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January 10, 2020

Thank God for Enemies

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I need enemies. In fact, I’m not sure what it really means to love without them. Jesus said the same thing. “Love your enemies. . . . If you love only those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?” Could...

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December 4, 2019

Mankind Is Not My Neighbor

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Jean Paul Sartre once quipped: “Humanity I love; it’s my neighbor I can’t stand.” It’s easy to love an abstraction, to trumpet an ideal. But when it comes to loving the person right next to us (or right next door), that’s a different matter...

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September 24, 2019

Loneliness and Love in an Age of Isolation, Part II

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We must understand that loneliness is only overcome when we no longer need the world to revolve around ourselves. “For the entire law,” writes the apostle Paul, is summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Gal. 5:14). In...

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August 20, 2019

Loneliness and Love in an Age of Isolation, Part I

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In my own battle with loneliness, I have found that I have to start by being brutally honest with myself and to stand alone before God in repentance: “Lord, I’m not the person you made me to be, and I am to blame. I run my own show, on my own terms...

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