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Dumbed Down Bible Studies — Give ‘Em a Pass

Flattery is a remarkable weapon. Though I’m not a Bible Study Group girl, someone almost caught me years ago by commenting, “You’re smart.” Got my attention, that did. “I think you’d do great in our Bible Study for Intelligent People … Continue reading

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Christians: Stop Being So Obedient

Just how obedient are Christians expected to be — and who expects them to be this way? In recent posts, I’ve been discussing Christian submission toward leadership (Must We Obey Church Authorities? and Is It So Bad to Be a Lone … Continue reading

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Last Light in Zion — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Last Light in Zion, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: Like many beautiful places, Zion National Park is frequently crowded with people, and it can be difficult to find the solitude that one … Continue reading

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Whom Should Christians Obey?

Obedience, subservience to authority, submission, docility, accountability — these concepts are so prominent, and so interwoven within many Christian circles, that you’d think they were the foundation upon which Christ taught. In other words, a good Christian does what he or she … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Staying Asleep

At my house, if you walk away from the toaster, your breakfast will burn. In the same way that people in my household who want decent toast do not leave the room or drink tea, dreamily incognizant  of the evil appliance … Continue reading

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If We Don’t Trust God Enough, Does He Still Answer Our Prayers?

Commonsense goes a long way, and if we used more of it, we wouldn’t rely on Dr. Phil, or Oprah, or, within the religious realm, the myriad of psycho-spiritual counselors writing books telling us how to live our lives to . . … Continue reading

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God Knows We Don’t Confuse Him with Santa Claus

As Christians, we scold ourselves a lot, not the least of which is about prayer. Have you heard this one? “God isn’t Santa Claus, you know, and He gets tired of our putting a wish list in front of Him … Continue reading

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The Christian Obsession with “Ministry”

Many Christians, especially in church settings, focus — obsess — about finding their ministry, and they pore through 1 Corinthians 12 searching for suggestions: “Do I have faith? or a message of wisdom? I’m pretty sure I don’t have the … Continue reading

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Too Much Study, Not Enough Learning

Christians come in all shapes, sizes, and maturity levels, and the more honest we are, the more fun we are to be with, even if what we’re saying or working through is painful. The other day, someone told me: “I’m … Continue reading

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Is Following Jesus Easy?

Following Jesus — while it is truly the only way to find peace and contentment on this contentious planet of ours — is not easy, and while many Christians try to convince themselves that they’re on the narrow road of … Continue reading

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