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Faith and Business: How Do We Bridge the Gap?

As an eighteen-year-old high school student, I was given the task of completing a senior project. It seemed like an insurmountable goal to culminate thirteen years of education and my personal ideals into a thesis paper, related product, and oral presentation. I titled my project “Faith in Business”, an attempt to highlight the idea that these concepts were not oil and water. I wanted to prove that contrary to cultural belief, faith and business were not only intertwined, they were mutually beneficial. Those who judged my efforts introduced common criticisms, making […]

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After My Grandmother Died, Guess What We Found in Her Bible

Today would have been Grandma Ham’s 89th birthday. For those who didn’t have the privilege of knowing her, she was four feet ten inches of well-permed, God-fearing delight. Recently, while my mom was cleaning out my grandmother’s home, she found my grandmother’s Bible. Well, actually, there were many. But what she found inside was a testimony to a life lived in the trenches of faith. To my grandmother, the Bible wasn’t an old dusty book full of do’s and don’ts, it […]

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A Christian’s Plea During This Political Season

This political season has become reality television at it’s very best (or worst depending on your perspective). Regardless of which side of the aisle you’re on, it hasn’t been pretty. As a result of recent terrorist attacks, the ongoing LGBT conversation, a violent resurgence of racial tension, and pending economic issues, there’s a heightened state of tension that has created the perfect storm. Our emotions are on overload. But what troubles me the most is the number of professing Christians who […]

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The Pressure of a Perfect Christmas

I recently read about an ambitious dad who decided to trump the Elf on the Shelf tradition by actually dressing up as the elf himself. Apparently, hiding a stuffed elf every night wasn’t challenging enough for this guy. His story went viral. Touché, elf dad, pictures of you dressed up like a life-sized elf duct-taped to the wall are on every news site in America. Clark Griswold, eat your heart out. But I have a confession to make. When I see stories […]

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A New Perspective on the Christmas Story

Listen to this on the Whole Life Matters Podcast ◊♦◊ There has been a lot of upheaval lately in social, political, and religious circles on the topic of refugees. Should we, or should we not allow them to enter the United States? That’s a heavy question. I find myself wrestling with both sides of the equation. Prudence perpetuates one answer, while compassion for humanity perpetuates another. But this morning, in the wake of another Christmas season, I’m going to pause for […]

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Life in the Desert

A twenty-something friend reached out to me recently, just to talk. He had abandoned the idea of God in his late teen years after religious culture and hell-fire-and-brimstone left a bitter taste in his mouth. I can’t say I blame him for spitting it out. Now, after ten years of tasting all that life has to offer, he is weary—thirsty for something that life isn’t providing. Sure, he’s successful, and he’s a great guy. But he’s sinking. He’s in the midst of some […]

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Hope

A mentor once told me that life is a series of adventures. Some are more fortuitous than others and, quite frankly, some don’t seem like adventures at all. New seasons can be terrifying, but in the midst of our fear, we cannot lose hope. Living Your Adventure In the summer of 2013, my life drastically changed after pursuing a calling to write. This season was an adventure of uncovering true richness and contentment in the midst of everyday life. It was both fun and challenging to […]

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