Paradoxical Standing In The Peace Of God Romans 5:1-11

  The peace of God is rooted in both testaments with an express idea of being whole, complete, calm, having a relationship of goodwill between God and humans. In this peace, we can stand in relationship to God, knowing that He has bestowed on us the grace which is revealed by faith and accepted by…

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An Interview With A Monastic Priest

As part of a fieldwork assignment for my present masters class, I’m required to visit an intentional community or monastery and learn about how the people who live in the community/monastery engage the practices of listening, guidance, discernment, simplicity, stewardship, rhythms of rest, and honoring the body. Upon contemplating the where, how and who to…

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The Desire For Death

The realities of suicide have grown infectiously contagious among today’s younger generation. The desire to take one’s own life has been popularized by the media exhibiting a cultural trend that has ricocheted throughout this country. How does someone get to that point? When life grips your heart and you’ve exhausted every option except death. According to…

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Grace Under Fire

During the mid 90’s there was a television program called Grace Under Fire. Its main character, Brett Butler, was a recovering alcoholic and single mother who divorced her abusive husband of eight years. She’s yearning for a fresh new start in life and doesn’t want her children to make the same mistakes. The series goes on…

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The Silent Messenger

One of the many forms of communication that we use in reaching others is text messaging. The average American checks their phone 46 times per day and spends 23 hours per week texting. It takes the average person 90 minutes to respond to an email and only 90 seconds to answer a text. We’ve become…

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What To Look For In A Church

You take your first steps into the unknown walls of a new church, uncertain of what is to come. You see the outside structures resembling something from the early 16th century but inside you see a renovated building. Greeted by a warm stranger who hands you a piece of paper detailing the events of the…

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Can You Forgive a Murderer?

In light of recent events, I’m brought again to my knees, questioning my own faith walk when it comes to the forgiveness of others. Surely we as believers have been given the spiritual stomach to accept certain wrongdoings but to what degree? How far will we go to forgive someone? Before we look into scripture,…

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