Author Archives: Judy

A Closer Look at Refugees

Refugees were big news a couple months ago, but unfortunately the national discussion has moved on. President Trump has decided that there will be fewer refugees allowed into the U.S. this year. Last year the number of refugees was 110,000; this year it … Continue reading

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Identity Politics and Intrinsic Identity

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We are constantly being categorized. Each one of us is seen as part of a larger association: right or left; black or white; rich, middle class or poor; male or female; boomer, buster/gen x, millennial/gen y, or boomlet/gen z; Christian, … Continue reading

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Three Ways to Experience More of God’s Love

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Is it possible to fully understand the immensity of God’s love? The Bible tells us repeatedly that God love us, and God has given us plenty of evidence to back up his words. He created us, he created a marvelous world … Continue reading

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Hope More; Expect Less

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What do you expect in the near future? In Chicago, we can expect winter to be cold, snowy and long, but we can also expect a warm summer and a beautiful fall. (Spring is non-existent.) I expect to attend two family … Continue reading

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Three Reasons to Study Your Bible

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“Why study the Bible?” may seem like a silly question, especially if you’re a person who studies the Bible often, but it’s worth considering. Bible study can become a dry or optional habit if we’re not coming to God’s Word … Continue reading

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The Year in Books

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“So many books; so little time” is a quote attributed to Frank Zappa (according to Goodreads). I agree. C.S. Lewis said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” As a … Continue reading

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Christmas: Evidence of God’s Love

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Jesus love me this I know. As a child I sang that song, and as an adult I have always known that Jesus loves me. But…sometimes I forget. At times I’m not so sure. Christmas provides an especially good opportunity … Continue reading

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Two Qualities of the Early Church That We Should Pursue Today

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The church, made up of Jesus’ followers, is his body on earth. It has been brilliant and influential at times, weak at other points in history, and increasingly divided over the years. Amazingly, the imperfect church is still God’s designated witness, his hands … Continue reading

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Election Musings

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Election day is weeks away. I’ve always taken my vote seriously, for I believe that we have been given the privilege of a voice and that we should use it to the best of our ability. Making a decision in this election, however, … Continue reading

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Are You Seeking God’s Kingdom or Your Own?

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Money, success, and self-actualization are driving motivators in our culture today. Millennials will stay at jobs roughly two years before looking elsewhere for personal satisfaction. That is not necessarily a bad thing. They view jobs where they can make an … Continue reading

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