Relationships

Owning your part in a conflict

Last weekend, we continued our series through James by considering the root causes of conflict. I don’t know anyone who is immune from relational conflict. Broken relationships affect all of us. James gives us the anatomy of quarrels and fights – our passions that are at war within us. These are selfish pleasures, desires that …

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The Art of Being Fully Present

Wow! Thanks everyone for the great interaction and response to last week’s post about shutting down technology and being present. I want to balance those thoughts and ideas with a thought on what it takes to engage one another. I say balance because it’s easy to address a topic by saying what we should not …

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Blatant Racism

A blogpost by pastor Eugene Cho pointed to this blatant racist app. I don’t consider myself an “angry Asian man”, but injustice like this makes me sick to my stomach. Will you sign this petition to get Google to remove this hurtful app?

Learning from a True Hero

This past Saturday, I had the unexpected joy of serving an elderly gentleman, Bill Scott, alongside two other members of our church – Mark and Dustin. Mr. Scott lives in a 175-year old house in a little corner of Laurel, MD. What I thought would be some kitchen work turned into having to tear out …

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Those people!?

Great video on how we view “the poor”. In the past year, I’ve been really convicted about how I essentially deny the doctrine of imago dei (being made in the image of God with all of its inherent dignity) in the way I interact with and respond to my neighbors – especially those who are …

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Submission in marriage

Over the years, my wife and I have had the blessing and joy of walking alongside a number of engaged couples as they prepare for marriage. One of the recurring discussions has been around the topic of submission. It seems that in our day and age, there is increasing confusion and suspicion surround this all-too-clear …

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Fired up by an ignorant comment

So I read this¬†blogpost by a reformed African-American pastor, Thabiti Anyabwile, responding to a question as to why African-American pastors didn’t show up for a conference called Together For The Gospel. I thought it was a fair response, but one follow-up comment got me fired up. The comment was posed by a white reformed pastor …

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Poignant slideshow on how our smartphones are making us dumber.