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Faith & Spirituality

Things People Say: Small Group Edition

1. “Let’s do life together!” “Do” life? What does that mean? Psst, I think “live” is the verb you’re looking for there. But we’ll forgive you this time. After all, do life may rank pretty high on the Christian-Cheesy Scale, but at least it doesn’t have the squicky sexual undertones of love on (as in, “God, would You just help us love on all these youth group kids tonight”). Doing life in the context of church small  ...

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Faith & Spirituality

Not All Respect Is Created Equal

Here’s the burning question of the day: Should respect be given unconditionally, or must it be earned? The correct answer is: Yes. Both. The answers you’re likely to hear may vary, though. Preachers, teachers, and seminar speakers hold forth on the importance of respect and we’re still not sure exactly what our obligations are, based on what they’re saying. Or we have a sneaking suspicion that those supposed obligations don’t actually make sense. Or, the  ...

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A Clean Break with Titles

A couple of Sundays ago, I heard a sermon on Matthew 23. I don’t know why, but for some reason it always raises questions for me that no one else seems to have — or at any rate, that no one else seems willing to answer. In this passage, Jesus is taking the Pharisees to task for hypocrisy. In verses 8-12, he addresses His disciples: “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one  ...

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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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