Suffer Well

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Life is challenging. As a new year begins we resolve to overcome challenges, to “be a better me”. Some of us boldly buy new pens to use in our new journal. Well, at least we know Karla does that. But why is she so confident in her resolution? The inside scoop is this: she has built habits of journaling. Habits can be painful to establish, but they are essential to suffering well enough to overcome. No Pain? No Gain! Pain, the signal to pull back from something, is a gift …

Empathetic Evangelism

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One of the biggest challenges for many Christians is sharing our faith. At church things all seems clear and coherent and compelling. We hear the call to share Good News with others. We are excited but nervous. We get so nervous we try to avoid evangelism. The problem is that the only reasons not to share are bad reasons. Are you ashamed of the gospel? Are you afraid of what others think of you? Not wanting to be an unfaithful Christian, church people take classes and make commitments to get out …

Beauty > Ugliness

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I admit it. I am weak. I’ve always hated the fact that I live in a world where ugliness at a soulish level is rewarded and celebrated. I tried to be hard, harsh, unconcerned about the vulnerable, but I could not sustain it. I was changed. Since then I have been seeking community that will not give into ugliness; even when it means sacrifices of power, popularity, and wealth.   In my weakness I am sad. I’m saddened watching ugliness exalted as a means of fighting other forms of ugliness. There is no beauty in this, just variations …