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Dunked in Diapers

“That’s horrible! Why would they splash a baby??”

This was the reaction of my Ugandan friend from seminary when he visited our Anglican Easter vigil. He is not alone. Many throughout the world think that the practice of infant baptism is unbiblical and harmful. Why, indeed, do we dunk (or splash) babies in the waters of baptism? Isn’t this just a product of elevating tradition and abandoning Sola Scriptura?

No, it’s not. In fact, infant baptism is legitimate and vitally impacts

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The Incarnation: God’s Commitment

This time of year, if you run in Christian circles, you’re apt to hear what the incarnation has to do with missions. And rightly so: “The Word Became Flesh” is such an earth-shattering, sweet truth. It merits informing our ministry strategy. “Incarnational ministry” is the traditional approach to this topic, harped on ad nauseum. It’s usually synonymous with “embodied” ministry, or models

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Happytude: Why Thankfulness Changes Us

Growing up in a Christian subculture prone to both kitsch and mnemonic devices, I was subjected early on to many cringe-worthy didactic moments. One shining example was a motivational poster on the wall that asked, “Do you have an attitude of gratitude?” The subtext seemed to be, “We know how to make

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Memento Mori: The Compelling Case for Daily Faithfulness

Death can be unthinkable. Some time ago, I was seated behind a young friend of mine in small evening worship service. Her mother had recently received a late-stage diagnosis of a serious illness. I was heart-worn already that day, and my usual shields set up against imagining tragedy slipped. Her youthful frame

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God is for God

The blazing, burning center of the Biblical story is God. The story of the Bible does not ultimately revolve around us; it ultimately revolves around God. The point of the Bible is not God’s love for humanity, or God’s intention for our good. The point is this: God is the Melody in

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Leaning into Tensions in Ministry

On an apple-picking trip one brisk October, I learned of the glories of the giant rubber band potato launcher. Not to be confused with its more ambitious cousin the potato cannon, the giant rubber band potato launcher is a satisfyingly analog ballistic endeavor. A small

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Want to Become a Spiritual Leader? Follow this One Weird Tip.

Do you aspire to be a spiritual leader? I’ve never been a stranger to ambition. Since childhood I’ve wanted to fix the world and punish fools. Fortunately, since then, the Lord has shown me that I would fall among the fools if I tried.

Yet, the desire to make a difference has lived on. Those

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WeaknessFinder: There’s More to Leadership Than Strengths

Earlier this week I led a team training on the StrengthsFinder assessment, a popular tool for discovering and naming personality strengths. The assessment is based on the work of Don Clifton, a psychologist whose ideas on leadership have proved so influential that they are now commonplace. Clifton argued that, instead of trying to shore up weaknesses, people should focus on working and leading from their strengths.

There’s more than

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Fighting Discouragement with Remembrance

Sometimes, life is disappointing. 

Lately, I learned that one of my high school friends just got divorced. Most of the children of a pastor influential in my childhood are hostile to the Lord. And if I lose my stainless-steel straw anytime in the next year, I might as well have been using plastic the whole time. 

I aired

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Beauty Points Beyond

In just a few weeks, I will marry the most beautiful woman in the world. Sophia Smith can laugh without words. When she smiles with her eyes, a room rings reminiscent of sleigh bells on Christmas; wonder of wonders, I hear it said, “this gift is for you.” But of course, it

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