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A Lesson from Kids in Giving the Benefit of the Doubt

The other day, I was walking through my neighborhood with my two girls, who are three and four years old, when we passed an older, serious looking gentleman.

“Hello!” they both said, waving.

He looked over at them and kept walking. Read more

What a Movie Audition Failure Taught Me About the Need for Approval

When I was a little boy, I desperately wanted to be famous.  It probably had a lot to do with me idealizing the lives of the children who appeared on Family Ties and The Cosby Show, not to mention the fact that my parents were struggling financially, and I thought being famous would make us rich. Read more

Why I Quit Sunday Services (and Then Came Back)

I vividly remember the last church service I attended before I decided I couldn’t take it anymore. I was sitting with a couple thousand strangers in a megachurch when the thought crossed my mind: Why am I here? I could watch this on the internet. And after the service ended, I walked into the church’s multi-acre parking lot and drove away, never to return to church services again (or so I thought). Read more

Three Things to Remember Next Time You Fall Into Sin

I’ve had close friendships with countless Christians in my lifetime, and if there’s one thing we’ve all got in common, it’s that we’ve all got some bad habit, some addictive sin, some hangup that we just can’t seem to surmount.  People struggle with all kinds of things, including rage, overeating, jealousy, passive-aggressive behavior, and porn addiction, to name a few.  Read more

Five Questions with Christian Ethicist Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is serious about the biblical command that we must “always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks [us] for a reason for the hope that is in [us]; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). Matthew, an author who is pursuing his doctorate of philosophy in Christian Ethics at Oxford University, encourages Christians to engage with the world’s questions about faith seriously — not just memorizing Christian answers and regurgitating them — but knowing the whybehind what we believe. As he says in his book The End of our Exploring, “It is the nature of cliches to avoid examination.” Read more

The Girl Who Got Pulled Around by Her Ponytail

The other day at the bus stop, I saw a woman take her daughter by the ponytail, pull up, and force her to move down the sidewalk. As the girl walked forward, she tried to reach up and pull her mother’s hand away, to no avail. As the little girl cried and begged her mother to stop, a man standing nearby laughed about it; and the mother began laughing too. Read more

What Jesus Wants With Your Brokenness

I used to spend a great deal of my time digging in my soul for spiritual brokenness.  I was on a manhunt for sinful motives, ungodly habits, and character flaws – for badness, brokenness, ugliness – all the things I thought kept me from God.  Read more

Five Questions with Shauna Niequist

Shauna Niequist (pronounced Nee-quist) is a writer, mother, wife, and avid reader. She grew up in a Christian home, and after she journeyed away from the church in college, books and authors and stories about other people’s journeys helped her find her way back. The daily joys and challenges of life are the inspiration for her books and blog posts, which she admits don’t fall into any neat categories of Christian writing. Read more

A Lesson in Humility from the DMV Lady

Someday I’m finally going to learn to stop assuming that I always have enough information to judge the people and circumstances in front of me. I’m obviously not there yet, though, as demonstrated by my recent trip to the Washington, DC, DMV. Read more

Some Important Qualities to Look for in a Christian Wife

When I was single, I had a number of qualities I was looking for in a prospective wife, and although I could’ve distilled those qualities into about 19 bullet points, it really wasn’t much more than a vague, disjointed wish list inside my head. Some of the things I was hoping for were reasonable and good, like wanting to have a wife who was serious about her faith; others were far less essential, like hoping she could sing. Read more


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