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New Release! A Christian Mind: Thoughts on Life and Truth in Jesus Christ

New Release! A Christian Mind: Thoughts on Life and Truth in Jesus Christ

Just released! My new book A Christian Mind: Thoughts on Life and Truth in Jesus Christ. It’s a collection of the best from this blog, plus a couple articles first published at Discipleship Journal and Touchstone magazine. Available as Kindle ebook or paperback. (Paperback may not publish for a few hours yet.) From the description at Amazon: A Christian Mind comprises the best of Tom Gilson’s original work, curated from his highly popular Thinking Christian blog, written over the past ten years or so —…

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The Illusion of Control, The Unwavering Reality of God

The Illusion of Control, The Unwavering Reality of God

I should almost be okay with it by now. I’ve had enough experience. I had surgery on my foot last Monday afternoon, for the fifth time on that foot. I was blessed with structural flaws that are to blame for it all. I should be okay with it, and honestly I’m past the fear part now. The lack of control still gets to me. Surgery is such a passive experience. You lie there and people do things to you. Part…

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We’re Accelerating Toward Persecution. Hold On To Joy!

We’re Accelerating Toward Persecution. Hold On To Joy!

With this post I will (at last) echo some of my own writing at The Stream here at Thinking Christian. If there’s a tipping point coming soon for Christians in America to experience real persecution, we’ve just moved a lot closer to it this week. I’m not trying to predict the future, and I’d be glad to be totally wrong. But it seems possible that one day we’ll look back at Charlottesville as the hinge it all turned upon…. All of this is completely startling…

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The One Thing Wrong With Seeking Advice On How To Respond to Tragedy

The One Thing Wrong With Seeking Advice On How To Respond to Tragedy

How do we respond to a tragic horror like this weekend’s shooting in Orlando? If you’re just asking now, you might be asking the wrong question. It’s not that there’s no answer. There is, and on one level it’s quite simple. I do not say it is easy, but at least it can be stated simply: We respond in love according to truth and grace, as always. Jesus was full of grace and truth (John 1:14), and God is love…

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Book Review: Facing the Blitz by Jeff Kemp

Book Review: Facing the Blitz by Jeff Kemp

Where have you encountered a blitz? Think about Family of origin Childhood relationships and school Sports and athletics College and career experiences On the job/business Romantic relationships and marriage Children Friendships, faith community, neighbors Accidents and injuries Health That question and the bullet points are quoted from page 73 of Jeff Kemp’s Facing the Blitz: Three Strategies for Turning Trials Into Triumph. Jeff Kemp knows about blitzes.* He’s a former NFL quarterback, as was his dad Jack Kemp before him….

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Christians Are Called to be Great

Christians Are Called to be Great

While I learn my new position as senior editor with The Stream, I’ll  be re-posting older, “evergreen” blog posts that were written on an older blogging system and aren’t directly accessible from this one. This one was originally published in 2005. It’s a long study, admittedly. It’s also been extremely influential in my own thinking and in others’ from around the world. Called to be Great This message is intended primarily for people who don’t think it’s for them: those who will…

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