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What We Can Do About Poverty

What We Can Do About Poverty

During the Lenten season, we’ve had a series of Wednesday night courses at church. I took a course based on a DVD series produced by a nonprofit called Poverty Cure. This series spends little time looking at the causes of poverty and instead focuses on the conditions necessary for prosperity. As we watched this series, […]

The Great Christian Spec-Fic Debate

The Great Christian Spec-Fic Debate

There has been a lot of debate lately among Christian Spec-Fic authors about the Christian Spec-Fic market, how it relates to the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), the secular market, and the market in general, and how the genre as a whole is failing. There are those who, as Ben Wolf detailed in this post, […]

On the Feast of Stephen

On the Feast of Stephen

Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen, When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even Most of us in the Protestant tradition have long ignored Saint Stephen’s feast day. It’s today, December 26. We do remember Stephen himself, of course. He’s first mentioned in Acts 6:5, when he is […]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

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 […]