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The Beautiful Oxymoron of the Gospel

This week, a number of prominent evangelic Christian leaders released a signed statement of faith that addressed their beliefs on the role of social justice and the church. The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel was signed most notably by John MacArthur, but has now been signed by over 6,000 additional men, women, and religious… Read more »

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The Taste of Hope After the Long Journey

  Quietly and with only the barest of necessities, a family leaves the only home they have known. They are fearful of being apprehended by authorities, so they travel at night. Moving from safe house to safe house, organized by a system of compassionate local heroes, these people sleep during the day in preparation for… Read more »

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Where We Go From Here

Seeking justice without worship leaves us attending to the second greatest commandment by bypassing the first. This pathway risks the unveiling of a new kind of legalism in our hearts. This new legalism is expressed in a ruthless pursuit of justice that stems from a heart that has not itself been examined for its own… Read more »

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A Mile Wide: A book review (or sort of)

Thirty years ago, I gave my life to Jesus. I was just 13 years old. Growing up in a Christian home, I had attended church and Sunday school, VBS, and sang in the choir. I had believed in Jesus my entire life, and I had faithfully done all that Christians were suppose to do. Then,… Read more »

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Truly Flawless

  Music can speak volumes to our souls. Particularly, if you’re like me, that can happen a lot. But sometimes there’s just one line that a song needs or that it has that doesn’t apply to your life. One of the reasons I love the MercyMe song “Flawless” is that it covers all the bases…. Read more »

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Are You Communicating about Social Justice too Harshly?

Individuals and organizations raising awareness about social justice issues may adopt one of two different approaches: harsh or gentle. One website may jar the senses with black and red block lettering then drive readers to tears with their emotive descriptions; their speakers might pound podiums and flash graphic images on power point slides. They believe… Read more »

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Vote Early, Vote Often

Election season is upon us. Personally, I know I have found my blood pressure rising as I scroll through new articles and social media posts. There is much to be gained and much to be lost as we elect the leaders of our nation, state, and local communities. Often we get bogged down in the… Read more »

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Book Review: Half the Sky

Book Review: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide “Women hold up half the sky”- Chinese proverb Half the Sky, is the national bestseller by Pulitzer Prize winning authors Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Kristof and WuDunn take readers around the world, looking at the lives of women in nations like… Read more »

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Living Passionately with Boundaries

  In Father of The Bride (1991), George Banks (played by Steve Martin) is talking with his daughter’s ex-fiancé following a dramatic break-up scene. George is trying to smooth things over when he says, “Annie’s a very passionate person. And passionate people tend to overreact at times.” He is using the word “passionate” as a… Read more »

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The Compassion Experience

This piece was originally published on June 25, 2016 on http://tanyadennisbooks.com as is being reprinted with permission. Whenever everything you need (and nearly everything you want) is within 15 minutes of your house, driving 40 minutes for a free event says something. This weekend the kids and I attended The Compassion Experience. This traveling exhibit invites you to experience… Read more »