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A (Very Short) Ancient Prayer for Christmas Day

English speakers share a rich past of devotional writings. Take a moment to meditate on the following prayer by Thomas Cranmer written in 1549 for Christmas day. Though our lives and languages change, our hope does not. On Christmas Christ put on our human nature; ever since Christmas we’ve hoped to put on his divine nature,

Will God Ever Give Up On Me?

We’ve all been there. You give in to a temptation you’ve struggled against for years. Maybe it’s lust, or an eating disorder, or greed, or anger. After a flood of guilt and self-loathing you find yourself wondering: Will God ever give up on me? Is this the final straw? Am I really a Christian? When we start wondering

What Does Wrestling with God Actually Mean??

I hope I’m not the only one who’s asked this question. I hear people throw around “wrestle with God” in about every imaginable context: doubt, unbelief, sin, suffering, pain. We say, “I’m wrestling with…” “You need to wrestle with God on…” “I’m just wrestling with God through…”And when I hear it (perhaps because ambiguity discomforts

Redefining Marriage Undefines Marriage

In a recent Huffington Post opinion piece Lisa Haisha, a hollywood therapist, encouraged couples to redefine, by mutual consent, monogamy out of marriage. We live too long to be expected to find sexual satisfaction in one partner, so we should be open minded and invite our spouses to enjoy other wares. Fifty percent of all married

Interesting People are Interested People

A wise man said, “Interesting people are interested people.” It’s true right? Who do we love to spend time with? Who do we want to call up randomly for dinner or a drink? Someone who’s engaged, who nods and “mmhmms” and laughs and asks questions. Someone who carries the conversation, sharing personal stories, and drawing

Instagramming My Inner Demons

Please excuse me; this is the pot calling the kettle black. Currently I operate not one, but two Instagram accounts. Every night, just before falling asleep, I peruse an endless feed of images. Picture after picture, set into vignettes of sepia-toned antiquity that turn mundane moments into cultural artifacts. That’s the draw of Instagram, isn’t

The 450th Birthday of B.S.

Excuse my pun above, but I think The Bard would appreciate it. It is, in fact, the 450th birthday of William (Bill) Shakespeare. But, alas!, his writing is now relegated to the classroom, and viewed by the populous as a form of punishment. Today we remember the greatest dramatist who ever lived as a snobbish,

I’m a Doubter (Are You Too?)

We finished breakfast before our conversation ended. My friend shared a laundry list of doubts about God, Christianity, the Bible, science, philosophy, and world religions. His questions sprawled like trails in the wilderness. They crossed, connected, diverged. He wasn’t a skeptic, but a devout Christian leader. He wasn’t searching to abandon his faith, but to

A Sleep Drug Wakes Us Up To the Great Gender Dilemma

Lets begin with a popular thought: men and women are fundamentally the same. Although they don’t share reproductive organs and a few pesky hormones, they are basically the same. Everything we associate with “gender” is a social construct. Boys play with Tonka trucks, and girls play with Barbies, because we teach them to. What we

Making Your Home a Hospital

In season two of every American’s favorite British melodrama, Downton Abbey, Lord Grantham nobly choses to transform his home into a hospital for wounded soldiers. His mother disagrees: a home, she argues, is for comfort, pleasure, and family. Opening it to the sick is too costly. In the end Grantham is vindicated, but not without