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How to Like the Way You Look in Broad Daylight

Jesus performed his miracles at weddings (John 2:1-11), in wide open spaces (Matthew 14:15-21), on busily traveled roads (Luke 8:40-48), and often entirely in broad daylight. It’s not that he never performed a miracle at night or among a mere … Continue reading

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Jesus and the Fifth Amendment – falsely condemned by his own words

Having your words twisted and used against you hurts. It especially hurts when coming from those you are trying to help. Unjust Accusers Jesus stood trial before people who had been aching for the chance to get him out of … Continue reading

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The United States Has Never Been a Christian Nation – a 4th of July post

[Updated from the archives.] Happy Birthday, America! Today marks 241 years since the Second Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia to draft and sign the Declaration of Independence. To commemorate the day, let’s remember this: The United States is not now and never … Continue reading

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Communion Feasting: Strong Bread and Strong Wine

[Our church served communion this weekend, so I thought this 2014 post was appropriate.] The communion bread I picked up from the tray was about a tenth the size of my thumbnail, like all the other uniform pieces laying there. … Continue reading

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The Lie of the Heavy Yoke: Debi Pearl’s corruption of God’s character

When you think of Christianity and the metaphor of the yoke, is this the imagery that first comes to mind? A woman married to a Command Man wears a heavier yoke than most women, but it can be a very … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Unnatural Inability to Perform Miracles

Jesus described himself as a prophet without honor in his own home. What people often miss is he was also a prophet without power there as well. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his … Continue reading

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The Impossibility of a Christian Nation

What if Nations (Instead of People) Were Christians Some people talk about Christian businesses as if businesses themselves could be Christians, but there’s really no such thing. When someone claims they run a Christian business what they mean is the … Continue reading

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Faith: the difference between doubt and indecision

To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation. (Yann Martel, Life of Pi.) The Bible draws a distinction between doubt and indecision, and the quote above from Life of Pi helped me see … Continue reading

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Seeking Approval in All the Wrong Places

When I was growing up, I wanted approval from the people on top. I wanted my parents’ approval, I wanted my teachers’ approval, and I wanted the cool kids’ approval. Usually the last one was more important to me than … Continue reading

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In Which JK Rowling Teaches Us to Read the Bible

[Today’s guest post from Brittany K. Hale explores reading Scripture as it was meant to be read, even with 21st Century eyes.] *** Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start (indeed). When you read you … Continue reading

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