Undiluted by Benjamin Corey

Anyone who spends significant time around children knows that they get hurt. Sometimes from predictable ways (“I told you not to step on the cat’s tail.”) to the unexpected (“That’s an odd place for a bruise….what happened?”), many kids are walking accidents.

Childhood is full of bumps, bruises, scrapes, and cuts. From the schoolyard to the backyard, there is almost always a chance for someone to get hurt.

And when you get hurt, your body tries to protect you. Scabs are a natural way for the body to fight against infection and disease.

But sometimes that’s not enough.

Sometimes, the wounds have to be cleaned out. We need hydrogen peroxide and some tweezers to get the grit out of our scraped up knee to make sure it heals properly.

Undiluted by Benjamin Corey (available now), is what we need to clean us out from an infected faith.

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Joining God’s Story

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts…”

This quote from Shakespeare’s work As You Like It, continues on to describe seven stages of humanity, from infancy through adulthood and shows the evolution that we all go through in our lifetime. It’s similar in nature to the old joke that says, “What starts out on four legs, walks on two later, and end’s it’s life on three legs? Humans, who start out crawling, learn to run, and then finish walking with a cane.” Life, at least the process of life development, is one that we all go through.

And we can all affirm that, can’t we? The journey of life, something that we long to do well? We know more now than we did as a child, and anyone who is a grandparent call tell you that you parent differently. Kids get disciplined, grandchildren get spoiled.

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The practice of missional living

As summer comes to a close, we begin to settle into what we often call our ‘normal’ routine. Vacations are over, school is starting, the temperatures will soon begin to drop, and the busyness of summer will give way to the steady rhythm of fall.

And if you’re a sports fan, particularly a football fan, it also means that you get to enter the joyous time of weekend games. Practices have started, the media outlets have kicked it into full gear, scrimmage games are already happening, and eyes are turning towards the television to see what sports hero will screw something up next.

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