When the Past Doesn’t Make Sense

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Privileged to feature this guest post from Shana Schutte. An author and speaker, Shana is the founder of Beyond Imagination, an organization dedicated to helping people find answers for everyday problems through Biblical truths. Her nationwide radio program airs daily on over 400 Christian stations. Parts of this post were excerpted from her book Betrayed by God?: Making Sense of Your Expectations. Learn more at Blueprint for Life and subscribe to follow their excellent Kingdom work.No one … [Read more...]

Duck Dynasty: If the Robertsons Were to Ask for My Advice

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In my happy, happy, happy little world, what if the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty, overwhelmed by the tsunami of popularity and fame, picked up the phone to ask for my advice on how to avoid making a mess of it all?Think Miley Cyrus and you'll see how the best laid plans can go wrong in a hurry. The last thing we need is Willie Robertson on stage wearing latex in any form.In fact, latex and Duck Dynasty probably shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence, unless it involves Si and -- but I … [Read more...]

I’m Bored. There’s Nothing to Do in Atlanta

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I almost laughed right then and there when the Subway sandwich artist said it.My lovely bride and I were exploring options in Atlanta last fall during the Catalyst conference and had stopped for a quick bite. Because we were considering moving to Atlanta at the time, we asked the man with the disposable gloves what he thought of Atlanta."There's nothing to do in Atlanta," he replied, matter-0f-factly. Had I been eating, I would have choked on a mouthful salami and banana peppers. Here he … [Read more...]

The Isolationist Immigration Gospel of the Evangelical Immigration Table

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Although I have great respect for many of the evangelical leaders who signed on to the original letter from the Evangelical Immigration Table, I have a few problems with how the evangelical label is being exploited for political gain. You can read some of my thoughts on that here.I had some hopes that we might actually see meaningful immigration reform early on in the process. [ See my post Immigration 2.0: I Want to Believe! ]I still haven't given up hope, but I am far more aligned with … [Read more...]

6 Tips to Disciple a Student’s Heart and Create Your Dream Classroom

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Pleased to feature a guest post by my friend Linda Kardamis as I travel. Linda is a gifted teacher and writer passionate about helping teachers be more effective in Christian education. She blogs at Teach 4 the Heart and can followed on Twitter and Facebook. This post contains an excerpt from her new e-book Create Your Dream Classroom. Visit her site now for a chance to get a copy of it for free! Sometimes classroom discipline deals with the little things – talking in class, being tardy, or not … [Read more...]

Oklahoma Tornado Victims: How to Help in 5 Practical Steps

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The Oklahoma tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City area on May 20 killing 20 -- and adding to the 24 already killed in another F5 tornado nearby just 11 days earlier -- shocked us all and brought us to our knees in prayer. I recall our kids got out of the pool immediately when they heard the news and gathered to pray as the unimaginable happened.Many good people are now rightly asking how to help the victims of that colossal F5 -- the widest tornado on record. Wider than Ma … [Read more...]

Why I’ve Stopped Showing Up on Time at Your Church

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You may not have noticed, but it seems a lot of people have stopped showing up on time at your church. Maybe you're one of them. Which might explain why you haven't noticed.Noticing that people have stopped showing up on time at church seems to have been what started the, well, I guess you could call it a rant of sorts. It seems some church-going fellow went off  right in the middle of a worship service recently. Stirred things up quite a bit from what I hear. Some conspiracy theorists have … [Read more...]

Life Calling: Are You Sinning and Don’t Know It?

Stop what you're doing! Set down that cinnamon-crunch bagel! Step away from that stapler! I hate to be the one to tell you this about your life calling, but there's a good chance you're sinning right now and don't even know it.I'm not saying you're checking your inbox or browsing the blogosphere while adjusting your ski mask for the next bank heist. If you are, good luck with that. I'm not even suggesting that you're about to take yet another swig from that flask of Jim Beam you've got … [Read more...]


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