Stop Special Ordering Christianity

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My friend Joy and I stood at the Starbucks counter deliberating our orders. We were tired from traveling, but didn’t want too much caffeine late in the afternoon. I finally piped up with my order. “May I have a grande blonde cinnamon dolce latte with almond milk, half-caf, half-pumps, and no foam, please?” Joy side-eyed me with a smile. Yes, I’m ...

You Are Not Alone

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A few years ago, my dad and stepmom moved to the countryside of rural South Carolina to live in her childhood home. They went to care for her aging father, who has since passed away. Our family loves to visit and drive their golf cart and ATV beneath the trees and over the fields of the property. They live on several acres, home to an assortment of ...

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate

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I'm going to make a feather-ruffling, potentially unpopular, and highly controversial statement. It's probably the most polarizing thing I've ever said at (in)courage. Hang on to your hats. I've been watching Christmas movies for weeks. Yep. While finishing my kids' Halloween costumes, eating their candy, and planning my Thanksgiving menu, ...

The Hard Truth About How God Feels About You

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We sat shoulder to shoulder in church, just as we had hundreds of times before. Though he’d left home after high school and we no longer shared Sundays together, a break from a tough semester of college brought him home for the weekend. So we went to church, just like old times. I can’t remember the full sermon that Sunday, and I doubt my son ...