Potlucks and Priorities: Filling Life’s Plate to the Glory of God

There is a lighthearted joke in Baptist circles that our denomination is really great at one thing above all others: potluck dinners. We line up several six-foot-long tables end to end, and families bring their favorite meats, casseroles, and desserts to place in the seemingly never-ending lineup of delicious foods. Then everyone grabs a plate …

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Lessons Learned in Infertility

Each one of us is a learner. God created mankind with the ability to learn behaviors, skills, habits, and life lessons. We learn from past mistakes and successes, from failed attempts and major accomplishments. In my relatively short life I've learned many lessons. Some have been easier to stomach than others — some brought tears, some …

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Prone to Wander, Prone to Wound: The Believer’s Response to Conflict and Admonishment

Have you ever been confronted with the same issue over and over again, to the point where you know God must be trying to get your attention regarding that matter? That happened to me recently as several similar yet unrelated conversations ensued with several different people over the past few weeks. Those conversations have inspired …

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Truth, Grace, and Love: Rightly Representing Christ in a Social Media Culture

The Struggle is Real As I write blogs I often find myself doing a reality check to ensure that what I'm writing actually portrays who I am. I feel a tremendous responsibility to be authentic and genuine in the things I write, striving to point others to Christ as the ultimate satisfaction and fulfillment for …

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Are You a Strong “Neck”?

Currently I'm reading Aimee Byrd's latest book, No Little Women: Equipping All Women in the Household of God, and I was hooked after just the first few pages. Not only is it written to women, but also to pastors as they seek to diligently shepherd the women within their congregations. In the book, Byrd points out that …

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Parenting: The Heart of the Matter

I often jokingly say that before I became a parent, I was the "perfect parent." Can anyone relate? At times I would criticize others and the way they parented their children, believing that I would have handled unpleasant situations rightly and that my child would never [insert random act of disobedience here]. Sadly, I assumed that snotty-nosed …

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