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of gods and boxes

We make our own sacrifices and worship our own gods, from materialism to social justice. We have our own talismans, always connected to our human conceit.

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for Josh, at 21

It’s not enough to avoid bad influences. You have to surround yourself with better ones.

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day camp

Service can be connected to spiritual pride, something we “do for others” that makes us feel good about ourselves. There was none of that with this group.

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what is the gospel?

The Gospel is true because it changes things and it changes us. We need to be changed. Just look around.

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Good Friday indeed

By 3 Jesus is dead, having spoken only seven times. The sky turns black, there is an earthquake, rocks split into, dead people come out of their graves, only to die once more. And we call this Good Friday.

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Jingle bell time is a swell time

Even in its most secular manifestations, Christmas reminds us that there is something more. It is is indeed a Holy Day.

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a humble beginning

For our sake He became poor, born in obscurity, practically unnoticed. This is how it had to be.

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Is it Christmas yet?

So we light the candles as the shadows deepen, and mark off the calendar as the days lengthen. It’s the Babe of Bethlehem that we long for, for God to come and dwell with us.

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things fall apart, but can the center hold?

Horror will come to us too; just ask the people in Paris. And in those moments, actual aggression will put microaggression in perspective.

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3 ways to be faithful on Facebook

Facebook “friends” can become actual friends—but sometimes it takes more time and energy.

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