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Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about humanity?

People are really frustrated with each other right now. There’s no shortage of issues on political, cultural, and personal life levels that can leave…

Living My Faith

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…

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Love your country

It might be my imagination, but it sure seems to me that our country is getting more polarized every year. Politically, of course—election seasons…

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Unity in the community

We live in an age of bitter disunity. Our national politics are shrill and rough. Political parties gerrymander districts to make them permanently safe…

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Divisiveness: Why Christianity is our only hope

In a previous post, I focused on the source of division in our country, namely the devil. In this post, I want to defend…

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It will be okay if we make it okay

I want you to feel better at the end of this devotion. It will all be okay. God is in control. And you are…

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Exclusivity

Jesus once said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)….

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Why does racism exist?

A few years ago, I tried to explain racism to my kids. I defined racism as the belief that races are not distinct equals…

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His love is for the world

I’m so glad that Jesus wasn’t racist. The Novotny family tree reaches its branches back to modern Germany and the Czech Republic. Lots of…

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Capital punishment

The practice of capital punishment has a long and intense debate over it that has lasted for centuries. There are powerful arguments both for…

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God & Gender: What About Transgender? (Part 2)

If God created us male and female, why have so many of God’s sons questioned if he actually created them to be his daughters? And why have so many Christian women wondered if they were really made to be God’s sons? Paul indirectly answered these questions when he wrote about the struggles of life in this broken world. Both parts of this message intend to explain the transgender temptation and offer hope and encouragement to those facing it.

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How can I trust God with everything going on right now?

Are you someone who’s skeptical of God right now? Maybe you catch the news and wonder how he could allow all the messes we’re…