Faith at Work

Faith means different things to different people. To some, it’s a kind of optimism, as in “I have faith that things will all work out.” Maybe there are good reasons for that optimism, based on a sense of the way things are. Or maybe it’s more like a choice to see the glass half full, a preference for looking on the bright sight when the facts don’t point either way. Or maybe it’s just a sunny disposition…

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Transformed by Service

During the final meal that Jesus shared with his closest 12 friends, he got up from the table, removed his coat, tied a towel around his waist, picked up a basin of water and began to wash their feet. It was not unusual for guests to have their feet washed. That was a common practice because the rugged terrain, dusty roads, and travel mainly on foot led to hot, tired, dirty feet. Having them…

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Which Reading Plan Should I Use?

Every morning comes with a routine. For me, I wake up at 6:30 or so and immediately plug in the coffee machine and set about cleaning up in the shower. This way, when the shower is over and I am dressed for the day, I can sit down and read the Bible with a fresh cup of coffee in hand. It seems like there are more reading plans for the Bible than there are stars in the night sky. Some prefer a…

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Not So Blind Faith

The evangelists for atheism—Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the gang—like to contrast science and reason with what they call the “blind faith” of religion. There may be some religious folk whose faith is unquestioning, but the most faithful people I know are also among the most clear-sighted and probing, and critics who see only caricatures and stereotypes might do well to have their own vision checked…

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Transformed by Simplicity of Heart

“The Christian Discipline of simplicity is an inward reality that results in an outward life-style.” So writes Richard Foster about the spiritual discipline of simplicity. Over the years calls to live simpler lifestyles have challenged us to give up all attachments to this world whether they be possessions, relationships, or some other things. Is that surrender of worldly things the key to sim…

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