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When Life is Painful, You Need a Suffering Savior

When life is painful, you don’t need a God who is disconnected from the harsh realities of daily life. You need a suffering savior.

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Social Distancing and the Despair of Jesus

Social Isolation Is a Silent Killer. Here’s Why.Several months ago, I visited a friend in ICU. Because of certain life choices, no one else had visited him. And since he was expressing his pain in harsh words, the nurses also didn’t spend any extra time at his bedside. But I’m stubborn. And I know his […]

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Jesus meant it when he said “Love your (political) enemies.”

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” – Thomas MertonPhoto by Heather Mount on UnsplashPolitics and FriendshipOne of my best friends and I disagree politically, and it makes our friendship stronger.This friend of mine — we’ve […]

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Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of My Faith

“Until and unless Christ is experienced as a living relationship between people, the Gospel remains largely an abstraction. Until Christ is passed on personally through faithfulness and forgiveness, through concrete bonds of union, I doubt whether he is passed on by words, sermons, institutions, or ideas.”-Richard RohrBRAAAAAAAINSI don’t talk to my kids about the Bible […]

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How to Find Jesus When Life Sucks

A friend of mine sent me a message recently that read, “Life sucks.” And I responded, “Yep. It’s a promise from Jesus.”

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Following Jesus Out of the Evangelical Church

In Episode 41 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin talks with David P. Gushee, author of the brand-new book, Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism. Tony Campolo says, “Still Christian takes us on the journey of a Christian leader who endeavors to maintain his integrity while navigating his way from a rigid fundamentalism with its right-wing […]

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Want to Be a Bridge-Builder? Get Ready for the Trolls.

I’m a social media fanatic because it supports my goal of being a bridge-builder. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have connected me with amazing people from diverse walks of life. I have formed incredible relationships with people from around the globe. From where I stand, the internet is a gift. I connect with many of these […]

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The Kind of Jesus I Really Need

Hi, it’s Lindsey! I’m over at Songbird and a Nerd today talking about the kind of Jesus I need.
My kids were watching a happy little Christian t.v. show. You know, the kind from the 80’s that airs on some random public station, over the antenna. The one with the ultra cheesy choreography and bad music. My kids were watching that. It’s not what I would have chosen for them, but let’s be honest. Sometimes I just don’t care what they watch. I’m raising a toddler and a preschooler, and there are times that I’m simply thankful to have a moment to breathe.

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Why Your Humanity Matters More than Your Christianity

In Episode 010 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, I tackle the idea that our humanity matters more than our religious labels.  More than any other episode, this one is all about messy grace. In conversation, people tend to struggle with the idea that I’m a former pastor. For them, the concept of former means I must […]

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The Day Jesus Looked Just Like My Grandpa

I was at the end of my rope. It was my second year of ministry school and nothing was making sense. I had questions for a long time, but I’d only been asking them aloud for a few months. And each time I did, I was met with the frowns and upturned noses of those […]