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Holiness is Love

In Christianity, we have our own set of words that no one else seems to really use in any other area of society. Sanctification, anointing, stewardship, and the like, are terms that we often throw around regularly. Another one is holiness. I think we have used that word so much that we have lost what […]

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How Can a God of Love Also Be a God of Wrath?

Everybody loves to talk about God’s love. The love of God is a concept we can receive quite easily…after all, what’s not to love about us? (Read sarcastically.) We are fond of the idea of a God who is fond of us, a God who’s love and patience and compassion knows no limits. We all […]

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How To Be Happy

Everyone wants to be happy, but eventually we all discover that happiness is as elusive as the wind. Experiencing happiness is not so unusual per se, but being able to hang on to it is. That’s why Americans speak of “the pursuit of happiness”. It is something every human chases after, but not many actually […]

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Love Is a Verb…Well, Not Really

I’m not sure who coined the phrase “love is a verb” but I first heard it from D.C. Talk. Since then it has become a notion that I’ve seen grow more and more popular. A simple google search produces a lot of interesting commentary on love as a verb. It seems fair to say that […]

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Self Injury Part 6 – How Can We Help Those Who Self Injure?

Disclaimer – I write “Leadership Moments” for the volunteers at my church who work in the youth ministry. Each Leadership Moment is meant to equip the everyday youth worker with the knowledge and skills they need to help teens as best as they can. Because these articles are for people I know personally and meant […]

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Lyrical Theology: In Christ Alone (Part 5)

In Christ Alone – Newsboys (see full lyrics here) Till on that cross as Jesus died / the wrath of God was satisfied / For every sin on him was lain / Here in the death of Christ I live Contained within these few verses is the very essence of Christianity. The big idea is that Jesus is […]

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School Shooting in Newtown: Where was God?

On December 14, 2012 a heavily armed, 20-year old entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and gunned down 20 children and 6 adults. The media firestorm that followed this horrific act was gigantic, and so has been the response through social media. People are trying to make sense of it all. The main […]

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Lyrical Theology: In Christ Alone (Part 4)

In Christ Alone – Newsboys (see full lyrics here) In Christ alone, who took on flesh / fullness of God in helpless babe / this gift of love and righteousness / scorned by the ones he came to save What powerful words fill these lyrics! The reality of Christ’s incarnation is one the many facets of the Christian […]

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Lyrical Theology: In Christ Alone (Part 3)

In Christ Alone – Newsboys (see full lyrics here) What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease. My Comforter, my All in All, here in the love of Christ I stand. DC Talk popularized the phrase “love is a verb”, and the statement is true. Love is not a feeling that […]

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