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She Loves Lilacs

“When is she coming?” the green shrub asked me again, for the fourth time that day. “Soon,” I replied. “She will be here very soon.” “I have something I want to give her,” said the bush, “You know she loves lilacs.” “Yes, I know.” I smiled. She does love lilacs, and she was going to be here very soo
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10 Things Real People Do Every Day

In the past month, I’ve read about a dozen lists of “10 Things that Rich/Successful/Satisfied/Extraordinary People Do Every Day”. I’m not sure where these mythical “rich successful satisfied extraordinary people” are, but I’m pretty sure I’ve never met
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In Search of a Better Gospel

“I don’t know whether or not I’m an evangelical anymore. Is there a BuzzFeed quiz for that?” I tweeted that a month ago, half-joking. As it turns out, there is no simple quiz. Instead, there’s this bleeding disaster that has been throbbing for almost two weeks now — lines in
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Lightstock Love + Giveaway

I don’t know what happened with winter this year. Sleighbells and merry and bright feels like ages ago; we’ve lived at least dozen lifetimes since the first fresh snowflakes of winter. I know winter is still going strong today in many places, but here in North Carolina it’s that so
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The Correct Theology Didn’t Help These Guys

Ed Cyzewski is one of those people who writes the words I wish I could. He has some really important things to say to people who want to follow Jesus, through all the doubt and confusion anyway. I can hardly wait to read his new book, but in the meantime he’s written a few words here for us ab
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I Don’t Know If I’m a Christian Anymore

I thought I had writer’s block. I thought the words had left me a week or two ago. Every time I tried to write, my mind seemed like an empty room. I was wrong. I wasn’t out of words. Only out of comfortable words, neat words that flow from one cleanly-formatted paragraph to the next and
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When Streams Run Uphill

My friend Mihee Kim-Kort just wrote a book about sexism, racism, and the church. The conversations that she shares are essential for followers of Jesus to hear. I’m happy to have her here today wrinting about her book, what inspired it, and why it matters. Let’s listen.  _______ la vida
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Why I Kissed “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” Goodbye

This week my friend Mandy Hale is celebrating the release of her second book: I’ve Never Been to Vegas But My Luggage Has. I appreciate Mandy’s humor, courage, and the way she shares her story with those who need it most, and I’m honored to have her share a bit of her story here to
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