The book of Ruth–a story for our times

When was the last time you read the little four-chapter, Old Testament book of Ruth? If it has been a while since you have read Ruth’s story, pick it up and read it again. You will find that it is a book for our times that speaks to us on multiple levels. However, before you […]

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The radical middle–a third way

How should we approach the divided, increasingly hostile polarization of our times? Unfortunately, we are not living in times marked by unity, tolerance, and love even though those are the virtues that are constantly espoused as ideal. Sadly, the lip service we pay to unity, tolerance, and love is not translating into greater societal wholeness […]

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Plausible deniability

Sometimes when I am truly honest, I must admit that the most manipulative, sneaky person I know is me. There is something in the fallen part of my nature—the part of me that the Bible calls the flesh—that is constantly on the lookout for plausible deniability. I want to be able to plead my innocence […]

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A strange melancholy

Have you ever felt a strange melancholy in your soul when things around you were good and your favorable circumstances did not seem to warrant that emotion? Alexis De Tocqueville, the French political scientist and cultural analyst who lived shortly after the American Revolutionary War, said that there is a “strange melancholy” that can sometimes […]

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Slapped silly

A strange new sporting phenomenon has arisen in recent years wherein two opposing men square off across a table to engage in open-handed slap competitions. They take turns slapping each another in the face until one either yields or gets knocked out. It is a bizarre, unsettling sport to watch, but it can speak to […]

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