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Cynicism and the God Who Makes All Things New

In our homeschool, I’ve been going through a cycle of World History with my children. We began with ancient civilizations and have moved slowly through the centuries each year. Most recently, we studied WWII. Each time I read an event in history, one of the kids inevitably mutters, “Another story of someone trying to conquer and take over the world.” They groan as they hear stories of dictators and rulers making promises because they know that in the end, they will rule with an iron fist—until the next dictator comes along. Cynicism Under the Sun Doesn’t life seem that...

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Batting With the Bereans

One of the most exciting elements of spring is the beginning of baseball season. The outfield is mowed, the infield freshly groomed and the players make their way onto the field. Some players come prepared to play; others have managed to let the training program go by the wayside. Eventually, all the players get back in shape and are ready to go, come opening day. The Christian life, however, does not have the luxury of an off-season. Each day presents a new challenge. And each obstacle allows for Christians to be God-centered in word and deed. The Scriptures present...

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Our Respectable Sin—Laziness

What if you have a child who is well-mannered, makes straight A’s at school and is successfully involved in all sorts of extracurricular activities, but one day, that child comes home and begins cursing like sailor and curses at you in the process? I wonder, how would you respond? Would you think to yourself that since he is successful in many things, generally well-mannered, and a fantastic student, there is nothing to worry about? Would you reason that this is just one problematic thing, and he will probably grow out of it? You almost assuredly would not respond that...

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Not by Curiosity Alone

“Not by Curiosity Alone” Excerpt from The Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every Part of Life by Barnabas Piper Curiosity is a powerful force, the key to solving many an enigma and overcoming many a challenge. It can genuinely change lives for the better and even change communities and cultures. But it can do none of these things on its own. Just like any worth- while pursuit, curiosity can be turned to selfish ends, the furthering of sinful agendas, or the bettering of one person at the expense of another. It can be driven by pride, and the...

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The Day Work Became Personal

The Day Work Became Personal I’ve worked as a cardiac nurse for more than 25 years but never defibrillated anything except a manikin. Never stopped at an accident and saved someone in the nick of time. Never jumped up at a restaurant to apply the Heimlich maneuver to a choking child. Perhaps I should have been something else, or would I feel just as mediocre in that role too? I spent most of my nursing career praying and planning to leave it. Work was a means to an end. I couldn’t see what God was doing through my coworkers,...

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