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On Coming Off of the Eggshells

A reader recently emailed me and mentioned how he noticed a shift in my writing voice over the past few months.

His comment surprised me. I wasn't consciously aware of any changes in my writing. However, as he explained what he meant a bit more, I immediately realized what was happening.

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Do Unto Yourself As You Would Do Unto Others

I am hard on myself.

The thoughts and emotions that spin through my body have a way of dragging me down.

Do you experience this too?

I've been hyper aware of it over the past 6 months, and I've come to realize that I am a terrible friend to myself at times. I'm rude to myself, I expect too much from myself, and I speak things inwardly to myself that I would never say to a loved one.

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Is It Possible to Be and to Belong in Church These Days?

A lot of our lives is spent trying to be something in particular rather than living in the moment and being who we really are.

This is hard for me on many levels because I'm the kind of person that likes to better myself. I like to set goals. I like to become healthier. I like to develop new habits that will improve my life.

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I Wish More Christians Were Focused on Themselves

Recently I've been designing a logo for a local church plant. One of the visual elements of the logo is an arrow, and my initial concept for the logo had the arrow pointing inwards toward the center of the logo.

I sent several variants of this initial concept to my client, and the feedback I received was that they wanted the arrow pointing outwards rather than inwards. The reason for this change was that they want their church to be outwardly focused rather than inwardly focused. 

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The Importance of Daily Rituals & Ongoing "Repentance"

Before I started my business, I had some clear and defined daily routines. These routines helped me start my day off on a good note, and they gave me something to look forward to each night before I went to bed.

Several months ago I left my job, moved cities, and started my own business. There was a lot of stress and busyness surrounding these major changes, and, unfortunately, my intentional daily routines got left by the wayside.

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We're All Going to Be Wrong (Thoughts on Ultimate Truth)

After yesterday’s blog post about “why you can’t just read the Bible”, my friend Hannah brought up a question that I hear many people asking:

“How can we say anything confidently about God if we are biased and limited?”

This theological question is important, and the answer, I believe, has implications for all areas of life. 

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The Gospel and a Vodka Bottle: My Liberation From Bad Theology

As I turned over the empty vodka bottle in my hand, I nervously wondered why these three guys were talking to me. I had come down by the river specifically to be by myself and get my mind off my troubles, and now I was sitting on the ground looking up at three college-aged guys wondering what was next. What did they want from me? 

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10 Unique Tricks to Power Up Your Twitter Game

Twitter is celebrating 10 years today, and I've been tweeting during 4 of those years. Over this time, Twitter has become very near and dear to my heart.

I've met so many wonderful people thanks to it and have been blown away by the various communities I've found there. Twitter is by far my favorite social media service.

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How Would Jesus Brew? A Biblical Case for the Pour Over

Earlier today Jesse Carey published a wonderful article for Relevant Magazine titled "What Your Coffee Says About Your Theology". It gives a delightful breakdown of how the Mocha Frappe is indicative of the prosperity Gospel and s̶u̶b̶t̶l̶y̶ suggests that anything decaffeinated is a definitive sign of heresy.

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Don't Just Say Your Prayers... DO Them

When I've been praying lately, asking for God to do certain things, I keep getting the impression that I need to be the agent by which those things happen. 

Let me put it this way. When I pray that Marissa would be filled with joy and have a great day, I can sit around and hope for this outcome to happen magically, or I can step into that prayer and be an active agent in it. 

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