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Rest in Faith

Rest in Faith

“Now Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). There are many great sermons and teachings about faith; what it is and what it’s not. As believers, faith is something we’re growing in understanding every day of our lives. As I contemplated this chapter, I felt strongly to write about the relationship between rest and faith as they play hand in hand with each other. Regarding faith, it should never be ambiguous...

When an Offense Becomes an Opportunity

When an Offense Becomes an Opportunity

Settling myself in the dentist’s chair while he probed along my gum line, a familiar melody played in the background, to which he mindlessly hummed. It was Norman Greenbaum singing the 1969 hit, “Spirit in the Sky”. For those of you too young to retrieve the lyrics from your memory bank, let me offer this to you:

When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that’s the best
When I lay me down...

REVIEW: Don’t Make Me Go

REVIEW: Don’t Make Me Go

John Cho is one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood. In a career that has spanned the likes of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Star Trek (2009), he has proven he’s got the chops to fit in just about any project. This, of course, was highlighted in the 2016 viral social media hashtag campaign #StarringJohnCho which advocated for more Asian-American representation in films and media. Comedies, legendary franchises, big-budget Manga adaptations, contained thrillers, you name it...

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REVIEW: We should not use “Redeeming Love” to teach Hosea

REVIEW: We should not use “Redeeming Love” to teach Hosea

Somehow I missed the “Redeeming Love” bandwagon, which is remarkable considering I grew up reading Christian romance novels and attended a Christian college. So I should start by saying that I’ve always heard wonderful things about the novel, I know many women who have been deeply moved and blessed by the book. At this point I have not read the book or seen the recent movie, but I did a deep dive into Twitter and YouTube reactions and reviews/summaries, and...

Lazarus [Part 1]

Lazarus [Part 1]

Lazarus in the Bible was a friend of Jesus who had two sisters, Mary and Martha. The Bible doesn’t specify but it reads to me like Mary is Lazarus’ little sister. The shortest verse in the Bible is found in this account. “Jesus Wept” Jesus came there with one purpose, to raise Lazarus from the dead. He knew in a few moments that the grief of losing Lazarus would be replaced by  rejoicing and wonder at his resurrection. But Jesus wept. He wept for...
Still Waters

Still Waters

I went on this silent retreat. Two things I don’t like. Silence and retreating. But there I was doing both. I went down by this stream where I was supposed to read and pray and then sit there and do nothing. Well, not exactly. Sit there and be still. Which, to be honest, requires effort.

So I read the words and prayed and worked at being still. I was sitting in a camp chair with my feet crossed and closed my...

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