Why Judging Others Is Such a Bad Idea

Perhaps the most damning sin on the planet is self-righteousness.  Put another way, few activities are more destructive to the soul than imagining you are somehow inherently superior to, more pleasing to God than, someone else. Over and over again we see in the gospels how Jesus cannot abide this sin.  He can hang out …

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Love and Plums

"In her memoir Cherry, Mary Karr recounts [a suicide attempt].  When she was fourteen years old, while her parents were out of the house, a miserable Mary tried to do herself in by swallowing a handful of pills.  She was unsuccessful and wound up sick.  When her mother and father returned home, they tenderly nursed her, …

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Enough

"[Religion] is what we lean on to tell us we're okay, that our lives matter, another name for all the ladders we spend our days climbing toward a dream of wholeness.  It refers to our preferred guilt-management system.  Our small-r religion is the justifying story of our life ... "Our religion is that which we rely on …

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Support Groups or Small Groups?

Alcoholics Anonymous has, in God's good providence, helped thousands of people with their addictions, though the program is neither perfect nor infallible. However, I thought Kent Dunnington's article in a recent issue of Christianity Today helpfully pointed out the strengths of AA and what church-based small groups could potentially learn from it.  AA has served so many …

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The Resurrection Makes a “Wobbly” Faith?!?

Last Sunday was Easter Sunday, the high point of the Christian calendar.  Why?  Because the Christian faith hinges on the resurrection of Jesus.  Take away resurrection, and there is no Christianity.  At least not any kind of Christianity I’m interested in.  In fact, not even the apostle Paul himself, who had as much to do …

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