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Am I Chosen By God?

Am I Chosen By God?

There once was a boy who stood in a corner of a high school party, soaking his sorrows in vodka. This boy was usually the center of attention, the ringleader of any kind of mischief or fun. But tonight, he was quieter, withdrawn. If he was honest, he didn’t see much...
How to Ignore God

How to Ignore God

Even as I started to write this article, I did it:  I ignored God. I read my assigned scripture, fired up my laptop, and tapped into my own history and skill to make notes about what I would say here. I did not first ask God to be near, to speak, to let me know what I...
Playing Favorites, Playing God

Playing Favorites, Playing God

I was born a black-and-white thinker.  Do this, and you’re rewarded. Fail, in even the tiniest way, and you’re punished — even if only by your own heart. In my world, A + B always equaled C.  Then, tragedy struck my life in my mid-20s. I became suddenly, deathly ill....
Mercy for the Half-Hearted

Mercy for the Half-Hearted

Jonah is my favorite. On the ship, he’s a drama queen. In the fish, a moody poet. He’s a bold proclaimer on the streets of Nineveh, but in the end, a spoiled brat hosting a pity party under the palms. As the saying goes, I’m not laughing at him; I’m laughing with him....