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When You’re Not as Happy as You Wish You Were

posted by Carolyn Henderson

It’s not wrong, unusual, or evil to want to be happy. If it weren’t such a basic human drive, the pursuit of it wouldn’t have been mentioned as an inalienable right in the U.S. Declaration of Independence. And yes, my […]

“I’m a Christian, but I’m not Religious”

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Have you ever said this? I have: “I’m a Christian, but I’m not religious.” Religious, as an adjective, isn’t a particularly complimentary word, because it implies that the person participating in it is too focused on outward trappings: saying Thee […]

The Atheist’s Cry to God

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Recently, someone sent me this quote by Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic: “Somehow, a hostile hatred of God is closer to love than a bored and boring apathy, for it strives — at the very least — to meet His gaze […]

10 Ways to Be a Successful Christian

posted by Carolyn Henderson

I’m not a fan of bullet pointed lists, which is why most of my articles are not titled the way this one is. While it’s nice, and convenient, to see things in list form, life isn’t necessarily lived that way, […]

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Free Yourself from Bible Study Myths
"Why won't you attend Bible study?" a man asked me once. "Do you hate studying the Bible?" [caption id="attachment_1166" align="alignleft" width="426"] Anytime you seek to free yourself from rules that the majority of people follow, you'll be told that you're different, dissident, and difficul

posted 8:09:34pm Sep. 29, 2014 | read full post »

Looking for Your Ministry? 5 Ways to Find It
Many Christians, especially in church settings, focus -- obsess -- about finding their ministry, and they pore through 1 Corinthians 12 searching for suggestions: "Do I have faith? or a message of wisdom? I'm pretty sure I don't have the ability to manifest miraculous powers. What, God, do you w

posted 8:15:30pm Sep. 26, 2014 | read full post »

The Purposeless, Driven Life
Christians come in all shapes, sizes, and maturity levels, and the more honest we are, the more fun we are to be with, even if what we're saying or working through is painful. The other day, someone told me: [caption id="attachment_1155" align="alignleft" width="416"] For all that many Christian

posted 8:01:27pm Sep. 24, 2014 | read full post »

Christian Misfits: "You Have a Beautiful Face"
I'm sure that most of you, at some time, have found yourself in public in a somewhat disheveled state. "Nobody I know will see me," you tell yourself. And, of course, that's when too many people you know do, indeed see you, their first comment generally being, "Oh my gosh! Have you been sick?

posted 7:30:34pm Sep. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Is God Calling You?
In our church days, when I sat in an interlocking chair, stared ahead at the big white screen, and sang words that flashed by, I used to wonder, vaguely, if God was calling me to do something, and I wasn't hearing. After all, the church had all sorts of ministry opportunities. Although many of t

posted 8:48:47pm Sep. 19, 2014 | read full post »


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