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Cooler Master NotePal

This post has absolutely nothing to do with peacemaking or Shalom or gospel relationships or anything like those topics. This is a simple product recommendation because OH MY STARS! If you have a laptop that tends to char your lap with its heat (like I do), this may end up being the best $20 you spend this year … Fred just …

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The Reason Why Human Community Has Unraveled Everywhere

From Tim Keller’s The Community of Jesus: In effect, God is saying, “The reason why human community has unraveled everywhere; the reason individuals are at war with individuals and families are at war with families and nations are at war with nations; the reason all of that is happening is because when your relationship with me unraveled, all other relationships …

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“You are going to RUIN that women’s group, Tara.”

Every Tuesday, I have the privilege and joy of meeting with a group of women and children from our church for a day of prayer, learning, and relationship. “Officially,” we are all part of an education co-op that covers subjects like Latin, Grammar, Writing, Science (Physics/Chemistry/Biology), Math, History, Art; but even more officially, we are there to encourage one another (and all of …

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Making a Career of Nothing

My notes from Cornelius Plantinga’s Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin: To what extent are we making a career of Nothing (wandering through malls, killing time, making small talk, watching tv until we know the characters better than our own children)? This sin robs the community of our gifts and energies and shapes our lives into …

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The Life of God in the Soul of the Church: The Root and Fruit of Spiritual Fellowship

I just finished reading Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile’s new book cover to cover (couldn’t put it down!) and I strongly commend it to you: The Life of God in the Soul of the Church: The Root and Fruit of Spiritual Fellowship This is the review I put up on Amazon: “Pastor Anyabwile has been one of my favorite contemporary churchmen ever …

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FREE eBook: Transforming Grace – Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love

I love everything I’ve ever read by Jerry Bridges, including this: Transforming Grace – Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love

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The Root of Humility is Knowledge

JC Ryle, Commentary on Luke: Do you want to know the root and spring of humility? One word describes it. The root of humility is right knowledge. The person who really knows himself and his own heart, who knows God and his infinite majesty and holiness, who knows Christ and the price at which he was redeemed, that person will never …

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Let’s play a little game of, “How long do you think this person is going to stay in business?”

I had a strange thing happen to me today. The girls are with our dear friends for a paid childcare day because I have a great deal of work to do for my fall speaking events, and as a giant blessing to me (and my sore back), Fred blessed me with an appointment for a therapeutic deep tissue massage. (If …

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Spanish Version of “Living the Gospel in Relationships”?

We are so grateful that my first book, Peacemaking Women, exists in Spanish and we’ve received a number of requests for my video series to be dubbed into Spanish too. The only thing stopping this project is finances—so we are applying for a grant to fund it. As a part of the grant application, we’re supposed to include stories of …

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One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally …

Given the seriousness of my mother’s diagnoses, we are all tentatively doing our best to say important things and discuss difficult topics. Like death. And life. And love too of course. Last night, I looked up one of the very first poems I memorized as a new Christian: John Donne’s Death be Not Proud. It is still as poignant today as …

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