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Sharing the Burden of Awkward

I’m auditing a class here at the university where I work.  During the last class session some of the students led the class discussion on a particular selection of the …
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Today is My Last Birthday

Today is my last birthday and it’s bittersweet. I’ve never been super excited about birthdays anyway, except perhaps, when I was very young.  But today I’d rather not have one at …

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The Truth of Shame, and Its Powerlessness

The effects of sin on humanity can be described in three categories: Guilt, Shame, and Loneliness. Loneliness is commonly understood. Shame is the feeling that there is something wrong with …

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Freshmen, Uncle Ben, and Self Deception

 We are now at the end of our second week of school here at Indiana Wesleyan University, where I work as a Resident Director. Freshmen move-in day was not so …

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Cool Dads and the Rest of Us

If you’ve read any number of my posts you know that I am married and we have a five year old son and I love that I am his Papa.You …

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God and Cheap Magic

Lately I’ve realized that I’ve been treating God like magic. To state it fully, I’ve been treating Him like cheap magic. Not the magic of Gandalf and Galadriel. Not the magic of Sparrowhawk. Not …

Looneys In the Depression House

de·pres·sion  Noun  /diˈpreSHən/  1. Severe despondency and dejection, accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy.  2. A condition of mental disturbance, typically with lack of energy and difficulty in maintaining …

An Origins Theory

I have always been a fan of “origins” stories, and recently there has been a glut of superhero origin stories (here, here, and here). Whether or not the movies are …
 
Formed for the Glory of God:Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards
Wisdom tells us to sit at the feet of our elders rather than the latest ministry fad. And is there a better elder to guide us than Jonathan Edwards?
Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics:A Guide for Evangelicals
Many have come to discover the wealth of spiritual insight available in the Desert Fathers and other traditions. The essays in this volume provide a guide for evangelicals to read the Christian spiritual classics.