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Even in Babylon

I recall feeling as a teenager that I was persecuted, a perspective that likely puts me in good company. There were times when I was not allowed to go out with my friends. There were events that I was not able to attend. There were programs and activities that I was interested in that were…

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And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Stacy and I try to stay in shape. There was a period earlier in our lives when she was a walker and I was a runner. As I have aged, I have transitioned to…

It All Starts At Home

Regarding our rearing, my siblings surely will attest to this: we were fortunate. Practically, we had everything we needed. We were clothed, fed, and educated. Our parents worked very hard to ensure that we were well-loved and that we were healthy and safe. We were disciplined and we were encouraged. Our life was not fancy…

Knowing Christ

“Follow me,” Jesus called to Peter and Andrew by the sea, “and I will make you fishers of men.” “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead,” said Jesus to the man who wanted to come along, but first wanted to take care of his father’s funeral. “Follow me,” he asked of…

Believing in Jesus

When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. If life is filled with anything, it is filled with noise—all kinds of noise. We experience literal noise that is part and parcel…