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1. How Should We Respond to COVID-19?

2. A Fundamental Philosophy of Fun

3. Persecution: What Do You Mean?

4. Lessons Learned in Quarantine

5. Enduring Suffering: A Personal Journey

6. How Do We Assess Value in Music?

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Hospitality–More Than a Tradition

Hospitality–More Than a Tradition

Disclaimer: For many of us, COVID-19 has drastically changed “normal” hospitality. We can all struggle to know how to use our homes to minister to others. I would encourage you all to not lay aside hospitality but instead seek for new, creative ideas to use your home...

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Seven Principles for Discernment in the News

Seven Principles for Discernment in the News

I’ve always loved history, especially political history. As a young teenager, I’d get into lively disputes with my friends after church, usually over the legacy of a past president. It got out of hand to the point that there was a backroom apology session with fathers...

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Embracing Tension

Embracing Tension

There is a struggle inherent in Christianity that I do not think is discussed enough at its deepest level. Although we experience this struggle to no end, we do not sufficiently discuss why the struggle continues and where it comes from. Those will be the keys which...

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How Do We Respond to the News?

How Do We Respond to the News?

People don’t trust the news anymore. We live in a day where opposing viewpoints are quickly labeled as “fake news.” Fake news is all too real, unfortunately, but amid all the competing voices, it’s often hard to tell which news is actually fake. You can find support...

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Striving for a Goal

Striving for a Goal

Almost everyone in this world is striving for success in something. It might be in education, in growing a business, in their marriage, or in many other things, but everyone wants to succeed. When we look back at the end of the week, month, or year, we want to be able...

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Who Is To Blame?

Who Is To Blame?

For me, it all started in Colombia, South America, this unnerving process of awakening to a foreign crisis becoming a personal concern, of watching COVID-19 jump from “their” neighborhood to our neighborhood.  I was volunteering at a soup kitchen for Venezuelan...

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The Story Still Matters

The Story Still Matters

Not every story continues to be relevant. I can think of many people that have simply faded from our memory. So, as my family worshiped together for a strange stay-at-home Easter last week, my mind again pondered the reason the resurrection is still such a celebrated...

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Lessons Learned in Quarantine

Lessons Learned in Quarantine

These are strange times. It’s been less than two weeks since I first wrote about COVID-19 and my life has certainly not become less strange since. After some potential exposure, our family decided to self-quarantine; just a few days later, the governor issued a...

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How Should We Respond to COVID-19?

How Should We Respond to COVID-19?

When I first heard about the coronavirus, I wasn’t worried. It was happening in China, far from home, and probably wasn’t a big deal there, anyway. Remember Ebola and the swine flu? Case in point. It was never a big deal, at least not close to home. If it came up in...

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History Demands Humility

History Demands Humility

To the extent that we understand both the breadth and the length of the story of humanity, we must draw back from the pride of the present. As humans, we naturally idolize the Now. I was recently at the ruins of ancient Jerash, a Roman city in modern-day Jordan. I...

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In Pursuit of Pleasure

In Pursuit of Pleasure

A common conundrum faced by Christians and Church leaders today is what to do with the myriad pleasures and pastimes that people pursue. How do we relate to activities that are not sin (and therefore not outright forbidden) but are still things of this world that...

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Enduring Suffering: A Personal Journey

Enduring Suffering: A Personal Journey

For many of us, the problem of suffering is not an abstract, theoretical question. It’s all too real. How can it be true that God loves us, or that the Bible’s promises are true, or that there is any actual “hope,” in the middle of intense suffering or tragedy? The...

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