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Bible 101

The Word is a sword

My friend Ben realized he had forgotten his Bible when we were a state and a half away from home on the way to…

Bible 101

Seed, sword, Spirit, life

For those who are new to the Old and New Testaments, the Bible might seem like an encyclopedia, a dry and dusty text that…

Bible 101

Your activity is not your identity

Years ago I tapped into my Bible nerdery and tried to count all the names that Christians are called in the New Testament. In…

Life’s Challenges

Guardrails

Over a decade ago, I heard a brilliant teaching on the need for adding rules to the Bible. If that sounds bad, it wasn’t….

Life’s Challenges

How many motives?

If I made you write an essay listing all the reasons to avoid sin, how long would your essay be? I wouldn’t give you…

Life’s Challenges

Telling the future

My husband and I were walking in downtown Madison, WI, and passed a man who held a cardboard sign that read, “Tarot Readings.” I…

Bible 101

Thank God for the kingdom of God!

Around 701 b.c., Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, marched from modern-day Iraq to Jerusalem. His army was not known for being nice. Sennacherib’s palace…

Life’s Challenges

Know. See. Yearn.

It’s Christmas Eve. The tableau is set: a baby’s soft cheek against a bed of hay, a wondering mother, wide-eyed shepherds who have seen…

Life’s Challenges

Replacing thieves

We usually reserve the term addiction for the really bad stuff. Being labeled as an addict carries with it many stigmas. But in a…

Living My Faith

You are what you look at

“The eye is the lamp of the body.” This strange image comes from Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7, specifically 6:22). He…

Life’s Challenges

A new master

Imagine a certain sin. You’re not just tolerating it like a stray dog that occasionally squeezes under your fence. But you feed it. Adopt…

Living My Faith

He’s up

Commercial insurance broker Sam Castronova posted the following on his weblog back in 2010: “To all my Brothers out there trying to win the…