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American Exceptionalism: Random Male Violence, Part II

American Exceptionalism: Random Male Violence, Part II

In my previous post, Random Male Violence, Part 1, I began to unravel the mystery of why the random violence we regularly encounter happens in the U.S. on a level unlike any other country. Our soul-searching requires that we recognize that we are developing wounded males. But all countries have wounded males. (This article is written by Craig Glass.) There’s another inescapable reason random...

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American Exceptionalism: Random Male Violence, Part I

American Exceptionalism: Random Male Violence, Part I

Once again we wrestle with piercing feelings of grief, bewilderment and anger. Yet again a young American male has unleashed his wrath against a vulnerable group of students. Our hearts ache, our heads shake and our minds reel. How can this keep happening? What can we do to make sure this never happens again? (This article is written by Craig Glass.) We’re familiar with the spectrum of...

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Curiosity in Calling

Curiosity in Calling

Much of our life is designed to be navigated by curiosity.  We certainly were curious when we were younger. For many of us, our curiosity was pushed aside by practicality and busyness, making mystery an annoyance rather than an adventure. Curiosity is such an important and informative thing.  Perhaps a more compelling word would be fascination.  We are to live fascinated by God, by his...

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When Your World Has Been Shaken By Betrayal

When Your World Has Been Shaken By Betrayal

Continuation of Sidelined by Betrayal (click here for Part 1) What do we do when we have been betrayed (or at least it feels like it) by a friend or a ministry – when our whole world has been shaken? Paul tells us, “See to it that you do not refuse Him who speaks…’Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ …the removing of what can be shaken—that is,...

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Sidelined by Betrayal

Sidelined by Betrayal

What causes us to become sidelined with our calling, with the life we were created to live that brings life to others?  Among the possible reasons, one that appears most frequent and devastating is betrayal – in friendship, in work, in church or ministry. Betrayal, or at least the sense of betrayal, wounds at the deepest level – trust.  It can diminish, if not destroy, our ability...

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Underestimating the Power of Our Lives

Underestimating the Power of Our Lives

The city of Los Angeles hosted the 1984 Summer Olympics. The world was watching what the entertainment capital of the world would do with the opening and closing ceremonies. During this time, I was running a gymnastics center in the L.A. area. The choreographers came to our gym asking if we had adult male gymnasts who could perform in the opening ceremonies. We had the gymnasts, and because of...

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