Friend of Sinners

Of all the many names and titles affixed to Jesus throughout His ministry, this one might be the sweetest—and the most controversial. It was not bestowed as a compliment, and the people who gave Him this name were not admiring Him for it. They said, “Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of […]

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William’s 400-meter failure

During the past few months I have been volunteering as the assistant track and field coach at my daughter’s high school. I’ve loved it, and it has been the fulfillment of a dream I’ve carried ever since I first met Pat Stahl, the track and field coach who profoundly shaped my life in high school. […]

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The twin six-shooters of spiritual warfare

Are you old enough to remember the original Lone Ranger? In addition to the mystique of his mask, his horse, Silver, and his best friend, Tonto, I always loved his twin six-shooters. The bad guys usually only had one gun, while Tonto, had one gun plus a knife. The Lone Ranger, however, always carried two. […]

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Heart Punch

Have you ever been punched in the heart? Not your literal, physical heart, but your more vulnerable internal one? You’ll know if you have, simply by gauging your emotional reaction to the term. Heart punch. It’s that blow that thuds into your emotions leaving you feeling sad, sickened, and despairing all at once. It’s a […]

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Before and after selfies (help for young media socialites)

One…two…three…smile for a selfie. Aren’t selfies—photographic self-portraits—a curious phenomenon? Much has been written recently about the psychology of the selfie, and what our fascination with self-portraits says about us humans. My goal in this post isn’t to add my two cents to that conversation, but rather to offer a word of encouragement for those of […]

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