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Stories

  • A Monk’s Advice to a Widow

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    One of the most persistent searches among humankind is for love, and yet few of us are willing to give that which we so desire.

  • A Song in the Soul’s Dark Night

    man walking alone on a lamp lit rainy night

    People often want to talk about the silver lining of suffering, but how should believers respond when there is no clear ‘benefit’ and God seems silent?

  • My ‘Spiritual’ Excuse for Leaving Church

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    People have countless reasons for leaving church or ‘church-hopping’, and many of these reasons seem to be based in scripture, but are they actually? What are legitimate reasons to leave a church?

  • Healing for Our Heart of Leprosy

    man sanding down a wooden heart

    What happens to our hearts and minds when we ignore small sins or delay dealing with embarrassing immoral habits?

  • The Source of God’s Pain

    woman depressed sitting on stairs

    Believers often point to God’s pain at our sin, but why exactly sin causes God pain is rarely examined in scripture and even more rarely discussed.

    Max Letizi was 12 years old when he began to experience double-vision and then painful, reoccurring headaches.

  • God the Cosmic Narcissist?

    woman praying by a window

    When we approach the Lord in prayer, how do we make requests of him and are we possibly treating him like a megalomanic whom we must appease?

  • Living with an Eye toward Heaven

    Couple at wedding looking at the horizon

    God gave us a call to give up everything in order have a life with him, but how can one repeated image in the Bible help us understand how that practically should look in our lives?

  • No Fig Leaves for Sale

    repairing broken pottery

    People are inclined to hide their flaws, but the Bible takes a brutally honest look at humanity’s brokenness for a very important reason: only God is perfect, and we can only be transformed if we believe that powerful truth.

    Once upon a time, ‘heroic nudity’ was as thing.

  • Ask for Anything in God’s Name?

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    The Bible’s instructions on prayer sometimes seem at odds, so it can feel confusing whether God gives us whatever we request or whether there are provisos on this promise.

  • What Is ‘Christian’ Confrontation?

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    Clearly, the church needs accountability and restoration for people struggling with imbedded sin, but just as clearly, some approaches do more harm than good.