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Abusers and Repentance

Abusers and Repentance

When a Christian leader harms his/her flock or members of their congregation or ministry sphere, a deep, horrible wound is opened up. Victims are traumatized. The system that allowed the abuser is obviously broken (and also needs to repent). Typically: the victims are...

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There is no place for you

There is no place for you

When we suffer, according to the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 1, we suffer with an eye toward helping others. "Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then...

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56 Traits of Growing Christians

56 Traits of Growing Christians

I've been thinking about Christian maturity (and traits of immaturity) lately, so I came up with this unscientific list of traits of growing Christians. These folks (hopefully they're us!) are safe, developmental, compassionate, and connected to their savior. Looking...

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Big does not (always) mean blessing

Big does not (always) mean blessing

Big numbers are proof that a ministry is "good" and beyond reproach, right? Doesn't that success mean God is blessing that entity? If a ministry is growing and bringing people in the front door, those numbers prove God is at work, so the reasoning goes that anyone who...

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When you overshare for attention

When you overshare for attention

I've been thinking about how I'm made, how God has uniquely gifted me. I am a discloser by nature, and I thank God for that odd gift because He has used it to bring healing my way. Right after high school, I went on "Beyond Malibu," a weeklong hiking trip in the...

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The Grief of Church Hurt

The Grief of Church Hurt

“Great is the art of the beginning, but greater is the art of ending. "—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow You may or may not know, but we are walking through a season of transition as we've left our church of 23 years and are looking for a new church home. All that to say,...

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The Problem with Christian Celebrity Culture

The Problem with Christian Celebrity Culture

Christian celebrity culture is unreal, unhealthy, and unholy. It deceives. Celebrities move from believing the reality of their own sinful desires to deceiving themselves to believe they’re invincible, powerful, and without fault. It ingratiates. When someone becomes...

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Out of the Nest into the Next

Out of the Nest into the Next

We are praying, seeking, and getting counsel. We’ve experienced a cataclysmic shift in the past few months, and we wonder what God is up to. Would you pray for us? Pray that we would honor him in our decisions. Pray that we would be quiet enough to listen. Pray that...

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Merch Church: Should that be a thing?

Merch Church: Should that be a thing?

Jesus said you cannot serve both God and money, but many churches today suffer from “affluenza.” Whether it be treating celebrities well in special seats or currying favor with wealthy congregants, some churches violate James 2:2-4. “For example, suppose someone comes...

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When I Set Down Lent Painting

When I Set Down Lent Painting

You may have noticed a lapse in painting videos recently. This is the explanation. Sometimes you have to say no, especially when something becomes a have to rather than a want to. I have loved painting for Lent, but this year is different. It became more chore than...

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I have False Refuges

I have False Refuges

So much I’m learning in this season. My anxiety has quadrupled, it seems. I’m learning how I have chased after false refuges. Finances: when all is well, they bring peace. When they’re in flux, my stomach roils. Home: it’s typically been my place of peace and retreat,...

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