When Big Sin Finds Big Men: The fallout of Jerry Falwell, and the lesson we need to learn from it

I heard Jerry Falwell, Jr., speak for the first time in the fall of 2008.  I was a freshman at Liberty University, and he was the soft-spoken new chancellor who essentially inherited the job from his father.  Even then, the students knew he didn’t have his father’s gift for evangelism or public speaking.  He was …

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Happy New Year, Mary: Postpartum with the Son of God

REST.  That’s all I wanted on January 1.  Everyone else was coming up with inspiring resolutions and dedicating themselves to beautiful words like PATIENCE, BALANCE, TRUST, and CONFIDENCE. Meanwhile, I was sitting back thinking, “Lord, can I just stop doing everything and sleep?”   Motherhood is naturally tiring, whether your kids are good sleepers or not- …

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If John MacArthur Offends You, Then You Need To Check Your Heart

I recently read Corrie ten Boom’s Holocaust memoir, The Hiding Place, for the umpteenth time.  It’s radically different from other Holocaust memoirs, as ten Boom writes about her enemy, the Nazis, with angelic empathy.  Although ten Boom is frank about her momentary anger and bitterness, by the end of the book she opens up a …

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Beth Moore, Kanye West, and why they don’t really matter to Christianity

If you grew up in church, you read the story of Saul the murderer, who became Paul the martyr for Christ.  But how much have you studied of Ananias, the man who baptised Paul? Ananias’s story is explained in Acts 9:10-19, and Paul references him once more in Acts 22:12.  Of Ananias’ character, we know …

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Abortion: A Viable Solution or Just Another Way to Control Women?

When I was twenty-something weeks along with my oldest daughter, the topic of abortion came up at an ultrasound.  It was my fourth ultrasound, as my normal OB had sent me to a specialist in order to investigate a spot they saw on my child’s heart. This specialist looked at the ultrasound for a few …

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Good Friday: When your hands are full but your heart is empty

Have you ever spent all your time pouring into other people without being poured into yourself? It has been days, weeks, or months since you were able to do something purely for your enjoyment because life keeps interrupting.  You have this foreboding sense of doom because you can’t imagine it getting any worse, and yet …

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