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An Invitation to Explore the Role of Image

December 30, 2013

I’ve always wondered about Jesus’ response to the religious leaders concerning the payment of taxes. The story goes something like this… The Pharisees and the Herodians were desperately trying to shut down Jesus’ momentum. With a simple message of love and hope, he was changing the world right before their eyes, and they were smart… Read More ›

Have We Kicked God Out of Our Schools?

I am a teacher, and like the vast majority of teachers, I love my work. By this, I do not mean I love the curriculum and bells; I mean I love my students and would do anything necessary to protect them. Maybe this is why I can’t seem to break away from the news concerning… Read More ›

Red and Blue Biblical Values

Last week, something happened I never thought I would see. The Rev. Billy Graham stepped into the political realm and virtually endorsed a presidential candidate. This week he is encouraging us through a series of ads to “vote for biblical values,” and as a Christian, I couldn’t agree with him more. There’s only one problem…. Read More ›

What Do We Have to Lose?

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36 I hate politics, but not for the usual reasons. I’m not a Democrat who despises all things Republican, nor a Republican who chokes on all things from the left. I dislike politics because I… Read More ›

God Is Sovereign? God Is Love? Which Is It?

Sometimes when I’m on my soapbox insisting that God’s love covers all things, somebody will encourage me not to forget about God’s sovereignty. Now, I know what they’re getting at; God doesn’t overlook sin as if it’s meaningless. He is holy and pure. I get that. But still, the indication is troubling because they are… Read More ›

Age to Age: A Faith That Supports Reality

History shapes itself into eras, ages of time classified according to cultural exercise. The thing to realize is that these sections of life – The Reformation, The Renaissance, etc. – don’t have defined boundaries. Each era bleeds into the other, making it virtually impossible to identify the point of cultural shift. No matter where historians… Read More ›

Faith That’s Not about Winning

“Now, let’s go out and win this city for Christ!” At the younger end of my years, I remember being terribly moved by words like these. My eager heart just knew the preacher was right. We must win our world for Jesus! The thing is, I never could quite figure out how to do it…. Read More ›

This Is My Jesus

How marvelous! How wonderful! And my song shall ever be: How marvelous! How wonderful is my Savior’s love for me! There is nothing more humbling than to realize this one truth: Jesus loves me. I’m not special, though. He loves everybody like this. You, too. Remember the adulterous woman brought to Jesus for condemnation? Jesus… Read More ›

Chic-Fil-A Appreciation Day: Not a Good Fit for Me

My father always believed if you would apply enough force, you could get anything to fit – even a square peg into a round hole. But the older I get, the more I realize that forcing something into the space of something else does not mean it fits. Today, I feel like that square peg… Read More ›

Sense over Sensibility

My husband and I often share a favorite quip with one another: “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” It’s our way of poking fun at each other when our words don’t line up with what we’re trying to communicate. The nice thing about the whole practice is that we really know what… Read More ›

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