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The two most important things I say to my kids

If you were to ask my kids to do an impression of me, they would probably pronounce (in a funny voice, because that’s apparently…

Prayer

Answer to prayer

Have you ever said that something was an “answer to prayer”? That phrase is freely used to refer to any number of situations where…

Bible 101

God plays a long game

Try as we might, we can’t see into the future. We can guess, plot probabilities, and make predictions, but our ideas could be totally…

Bible 101

Threefold blessing

The triune nature of God remains a mystery. We admittedly trust and worship a God whom we don’t completely understand. Yet he isn’t eons…

Bible 101

Let there be people

Let there be people God began his work on the sixth day with the creation of land animals, both the wild ones and those…

Friends & Family

Fathers, be good

The song “Daughters” by famous musical artist John Mayer has a chorus that begins, “Fathers, be good to your daughters; daughters will love like you…

Bible 101

Early judgment day

Is God’s patience unlimited? In a sense it is. His mercy triumphs over judgment. Our Savior’s blood washes even the dirtiest sinner clean. His…

Depression & Anxiety

The most important truth about your anxiety (Part 3)

Over the course of 12 years in ministry, I’ve delivered hundreds of messages, but few stick out like the one on depression. It was one…

Bible 101

You’ll make it

The incarnation of Jesus is the centerpiece of human history for many reasons. God taking on human flesh sends a powerful message of how…

Friends & Family

Planning for marriage

As many brides are putting the finishing details on their dream weddings, two economics professors from Emory University are sounding a caution. In their…

Bible 101

Does God condone slavery?

The history of the “discovery” and settlement of North America celebrates great triumphs, but it also records dreadful abuses. Bringing Old World diseases to…

Living My Faith

When God doesn’t answer your prayers (the way you hoped he would)

As our family started talking about a summer vacation, we had one thing in mind: the blue-green water and flourlike sand of the Caribbean….