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The Weekender, Vol. VIII: Why Sports Matter


With March Madness upon us, now's a good time to evaluate the place of athletics in the Christian life.

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How Lent Guides Us on the Journey to Calvary


The best traditions bring us closer to God and one another.

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The Weekender, Vol. VI: The Importance of Going for a Walk


How walking shapes our faith and our humanity.

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Discipleship Is a Call to Become a Certain Type of Person


God’s ultimate calling on our lives is not first about career paths or accomplishments.

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You're Starving and Not Just for Dinner: On Feasting through Fasting


“One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet” (Proverbs 27:7).

How often I’ve experienced this! Hunger enhances our ability to enjoy food—both physically and spiritually. Many of my most inspiring biblical insights and encouragements have come from being so engrossed in Scripture, that I unintentionally skipped meals.

Physical hunger is a powerful motivator. It is also a fitting illustration of the intense level of desire we should have for God, his word and his will. Sometimes, however, we experience difficulty sustaining a fervent desire for the things of God. It happens to the best of us.

What are we to do when the spiritual feast that is set before us loses its attraction? The same as if it was a literal feast: We allow hunger to work in our favor until the feast is once again enticing. Fasting has a marvelous ability to strip us of worldly affections, distractions and dullness of heart. It’s not “fun” in itself, but it can lead to a richness of intimacy and satisfaction.

This may seem paradoxical, but the Bible is full of such paradoxes.

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