Work Ain’t Supposed to be Easy

  A pastor friend was chatting with me a few months ago about his daughter. One day over the phone, she was moaning about her job. When she finished, my friend asked, “Who said work was supposed to be fun?” Some people view work as a chore, others tackle it with delight,...

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Unsafe Zone

  Over the past year, “safe zone” has made its way into the English vocabulary. College campuses have carved out physical safe zones where marginalized individuals are included. Some of these spaces are lifestyle- or worldview-specific, including only those who are, for example, homosexual or feminist. Dissenting voices are forbidden. Many Christians treat the...

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Run Your Own Race

  With the election of the first lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church, a few people have asked me, “What are you going to do?” My answer has always been the same: “I am going to continue doing what God has called me to do.” It’s really as simple...

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Weary?

  I’m weary. I bet you are, too. Weary of the gun violence and terrorist attacks across our planet. In the past few weeks, Orlando, Bangladesh, Istanbul, Baghdad and Medina have been torn apart with bloodshed. Hundreds killed, scores wounded, lives of surviving friends and family shattered. This will not be a partisan...

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5 Things That Are Right About America

  This weekend, we Americans are celebrating our 240th year of existence. Most of us will enjoy barbecues and fireworks, while others, undoubtedly, will lob cherry bombs of criticism. We have our share of sins and shortcomings, that’s for sure. America has always had its transgressions — and always will. But, during this Independence Day...

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