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The Redemptive Reading of God’s Story

The Redemptive Reading of God’s Story

Editor’s note: Two-time GRAMMY winning hip-hop artist and bestselling author Lecrae had inspired millions with his redemptive and gut-honest art. But when his personal life spun into chaos, he was forced to face the buried impact of the unhealed wounds — sexual abuse, physical trauma, addiction, and depression — that threatened to tear it all

Am I Being Honest with Myself… Really?

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? — Jeremiah 17:9 NIV Good question. Not me. Apparently, nobody. This explains why we’ve all said at some point, “I don’t understand why I did what I did.” Which is just another way of saying, “I don’t understand why I decided

The Answer to Outrage

  In 2014, Slate magazine released a series of essays collectively called “The Year of Outrage” and described, “From righteous fury to faux indignation, everything we got mad about… and how outrage has taken over our lives.” Essay titles included “The Outrage Project,” “The Life Cycle of Outrage,” “What ‘Outrage’ Means,” “Identity Outrage,” “The Cultural

How We Can Face the Hardest Things in Life

January 17th, 2018 transformed our lives. It was the day I (Patrick) heard the word cancer. “Would you spell that for me?” I asked the nurse over the phone. My head was already spinning. Heart pounding. I scribbled a word that I had, until now, never heard before onto the only scrap piece of paper

You Are Worth Getting to Know

  Just recently I lost a friend. I’m not sure if loss or death has been a part of your life, but it has most certainly been a part of mine. Prior to this loss, I had only ever attended one funeral: a friend’s father. Though my friend and I didn’t know each other too

A Nation Raging, a Church Unchanging

Contention and Division I was in Southeast Asia several weeks ago spending time with a friend, Michael. Michael is an American missionary, and his family has been absent from the United States for more than a decade. Over dinner one evening we strayed into politics. “I keep up on the news,” he said. “But what’s

God and the Pandemic: How Do We Recover?

  Perhaps the most vital question of all, and one which should be near the top of serious conversations at the highest level between Church, state and all interested parties, is how we move back towards whatever the ‘new normal’ is going to be. Some people have expressed the pious hope that when this is

Rescue from the Madness

There’s a madness to our moment, and we need to name it for the lunacy it is. Because it’s taking our lives hostage. First, there’s the blistering pace of life. I texted friends an announcement that was really important to me; they replied with little thumbs-up emojis. I think to myself, That’s it—you can’t even

More than False Hope

“You can do anything if you put your mind to it.” I’m sure you’ve heard that inspirational saying. Maybe a guy at the gym quoted it, or maybe your wife has it written in cursive on a cute chalkboard she got at Hobby Lobby. Either way, I’m sorry, but whoever came up with that saying

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