Monthly Archives: July 2011

Before the Storm

This summer I’ve had the real pleasure of leading a book club at my church in which we are reading Shauna Niequist’s Bittersweet. Each session, I kick off the evening with a little bit of teaching before the women are dismissed into smaller discussion groups. During our last meeting, we focused on the “bitter” part…
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Beware of the Overstatement

Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. -C.S. Lewis When I first began blogging, I frequently caved to the temptation of using hype to attract readers. In fact, I still struggle with…
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Experiencing God

About five years ago my pastor and I sat down to dinner with a young man who had questions about the Christian faith. I had been conversing with the man via e-mail, so my pastor decided to join us for a face-to-face chat. Our curious conversation partner was extremely bright and had a lot of…
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Bearing False Witness

This week I wrote an article for Her.meneutics that reflected on the most recent Mark Driscoll controversy. Unlike my last Her.meneutics article, of which I was surprised at the backlash, I was prepared to take some punches for this one. Although Driscoll is a many-layered person whose church has been an instrument of healing in…
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Growing Into True Love

When I was in seminary I had a professor who used to say, “People don’t get married for love, but for lust. Only later does marriage teach us what love is.” I don’t think we should push too hard on that idea–there are all sorts of exceptions to it–but I agree with the basic premise….
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