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Are you speaking a personal boutique truth or the truth?

January 11, 2018

A 24-year-old woman who built an online following of more than 300,000 fans with posts about makeup and home decorating took Oprah’s Sunday night Golden Globes challenge to “speak your truth” to heart. Tana Smith has transformed her YouTube channel, Tanamontana100, into a truth speaking platform. The shopping/make-up tip vlogger says, “The reason to speak your […]

Carmen on The Shaun Tabatt Show

January 5, 2018

Carmen joined Sean Tabatt on his show to discuss what it looks like for Christians to represent Christ in a culture of self-promotion. Listen to the interview here.   “It is the Christian’s responsibility to be actively engaged with the culture in such a way that we are actually bearing witness to what Kingdom realities […]

What children’s books tell us about our cultural moment

January 4, 2018

Have you perused the children’s book section lately?  There are a few gems but you have to dig to find them. It may surprise you to learn that not all children’s books are seeking to teach children the values espoused by a Christian worldview. In fact, many children’s books are designed to do just the […]

Surveying our walk with Christ and charting a course for spiritual growth

December 29, 2017

Think of this as an exercise in taking a year-end inventory of your life and cultivating the spiritual soil for an abundant harvest in the year ahead. Taking stock of your spiritual life Get out your 2017 calendar, your journal, your Bible and your check register. Slowly, soberly look through them and take stock. Bible […]

Do you hear what I hear?

December 26, 2017

“Do you hear what I hear?” the carol asks. Chances are, the answer is “no.” We do not all hear the same things and we certainly don’t all hear the same things the same way. Consider all the forms of speech that simply do not translate across generations, cultures, or social location. And consider that […]

Life Expectancy from a Christian Worldview

December 22, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued its report on the leading causes of death in America in 2016 and the new actuarial tables related to life expectancy for those born today. From the story: The life expectancy figure is based on the year of one’s birth, current death trends and other factors. For decades, […]

Must Read Monday: The Meaning of Words, UFOs and the Sabbath

December 18, 2017

Must Read Monday must begin with Scripture. 1. Start reading the Bible today — there is no better time, and there’s no reason to wait. 2. Set aside a specific time each day. Set your schedule and then stick to it. Mornings are great, but feel free to use any time that works consistently for […]

The Light of the World and a Darkness You Can Feel

December 14, 2017

My pastor has been working through a “Do Not Fear” series during Advent. Throughout the Bible, when angels appear they have to start their communication with humans by telling them to “fear not!” Why? Because the unknown, out of the ordinary, inexplicable, and uncontrollable causes us to fear!  We fear all kinds of things. Some […]

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