Oxen + Crops

In the little yellow‐​​bricked house on Young Street, I developed my first friendships. Before then, I had “friends,” but they were of my mom’s choosing — the daughters of her friends. However, these new friends were of my choosing. They were quite outstanding, really. […]

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What You Can Learn From Ruth and Boaz

I’ve been hanging out in the book of Ruth for the last five years and — just gotta say it — I’ve fallen in love with Boaz. Not because he’s handsome, wealthy, strong, or influential, but because he sounds so much like Jesus. He’s […]

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The Beauty of Confession

An apology is a beautiful thing, especially when it’s given to me! But ask me to apologize and I’m just sorry you’re such a sensitive person that what happened hurt you. And I’m sorry you think I did something wrong. My apology is […]

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Grace and Freedom

A Love at Bay As I sat behind home plate watching my eight‐​​year‐​​old swing at a wild pitch, my heart was suffocating in my sin. I didn’t want to be at his baseball game, and my struggle to love my little boy showed […]

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Scare Tactics

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  (Hebrews 13:5) The smell of French fries lingered while squeals and laughter filled […]

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Friends That Sharpen

Whether it’s over a steaming mug of dark‐​​roasted coffee, a frilly lunch served at the local sushi restaurant, or a power walk in the wee hours of the morning, my accountability partner and I meet regularly to speak into each other’s lives. We trust […]

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