Tag Archives: Sin

Don’t Leave Your Mat by the Sin Pool

Jesus healed a man who’d been crippled for decades, a man who had apparently run out of options for getting himself well. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and … Continue reading

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All Sins Are Not Born Equal

A Christian with a huge Twitter following quoted his friend saying “Once we realize that we’re all equally awful and equally loved everything changes.” That’s not what the Bible says. The Bible does not say all people are equally awful. … Continue reading

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Listening To The Wrong God’s Voice

I thought I heard the voice of God. It wasn’t. No matter how much I wanted it to be, it wasn’t. It’s not that I didn’t ask. I did. It was in my prayers daily. “God, if this isn’t your … Continue reading

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Rooting Out the Gossip Supporting the Billy Graham Rule

A few weeks ago in an online exchange about the Billy Graham Rule (a man must never meet alone with a woman, whether in private or in public), two pastors gave a perspective that grieved me deeply. They did not … Continue reading

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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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A Short Dialog on Drinking Coffee and Fixing Other People’s Sins

[A somewhat fictional conversation in a supermarket parking lot.] “Hello.” “Hi … do we know each other?” “I’ve seen you around church and heard that the way you live is sinful and I thought you’d like me to tell you … Continue reading

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The Pain of Self-discovery

Self-discovery isn’t always pleasant. Then again, perhaps I’m not truly discovering anything I don’t already know about myself when I come to grips with my shortcomings. It’s like Paul said: Although I want to do good, evil is right there … Continue reading

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Fine/Not Fine

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8.) ***

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Despair in a Gospel Song

Driving along I heard the best song the Eagles ever created: Desperado. For some reason, though, the lyrics hit me differently this time. The despair of the title character (who’s called Desperado for a reason) reminded me of the gospel. … Continue reading

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