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Two Kinds of Friends for 2022

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 “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 A few weeks back I was crafting my prayer list for the upcoming month. I am list guy. So, ahead of every month I sit down and create […]

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One of My Favorite Holiday Traditions

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Most of us have a few bad annoying habits if we asked those closest to us. Talking with food in your mouth? Having a loud group conversation on your speaker phone in a public place? Rude interrupting during conversations?  Not a focused good listener? I will not divulge mine at […]

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The 7 Enemies of Thanksgiving

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We all have family Thanksgiving stories that fall on the scale between funny and sad and everything in between. Thanksgiving is pretty easy to mess up. Jimmy Fallon has a traditional segment on Thanksgiving fails, all of which are funny and fairly minor. The true Thanksgiving collapse is when we celebrate […]

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Autobiographical Theology

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We all operate with a framework for navigating life and work. For some it is a well-defined, intentional set of core beliefs and truth. For some it is an ever-evolving bowl of beliefs and experiences. For others, it is just “go with your gut” and make sure you don’t harm […]

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The Dangers of Celebrity-ism

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Quick. Name the Christian you admire the most. Perhaps you said your brother or your grandmother or your early cell group leader. Perhaps like Edith Schaeffer, you consider the question of the greatest Christian and say, “We don’t know her name. She is dying of cancer somewhere in a hospital […]

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Six Pictures of God’s Kingdom

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From time to time, I go back and read one of my favorite parts of the Bible: the parables. These are the very short stories that Jesus told to make a point. Usually, they’re pretty straightforward, such as the parable of the Good Samaritan. The point: Loving your neighbor isn’t […]

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The Four Dangers of Success

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I’ve become convinced that most people handle failure much better than they handle success. Failure can make a man, and success can ruin a man. I’ve seen it in the lives of the business leaders with whom I’ve worked. I’ve seen it in politicians. I’ve seen it in athletes, in […]

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Making the Ethical Choice in a Gray World

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Some people see everything in black and white, right and wrong, good and evil. Others see an ocean of gray with nothing really ever firmly planted on one side or the other. I actually believe the better idea is something in the middle of both polar positions. To be honest, […]

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