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Must I Become Less?

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Article by Dan Kent Have you ever proclaimed a theological belief loudly and publicly only to have the Bible seem to proclaim the exact opposite? In 2019 Fortress Press published my book Confident Humility. There…

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On Judgement

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An essay by Cameron Smedley. I often find myself walking through the world more as a judge of what’s wrong with this beautiful creation than basking in the miracle of it all. I get up…

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Love: The Only Truly Creative Thing We Can Do

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Article by Dan Kent I daydream often. Lately, in my fog of contemplation, I’ve pondered a question about creativity: Can a person truly be creative? I’ve concluded this: The only thing we truly create is…

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3 Roots of Discrimination in God’s Church

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How Churches Can Serve Differently-Abled People Better Ministering based on physical observation is the opposite of compassion. Essay by Todd Lollar It might surprise you to know that secular areas of society are not the…

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Inhale-Exhale

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Essay by Elizabeth Berget It was the drone of circling helicopters that woke me up at 5:15 on a Friday morning in May. I had slept fitfully, like a first-time mother, my bedroom windows open…

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To Bleed or Not to Bleed: Reflections on Animal Sacrifices

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Article by Jesse Birkey Is God good or not? “Hey, make sure you don’t let the dog out tonight.” My father started out the door but threw one final look at me. “Or if you…

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Up and Down, Wright and Wrong

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Poem by Elizabeth Berget Down in Virginia, the cops are yelling Get down on the ground While up the street, the crowd is yelling Hands up, Don’t Shoot This falling and rising, A threaded needle,…

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It is Finished. It is Enough.

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Article by Elizabeth Berget Shared with permission from her website HERE. I’ve been known to joke that I most likely won’t even be able to SEE my mom in heaven because she’ll be so much…

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The Fight of Our Lives – The Battle Against Hurt

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Article by Larissa Lee When I talk about trauma, forgiveness, recovery, and all of the things that go along with these, this is not a theoretical or academic discussion for me. I have complex PTSD…

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Is 2020 Judgment from God?

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Article by Larissa Lee 2020 has been the ugliest year the US has seen for a while. As I write this we’ve had two hurricanes rage towards the gulf of Texas and Lousianna. There are…

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Hearing God’s Voice and Discerning God’s Will

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Article by Larissa Lee When someone says, “God told me…” I instinctively cringe. I’ve had self-appointed prophets use “God told me” to emotionally manipulate me. We’ve all likely heard an evangelist claim “God told them”…

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From Christianity to Atheism and Back Again

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Article by Larissa Lee Do you ever wonder what makes a person become an atheist? Or what makes an atheist become a Christian? I’m in a rare position to tell you the answer to both….

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The Paintings of Susan Outlaw (Saturday Art Share)

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We come around a bend, or up over a hill, and we stop, and maybe we gasp, and we lock our eyes on a scene and we mutter something like, “that’s beautiful.’ When we try…

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Can God Make a Rock So Big that Even God Cannot Lift It?

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Article by Dan Kent The moment you confess your belief in God, I have found, some clever fella will emerge from the crowd to stand before you and ask: “Can God make a rock so…

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Saturday Art Share: The Blame

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This week’s Saturday Art Share brings you THE BLAME by me, Dan Kent. The Blame is a two minute parable about the futility of violence. In came to me twenty years ago during an election…

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Saturday Art Share: The Photography of Thomas Jay Oord

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Commentary by Dan Kent I carry a dread in my heart that human progress has whittled nature almost down to nothing. In my heart I assume we’ve marked and tagged, and moved all God’s creatures…

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Resisting the Pull for Armed Defense

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Article by Michael Gonzalez Yesterday it happened again. Another shooting of innocent victims. Violence upon violence. This time and certainly not the first, in a church. A gunman entered West Freeway Church of Christ in…

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God With Us (Not With Them?)

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Article by Elisabeth Bojangle Advent: God coming to us As I write this mid-December morning, my fingers are clumsy and cool from the chilly steering wheel during my drive home from dropping the kids off…

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The Thief (Saturday Art Share)

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The Thief by Dan Kent all my life it seems there are these guys they pop into my scenes like bad ideas in full flesh reactive stances stiff cold eyes “f*** work” they say “don’t…

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Notre Dame on Fire (Saturday Art Share)

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While fire overtook Notre Dame in April, people asked many questions. Did terrorists do this? Did God do this? Would the fire spread? Was this the end of an era? Did this represent the end…

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