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ODB: Reason for Fear

When I was a boy, the schoolyard was where bullies threw their weight around and kids like me received that bullying with minimal protest. As we cowered in fear before our tormenters, there was something even worse

The Long Way Home

If you’re unsure how to get from point A to point B, what do you do? Recently I discovered the Google Maps app. Key in your starting point, enter your ending point, and voilà! The application will get you there.

ODB: Compassion in Action

Building benches isn’t James Warren’s job. He started building them, however, when he noticed a woman in Denver sitting in the dirt while waiting for a bus. That’s “undignified,” Warren worried.

ODB: All the Answers

Dale Earnhardt Jr. describes the awful moment he understood his father was gone. Motor racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. had just been killed in a horrific crash at the end of the Daytona 500—a race in which Dale Jr. had also participated.

ODB: Beautiful Restoration

In his wonderful book Art + Faith: A Theology of Making, renowned artist Makoto Fujimura describes the ancient Japanese art form of Kintsugi. In it, the artist takes broken pottery (originally tea ware) and pieces the shards back together with lacquer, threading gold into the cracks.

Begging the Question?

People sometimes say “That begs the question” when referring to something that raises a query. But begging the question actually means to put forth an argument with a premise that assumes the conclusion.
When Christ appears, we shall be like him. (Ref. 1 John 3:2-3)

Typography: 1 John 3:2-3

When we think about Christlikeness and see our sinful selves, we can sometimes feel disheartened.
People on escalator in a subway station

3 Tips to Meet God in the Ordinary Moments

When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I was profoundly uncomfortable with the ordinary part of my Christian life.

ODB: God Covers Our Sin

When one single mother had to find work to take care of her family in the 1950s, she took on typing jobs. The only issue was that she wasn’t a very good typist and kept making mistakes.