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How the Gospel Shapes All of Life: Lifting the Fog of Disillusionment

Disillusionment occurs when our experiences contradict our expectations. We carry expectations into every aspect of our lives—marriage, career, friendships, parenting, etc. Often times, our expectations are influenced by a shrewd marketing campaign. Romantic comedies tell us that the feeling of being in love is more important to the health of a marriage than the commitment to love. The American Dream tells us…

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Four Graceful Reasons to Prioritize Prayer

Ordinarily, we should not be driven to pray by our circumstances but drawn to pray by the beauty of our God.  Prayer "brings the mind to the immediate contemplation of God's character and holds it there until the believer's soul is properly impressed." I do not know...

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Scratching the Surface of the Gospel

A single blog post cannot convey the glorious gravity and intoxicating beauty of the gospel. Its scope is too vast; its depth is too deep. The gospel isn’t simply a spoke in the wheel of the world. The gospel is the hub upon which reality turns.

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Improvisational Leadership

In 2011, comedian and current host of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert, delivered a memorable commencement address to his alma mater, Northwestern University. In it, he described the rules of improvisation: “After I graduated, I moved to Chicago and did improv. Now...

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What’s So Valuable about Life in a Local Church?

The life we share together in Christ is not an irrelevant abstraction. Instead, it finds life-enhancing expression in the concrete community of a local church. Sadly, many disciples do their discipleship a disservice by advocating for their belonging to the “big C” or “universal” church while remaining uncommitted to the shared life of a local church. Either unaware or unappreciative of how sharing life with other sinners saved by grace assists in sanctifying the soul.

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