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Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservations. ~ Elton Trueblood

Yesterday I heard one of society’s common phrases: I’ll believe it when I see it.

It’s important to revisit our core values and beliefs frequently, and that statement brought me back to two of my guiding principles. (more…)


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The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God. We are dealing with somebody we made up.Rob Bell

God%20speaksI recently encountered an interesting question in Brent Cunningham’s blog: “Does God really ‘forget’ when He forgives?”

For me, Brent’s article prompts another question: “Do you think you understand God?”

My answer would be an unqualified, “No.” But then I’d need to immediately qualify my unqualified answer. (more…)

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I am only one, but I am one. I can’t do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do. And by the grace of God, I will. 
Edward Everett Hale

The story of Relentless Grace emerged differently than I imagined. I suspect a lot of creative endeavors are like that—you prepare and plan and develop your skills, but you also have to make sure that your own ideas and schemes don’t get in the way. The final product is often something with its own spirit that existed before you arrived. (more…)

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I’ve noticed that many atheists spend an amazing amount of time thinking about God.

In a cult classic from the 70’s called Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig argues that you can identify a person’s doubts and insecurities by the topics about which they shout the loudest. His example: nobody’s running around fanatically arguing that the sun’s going to rise tomorrow morning. (more…)

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“I’ve always admired atheists. It takes a lot of faith.” ~ Chris in “Northern Exposure”

When I published Relentless Grace, a marketing expert advised me not to place so many references to God on the cover. “You’re going to lose a lot of sales if they think it’s all about God.” I recall wondering about the proposed strategy of tricking people into buying a book about God. (more…)

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I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.

I spend much of my time these days seeking creative ways to tell my story. In the past few days I’ve been blessed to speak to two diverse groups about adversity and resilience.

I’m convinced that an account of a senseless accident does little to help, encourage, or inspire. But I’m learning that when it’s combined with personal vulnerability, the story can serve as a catalyst for powerful and profound interactions. (more…)

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 The speaker made a startling claim: “Every individual deserves respect.” I’m afraid I missed most of what remained in the message. (more…)

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