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The Lie of Being Good Enough

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I want to tell you something that might be hard to hear. I’ll try to say it in the nicest way possible. Please know, I say it with the best of intentions. Here it is. Are you ready? You are not perfect. God does not expect you to be perfect. You might think being “barely good enough” is the same …

The Women of Easter and Me

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The Easter season has begun! Yes, that’s right, Easter is more than just one day on the church calendar. In fact, Easter is a season that lasts for fifty days (7 Sundays) and culminates in the celebration of Pentecost. Have you ever noticed that all four Gospel accounts tell us that women were the first to discover the empty tomb …

God Is Wasteful

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I try not to be wasteful. I try not to buy too much food at the grocery store and I take leftovers home from restaurants. We have a section of our laundry room dedicated to “give-aways,” the clothes and other things we can’t use any more, but which might be useful to our favorite charity’s thrift shop. Although I love …

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Suffering and Solutions

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The question of why people suffer is a longstanding existential question. It is a question that brings people to God and it’s a question that makes some people doubt God’s very existence. Why do bad things happen to good people? The Bible approaches this from several angles. That frustrates some people, but I find it encouraging. I like that the …

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Repent Is Not A 4-Letter Word

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What if repentance is an invitation, not a curse? Sometimes it feels like “REPENT” is almost a four-letter word. As if it’s a curse word, intended to bring out the worst in me. Growing up, this was the message of the street-corner preachers yelling at cars as they passed by. (Presumably they were yelling at the people in the cars, …

Lent is Twisted (Like a Pretzel)

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Lent can, and should be, a season of transformation.  It bridges the turn on the calendar from winter to spring and it can bridge the turn in us from the wilderness of self-sufficiency to reliance on God. Along the way, however, we may feel things get a little twisted. The scripture readings that launched us into the season of Lent …

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The Golden Rule, Giving, and Begging

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I think the most universally known Bible passage is not John 3:16, but “the Golden Rule.” Even if we can’t point to chapter and verse (Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31), we all know that we should treat others the way we want to be treated. In the Gospel of Luke, just before Jesus offers “The Golden Rule,” he says: “give to …