The Temptation of Bibliolatry

I often read the Bible with an air of arrogance. Sometimes I elevate myself above the foolish Israelites who, even after seeing God part the red sea or deliver them from empire, still choose to rebel against this omnipotent and benevolent God. At other times I am appalled at the Ancient Near East’s barbaric practices like that of sacrificing their own children to the gods. Clearly, I am so much better than…

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The Transformative Power of a Cross-Carrying Life

The call to "carry our cross" is... intense. I don't know that talking and thinking about it means as much as just doing it, but then Jesus did leave us not only His example but also His words. We have to understand what He calls us to do; we have to count the cost. Reading books about cruciformity such as "The Cost of Discipleship" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and "Cruciformity" by Michael J.…

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Turtle Heart by Lucida Kinsinger: Interview and Review

Lucinda J. Kinsinger, author of "Anything But Simple: My Life as a Mennonite", recently published "Turtle Heart: Unlikely Friends with a Life-Changing Bond". Today we're delighted to share an interview with her conducted by That Jesus Podcast (featuring author Emily Smucker as well) and a written book review. What happens when Anne from Anne of Green Gables meets Roseanne from the 1988 sitcom?  Well maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but…

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