Author Archives: Tim

Welcoming the Warning Signs

“Sir, you’ll need to leave the courtroom and wait in the hall.” The young man in the audience stared at me. “You can’t communicate with people in custody,” I said. “You need to leave now.” He stood up just as … Continue reading

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Online Dating for the Christian Woman: How to Recognize Red Flags and Encourage Your Faith

[Today’s guest post is from Juli J. Ellen. I hope you enjoy her insights on Christian women, dating, and faith. And no, I did not pay her to say nice things about me as blog host.] When Tim asked me … Continue reading

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Letting Words Go Unanswered

On-line discussions can be difficult. Sometimes they are wonderful and worth the effort, and other times they are withering and not worth the time it takes to form the words on the keyboard. Blog comments, Facebook posts, Twitter feeds and … Continue reading

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Tolerance, Approval, and Love

“As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Jesus Love like Jesus.

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Why Struggling Against Sin Is Better Than You Think

“I’m still dealing with the same sins I’ve had all my life.” “Join the club.” “But you don’t know the sins I’m still committing.” “I don’t have to. I’ve got my own.” “Not like mine, you don’t.” “Right. Yours are … Continue reading

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When Cousins Come Calling

[Based on a true story or two.] “Oh, hey,” I said, looking around the restaurant without really seeing anything. “Did your brother make it?” “He’s holding a table for us.” “Sorry you had to leave work early to meet me … Continue reading

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Being Hot Stuff Gets You Burned – a lesson in grace from an old guy

I was 29 and attending one of my first meetings as a newly elected member of the Elder Board. I could blame my conduct that night on my youth and inexperience, but it was really a matter of sin. Prideful … Continue reading

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When Churches Force Forgiveness and Discipline

“Hello, Frank. What’s up?” “I’m very sorry I hurt you. Will you forgive me?” “Sure, but …” “Ah-ah-ah … you know what the pastor always says: there are no ‘buts’ in forgiveness.” “I’m still hurt, though.” “Yes, well, you’ll just … Continue reading

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The Top Test to Decide if a Woman’s Call to Be a Preacher Is Legitimate

There are people who insist women can’t be pastors, preachers and church leaders, claiming that the Bible forbids it. They set this up as a rule which cannot be violated. Another word for a rule that can’t be violated is … Continue reading

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My Natal Speed Limit Issue

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