The Uplifting Potential of Our 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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I Hate All Criticism and Probably Shouldn’t — Here’s Why

I hate it when people criticize me. A few years ago, a man who was traveling through Nashville and had visited our church sent me a public criticism on Twitter, telling me all of the things that, in his “humble opinion,” were wrong about my sermon. Feeling defensive and irritated, I foolishly retaliated with a […]

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Advice From An Atheist: “Be More Christian, Not Less”

Several years ago, I wrote a book about how I’m tired of taking sides. But sometimes taking sides is unavoidable. When faced with Jesus’ claim that He is “the way, the truth, and the life” and that no one comes to God the Father except through Him, we have to choose. Do we believe Him or […]

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A Hazard to Myself

A few years ago, our church staff did a Myers-Briggs related exercise. Part of the exercise included noting some well-known people who share our specific personality types. As an INFJ type, I discovered that I share personality traits with both Jesus and Gandhi. My first thought was that prior to this exercise, I had not […]

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