The Lie of Self-Sufficiency

The Lie of Self-Sufficiency

Have you ever woken up from a dream with a new realization? A new perspective? A few days ago, I awoke with this thought in my head: The ideal of American self-sufficiency has twisted the way we present the gospel. It is actually toxic because it fails to recognize...
What Consumes You? A Holy Week Reflection

What Consumes You? A Holy Week Reflection

For our ‘God is a consuming fire.’ — Hebrews 12:29 There are many things in this life that may consume us—some seemingly better than others. Most would acknowledge that to be consumed by something like greed or bitterness is not desirable. Perhaps we have a more...
The Yoke of Love

The Yoke of Love

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. — Matthew 11:29-30 Many of us are feeling heavily burdened these days. Almost a quarter of all Americans...
Welcome or Wanted

Welcome or Wanted

I was speaking with a young friend recently who shared her heart about feeling welcome but not necessarily wanted in her friend group. She explained that when they all gathered she enjoyed herself. She thought of herself as part of their group, but then thought it...
A Case of Christmas Whiplash

A Case of Christmas Whiplash

Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright… — Joseph Mohr I recently arrived home from three months on a semi-off-grid island 60 miles from Auckland, New Zealand. When I left home in September it still felt like summer in North Carolina. When I arrived...

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