God, Fun, and Happiness, part 1

Isn’t God fun? I’d be surprised if you didn’t at least raise an eyebrow or crack a smile at that question. Humans don’t tend to describe God as fun, and so that question might seem humorous, silly, or even irreverent. But I do mean it as a serious question: Is not God fun? I’m guessing […]

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Finding Hope When Empty

This week I read the Bible book of Ruth, a beautiful short story of tragedy, grief, and rescue. The story begins in Bethlehem with an Israelite couple who was being forced to move away because of a famine. The couple was named Elimelech and Naomi, and their two sons were named Mahlon and Chilion. To […]

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Getting His Things Done

It was the summer of 2009. The year was barely half over and I felt I had already given a year’s worth of effort. My work was slowly burying me alive, and if I didn’t find a way out, I wasn’t sure how much longer I would last. Our denomination’s annual meeting was being hosted […]

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Beware Burning Bridges

Debates on sexual morality in our culture happen frequently these days in the news and on social media. I usually tend to steer clear of such debates, not because sexual morality is unimportant, but because there is almost nothing to gain by throwing in my opinion into a hot mess of entrenched opinions. That usually […]

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The Romantic

I’ve had the privilege of being married to two very wonderful women. I suppose it’s unusual these days to experience two great marriages, and not long ago I was reminded how precious such marriages are. I was having a conversation with a man who had experienced a painful divorce, and he shared with me how […]

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Understanding the Odd Christian

I’m an odd Christian. But then again, I believe that every true Christian is odd. Christians are definitely in the minority in the world, as well as in the U.S., and these days there is much less social pressure to act like a Christian if one’s heart isn’t really dedicated to Christ. Maybe you’re one […]

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