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Month: July 2012

July 31, 2012
Worse Than Being Pursued

For everyone who has ever doubted the force of His love, this is for you. Very few things have ever really "changed my life." This is one of them. From a sermon on Communion, this is Kierkegaard: "'Love (Christ's love) covers a multitude of sins.' "And is it not true that you have felt that, […]

July 27, 2012
The Things They Carried: A Book Review

"Vietnam was full of strange stories, some improbable, some well beyond that, but the stories that will last forever are those that swirl back and forth across the border between trivia and bedlam, the mad and the mundane." Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried Author Tim O'Brien was young when he went to war; "twenty-one […]

July 17, 2012
Broken Indispensable

The room opened to the excited smiles of the ladies in my special needs Sunday school class. Turning to close the door behind me, I heard one of them say, I'm so happy she's here! I just love Dawn!" My heart leapt at her words. Love is a thing that always astonishes me; theirs not […]

July 13, 2012
Of Steak, Hamburger, and a Sidelong Glance at the Gospel

Two women. Two days. But the story is the same. Somehow it’s always the same. The first I met one day at the pregnancy resource center where I volunteer. She sat before me, quiet, beautiful, embarrassed. Tears fell from eyes that, Eve-like were open to a truth she'd rather forget. She had known better. Of […]

July 11, 2012
Fifty Shades of Freedom

In June, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force drafted a recommendation that “clinicians screen women of childbearing age for intimate partner violence (IPV), such as domestic violence, and provide or refer women who screen positive to intervention services,” extending the call to include even those “women who do not have signs or symptoms of abuse.”[1] […]

July 10, 2012
Fifty Shades of Grace

Yesterday, I posted an article on the newest phenomenon in the publishing world. Today I want to explore the reasons fueling the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey, and examine why we as believers should be concerned with the foothold it occupies in the American psyche. This is Part Two, "Fifty Shades of Grace." Tomorrow […]