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Freedom to Serve in the Moment Provided

Last week, as I was hurriedly leaving one job site to drive frantically over to the next, I had the “bad luck” to be drawn into the very-real problems of another human being, the presenting issue at hand being a broken retractable dog leash. Involuntarily, I felt my inner heart pipe up: “Seriously?” Surely no

Glorify Jesus by Accepting His Blood-Bought Forgiveness

An Open Letter to My Guilt-Ridden Friend in Christ My friend, I truly have lost count of the number of times I have heard someone say the exact same thing (almost to the very word and order) that you expressed to me last week: “I know God has forgiven me, but I just can’t forgive

Some Thoughts for Politely Declining One-Third of a Barbecued Gopher

Since June of last year, I have been progressivly convicted by the sinful patterns of eating that are more-or-less “the air we breathe” in modern American culture. The ride has been rather bumpy. While we should all be deeply grateful that our country no longer suffers from the sort of widespread starvation that characterized the

Pursuing Healthy Eating via ‘Heart Surgery’

The latest health-care statistics tell us that seven in ten Americans could stand to lose at least a little weight but, apparently, the majority of that 71% have grown weary of the demoralizing cycle of trying-and-failing, trying again and failing again. According to TIME magazine’s June 5th cover story, we Americans have never been more

Away from God, Toward the Buffet Line

Next month, by God’s grace and inexhaustible mercy, I look forward to celebrating 20 years of sobriety from alcohol and illicit drugs. As that date draws near, it would probably be wise for me to recall that my first day on this 20-year journey was preceded by approximately three years of halting attempts and failures.

Follow-Through: Easy to Say, Hard to Do

It’s Holy Week once more, and in the run-up to Good Friday these past several years I have found I am annually amazed at the fact that Jesus walked into Jerusalem on Sunday, hailed as a king, and only a few short days later was shouted down as a criminal, a man for whom the

Two More Votes for ‘The Modesto Manifesto’

Mark 10:2-9 (ESV) And Pharisees came up and in order to test [Jesus] asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” And Jesus said to them, “Because