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“How are you? How have you been?” “Busy.”  Have you noticed how many of us answer that question that way? (Guilty.)  Some people are very aware of the busyness epidemic. In a culture where simplicity and minimalism are becoming huge trends, some treat the word busy like it’s a four-letter word, like busy is ruining our lives.  To be honest, the minimalist, ultra-simple lifestyle is not a goal of mine. If I decided to get really worked up about never... Read More
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We were at the playground when suddenly the birthday boy somehow cut open his forehead and had to go to the ER for stitches. The rest of the moms attended to the party details and tried to find which piece of equipment had cut him so that nobody else would get hurt. Another mom walked up, found out what was going on, and said, “We have to pray.” So we did. A big group of women, holding hands in the... Read More
Who owns your church?
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Who owns your congregation’s property? You might be surprised when you find out. Most everyone would assume that the voting assembly of the congregation owns its real estate, buildings, and equipment. For many congregations that’s true. But some Baptist and Pentecostal church property is owned directly by the pastor and his family. And if you belong to a congregation in a hierarchical structure like the Roman Catholic Church, all congregational property belongs to the archdiocese, and everybody is expected to... Read More
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“God won’t give you more than you can handle.” How many times has someone comforted you with that statement? It’s a nice thought, and people who say that mean well, but can it be real? I’m not buying it. I’m no pastor or anything, but I can’t think of a Bible passage that supports that.  Hello, this whole life is more than I can handle! I need God desperately each and every day.  I never needed God more in my... Read More
#iwishmyteacherknew
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The “I wish my teacher knew” news story swept the nation last week. A Denver woman who is new to teaching realized she didn’t really know what was going on in her third-grade students’ lives. So she asked them. Some of the responses were heartbreaking, and she posted them on Twitter with this hashtag: #iwishmyteacherknew. And a viral story was created. In an interview, Kyle Schwartz, the teacher, shared, “I think it caught on so fast because teachers are highly... Read More
Crystal Meteor
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Robert H. Schuller has passed. Love him or hate him, this man left huge footprints through American Christianity, especially in the world of religious media. His Hour of Power television program in its prime led the nation in viewership for religious programming. His death closes the book on the life of one of America’s most fascinating and controversial religious leaders. Born to Dutch Reformed parents in Iowa, he was ordained in the Reformed Church in America (RCA) denomination. But his... Read More
When disaster strikes
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Last week an F-4 tornado flattened a few towns in Illinois. News reports showed the aftermath, complete devastation and tearful interviews with residents who lost everything—including family members. This week reporters are discussing the rebuilding efforts and interviewing the volunteers who are traveling from across the region to help the victims slowly put their lives back together. This got me thinking. Maybe we won’t lose our homes and livelihoods to a natural disaster such as a flood, fire, tornado, but... Read More
When comparison seeps in
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The more my faith life grows, the more I find myself around Christians who blow me away with their gifts. I compare myself to them. I want to be like them.  My friend Morgan prays with passion and eloquence. I wish I could pray as naturally and beautifully as she does.  My friend Leah knows her Bible inside and out. I wish I could bring forth great examples like she does, always at the perfect moment in a Bible study... Read More
U Will Eat What U Tweet
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Nothing on the Internet ever dies.   There is apparently enough server capacity on earth to preserve every word and picture that ever went into cyberspace. Good news for researchers and history nerds. Bad news if you assumed that you have any kind of “personal privacy” once you post or send something. A Lutheran pastor in Wisconsin just lost his job because the screen name, behind which he hid as he crudely and obscenely tried to flame somebody with whom... Read More
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I was a senior in college, and a friend of mine was seeing a Christian counselor on our campus to work through her depression. I never thought I might benefit from counseling until this friend encouraged me to try it. She knew how much I was struggling, trying to make sense of my chronic illness—who I was and how life was supposed to work with a crippling disease like rheumatoid arthritis. Everyone around me was so young and healthy, and... Read More