Questions of Faith

Questions of Faith

Often times we treat faith and doubt as if they are completely opposite and there is no room for doubt in manners of faith. When we create this dichotomy, following Jesus becomes like a package deal where if you accept one part of a certain kind (whether it be...
Suicide and the Local Church

Suicide and the Local Church

Over the past few months in the Santa Clarita, California community where Real Life Church resides, there have been a number of tragic incidents involving suicide. Since this is normally a relatively quiet and safe community, there has understandably been some shock...
Wouldn’t It Be Great

Wouldn’t It Be Great

Last month we decorated our homes with ornaments and lights, sang Christmas carols, exchanged gifts and enjoyed a meal with friends and family, but that was last month.  It seems a strange and painful juxtaposition to celebrate the birth of Jesus in December only to...
The Times They Are A Changin

The Times They Are A Changin

Do you remember what a pay phone is? When was the last time you saw one of those? It almost seems as though they have been systematically removed from our sight, and that is because they largely have. We now have smart phones, tablets, Bluetooth; who needs a pay phone...
Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

Time magazine just released their famous annual issue announcing their “person of the year.” In this case, there were many persons of the year as they announced “The Silence Breakers” to the honorific title. If you’re not in the know, The Silence Breakers are those...
Keeping the X in X-mas

Keeping the X in X-mas

Christmas seems to bring out religious and culture wars like no other holiday. Remember a couple years ago when Starbucks came out with the blank red cup that initiated so many backlashes at Christmas time? They were accused of taking Christ out of Christmas,...

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