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The Purpose of Thanksgiving

The Purpose of Thanksgiving

“For the Christian, every day is Thanksgiving Day.” — Billy Graham Consider the word “Thanksgiving”, and invariably images of family gatherings come to mind. Such gatherings with turkey dinners, pumpkin pies, fall decorations, football, and tryptophan grogginess are all too common in American homes. This may be what Thanksgiving has become but it is not the

Sacred Roots

Sacred Roots: Why the Church Still Matters

Welcome to the post-religious age — where the once clean-cut ideas about faith and Christianity are breaking down. Suddenly, things don’t seem as simple as whether someone is churched or unchurched. Christian or not. In or out. The very language our culture uses has shifted to accommodate this new landscape. There are new disclaimers and

Multi-Careering

Multi-Careering: Leading a Life That Means Something

No matter what stage in life we find ourselves – fresh out of college, nearing retirement, or somewhere in-between – at some point we all find ourselves wrestling with deeply personal and theological questions of vocation, calling, and purpose. These challenging questions don’t come with easy answers, but when considering who could best address this

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The Real Meaning of Christmas

We hear it all the time, “don’t forget the meaning of Christmas.” Yet how many people know the real meaning of Christmas? According to a survey released this week by the American Bible Society, 94% of Americans celebrate Christmas but only 15% of Americans read the Bible’s account of the birth of Christ as part of their

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One Light Still Shines

I’d like to tell you a love story. I could tell another story instead. I could recount a gruesome, premeditated murder. I could describe unspeakable acts. I could take you behind the scenes into the shielded private world of my Amish neighbors as they mourned the horrific losses of their daughters, granddaughters, nieces, sisters, and

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