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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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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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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How to be a strong, independent woman and still practice the art of submission

“Do it self,” my two-year-old says.  Getting dressed, climbing stairs, buckling her seat belt.  It doesn’t matter what it is, she wants to do it independently.  That’s part of life. We train our kids to do everything by themselves.  We teach them to become independent thinkers so that they can handle all the natural stressors …

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I don’t care if you’re gay, please sit by me in church.

“Oh, you’re a Christian?”  Six pairs of eyes widened. The laughter died.  The flamboyantly gay couple at the end of the table dropped hands.  “We’re so sorry… we didn’t mean to offend you.” We were in a crowded restaurant, yet you could have heard a pin drop. I stood there with a pitcher of water …

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Dear Christians, Abortion may be murder, but there is a reason it exists

Sophomore year of college, I sat in my friend’s car and listened as she talked about getting an abortion.  She was the type of person to laugh instead of cry, so she had this haunted chuckle with every word she spoke.  I didn’t need to tell her abortion was murder. She knew. But her boyfriend …

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