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No longer stinky

My son is 18 months old, and while I love him dearly and he can be painfully adorable sometimes, other times—he drives me a…

Living My Faith

The true measure of hope

Did you know that psychologists have created a scientific method for measuring hope? It’s called the Adult Hope Scale (AHS). This scale defines hope…

Living My Faith

The most important thing about you

The theologian A. W. Tozer famously said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us”…

Friends & Family

Hurry home

When my children were young, I used to wait at the end of the driveway on the first days of school. It was always…

Depression & Anxiety

Better than a second chance

In the past, it was easy for me to feed into my fears about entering the public ministry, especially since serving God’s people was…

Who is God?

No “meh” in Messiah

“Behold!” we sang just a few short weeks ago. “Come and see!” we were told. “Joy to the world!” we cried with gusto. “Let…

Friends & Family

Four reasons we need each other

Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus? That’s not necessarily a bad question. Our heavenly Father has no grandchildren. You can’t be a…

Living My Faith

Hoping for an apocalypse

It’s early January, and the official rules for bloggers state that I must write about resolutions. (That’s 100% accurate, but I’d prefer that you…

Life’s Challenges

Grace AND peace!

Christians love the words grace and peace. Those two words are laced through the Bible, peppered into prayers, and bound up in the benediction…

Living My Faith

Forget about the “perfect” Christmas

If you could change anything, what would it be? I’m not asking about world peace or cancer. We’re heading into Christmas, and this is…

Bible 101

Away . . . to be near

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head; The stars in the sky look…

Life’s Challenges

Not-so-fast food for the soul

I eat too fast. This has been a lifelong struggle, and I’m not sure when it started. But when I’m out at a restaurant…