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Top ten reasons to go to church

Why do you want to go to church? As a parish pastor, every year I would have a “Help the Pastor Write His Sermon”…

Life’s Challenges

All the marshmallows

Have you heard of the famous marshmallow experiment? In the 1960s, a Stanford professor tested hundreds of children ages 4-5 by sitting them down…

Living My Faith

Practicing gratitude

If your social media feed looks anything like mine in November, thankfulness and gratitude are making a comeback. In a buildup to Thanksgiving, friends…

Living My Faith

Worship is proclaiming

Have you ever been dating someone who wants to keep your relationship on the down low? Who doesn’t want to go anywhere publicly with…

Living My Faith

Life’s a song

My three-year-old granddaughter, Addison, has the lead role in her own musicals. Her life is filled with songs. She’s in a very happy head…

Who is God?

The husband who went to war

My colleague Tim has a tattoo of an obscure but powerful passage in the Bible. “[The Lord] will take great delight in you; in…

Living My Faith

I don’t have to tell you to tell someone about Jesus

It scared children. It panicked parents. Other than the atomic bomb, it was the number-one fear of the time. Every summer, this stealer of…

Life’s Challenges

Baby Jesus came to fight

I like to picture Baby Jesus with a sword strapped across his little back. Maybe a helmet on his tender head. And definitely some…

Living My Faith

Reckless love

Musician Cory Asbury struggled to understand what God was like. But things changed when Cory had a son. Whenever he held his baby, he…

Living My Faith

Wash me

The back window of our van often sports a scrawled, “Wash Me!” My neighbor’s car, however, always shines. Even before sunrise, he kneels by…

Life’s Challenges

You are not defeated

Do you ever feel defeated before you even get out of bed? The headlines from the day before or struggles of friends and families,…

Who is God?

Come, Lord Jesus

Every few days, my family uses a common prayer before eating dinner. It starts, “Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest . . .” I…