A Lesson in Contrast

In college, my friends and I had a saying: You cannot begin to change until you know the opposite of what you are. It was a reminder that the only way to learn and grow was to face the truth about yourself and then understand the way in which God was different from that. Sometime …

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The Narrow Way

I have heard it said that the narrow way can be defined as the unique spiritual journey each of us must walk, and that to be on that path is to refuse to conform to the demands of those around us (to walk their path, or the one most people walk), but, instead, boldly trod …

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The Continued Crucifying Of Rob Bell, And What It Says About The State Of Modern Christianity

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It’s often been said that we Christians eat our own.

This unsettling expression is all-too true, and apparently Rob Bell is on the menu yet again.

For a people whose go-to ideas are love for God and love for others, we Jesus folk are often pretty horrible toward one another, especially to those of us who attain any sort of position in the larger culture.

Oh sure, we’ll root like crazy for them to reach the masses on their way up, but once they do, we’ll as willingly and passionately go about the work of ripping them from their lofty positions; discrediting them, ridiculing them, shaming and shunning them in the process.

In the Church, as in so many other spheres of life, we love to love you when your star is rising, and few in modern times have risen faster or higher.

A decade ago, Rob Bell was a flat-out Christian Rock Star.

He was

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Goodness or Power

Occasionally I see something on a TV show that makes me think. That happened to me tonight about midway through an episode of Once Upon a Time. That's Snow White (Mary Catherine) and Prince Charming (David) up there arguing with Regina (Snow White's evil stepmother). Mary Catherine is holding the dagger that can control Rumplestilskin …

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What’s Your Story?

Isn't just looking upon this world already something of an invention? The world isn't just the way it is, it is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something we bring something to it, no? Doesn't that make life a story? ... You want words that reflect reality? 'Yes.' Words that do not contradict …

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QUOTE: God Needs No Defense

There are always those who take it upon themselves to defend God. As if ultimate reality, as if the sustaining frame of existence were something weak and helpless. These people walk by a widow deformed by leprosy, begging for a few paise, walk by children dressed in rags living in the street and think, "Business …

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