How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Group Discussion

I’ve had the privilege of being part of several group discussions lately in several different situations. Some of these discussions were fruitful and led in a positive direction. Others...
May 18, 2015
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    Transience.

    Here is no water but only rock Rock and no water and the sandy road The road winding above among the mountains Which are mountains of rock without water If there were water we should stop and drink Amongst the rock one cannot stop or think Sweat is dry...
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    Dancing to “Shake it Off” and Other Confessions

    Last Friday, I had the awesome opportunity to speak in Biola’s undergraduate chapel about my thesis on shame and how it affects our relationships with God and others. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share about what I’ve learned about shame and grace, and also my own struggle...
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    Taking Every Thought Prisoner and Making it Obey the Messiah

    Apologetics is often understood as a list of facts and arguments that Christians need to memorize if they don’t want to get intellectually slaughtered by the nearest angry atheist who says, “Jesus didn’t exist” or, “Why would a good God allow evil?” Ironically enough, many (if not most) books...
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    Sting

    I write this blog tonight next to two cell phones – one is mine, and one belongs to the hospital I work for. I am the social worker on-call tonight. You might be wondering what we could get called in for late at night, or you may have guessed...
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    The Complicity of Silence

    In light of the Walter Scott and Eric Harris killings, along with the #ShutdownA14 protests against police brutality this past week, I’d like to share an excerpt from my essay entitled, “To Establish Justice at The Gates”, which was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books earlier this month. How can...
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    Why Dating Articles Dominate Your News Feed

    Dem Dating Articles Doe. In recent months I have witnessed countless articles and blogs pass through my field of vision as I have mindlessly scrolled through Facebook and Twitter, many of them all on one topic: Christianity and dating. As expected, most of these articles are shallow and provide...
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    Blind Trust

    There is a man in our congregation who is blind and he is a sweet old man (we’ll call him Jerry).  I often see him getting dropped off on Sunday morning by public transit or walking down the sidewalk after church.  Sometimes he is alone and oftentimes, there is...
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    Don’t Rush Holy Week

    Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday as the start of the Holy Week. As I was listening to the message at my church, I reflected on the speaker, Chad Glazener’s, comment to not move too quickly through the different events of Holy Week. Often times, we want to rush into...
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    How To Not Crucify Your Brother When You Disagree

    Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone (1 Tim 2:23-24). Living in wisdom when we disagree with out brothers and sisters is a difficult task, but a necessary one if we hope...
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