Sandy Hook and the Endurance of Love

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This week marks a year since the nearly incomprehensible school shootings in Newtown, Conn. Gaping holes in families, lives, and the greater community remain, as the question of why such a thing happened still lingers on everyone’s lips and in minds. Looking back for answers sometimes only serves to deepen the wounds, rather than help [Read More...]

How Financial Guru Dave Ramsey Missed the Mark

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I love Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace coursework. It put our family on stable financial footing years ago, and Amy and I never fight about financial matters any more. We find plenty of other things to fight about, but that’s a different post, I suppose… Ramsey has come under fire recently for a list of “Rich [Read More...]

Bring on the Running, Bring on the Waiting

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This was written by a friend of mine, Sunny Buchanan Ridings. I am sharing for a couple of reasons. First, it’s personally affecting and inspiring. Second, I think it’s a perfect model of the kind of vulnerable transparency we’re called to in the intentional community of Christian faith. Read and learn from her fine example. [Read More...]

Be Annoying for God

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This is part of a weekly bible study called Heretic’s Guide to the Bible. To read more, or to take part in the study, CLICK HERE, or click on the Heretic’s Guide banner above or below. Kids can be annoying. I know; I have two of them. The other day, my son saw an ad [Read More...]

10 Myths About the Food Stamp Program (Which Congress is Trying to Gut)

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About a year ago, I wrote about my family participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Challenge, which encourages families to try to live on the equivalent of SNAP assistance (food stamps) for one week. It was a growing experience for all of us, and we actually fell short of our intended goal. It turns out that [Read More...]

Miley Cyrus’ Contribution to Feminism

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Ever since the most recent Video Music Awards show aired, there has been a breathless competition online to see who can be more offended by Miley Cyrus’ highly sexualized performance.  Yes, I watched it, and yes, much of it made me pretty uncomfortable. It was hard for me not to imagine my own daughter a [Read More...]

Jesus Found My Wallet!

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Following is excerpted from my more extensive Heretic’s Guide to the Bible weekly lectionary study. To read more or to subscribe, CLICK HERE, or on the banners above or below. When I was eight years old, I lost my first wallet. Aside from being a proud status of my pending membership in the “grown-up club,” [Read More...]

A White Pastor’s Miracle in Trayvon Martin’s Church

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A thousand things ran through my mind when the news broke Saturday night about George Zimmerman’s acquittal. I was in a bar, meeting a few ministry friends for a drink when the banner ran across the TV screens in bold, red letters. The moment was particularly profound, since I’m not only in Florida, very near [Read More...]


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