkward time when I went to a dance with a fan of my comedy... but that's […]
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January 28, 2015

Imitation Masculinity

If you know me, you know that I'm not a super masculine guy. Let me give you some examples: I would rather watch basketball than play it. I don't lift weights (or even work out, really). I am not the "boss" of my wife. I don't have "my" football team that I cheer for. I […]
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January 23, 2015

A Calm Heart

In the midst of the storm of brokenness, peace comes from the tender heartbeat of God.
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January 23, 2015

A Day Passes

I wake up each morning hoping and praying that you'll still be here.
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