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Why Character Trumps Accomplishment

A few times each week, I make an elaborate plan to sabotage myself. The assassination of my own character is often an inevitable result. I call it a to-do list. Part written, part mental, it becomes the mighty standard of all measuring sticks. After all, if achieving a goal is intricately tied to our capacity to 1) break a […]

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From Veggie Tales to What’s in the Bible: Following Phil Vischer’s Lead

  The first time I saw Veggie Tales I was a high school sophomore in a room full of guys from around the country and we couldn’t stop laughing at Larry the Cucumber’s hairbrush song. Veggie Tales was funny stuff. Every half-hour episode was packed with witty cultural references, silly vegetables and a nice moral […]

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What Everyday Christians Need to Understand About the Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God. It’s a Jesus-phrase that gets a lot of air time in Christian circles, and yet the depth of it often means that we don’t realize the profundity of what we are talking about when these words pass through our lips. However, as Christians who want to actively influence our homes, church, workplaces, and […]

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Why Jesus-Followers Should See Themselves as Leaders

Every Christian is a leader because every Christian influences someone. It's not about titles, it's about intentionally pointing to Christ in daily life.

Respecting Friends with Mental Health Concerns: Insights for the Church

Having a mental illness makes it challenging for one to maintain the respect of others. It might draw sympathy, curiosity, suspicion, or disdain; but, rarely does it cause anything but a downward trend in respect. This happens for a variety of reasons but regardless of the cause, it comes at a point in a person’s life when they’re greatly […]

The Ministry You’re Already Doing: The Top 4 Ministry Myths

I’d love to be involved in a ministry. My life is just so crazy right now. Or perhaps you think you don’t have the skills/gifts or you haven’t found the right place to serve. However, if you are a Christian, the reality is that you are probably already engaged in ministry! It may just be that […]