Tagged: Inspired

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The Use of a Pastor

“He called churches in the area to see if anyone has a room to rent for the summer! Plus then he said he could worship with them!” We shouldn’t have been surprised at this wise move, but when a college...

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Confession: I Want to Be an Expert

Especially if you spend much time writing and/or promoting online, you run-into plenty of advice about building yourself up to be an expert in your field. Authors suggest one can become an expert – a leader – in almost any...

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021: Messy Conversations Part II: Job’s Friends

Last episode I interviewed counselor Amanda Hofbauer from Chicago, IL for advice about how to comfort our friends who are struggling with something. We talked about the not-helpful thing people say and what might be more useful to our neighbors. ...

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Was Jesus’ Punishment Enough?

When my marriage looked like a sinking ship, I heard a speaker explaining how the Gospel can (should) factor into relationships. He said something like “If God has forgiven you your sins – totally undeserved – then shouldn’t you forgive...

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Finding and Sharing Truth

The other day on Twitter someone mentioned that he often writes to “preach to himself.” Immediately I could relate. Feeling compelled to write has always been a source of thinking-through for me. At some point when I shared my processes,...

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006: Jesus Is Bigger Than My Messed Up Christmas

This week I get nitty gritty into what makes us so stressed out this time of year and what makes Jesus the perfect answer for our messy Christmases. This is based on a message I shared last year at our...

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A Starry-Eyed Thanksgiving

So surreal outside. The wind has died down and the bright moonlight covers the first snow of the year. So surreal inside. Family sleeps in warm, comfortable beds protected from the beautiful but dangerously cold air. My mind ruminates. It’s...

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How Does One Listen to a Podcast?

Dear Angie, I love that you are expanding your ministry into this thing called “podcast,” but I don’t even know what that is. Should I bother learning? Good luck with your pods! Sincerely, A Reader (not a listener)   Dear...

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Holy Traditions and the Sisters Who Keep Them

For years my mom and her 5 sisters talked about taking a few days and heading over to the World’s Longest Yard Sale. Living in the Midwest it wouldn’t be THAT far, and considering the sisters’ affinity for a good...

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Why You Should Do What You Love (At Least Some of the Time)

I was raised in a very loving church. Tiny yes, but loving. The men and women there encouraged me, taught me, and loved me as a church family should. I had no idea how ideal it was until only recently....

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