Guess who I’m preaching with this Sunday?

This Sunday I’m only speaking about half as long as usual. Hooray! The catch is there will be someone else speaking, too. If you know Lysia Urban then you know it’s going to be a good Sunday. Lysia is our Youth Ministry Director, on purpose. She is also a bio-mom, adopted-mom, and stepmom. She is kind

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A scientific perspective

Doesn’t religion divide people and cause violence? Aren’t more people killed in the name of religion than for any other reason? Identifying as a Christian sometimes means getting lumped with every religious whacko, sociopath, and nut job. So, for perspective, I made a list of scientific facts that many scientists would like to distance themselves

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Tested by a bison

I love my brother a lot more than I love where he lives – North Dakota. In order to get to his house, you must fly eight hours. Then you drive eight hours. And then, unfortunately, you are in North Dakota. It’s a state with barely two outstanding features. First, North Dakota is the third-largest nuclear

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Pace yourself

He picked me up from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and drove us to Marquette, Michigan, a little town on the coast of the upper peninsula. This town of some 20,000 residents boasted a college and a quaint downtown area. But we weren’t students or tourists. We were on a mission – two high school buddies ready to tackle 26.2

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You can’t get there from here

Like most men, I did it in protest. I asked for directions. The event preceded GPS, even MapQuest. And my knowledge of the backroads of Ripley County, Indiana betrayed my summer farm construction employment. I approached him in one of our Ford work trucks and the farmer looked friendly enough. That is not as much

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A disordered quiz

How many of these describe you? –You have a hard time waiting the five seconds it takes to “skip advertisement” before watching an internet video. –Sometimes you eat meals while driving to an appointment you’re late for. –When a crisis occurs you think, “Not today.” –There are things in your house that should be fixed,

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How to pray for the Superbowl

This Sunday millions of people will take part in a long tradition of celebration and social interaction. There will be food to eat and alcohol to drink. Some will wear their favorite clothing for the event. Some will cheer loudly while others, absorbed by the pageantry of the event, will sit quietly. There will be

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Rolling the dice with your future?

I’m a strategy guy. I love games that require calculated moves. Chess and poker apps get loaded on my phone. Rolling dice and picking numbers doesn’t interest me because it’s all about chance. I follow politics more for the campaign tactics than personal hope for any particular candidate. I appreciate sports commentators who dissect the

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