Can We Really Stomach God’s Grace?

This morning as I was reading from the book of Isaiah, I was taken aback by the extent to which the grace of God will reach. I was reminded, as I sometimes am, that grace is not only for “the least and the lost,” as we like to say. Grace is also for people who are downright evil. […]

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Sticks, Stones, and the Crushing (or Mending) Power of Words

In a moment of transparency, Mariah Carey, one of the most successful artists in the history of pop music, said in an interview that if she hears a thousand words of praise and one word of criticism, that one criticism will eliminate the thousand praises in her mind. Can you identify with this dilemma? I […]

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Not All Anger Is Wrong, and Jesus Wasn’t Nice

Mark Twain wrote that anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything into which it is poured. Similarly, Anne Lamott has said that nursing a grudge is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die. Both writers are getting at essentially […]

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An Esteem Bigger Than Self

The hunt for self-esteem is everywhere. Advice on how to achieve it can be found in parenting articles, business coaching, and the self-help section of every bookstore. According to the Harvard Business Review, “Self-esteem is…considered the bedrock of individual success. You can’t possibly get ahead in life, the logic goes, unless you believe that you are […]

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