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Everything changed when I started college. I got a group of friends around me that were like me in that they believed in Jesus... but they were quite different in some surprising ways. They talked about relationship with God in a different way than I’d ever considered. For them, the Christian walk was not so... Continue Reading →
Walking to the edge of our theology, the farthest reach of what we understand of God, is like getting waist deep in the ocean that goes on as far as the eye can see. I was raised in a church culture that did not value mystery. In it, the most important thing about life was... Continue Reading →
There is plenty in Jesus's Sermon on the Mount to wrestle with. Does he really mean, "If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and threw it away"? Does he really mean, "Blessed are those who mourn"? Wait ... um, doesn't the Bible also command me to rejoice? (See Philippians 4:4; Nehemiah... Continue Reading →
The flea market is often where you find the most spiritual people. For many years, my cousin’s father sold collectors’ knives at the local market. I remember going with Kyle to visit his dad’s stand one time. We leisurely wandered around looking at all of the lights, wall decorations, used furniture, antique stoves, classic video... Continue Reading →
Knowing I didn’t have any morning obligations this particular Friday, I slept in. Friday in the Middle East is like Sunday in the West, and I was planning to go to church with my roommate in the evening. I had planned to meet early in the afternoon with an Indian believer I’m discipling nearby, hoping... Continue Reading →
We arrived at the place his friends were located. I pictured a couple Indian guys in a café, but the scene was quite different. We entered a café with the back room that was coldly air-conditioned. In it were about 10 Filipinos, men and women, with a big table of presents in the middle. It... Continue Reading →