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Life’s Challenges

The problem with coping mechanisms

Each day seems to bring a new announcement or policy concerning the pandemic that challenges our normal way of life. At the church where…

Life’s Challenges

Deadly sins new and old: Gambling

Okay, Okay, gambling in and of itself does not belong in a list of deadly sins. You can search the Bible from cover to…

Life’s Challenges

Coronavirus: The marathon you didn’t sign up for

The Corona 5K officially turned into a marathon. I could almost see the finish line of my 14-day, post-Israel self-quarantine when the news dropped….

Life’s Challenges

Restored to normal

When you look at Jesus’ miracles recorded in the New Testament, they all have one thing in common. They all restored what sin had…

Life’s Challenges

Do something!

Psychologists, substance abuse counselors, and social workers have a last-ditch strategy when helping someone out of destructive behaviors seems to have hit a brick…

Life’s Challenges

The best way to begin your day

Each morning our bodies instinctively strive for harmony. Psychologists call this homeostasis, or equilibrium. For example, if we wake up tired, we reach for…

Life’s Challenges

Addiction, recovery, and the church

A few months ago, my coworker Pastor Bill met with our city’s mayor. Pastor Bill asked him what the most critical issues in the…

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Sins of the sons

I know about pain that doesn’t go away. I wrote a book about it. I’m writing about it again, but not because of my…

Friends & Family

What I learned from “The Sex Talks”

This past October, I talked in church about sex. For four straight weeks. If you’re doing the sermon math, that was over two hours…