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7 Happy Songs (Part 4)

September 24 2016  no comments

1.  “Mmlj” by the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers. (I love saying the title out loud!) An acronym for Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, this song reminds me that DAILY NOURISHMENT comes from the gospels. The lyrics are so joyful, and the singers have voices to match! 2.  “I Will Never Let You Down” by Rita…

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Interview: SSA, Singleness And The Church

September 5 2016  1 comment

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining two great guys at The Rugged Marriage for a conversation about same-sex attraction, singleness, and the Church. We talked about other stuff, too — music and tea and something called “Florida Man.” Let me tell you, I’d much rather type my thoughts from the safety of my laptop…

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Why Can’t You Just Be Gay?

September 1 2016  24 comments

If anyone has a reason to search Scripture for an “out,” a way to be in a gay relationship and yet remain within the bounds of God’s will for sexuality, it’s me — the Christian who experiences ongoing same-sex attraction. Trust me, I’ve heard arguments from Matthew Vines, Justin Lee, and others who try to…

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Home Review

Review: Home

August 28 2016  2 comments

Home, for me, is Utah. My happiest memories were made in this valley just west of the Wasatch Mountains — a stone’s throw from my favorite hikes, hangouts, and loved ones. This year I’ve had an opportunity to travel to some of the world’s most beautiful places, but nothing beats coming home. On the other…

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7 Happy Verses

August 10 2016  1 comment

Yeah, it’s pretty much impossible to narrow down hundreds of happy Bible verses into a list of seven. So, to make it easier, I’m pulling a handful from the Book of Psalms, which is where I often go when I need an extra dose of delight. Let the impossible begin! 1.  “You make known to…

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Life As A Doorkeeper

August 3 2016  1 comment

We’ve all felt it. When we stare up at the stars or survey the outstretched sea. When we study those grand historical narratives or read some great theologian’s biography. I’m talking about feeling small. Sure, we could all use a hearty slice of humble pie. We all need that Isaiah moment when we recognize how…

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The Love(s) Of My Life

July 20 2016  7 comments

Living the celibate life means facing claims that, because I’m not married or having sex, I haven’t truly experienced love. Sometimes those claims come from the culture, or worse, my own heart. While it’s true I haven’t experienced an exclusive love — the sacred “one flesh” union so many people enjoy — that doesn’t mean…

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Poem: “Answer”

June 29 2016  1 comment

Like light, which lit when those first words from God’s lips sounded through space and graced the wide abyss. Like waves, which split when the staff was lifted to the sea and an eastern wind made sand as solid as Egyptian streets. Like nets, cast down when Christ told working men to quit and follow…

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