9 Book Reviews: Summer 2017

Here I review nine of my favorite books from this summer’s reading pile. They range from serious to downright fun in these categories: Consciousness, the Soul & the Brain Worship & Art Christian Living Inspirational Fiction Consciousness, the Soul & the Brain Review:  The Soul: How We know It’s Real and Why It Matters By […]

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Will there be Sorrow in Heaven over Unsaved Children? Part 2

In Will there be Sorrow in Heaven over Unsaved Children? Part 1, I began to address a reader’s question about sorrow in heaven over unsaved children and I listed three approaches to it that don’t work. In this post, we’ll look at the first of three consideration that shed light on the issue. 3 Considerations […]

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4 Sins that Require Faith to Forgive

How do we take hold of faith to forgive when forgiving is tough? Part 4 of “Forgive Intentional Sin—Don’t Just Manage Emotions.” Some sins are relatively easy to forgive: unintentional sins and minor wrongs, for instance. Other sins are much harder. Here are four that require faith to forgive. It takes Faith to Forgive Sins […]

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Must I Forgive THIS Sin?

The first step towards forgiving is committing to forgive, but to do that, I need to know: must I forgive this offense? Part 2 of “Forgive Intentional Sin—Don’t Just Manage Emotions.” In my last post on What Forgiving Isn’t, I shared six substitutes that masquerade as forgiving, but which merely manage emotions for a time. […]

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Six Offenses to Overlook

  Jesus said, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone” (Matthew 18:15). But Proverb 19:11 says it’s to our glory to overlook an offense. How do I know when to speak up and when to just overlook something? Indeed, Jesus plainly tells us to speak […]

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Judging Motives: Bad Idea!

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet famously misjudges Mr. Darcy’s motives and severs their friendship and (apparently) her best hope of marital bliss. Indeed, judging motives is the cause of many a damaged relationship. One of the best ways to improve marriages, enhance friendships, get along better with colleagues, and become more winsome […]

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Trying to Turn Things into What They’re Not

When I was a child, I tried to turn a Chihuahua into Lassie. I wanted a dog like Lassie, that heroic TV collie who had long orangish/brown fur, bits of black around her perky ears, and a huge white mane that fluffed softly from her chest and was always clean and brushed. Every week I […]

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Courage: Jacob’s Example Part 3

Part three of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story Years ago I decided that any time I said something negative about someone to a person who didn’t need to know, I would go to the person I’d talked to and say, “When I told you about so-and-so, I was gossiping and that […]

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The Sea Monster of Envy

Angry, I marched into my co-worker’s gray cubicle and ducked behind its low wall so I wouldn’t be overheard. “They promoted the less-qualified person just because they promised her before we were hired.” Her brows furrowed. “Don’t say that! You don’t know their criteria.” I winced—she was right. While it was true that the director […]

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Jesus & the Timid Woman

What can we learn from Jesus about making people feel valued? Plenty—especially from the way he treated a woman too shy to speak to him. She wasn’t ready to open up Jesus was on his way to heal the daughter of an important man, Jairus. Jairus was a synagogue ruler, while this woman hiding in […]

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Speaking the Truth in Love

My friend Moshelle Carlson gave a talk last week about speaking the truth in love to family and friends with whom we have enduring relationships. It was based on principles she learned from her training as a premarital counselor. Rembrandt’s “Ahasuerus and Haman at the Feast of Esther,” 1660 (public domain) It wasn’t just her […]

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