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The Thrill of Hope

The thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn’ This lyric comes from one of my favorite Christmas carols: “O Holy Night.” I’ve always been captivated by the curious phrase, the thrill of hope. I’ve always wondered something. What is it, exactly, that makes hope thrilling? Thrilling isn’t …

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Reacting To Culture

For the first time since I became eligible, I wasn’t able to cast my vote for any of the leading presidential nominees without violating my conscience. The developments in the presidential race that have occurred since Tuesday have actually decreased my confidence in our culture and in whoever becomes our next President. Do I believe the sky is …

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How to Kill a Culture of Violence

We live in a culture of violence. The other night, for the very first time, we allowed our son to witness someone being murdered in cold blood. It wasn’t intentional. Kelly and I were excited to introduce Owen to some of our most beloved Christmas movies. So, we sat down on the couch to watch …

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Have You Prayed for a Terrorist Lately?

My family got into an interesting conversation on Thanksgiving in the light of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Yesterday’s San Bernardino massacre brought that conversation back to mind. The topic: What should the US do about the Islamic State? I mostly listened during that conversation. When I did speak up (as ministers are wont to do) I …

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Why Your Church’s Mission Matters

I’ve always appreciated a well-written mission statement. Recently, as I was sitting in the whirlpool at the YMCA loosening up after a swim, I glanced up at the prominently posted rules of conduct and noticed the Y’s mission statement: “The mission of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that …

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