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Ever More Proclaim

  I was listening to the radio yesterday and Michael Crawford’s rendition of “O Holy Night” came on. As Crawford’s voice caressed the beloved, old carol, I was struck by how powerfully, soul-wrenchingly Christian its lyrics were: Truly He taught u …

Holiday Help

    “Hi. My name’s Suzanne and I had a lousy Christmas.” It was December 28, and I felt like I needed to join a holiday recovery support group. As I hoisted my suitcase into a friend’s trunk, I breathed a sigh of relief to be back on my own t …

Media Consumption Second to Breathing

  According to this Business Insider article, the average American spends over 4 hours a day watching TV. That statistic is slightly lower for younger generations, who rely on the Internet for entertainment. But, get this. Americans spend more tim …

Singles and Biblical Conflict Resolution

Several weeks ago, I had a disagreement with a close friend with whom I was organizing an event. The crux of the disagreement — spontaneity versus preparedness — struck on some core differences between us. The conflict escalated into a heated argument …

Asking during Advent

  I mentioned in a prior post that each day in December, I’m reading Preparing for Jesus by Walter Wangerin Jr., an Advent devotional. His words about Zechariah are a wonderful encouragement for anyone who has ever prayed earnestly for something t …

Romanticizing Jesus

  As an avid proponent of marrying well, I’ve always been leery of people who tell singles that “Jesus is all you need.” It’s not that our Lord can’t meet our every need, but that He chose to provide human relationships to fulfill some of our long …

True Tales of an Online Dater

  Many years ago, when it was still considered taboo to meet someone on the Internet, I got to know Mike from Texas in a Christian college chat room. We discovered we had many things in common and soon a friendship took a romantic turn. Our letter …

Is Our Idea of Marriage Unrealistic?

  An article recently posted by Newsweek talks about the statistic that nearly four in ten babies are born to unwed mothers. While the Newsweek report didn’t necessarily present the statistic in the negative light it deserves, there were some inte …

Thankful for Community

  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I will be eating my turkey here in Colorado instead of at home in the frozen tundra of Minnesota. Even though I will not be spending this holiday with family, I will be with some friends out here in Colorado. When y …

Sh’ma Yisrael

“Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Elohaynu Adonai Echad. V-ahavta et Adonai Elohecha b-chol l’vavcha u-v-chol naf’sh’cha u-v-chol m’odecha.” “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and w …

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