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America has two Christmases

America has two Christmases

It’s that time of the year, when we start hectoring our neighbors about “Jesus being the reason for the season” and “keeping the Christ in Christmas.” My question is whether we’ve already lost this fight. On Monday, the Swagbucks site asked in its daily poll whether people like Christmas music. In the comments, one person […]

I can’t take your pain

I can’t take your pain

My friends are in pain. Family members have died. One has an incapacitating autoimmune disease. Another has breast cancer. Yet another has a confounding set of symptoms and no diagnosis. More than I can count have depression. One morning while I was praying for a friend who was going through an unusually painful flare-up of […]

Early morning prayer and app shopping

Early morning prayer and app shopping

Developing the discipline of early morning prayer and Scripture reading is important to us as Christians, but it’s not easy. I resisted this practice for years, despite hearing and reading multiple exhortations. What finally got me was this quote from George Washington Carver: All my life I have risen regularly at four o’clock and have […]

The Art of Sacrifice

The Art of Sacrifice

My kindle recommends lots of stories. I’ll try new authors from those recommendations sometimes. Most write well with expansive worldbuilding and intriguing story-lines. I must have tried eight or nine samples recently. I’ve bought none. My most recent attempt was so promising. The fantastical elements of the world were unique. The plotline drew me in […]

How can we evangelize in the 21st Century?

How can we evangelize in the 21st Century?

In the media run-up to the release of the new Left Behind movie, I saw this picture posted on Facebook: This postapocalyptic survivor theoretically asks, “Why didn’t anyone warn me?” And my only response is…seriously? Hasn’t the church been warning people for two thousand years? We have. The problem is, few people are listening. And […]

What can Leviticus teach New Testament people?

What can Leviticus teach New Testament people?

About three times a year, we have a series of Wednesday night Bible studies at church. Because I enjoy teaching, I usually volunteer. This month, I recycled some material that I taught in my regular Sunday school class at the beginning of the year. It’s based on the book Hidden in Plain Sight: Finding Wisdom […]

Writing Fiction About Truth: Are There Bones Inside God?

Writing Fiction About Truth: Are There Bones Inside God?

Guest Blogger: J.B. Simmons One night I’m laying beside my four-year-old son, telling bedtime stories. We’re talking about how fish have bones. Then he asks: “are bones inside God?” I’m stumped. Maybe I start talking about theology — the trinity and other deep stuff. Better yet, maybe I should respond with another story. Isn’t that how […]