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Walk With Us?

Next month, Sarah and I are going to take our two small boys and join thousands of others for AIDS Walk Charlotte 2014. For decades, many who suffered from AIDS were told “You deserve this. You brought this on yourselves. This is God’s punishment on you.” We’re walking to say
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We Had Hoped

Silence. Then suddenly, a breath. Cold air rushing into empty lungs. Grave clothes abandoned on a stone slab. An explosion of earth-shaking light. Hardened soldiers’ knees buckling. Trumpet blasts and angels singing and sunrise. Silence. Then the creaking of a boulder shifting. A cave opening.
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God is Dead

God is dead, and we killed him. This is the terrifying reality of what we so cruelly call “Good Friday.” This is the sudden, dark twist in the story that had started so beautifully. The God who had created walked among us. Clothed, as we are, in flesh and blood and dust. Touching and res
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What Nobody Ever Told Me About Jesus

I’ve been wearing my heart on my sleeve around here, all torn up. It’s no secret that there’s been a lot of anger, swirling confusion, throbbing frustration. I’ve metaphorically stomped around the house slamming doors, yelling till my throat was raw. Mostly yelling about the
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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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