Optimisfits: Igniting a Fierce Rebellion Against Hopelessness — A Book Review

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Things I Heard In Church: Smooth Sailing Doesn’t Mean You’re In God’s Will

 

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People I Know Who Most Resemble Jesus: Hold Lightly

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I’ve noticed the people I know who most resemble Jesus, hold on to their expectations ever so lightly.

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Chapter 11: Guard Your Heart Like Jesus — From the new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus)

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Today’s post is from my new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus). Last Saturday we posted Chapter 10: Jesus And The Fluid LifeLove Like Jesus is due to be published later this year.

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The Terrible Thing (that’s easier than what we’re all trying to do instead)

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“The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self–all your wishes and precautions–to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead.”

-C.S. Lewis

Discomfort With Death

 

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When God Doesn’t Make Sense

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Read John 11:1-6.

“So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.” John 11:6

The Watney House Fire

From the street it looked like a one story house. But because it was built on a hillside, from the back you could see another level below with sliding glass doors opening out to a patio and back yard. This was the house where the Watney kids lived: Melissa, Mark, and Emma. Continue reading

The Consequences Of Ignoring God: God’s Way, Your Way, And Your Crushed Spirit

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(From the archives.)

Guilt, Fear, And A Crushed Spirit

Continuing our series on suffering, today we’ll look at how ignoring God can Continue reading

Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: How I Was Involved In The Origins Of Trash Talking

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I heard something the other day at our Sunday church service that I really identified with. Dave, my pastor, ate lunch alone every day of the fifth grade.

In the fifth grade, for the entire school year, Dave was on the outside–way outside. He said the worst days were when he’d try to sit somewhere in the lunchroom and one of his classmates would tell him to go sit someplace else, because a friend was already sitting there.

How I Was A Part Of The Origins Of Trash Talking

His story resonated with me because of an experience I had when I was about the same age. It triggered a memory from when I was nine years old. When I was nine Continue reading

Religious Bigots

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The Definition Of A Bigot

I want to begin by saying I struggled with using the word bigot. The first definition that comes up when I Google it is, “a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.” That’s similar to other definitions I found, including the one from Merriam-Webster and that’s the meaning of the word as it’s used in this blog post. But for many people today the word bigot has become synonymous with the word racist and that’s NOT the meaning of the word as used in this article.

When Rules Trump Jesus’ Love

Today a Christian friend of mine shared about a man I’ll call Tom. My friend cared for this man in a group home because Tom had a serious cognitive disability. Tom’s capacity to enjoy life was severely limited: there was just one, and only one, activity that brought him joy and that was Continue reading