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Why We Must Never Forget

Ever since I was little, I’ve kept pieces of paper, dried flowers and leaves, tickets, notes, and photos in various shoeboxes at the bottom of my closet. If it meant something, I didn’t ever want to forget it. I felt like I was betraying an old friend if I forgot details from a birthday party…

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What’s Your Brand?

I can still remember the smell of burning hide and the sound of bellowing calves. Regardless of my skills, or lack thereof, I relished every moment working cattle in central Texas as a youth on the Charlie Payne Ranch. But branding was always a treat (for me, not the calves) in that the temporary pain and…

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A Pragmatist in Fairyland

“If there’s no practical difference, there’s no difference;” this was my pragmatist motto by the tender age of 17. Yet, through a series of fortunate events, I found myself just five years later slipping into the least pragmatic of places: fairyland. How did it happen? One afternoon, in my search for fresh streets, streets I…

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The Strength of Submission

ANARCHY IS IN VOGUE, and yet, I can’t get that bad “s” word out of my mind. Marches, riots, protests — everyone wants to belong to a cause. Out-voice the opposing side, and you’ll gain the world’s attention (and possibly elicit change). That’s how it works. But, ironically, the reason we’re living in this pattern…

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Who He Says We Are

When I was a teenager, I started praying through the Psalms. One day, I decided to pray through Psalm 86. But that quickly came to a halt when I ran into this phrase, “Preserve my life, for I am godly,” (Psalm 86:2a, ESV). Hmmm. That was a problem. I couldn’t ask God to preserve my life…

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Signs You Might Be Insane

“Everybody knows that Christianity is stupid.” The social elite love to snicker, “We’ve moved on, we’re smarter than that. Everybody knows that there is no ‘truth,’ only culturally contextualized value-systems. How could anyone believe such nonsense.” But they have us all wrong. Christians do not believe in truth. As if “belief” were a passing preference….

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What Does Your Rest Tell the World About God?

“AYE AYE, GUNNERY SERGEANT!” my buddy screamed. It was after midnight and I was standing duty at Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. Earlier, my friend had been trying to study in his bed. He had failed, and was now propped up, with his notes in his lap, fast asleep. He continued to scream…

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A Bright Light and an Eating Disorder

I’ve been reading 1 John wrong my whole life, and I hope you have too, because the Word is going to blow your mind here. Here’s what I used to think when I read 1 John 1:7. “Walk in the light.” I’m supposed to walk in the light. Am I walking in the light? I…

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The Scandalous Grace of Christmas

The Christmas Story — it’s so much more than shepherds, angels, and magi. It centers around God’s promise that a Savior would deliver us from sin and death. It traces the line of a specific family — through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and on down through David and later descendants. They were all real people and you can know…

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Why Jesus Hasn’t Come Back Yet (and Why It’s Worth the Wait)

“Home” smells like diesel fuel. It’s the smell of my father walking by my room in the dark hours of the morning, after being gone for days to run trains for the Santa Fe Railroad Company. The smell lingered on him all the time, and I loved it. I would catch hints of it when…

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