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  • Rethinking the Rat Race: Five Reasons for Overwork

    There is no Workaholics Anonymous. Why would there be? Overwork isn’t a hamartia in our society’s currency-lubed, prestige based, multitasking rat race. Gambling, pornography, cocaine, booze, and most other addictions carry a stigma of shame associated with weakness or dysfunction. But for some reason the [...]

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  • Eating Disorder or Disorderly Eating?

    Last week we examined Fat Secret: The Invisible Sin of Gluttony. But that food for thought is only one serving among a smorgasbord of other gastronomical sins and dysfunctions.  Anorexia nervosa (voluntary starving), bulimia (self-induced vomiting), comfort eating (ice-cream therapy), and muscle dysmorphia ( or “megarexia” – [...]

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  • 25 Books in a Seminoid Library

    I like to see which books pastors have in their libraries. I especially enjoy the voyeurism of spying out which books they keep at arms length–those on their desks, or in their home office, if they have split their library over multiple sites. Here is [...]

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  • Is God a Cat Person?

    Not since Little Shop of Horrors have we seen a dentist portrayed as so thoroughly villainous as was done in last week’s wanton social media feeding frenzy. Mystifyingly, in the same news cycle that exposed the trafficking of infant body parts in the US, a story about [...]

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  • Plundering the Egyptians: Should Unbelievers Fund Missions

    This material is adapted from the chapter “That Makes Cents: How To Raise Funds for STM Trips” in my book Holding the Rope: Short-Term Missions: Long-Term Impact. As the Short-Term Missions (STM) co-ordinator at Grace Community Church, thoughtful questions about raising funds got posed to me [...]

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  • The Five Minute CACTIS Prayer Plan

    “If you want to convict a congregation, preach on prayer.” This is what we were taught in seminary and what I’ve experienced in my own life. There are countless reasons why our prayer lives become anaemic. But the one factor that haunts us like no other [...]

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  • Sweaty Sanctification: the Tightrope of Salvation

    Sgt Charles Daniels, a NYPD police officer, got an unusual call in the early morning of August 7, 1974. Someone had spotted a man standing on a wire suspended between the two tallest buildings in the world, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre. [...]

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  • The Warp-Speed Walk to Holiness

    In airports you find those long moving walkway conveyor belts that look like a flat escalator propelling you forward. Some passengers step onto the belt and remain static, allowing the rubber to deliver them to their destination. Others prefer to keep up a steady gait [...]

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"Who having been called to be a preacher would stoop to be a king?" - Puritan Thomas Carlyle