NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IN #ELECTION 2016

I’ve been quiet this election—not because I don’t have thoughts—but partly because there are already so many people lending their voices to the brouhaha. I’ve also been saddened at how this election season has unleashed a repugnant wave of Christians behaving badly. Whatever the outward issue, I believe the underlying one is the emotion of […]

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A Biblical View of our Escalating Culture of Violence

Violence is familiar to me, having grown up in Beirut, Lebanon and spent most of my life traveling to the neediest places on earth. Many times I have experienced the scourge of deadly warfare. Yet recent shootings in Michigan, Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas and recent terror attack in my adopted country of France hit closer to home. While […]

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On Easter

In anticipation of Easter, I value the practice of Lent.  I admit it’s very challenging for me as a Type A charger and maximizer. I’m wired to increase everything, so it’s truly a discipline to intentionally commit to a season of decrease. However, during Lent this year I had the privilege of reframing my thinking through […]

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Tension vs. Stress: the Good, the bad and the Biblical

In part 1, we learned that God established the principle of tension in our world, but forbade stress. When we give in to stress, we are giving in to self-justification, which ultimately is sin. So, stress is bad, but tension is GOOD. Unfortunately we’ve conflated the concepts of tension and stress, and need to separate […]

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Tension vs. Stress: the Good, the bad and the Biblical – Part 1

Tension vs. Stress What comes to mind when you hear the word tension? Anxiety? Blood Pressure? Stress? Many of us equate tension with stress. Ironically, God established the principle of tension in our world, but forbade stress. Tension is everywhere. It keeps the roof above our head, the bridge underneath our car, our guitars and […]

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Ebola: the Disease of Isolation

The first reports of the Ebola virus in West Africa broke in March of this year.[1] Rumors and reports popped up, the world watched thinking, “oh, it’s just a few people, I’m sure they’ll get it under control.” Until a devastating CDC report was released warning that the Ebola epidemic was outpacing the ability for […]

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