Category Archives: Race

A New Day: The Year of the Lord’s Favor, Part 4

Everything about the ministry of Jesus reflects the Kingdom of God. That means everything about the ministry of the church should also reflect the Kingdom of God. The church is to be an outpost of the Kingdom. That means our … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Year of the Lord’s Favor, Part 3

What really sets off the crowd in Nazareth are the two Old Testament examples Jesus uses as paradigms for His ministry: He says that there were plenty of Israelite widows in the days of Elijah, yet the prophet was not … Continue reading

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Best Books of 2020

Each year I set myself a goal to read 52 books — one per week. Most years I don’t hit the mark, but it’s a worthy goal nonetheless. Last year, I crushed it by reading 62 books. Believe it or … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned: Be Gracious, Part 1

Be gracious with one another. This has become the mantra in our home this year. When the lockdown went into effect back in March, there were six of us living in our home: three teenagers, Sunny, myself, and Sunny’s 85-year-old … Continue reading

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Politics: The Ideology of Idolatry

I’m convinced that the great idolatry for many of us is our deep commitment to our political ideology. The past few months have been difficult for all of us. I’ve taken to saying things like, “We’re all playing hurt,” and … Continue reading

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Talking to Strangers

I just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know. So much of this book was a revelation, especially in light of the seismic cultural shifts we’ve witnessed in the last … Continue reading

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That’s What I See

[Edited June 2021] Below is a post I originally wrote in early June 2020. This post was simply my attempt to capture some of what I was thinking and feeling during those days. A fellow Christian recently approached me to … Continue reading

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My Daughter’s Thoughts

My fifteen-year-old daughter’s thoughts on what is happening in this country right now:

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What Breaks Your Heart?

What breaks your heart? I’ve been thinking about the things that get us really incensed, the sorts of things that outrage us. In my circles, I hear a lot of outrage over things like businesses requiring patrons to wear masks. … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: A God Who Creates, Part 2

The Bible begins with this universal truth: God is the Creator. Not only are we all created by God; we’re also created a particular way, for a particular purpose. According to Genesis 1:27, all humanity bears the image of God.  … Continue reading

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