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  • Your One Thing: Devotional Minimalism

    “Houston, we have a problem.” What Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell didn’t fully appreciate at 9:07pm on April 13th (of course), 1970, while shunting at full speed 205,000 miles from Earth, was that they didn’t have a problem; they had several problems. Each item on the lengthy and unnerving list of problems [...]

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  • Spiritual Carbo-loading

    In honor of the Comrades Marathon, the world’s premier ultra-marathon (that made church impossible yesterday!) I have posted this excerpt from Holding the Rope: Short-Term Missions Long-Term Impact. Spiritual Carbo-loading The short-term missions (STM) trip is such a potent shot of spiritual adrenalin that the testimonies [...]

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  • Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD

    This is an article parents with kids diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder should consider.   In the United States, at least 9 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated [...]

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  • Fifty Shades of Khaki: Biblical Minimalism

    I like to pack light, even for extended journeys. And I mean really light: one small carry-on backpack no matter how long the trip or how many climate zones I’ll traverse. My wife calls it oddball asceticism, but I call it biblical minimalism. My penchant [...]

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  • What sport should my kid play?

    Parenting provides an ever ready laboratory for experimenting with theology’s application to real life. Doctrine is designed to seep deeply into the substance of life. If truth isn’t changing your workaday decisions about everything from toothpaste (why do you want whiter teeth?) to diet (for [...]

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  • Believe it or Not: 5 Types of Doubters, Pt 2.

    I have no doubt that you remember last week’s Part 1 post covering the first two types of doubters. Jude said to have mercy on them (Jude 22) as there are genuine believers who may for one reason or another momentarily think like a unbeliever. 1. Cautious [...]

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  • Believe it or not: 5 types of doubters

    Hamlet said it eloquently: Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move, Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.”   It’s not great theology, but makes a pretty rhyme. And the poem touches on a universal theme: what [...]

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  • Cry, the Beloved Country. Again.

    The news in South Africa last week has read like a macabre sequel to Alan Paton’s haunting novel Cry, the Beloved Country. Paton, in 1948, portrayed a disturbing dystopia of incipient segregation between Whites and Blacks in South Africa that would burgeon into the institutionalised racism of Apartheid. What is [...]

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