Unjust Criticism

This week, Faith in Real Life took on a challenging passage from 1 Peter. The challenge comes both from a question of how we interpret scripture and connect it to how we live today, and how we respond to criticism. How do we take a passage of scripture with a history of being...
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A New Life of Loving Deeply

Our calling as Christians to “love one another deeply from the heart” is far easier said than done. Fulfilling the calling of which Peter reminds us requires a reorientation of our notions regarding our relationship with God. If we run and hide from a punitive God who...
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Trusting the Risen Lord

The Easter season continues. The high of last week’s celebration of the resurrection slowly transitions to a sobering question–“What now?” How do we take the faith we profess and understand in our heads and turn that into action to create a life that...
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Secure on Shaking Ground

“He is risen! He is risen indeed!” The resurrection of Jesus that we celebrate on Easter Sunday is the bedrock on which we build our faith. Do we fully comprehend the significance of this event which happened over 2,000 years ago, or are we simply hindered in our...
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Salvation on God’s Terms

When events happen that don’t fall in line with our expectations, it’s easy to become disappointed. Most times, the stakes are low, so that disappointment is short-lived and ultimately inconsequential. But what happens when your faith and all of your hopes are riding...
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Leaving Room for God

What role do miracles play in our faith?  And who said death was a bad thing? These are but a couple of the questions that came up this week when Faith in Real Life read and discussed the story of Jesus bringing Lazarus back from the dead and whether the real miracle was the...
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Our Certainties Make Us Blind

Overconfidence in what we think we know can betray us. This week, Faith in Real Life discussed the story of the man born blind whom Jesus healed. No one could believe it; certainly not the Pharisees, but not even the man’s own family. Their preconceived notions of how the...
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Seeing as God Sees

To be in real relationship requires vulnerability. But in our world, we construct barriers to vulnerability, both for others and ourselves. We fall victim to fears of not being accepted based on human notions of who belongs. This week, Faith in Real Life discussed this fear and,...
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New birth. New choices. New life.

When we hear the phrase “to be born again” today, it calls to mind specific images of conversion for many. But at the heart of it, the story of Nicodemus’ night meeting with Jesus from John chapter three is about recognizing that there is a fundamentally...
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Self-Inflicted Estrangement

Life is full of choices, definitions of good and bad, actions and consequences. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given a choice; they were tempted. When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, he was given choices, too. As believing people how do we make our...
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