STARVING FOR GUIDANCE

The Desperate Need for Spiritual Guidance

We live in a culture starving for guidance. The life coaching and mentoring business rakes in millions and millions each year. People are desperate for help in this fast-paced, crazy world where they are having to make life-changing decisions at the speed of light. How does the spiritual discipline of guidance help?   Guidance as […]

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A LIFE OF SACRIFICIAL SERVICE

Nine Ways to Do It and Nine Ways Not to Do It

There is a growing call in the business world for Servant Leadership. Simon Sinek’s bestseller is entitled, “Leaders Eat Last.” Those in the business world have recognized that people are starving for selfless leaders. Jesus taught that the Christian is to be the servant of all. How do we do that?   Jesus and Service […]

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A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO ADVERSARIES

Four Ways to Speak Your Truth to Your Pro-Choice Friends

Do you ever get tired of fighting? The decimal level of the national conversation is shrill. As soon as one controversial issue dies down another is resurrected in its place. It’s hard to listen when everyone is red-faced, eyes-bulging angry. What is a Christian response in such an environment?   Jesus and the Spirit of […]

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A TRIBUTE TO MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

The Things He Gave Me

I was six years old when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. I never met him. I never saw him publicly. I don’t even remember the first time I heard his name. I have no recollection of hearing of his death — sheltered, no doubt, by overprotective parents. Yet, his voice rings in my head […]

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A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Six Ways to Respond When Nothing Seems to Be Working

The partial government shutdown is now in its fourth week and some are starting to feel the effects. Both sides of the political spectrum have crystallized around their position, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. There are, on both sides, some who are attempting to compromise, but for now, they are […]

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THE PRACTICING DISCIPLE OF JESUS

Five Ramifications of Being a Practicing Disciple

I’m a “practicing father” right now. I like that term — practicing. It’s used by both the medical and legal professions. Why is that? Because they recognize that what they do is hard and complicated and none have arrived. So they are always practicing their craft, honing their skills, always learning, always improving.   The […]

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NO APOLOGIES NECESSARY

Four Things You Should Not Apologize For

In this world of 24-hour news cycles, talking heads are constantly saying something that offends someone. News personalities, politicians, talk-show hosts – no one is immune. When you talk for a living it’s just a matter of time before you say the wrong thing. Some have been fired for it. Most end up apologizing for […]

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HOW TO PRAY OUT LOUD

Six Ways to Overcome the Fear of Public Prayer

There is a sense in which praying is a very personal matter – an honest and intimate conversation with the one who knows everything about you. So, it’s understandable that some struggle with praying in public. Here are six suggestions to help you when you’re asked to pray in public.   Why Pray in Public? […]

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PRAYING FOR AMERICA

Three Ways to Pray for Our Nation

The election is over and the screaming national rhetoric will be taken down a couple of notches (hopefully!).  If the last few elections have taught us anything it is that our nation is fundamentally divided. The Republicans maintain control of the Senate and the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives – a picture […]

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YOU VOTED! NOW WHAT?

Four Things To Do After Election Day

We are in the most engaging midterm elections in recent memory. People, on all sides, seem more energized than ever before. There are a few things we know for sure about this election (because they are true of every election): (1) you will win some and lose some; (2) you will be either elated or […]

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