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The Power of the Dark Side

The Power of the Dark Side

How did you feel the first time you saw Darth Vader on the screen? Probably exactly how Lucas wanted you to feel. This guy is evil.  But Darth Vader didn’t start out that way. He started out as Anakin Skywalker, hero of the prequel trilogy. His fall from grace in...

How to Speak with an Atheist about Christianity

How to Speak with an Atheist about Christianity

“Speaking with an Atheist about Christianity” is what Robert, a pastor in France, did with me 15 years ago. I affirmed there was no God, and I despised religion. Several months later, I was a believer. Several years after that, I was a Christian philosopher. Looking...

Technology is God’s Gift to Mankind to Push Back the Curse

Technology is God’s Gift to Mankind to Push Back the Curse

A farmer knows more than anyone that technology is God’s gift to push back the curse. Remember the curse God pronounced on Adam, which cursed agriculture and every farmer who would be born thereafter:  To Adam [God] said,  “Because you have listened to the voice of...

Four Truths About Envy

Four Truths About Envy

I’m eating lunch with my new neighbor, Rosa. As I sit in her apartment eating chicken-tinga tostadas, she shares her story. Five years ago, she left two daughters behind and traveled to a new country—my country—with the hope of earning enough money to care for their...

Three Reasons Why Believers Doubt the Security of Their Salvation

Three Reasons Why Believers Doubt the Security of Their Salvation

The simple answer is that we let our faulty human perspectives cloud our clear understanding of Scripture.  We sometimes doubt the security of salvation because of our experiences with others. I’m sure everyone knows a person who seemed to have a vital walk with the...

Learning How to Apologize to Yourself

Learning How to Apologize to Yourself

Apologizing to oneself requires self-talk. Perhaps you have heard someone say, “Talking to yourself is a sign of mental illness.” Wrong! Mentally healthy people always talk to themselves – encouraging themselves, advising themselves, questioning themselves. Some of...

“Tell Me More”

“Tell Me More”

In her historical narrative on Joseph, Jacob’s deserted son, American writer Madeleine L’Engle carefully unpacked the customs and culture around this crucial figure in Jewish history. She did this for a specific reason: We need to consider the full contours of a story...

4 Remarkable Truths in the Story of a Poor Widow Who Gave All

4 Remarkable Truths in the Story of a Poor Widow Who Gave All

How often do widows come up in the Gospels? Surprisingly, a lot! The most famous widow’s story is found at the end of Mark 12. At first, what Jesus appears to do (and not do) causes many readers to wince.  Even worse?  1. Religious leaders may have cheated this...

Why the Church Needs to Talk About Dating

Why the Church Needs to Talk About Dating

A friend and I began planning an event for our church where unmarried men and women could mingle and get to know each other. The church’s leadership wanted to create a subtle night of games where singles could interact naturally. In the process, maybe they’d get a...

No Lost Causes

No Lost Causes

“Then Jesus told them this parable, ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the one lost sheep until he finds it?” Luke 15:3-4, niv In a family full of lost sheep, my uncle Jack...

The Power of the Dark Side

The Power of the Dark Side

How did you feel the first time you saw Darth Vader on the screen? Probably exactly how Lucas wanted you to feel. This guy is evil.  But Darth Vader didn’t start out that way. He started out as Anakin Skywalker, hero of the prequel trilogy. His fall from grace in...

How to Speak with an Atheist about Christianity

How to Speak with an Atheist about Christianity

“Speaking with an Atheist about Christianity” is what Robert, a pastor in France, did with me 15 years ago. I affirmed there was no God, and I despised religion. Several months later, I was a believer. Several years after that, I was a Christian philosopher. Looking...

Technology is God’s Gift to Mankind to Push Back the Curse

Technology is God’s Gift to Mankind to Push Back the Curse

A farmer knows more than anyone that technology is God’s gift to push back the curse. Remember the curse God pronounced on Adam, which cursed agriculture and every farmer who would be born thereafter:  To Adam [God] said,  “Because you have listened to the voice of...

Four Truths About Envy

Four Truths About Envy

I’m eating lunch with my new neighbor, Rosa. As I sit in her apartment eating chicken-tinga tostadas, she shares her story. Five years ago, she left two daughters behind and traveled to a new country—my country—with the hope of earning enough money to care for their...

Three Reasons Why Believers Doubt the Security of Their Salvation

Three Reasons Why Believers Doubt the Security of Their Salvation

The simple answer is that we let our faulty human perspectives cloud our clear understanding of Scripture.  We sometimes doubt the security of salvation because of our experiences with others. I’m sure everyone knows a person who seemed to have a vital walk with the...

Learning How to Apologize to Yourself

Learning How to Apologize to Yourself

Apologizing to oneself requires self-talk. Perhaps you have heard someone say, “Talking to yourself is a sign of mental illness.” Wrong! Mentally healthy people always talk to themselves – encouraging themselves, advising themselves, questioning themselves. Some of...

“Tell Me More”

“Tell Me More”

In her historical narrative on Joseph, Jacob’s deserted son, American writer Madeleine L’Engle carefully unpacked the customs and culture around this crucial figure in Jewish history. She did this for a specific reason: We need to consider the full contours of a story...

4 Remarkable Truths in the Story of a Poor Widow Who Gave All

4 Remarkable Truths in the Story of a Poor Widow Who Gave All

How often do widows come up in the Gospels? Surprisingly, a lot! The most famous widow’s story is found at the end of Mark 12. At first, what Jesus appears to do (and not do) causes many readers to wince.  Even worse?  1. Religious leaders may have cheated this...

Why the Church Needs to Talk About Dating

Why the Church Needs to Talk About Dating

A friend and I began planning an event for our church where unmarried men and women could mingle and get to know each other. The church’s leadership wanted to create a subtle night of games where singles could interact naturally. In the process, maybe they’d get a...

No Lost Causes

No Lost Causes

“Then Jesus told them this parable, ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the one lost sheep until he finds it?” Luke 15:3-4, niv In a family full of lost sheep, my uncle Jack...

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