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Gratitude

I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude lately. I think gratitude – thankfulness, appreciation, value – has a very underrated foundational role in virtue and vice. Legalism, the kind of self-righteous Christianity that is all about control, guilt, power, pride and perfection, really has beneath it a sick and hollowed out sense of gratitude.  Grace …

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2 Cor 3:2

2 Corinthians chapter 3 verse 2 reads, “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.” It’s a letter from Paul to the Corinthian people where he states with confidence that the people themselves – changed lives – are the fruit of his ministry and the letter of commendation for …

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Holy Tension

I’ve been thinking tonight about the difference between holy tension (tension over injustice and unrighteousness) and idealistic tension (tension over the gap between my expectations and reality.) Both cause stress.  Both aim at a better reality.  Both extend beyond our realm of control and become subject of prayer. One, however, seeks to align us with …

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