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Praying for Something BIG? Five Points to Ponder

posted by Carolyn Henderson

We serve a God who does impossible things. Abraham’s wife, Sarah, had a baby when she was 90 years old (Genesis 18, 21). The Israelites escaped the Egyptians by walking through the parted Red Sea — with the pursuing Egyptians drowning when […]

Is Your “Personal Relationship with Jesus” Dysfunctional?

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Dysfunctional relationships are all the rage these days. Thanks to a satiety of psychology (“Christian” and secular), self-help books, surreality talk shows, and overreaching government agencies fumbling about our private lives, we’re convinced that there’s no such thing as a normal relationship. Of course there […]

We Say It All the Time, but What Does It Mean to “Follow Jesus”?

posted by Carolyn Henderson

We Christians have a lamentable habit of using esoteric language, which is an erudite way of saying that we speak phrases understood by a small, like-minded group of people with a specialized knowledge or interest. Given that the gift of Christ is […]

When the Prodigal Son (or Daughter) Is Yours

posted by Carolyn Henderson

The parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15: 11 – 31) is a familiar one to many — sometimes because we’ve been the person who has broken our parent’s heart ourselves, other times because we are that hurting parent. The principle message […]

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Rich Christian, Poor Christian -- Which Are You?
I have just spent the last hour cleaning off my desk. To my left is a pile of papers that, if they were dollar bills, would buy me a weekend trip to Hawaii. And that's just envelopes and circulars: the stuff with identifiable information on it is burning in woodstove hell. Such is reality in the

posted 6:52:15pm Nov. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Why Standing up for Yourself -- at Church -- Is So Important
Just how obedient are Christians expected to be -- and who expects them to be this way? In recent posts, I've been discussing Christian submission toward leadership (Must We Obey Church Authorities? and Is It So Bad to Be a Lone Wolf Christian?), and you can't bring up that topic without someon

posted 8:12:10pm Nov. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Must We Obey Church Authorities?
Obedience, subservience to authority, submission, docility, accountability -- these concepts are so prominent, and so interwoven within many Christian circles, that you'd think they were the foundation upon which Christ taught. [caption id="attachment_1283" align="alignleft" width="365"] Whom do

posted 10:44:38pm Nov. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Stay Alert -- Burnt Toast Is the Least of Our Concerns
We are the infelicitous owners of a truly dreadful toaster. It has one setting -- burnt and black -- no matter where we turn the dial, and lately it has decided that it only wants to toast one side of the bread. Those who enjoy edible food items keep an open and vigilant eye, the perfect toas

posted 9:01:51pm Nov. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Is It So Bad to Be a Lone-Wolf Christian?
Self-defense is a good thing to know -- many women wish we possessed enough simple martial arts skill that we could tumble an assailant to the ground, whimpering. But physically defending ourselves isn't the only arena of importance, and even if we can't find, or afford, a class on Jackie C

posted 6:29:37pm Nov. 12, 2014 | read full post »


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