Wish No More! How to Have a Truly Peace-Filled Christmas

A nostalgic Christmas seems to be our dream—snow falling gently upon the countryside, cardinals perched outside a large picture window, a full moon lighting the night sky, gingerbread cookies baking in the oven, smiling children sitting around the Christmas tree, a fire crackling in the fireplace, Christmas carols filling the air with peace and good […]

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Caterpillar in a Ring of Fire

Not too long ago we were introduced to a spiritual exercise called “The Tongue Assignment.” In a nutshell, you take one week and refrain from all of the following: complaining, criticizing, blame shifting, boasting, deceiving, gossiping, and defending yourself. It just so happened that we were packing for a trip, so we decided to start […]

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Friendship: The Tie That Binds

There’s a well-known rhyme that describes the ends of Henry VIII’s six wives—Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived. Katheryn Parr, Henry’s sixth and final wife, enjoyed the sole position as a survivor. What’s interesting about Katheryn was her commitment to the “new faith” that was spreading through Europe and England. Katheryn brought piety to the […]

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everPresent: How the Gospel Relocates Us in the Present in Review

Have you even been in a conversation with another person and sensed they really weren’t listening to you? Maybe they responded with the staccato “yeah-yeah-yeah” as their eyes drifted around the room. I doubt I’m the only one who has experienced this. In those awkward moments, I always think of Jim Elliot’s famous quote: “Wherever […]

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Happy Father’s Day

J. C. Ryle writes, “ It is the highest privilege to be the child of a godly father and mother and to be brought up in the midst of many prayers.” Between the years 1960 and 2016, the percentage of children living in families with two parents decreased from 88 to 69. So today, Father’s […]

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House of Bread: From Lamenting to Bitterness

[Part 5:  House of Bread: Defining Hesed ] What do you say to someone who verbally expresses their love and commitment to you at a time when you desperately need such confirmation? I’ll never forget my pastor walking into the ICU after the doctor told me I should take my mother off life support. At the […]

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House of Bread: The Road Less Traveled

[Part Three:  House of Bread: To Stay or to Go ] In the 1960s, the free love movement came into its own. The movement actually began much earlier—societal shifts don’t happen overnight—with the new and improved child care methods of Dr. Benjamin Spock. Just as the empty promises of laundry detergent companies do nothing to improve […]

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House of Bread: To Stay or to Go

[Part Two:  House of Bread: What is Love? ] In the ancient Near East, for a woman to loose her husband and her sons meant her life had come to an end, at least life with meaning. This was the plight of Naomi. She had no grandsons so her family had no future. Her hopes and […]

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House of Bread: What is Love?

[Part One:  House of Bread: A Love Story ] Just for the fun of it, I entered the word “love” into Google. As I hit the return key, I experienced a sudden feeling of panic, thinking I had made a terrible mistake and was about to be accosted by porn sites. Whew! Was I relieved when the […]

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Friendly Fire

We’re both soldiers at arms. We both enlisted in the same army. We do differ by rank but we report to the same commanding officer. The rules of engagement lie safely in our battle packs, our hearts, and our minds. We are one army with one battle plan. Suddenly, my chest contracts and I’m struggling […]

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