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April 2019

On the Lighter Side

Things People Say: Tiresome Cliche Edition

Platitudes are irritating as a general rule, but some are just so bad, they deserve their own feature. Here’s a sampling of the best. I mean, the worst. 1. “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence/You always want whatever you can’t have.” Sorry, but no. This is not only overly simplistic; it’s inaccurate. If I want something, I desire it based on its perceived benefit to me, not on its relative scarcity. I can think of many,  ...

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Lifestyle

5 Experiences That Weren’t What I Expected

1. Working in a library. This was my job in college. When I first started, I thought it be boring, but actually, it isn’t. A library is an amazing place to play pranks. You can fill the printer with princess tea party-themed paper. You can slip random books with embarrassing titles onto the interlibrary loan shelf. (“Oh, you didn’t mean to place a hold for Sex Positions 101? So sorry.”) You can hide those little anti-theft strips in people’s coats and backpacks  ...

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Faith & Spirituality

J-O-Y Doesn’t Give Me Joy

You’ve surely seen it at some point — the acronym and alleged formula for JOY: Jesus first. Then Others. Last of all, Yourself. I don’t think it’s that simple. Here’s the thing: I’m not so sure the “Jesus” category can be easily disentangled from the “Others” category. Serving others is part and parcel of serving Jesus. Amazingly, He identifies so closely with us, that He counts service done for us by others as service done to  ...

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Faith & Spirituality

Yes, God *Does* Actually Want You to be Happy

I know. Shocker! Well, how else do you explain the existence of coffee? and chocolate? But no, really — this is a serious question for many people, this question of whether or not God wants us to be happy. TV preachers say yes, and He wants you to be healthy and wealthy, too. The idea being smuggled in there, of course, is that you can’t have happiness without money and pleasure. Knowing that following Christ does not make for a life of ease, and wanting to affirm that one  ...

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