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Forgiveness Is a Promise, Not a Contractual Agreement

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Too many Christians spend too much time trying to placate a God who will not be satisfied with anything they do, simply because He dislikes them so much. Despite this being an inaccurate understanding of the intimate relationship between a loving, […]

5 Things to Know about Forgiveness

posted by Carolyn Henderson

The first time I heard this sentence: “Jesus talked about hell more than anything else,” I knew it was inaccurate, but hadn’t read the Bible enough to say so with confidence. Now that I have grown up, as a Christian, […]

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 […]

Baaaaaaaaadddd Christians — Redeemed!

posted by Carolyn Henderson

Within Christian circles, we enjoy stories about people who have really, really messed up and then, through Christ, turned their lives around. You know, former gang members, Mafia hit men, millionaires who lost it all and lived in the streets, […]

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Four Thoughts about Thanking God
Saying Thank You to God does not have to be a chore -- but then again, given the way we are instructed to do things within a cold, contemporary, corporate Christian environment, it is a bit difficult: "We must thank God for everything," we are admonished, or . . . what? He'll kick us? [caption

posted 1:00:03am Dec. 26, 2014 | read full post »

"If I Leave Church, Will I Lose My Friends?"
For many people, the one thing that stands between their leaving a church situation that is not working for them, or staying within and being unhappy, is friendship. [caption id="attachment_1382" align="alignleft" width="370"] Friends come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and demographic groups. Afte

posted 4:59:03pm Dec. 24, 2014 | read full post »

Are You in the Process of Leaving Church?
Leaving church -- whether a specific fellowship or the industrial model altogether -- is not a decision people make lightly. [caption id="attachment_1374" align="alignleft" width="375"] Leaving church -- a specific fellowship or the contemporary corporate establishment altogether -- is not a deci

posted 8:05:30pm Dec. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Are House Cats Smarter Than Humans?
It's time to bring to a close the age-old debate about whether dogs or cats -- and the people who prefer one to the other -- are smarter. Not because the general populace has accepted the final resolution of the issue (easy -- cats, paws down), but because we have a more pressing question: [c

posted 11:06:08pm Dec. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Mass Manipulation by the Mass Media
Nowadays, dystopia is the rage. Books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner seem written for the sole purpose of being turned into movies, with a concerted effort to engage today's youth into the idea that life, and the future, are hopeless. [caption id="attachment_1363" align=

posted 10:20:03pm Dec. 17, 2014 | read full post »


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