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Living My Faith

A different kind of list

From a parenting perspective, Christmas is a pretty easy time to get kids to behave. After all, they are keenly aware of Santa’s naughty-or-nice…

Living My Faith

When it’s hard to be thankful

Thanksgiving is a time we’re all supposed to be thankful. Some years, though, it’s kind of hard to feel that way. For some, this…

Living My Faith

Come as you are

The photo at the bottom of this blog is what I looked like after 30 minutes with a makeup artist who used not one…

Friends & Family

God help me assume the best and speak no ill

“We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or give him a bad name, but…

Life’s Challenges

4 kinds of sins (and the 1 God prefers)

If you’re going to sin against God, make sure you sin against him in the right way. Obviously, God doesn’t want you to sin…

Living My Faith

What’s the most important decision you’ll make today?

You make countless decisions each day. What to wear. What to eat. How to spend your time. Some decisions are more critical than others….

Living My Faith

Church potluck

Aside from the obvious ones like raindrops on roses and warm woolen mittens, I have another favorite thing: a good old-fashioned church potluck. People…

Living My Faith

I’m tired of rivalries

In the past two weeks, I’ve had a couple of people from two different schools say things—either outright or subtly—to let me know we…

Living My Faith

Teach your kids how to worship

One of the most sickening experiences Christian parents undergo is the realization that your young adult kids don’t want to go to church anymore….

Bible 101

Our streets are so violent

The human race just can’t get over having been expelled from Paradise. We just cannot shake the illusion that there should be heaven on…

Friends & Family

An ode to the guy from the bathroom

I wish you would’ve met Charles. I assumed it was going to be a normal airport bathroom stop, squeezing my carry-on into the stall…

Living My Faith

Take your kids church shopping

On New Year’s Eve morning, my home congregation didn’t have a worship service, so my family tried something new. Instead of doing a devotion…