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DEC. 12 | Hope and Anxiety

We live in a day and age stricken by anxiety. A global pandemic, social protests, and unemployment have swept our nation leaving a wake of anxiety upon the shoreline of our souls. What do we do when instances like these bring crushing burdens upon us? How do we respond to what we see before our eyes? Is life hopeless? The answer is found in…

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DEC. 11 | Hope Beyond Guilt and Shame

Behind the curtains, I noticed a 3-foot-tall human silhouette with a pair of toddler-size shoes peeking out from below. A rule had been broken in our home, and the responsible party was attempting to hide. He was not the first guilty human to use this ineffective tactic. Adam and Eve did the same thing in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:10). Like my child,…

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DEC. 10 | Hope and Unity

Have you noticed how the conversations we hear on social media and in our newsfeeds are often overlaid with anxiety, anger, differences of opinion, and disunity? The conversations we listen to often highlight our world’s deep inability to find reconciliation apart from God. Social media trolls plague those who hold opposing views from theirs. Politicians smear their opponents’ reputations to win elections. Even church…

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DEC. 9 | Hope and Social Justice

One of the most talked about and important events in the entire Bible is the Exodus. In the book of Exodus (named after the event), God hears the cry of His people, calls upon a fugitive to confront the reigning super-power, demonstrates His sovereignty and love for His people in mighty ways, liberates His people from slavery and oppression, and then sustains them miraculously…

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DEC. 8 | Hope and Politics

Jesus was born into a political cauldron. Zealots on the left agitating for radical and violent change, a ruling class elite on the right intent on preserving the perks and privileges of their hard-earned and well-deserved position, and a vast populace in the middle just hoping for someone or something to ease the burden of their day-to-day subsistence. Each of them pinned their political…

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DEC. 7 | Hope and Memory (Pearl Harbor Day)

“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the majestic glory, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,’ we…

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DEC. 6 | Hope and Peace

At the end of 2020, with so much fear, conflict, and strife, we might well ask, “Are hope and peace even plausible?” As stress levels reach record highs, and mental health reaches new lows, we need peace around us and within us like never before. But is peace possible? The complexity of the answer is, as I tell my students, found in the simplicity…

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