Jesus: Back to the Future
Feb09

Jesus: Back to the Future

By Christopher Talbot George MacDonald’s delightful children’s book The Princess and the Goblin tells the story of Princess Irene and a silvery thread her grandmother made for her. This thread is made to lead the young princess back to her grandmother—especially in the midst of danger. The problem is, the thread only works if you’re following it forward. The moment you turn back, the thread disappears. Through one narrow passage after...

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Are You My Mentor?
Feb02

Are You My Mentor?

By Brandon Roysden Mentorship seems to be en vogue these days. At least the idea of it, anyway. With the breakdown of the family unit, an increasing interest in non-traditional education, and the feeling of isolation that sometimes comes with our increasingly digital world, many of us are beginning to look for individuals who can speak into our lives with wisdom and care. That may seem somewhat sappy to the more independent among us,...

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Food for Thought: Think You Don’t Need to Think About Your Entertainment Diet? Think Again
Jan19

Food for Thought: Think You Don’t Need to Think About Your Entertainment Diet? Think Again

By: Paul Asay It’s Friday night and your friends invite you to see The Bride of Paranormal Activity. It’ll be great, they say. The demon (Adam Sandler) stalks this poor, unsuspecting family who’ve all had webcams surgically implanted in their foreheads. And one night, the demon walks in and— Well, it’s obviously a must-see. Or so your friends say. And in a way, it feels like they’re right. After all, your...

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The Power of Living FOR
Jan12

The Power of Living FOR

By: Mike Glenn I grew up in a church where every Sunday I was told what not to do and then, on the next Sunday, we’d get together and praise God we hadn’t done anything. For me, Christianity was all about NOT doing anything wrong. And there was a long list of things God was against. He was against dancing, drinking, gossiping, smoking, card playing, and a lot of other things you found out were wrong after you had done them....

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Does the American Dream Conflict With Jesus’ Teaching?
Jan05

Does the American Dream Conflict With Jesus’ Teaching?

By Felicia Alvarez It smelled. Bad—really bad. In fact, I thought I was going to be sick. But the kids of this neighborhood in Mexico didn’t seem to notice the stench surrounding them. They held our hands as we climbed up the dirt hill to their small “Bible clubhouse,” made out of old garage doors. As I looked around at what these kids considered their play area and home I saw trash. I smelled trash. It was a dirty, stinky, rotting...

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