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Not In Control

Not In Control

No one wants to feel like they are not in control. But life happens. People get sick and lose their job. Marriages fall apart, and bills have to be paid. So much of what happens...

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Roots and Fruits

Roots and Fruits

Life happens. We get overwhelmed by all the important things fighting for our attention. We are overcome with doubt when our faith in God doesn't stand up to the crushing...

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A Farmer’s Perspective

A Farmer’s Perspective

The parables Jesus used to teach were designed for specific people in a specific context. The stories and illustrations he used were immediately familiar to his audience. The...

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Are You a Lost Cause to God?

Are You a Lost Cause to God?

Are you a lost cause to God? Are some people so bad that there is no hope of them ever being redeemed? There are certainly those who have been treated that way by religion, cut...

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Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time. It's a phrase that has begun so many stories. It causes us to lean in, ready to hear what comes next because stories are powerful. Jesus told a lot of stories....

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A Big Happy Family?

A Big Happy Family?

Is the church really a family? Plenty of people have had experiences in the church that feel opposite to what we expect from family, but Jesus had a different view. He called God...

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Why Are Christians So Mean?

Why Are Christians So Mean?

A quick search of comments online reveals that sometimes Christians can just be mean. The experience of many people outside the church is that Christians can be harsh, cruel, and...

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When Religion Fails

When Religion Fails

Religion is the organization of principles and practices around the worship of something or someone. People develop the rules of religion to try and get their relationship with...

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Bad Religion

Bad Religion

If you've ever looked for a new church or explored faith for the first time you know how complicated it can be. Religion that looks delicious on the surface can be awful once you...

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The Unforgivable Sin

The Unforgivable Sin

We all have deal breakers in our relationships, unforgivable things that can damage our relationships beyond repair. But are there deal breakers in our relationship with God? Is...

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The Justice of Jesus

The Justice of Jesus

It makes sense that just religion would be rooted in justice. But how that plays out depends on what your definition of justice is. That word can mean different things to...

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Deformed By Religion

Deformed By Religion

It makes sense that Christianity, the religion built around following Jesus, should be like he described - restful, easy to bear, light. So why isn't that true for so many...

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