Articles in Faith, Local News and Kirsten Raby

Awaiting the Dawn

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“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” This lyric, from the song “Closing Time,” oddly articulates the bittersweet paradox signified by Good Friday and Easter. If we really want to live for others, we must be willing to die to s... Read full article

Invite God into your Pain

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Parenting while navigating emotional pain presents a unique set of challenges. While struggling personally, it can feel impossible to tend to the well being of another human. If life were left to us to maneuver alone, it would certainly be impossible... Read full article

Jesus, a Radically Inclusive Compassion

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Jesus of Nazareth, the name conjures up a profound emotional reaction. For some, Jesus has too often been the subjective justification for overwhelming discrimination, alienation, and condemnation. For others, Jesus is the source of radically inclusi... Read full article

Parenting Together

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One potentially divisive area that often catches parents off-guard is the method of parenting. It’s not usually on the docket for one of those late night conversations associated with young love before we tie the knot. But, as in most areas that divi... Read full article

The Lowdown on Shots, Soaps, and Sports

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Just when you think you’ve got this parenting thing figured out, new research comes along that refutes everything you’ve been doing since day one. If you’ve been debating the merits of flu mists, antibacterial soaps, and whether or not your kids shou... Read full article



Abundant Living in 2018

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New Year’s resolutions are often blown off or forgotten by the middle of January each year. But thriving in our faith and living abundantly means doing things differently. Let’s look at what this means.... Read full article

Breaking the Silence of Secrets

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Our children watch to see how we honor our own words. Do we jump quickly to the punishment, or are we willing to offer grace and forgiveness? In Psalms 32, we hear that keeping silence is a heavy burden that causes us to feel as if we are wasting awa... Read full article

Take it Back

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Socialization is a major component of our existence. It is a determining factor in others’ opinions of our character. Since we do not reside in Utopia, we make mistakes. These mistakes are evidenced in our conversations and physical interactions. We ... Read full article

Everybody Needs Jesus and Counseling

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You’ve heard the axiom, “Never talk about religion or politics.” I think it’s become, “Never talk about religion, politics, or mental health.” I often tell people, “We’re all crazy. Everybody needs Jesus and counseling.”... Read full article

Handle Conflict Like Christ

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We’ve all been there before. You know, the moment when you realize that relationships aren’t built to be peaches and cream all the time. Whether it’s a romantic relationship, or even just a friendship, all relationships face the challenge of handling... Read full article

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