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Life’s Challenges

Not safer at home

Not everyone is safer at home. In the U.S. more than 10 million people are victims of intimate partner physical violence each year—an average…

Life’s Challenges

The Corona Survival Guide for Singles

Day 1 The Savior gets the single life The coronavirus has made being single very complicated. There are, as you may have seen on…

Life’s Challenges

During corona, your pastor needs you

The other day, the pastors at our congregation wanted to make sure our church was making it through the new world that the coronavirus…

Life’s Challenges

In a corona world, love like a local

I made the mistake (again) of checking the news today. The headlines (again) were global. “America may be at its most dangerous point.” “Italy…

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…

Friends & Family

Rise of the nones

I am of the Baby Boomer generation. We have much to be proud of, but much also of which to be ashamed. Our parents…

Friends & Family

Out of Context: “More Than You Can Handle”

The Bible does not talk about God not allowing you to be tempted “beyond what you can bear.” Make sure to read the context! The apostle Paul wrote those words as a warning not to rely on our own spiritual strength and a comfort to rely on the God who can sustain us in all kinds of temptation.

Friends & Family

Do you think of me differently now?

We sat across from each other in a moment of silence. He had just shared with me some personal struggles. He was confused and…

Bible 101

When church hurts

Church at its best is magnificent: the Word is taught in its truth and purity, ideas about worship and ministry are freely exchanged, leaders…

Life’s Challenges

I wish I could disappear when I sin (and why I know I can’t)

In June Tullian Tchividjian, a well-known, often-quoted pastor who loved to preach about God’s unlimited grace, stepped down because of an affair. In typical…

Depression & Anxiety

Getting someone off the ledge

Last month the board that oversees the Golden Gate Bridge approved a $76 million funding plan for a suicide-prevention net. In 2013, 46 people…