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Devoted to the Word

In describing Christianity, the brand-new movement that was about to change the world, Dr. Luke tells us, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching”…

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The spiritual-but-not-religious experiment

Do you know someone who is “spiritual but not religious”? After witnessing a thousand sex and/or stealing scandals and overhearing a million petty fights…

Friends & Family

A shout-out to “unslothy” women

The closest my wife gets to sloth is holding one. On a recent vacation, our family visited a sloth habitat in Honduras where my…

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Stop saying, “It’s okay,” because it’s not okay

About 13 years ago, when I was interning at a church, my boss/pastor said that we would not just preach about forgiveness; we would…

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You’ll be a pro in no time

My teenagers had a day off of school, so on that -9-degree morning, we headed to a nearby training facility. While my teens were…

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The Sunday school story

I can’t remember her name, but I’ll never forget what she taught me in that musty church basement. We started with Jesus stories and…

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Church jargon: Latin terms

If you want to study music, you have to learn some Italian. Can you say adagio, andante, allegro? If you want to be a…

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What’s fellowship?

Every business has its own jargon, i.e., insider talk that makes total sense to the old guard and is confusing and embarrassing to the…

Friends & Family

Doing life with others

Depending on how you view it, we just enjoyed/endured one of the most romantic/lamest holidays of the year, and I’m not referring to Presidents’…

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Love your congregation

I’ve become a total perfectionist when it comes to dining out. There are so many entertainment choices these days that if a restaurant disappoints…

Friends & Family

Friends confess

Most people are terrified to confess their sins to me. I guess that’s the nature of sin—it prefers to hide in the dark rather…

Social Issues

Confronting manipulators

This week on Time of Grace, Pastor Mike cleared up a common misconception. When Jesus said, “Where two or three gather in my name,…