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In Praise of Regifting

In Praise of Regifting

Regifting gets a bad “wrap”—sorry for the terrible pun! During this season when we spend a lot of time and energy thinking about, shopping for, and purchasing presents, I think this practice deserves to be reconsidered. Sure, regifting can be a cheap and relatively thoughtless way of keeping up social conventions, but it doesn’t have to be. 

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Trying Tenderness

Trying Tenderness

What does the word “tenderness” bring to mind? Is it a young mother gently brushing the hair aside from her sleeping infant’s forehead? The nurse speaking words of reassurance to a scared patient? The gray-haired man spoon-feeding his wife who no longer remembers his name? The pastor patiently guiding and comforting the struggling adolescent? All of these are reflections—human expressions—of the “tender mercy” of God in whose image and likeness we are made.

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Submit & Be Fruitful

Submit & Be Fruitful

Yielding in the sense of submitting isn’t a popular concept in mainstream, secular American culture. Truth be told, it doesn’t seem to be a driving force among most American Christians either. We’re much more interested in the capitalistic/individualistic aspect of yield—getting more or getting our way—than in giving way to God or to others.

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