The Default Principle

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When you discover an intense experience, it becomes yours. You adopt it, mentally and permanently. And once it’s adopted, it stays in your memory as a part of your experiential history. Continue Reading

When Truth Isn’t Enough

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Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. - Romans 12:15   Continue Reading

When ‘My Bad’ Really Is Bad

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“Keep in mind that when sin is viewed superficially, it is dealt with superficially.”  -Erwin W. Lutzer When something gets me really mad, or really scared, I do something about it. When something seems technically wrong but excusable, I shrug it off. So what I deal with seriously, combining decision and action, tells you a lot about what really matters to me and what doesn’t. Continue Reading

When Consciences Collide: Making Sense of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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“It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others.” -Thomas Jefferson Been There, Done That Had That Done to Me Amidst all of today’s clamor over discrimination based on religious or moral standards, I’m remembering an incident when I was on the receiving end of it myself. Continue Reading

Newsong Church: In Tune or Off Key?

In the screwball comedy classic Bringing Up Baby, Cary Grant, dressed in a woman’s bathrobe, jumps up and down shouting, “I’ve suddenly gone gay!” He could have been speaking for a growing number of congregations today. Continue Reading

Love Thy Jerk

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“We don’t devote enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.” - Bill Watterson   Continue Reading

Saved and Strugglin’

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Being virtuous is no feat once temptation ceases. - Arnold Glasow When I asked God to remove my temptations, He answered by allowing more of them to come, and in stronger forms, and more often. I said, “Thanks a lot” and I could swear I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Anytime, Kid.” But He also did a major, life-changing work in me. He empowered me to deal with temptation, rather than remove it, and I got stronger and humbler in the process. Stronger because my resistance abilities grew; humbler because my reliance on Him becomes clearer than Continue Reading

Pedaling Among the Weary

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And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. -Galatians 6:9 I’m going into training for the April Bike-A-Thon our church sponsors every year. Proceeds go to send abused kids to camp, and I’m always blessed and proud to participate. Continue Reading

Prayers for Speaking Events in New Hampshire

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I'd sure appreciate your prayers this weekend, as I have the pleasure of spending it in New Hampshire to speak for a few events. I just got in last night, and as expected, the weather's cold and the area's beautiful, and I'm excited about the ministry opportunities. If' you're in the New England area it would be great to see you at any of these! My good friend Rick Kardos, Executive Director of The Nathan Project is hosting me for these events, the first of which is The Nathan Project's annual fundraising dinner, where I'll be speaking Continue Reading

Walking Wisely

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Blessed is the man who walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. -Psalms 1: 1-2 What we listen to has a lot to do with where we are. We’re sheep, after all, and that’s what sheep do: they listen, then they follow. You and I don’t have much to say about our “sheep status” as listeners and followers. Even those of us who lead are in turn being led by something, because that’s our nature. But we can and do choose which voices we’ll tune into, and that choice will Continue Reading