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When Forgiveness Doesn't Seem Fair

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Growing up in church, I watched people testify to what they called, “God’s grace.” From my perspective, what I saw was people sharing about horrible mistakes and poor choices they had made, and how God had seen them through the challenges that followed.

When the Church Isn't Doing Enough for Justice

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Each Sunday that goes by without a mention of racial justice, with no acknowledgment of the deep pain that is rocking our nation and affecting believers and nonbelievers alike, makes me wonder why the Church is not at the forefront of advocating for justice.

Church in the "New Normal": Should I Start Going Back?

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After five months, I finally went back to church last week. I had expected it to be an emotional event for me, but I have to confess—it wasn’t, really.

What Almost Ruined a Relationship before It Got Started

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With a passing glance, I thought he was a homeless man who had wandered into church. But then he started handing out weekly programs, and as people greeted him by name, I realized I was more of a stranger than he was.

3 Tips for Managing Life's Transitions

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The three years I spent as a student in Canberra were some of the best years of my life. And then, I found out that my student visa was expiring, and it was time for me to head back to my home country, Malaysia. I tried applying to further my stay in Australia, but it was rejected twice. I was heartbroken, but reluctantly packed up my belongings and made my way “home”.

Singleness in the Church: 3 Ways We Can Do Better

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Let’s name something that probably doesn’t get mentioned enough: The church as we know it today custom tailors a lot of its activity to the family. From ministry programs to sermon applications, even to the term “family-friendly,” our churches operate with families in mind as their primary audience.

What Helped Me When I Was in a Dark Place

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I was trying to understand things on my own. My mom had passed away the year before, and my long-term relationship with my daughter’s father was not working out. . . I was feeling a lot of hurt and knew something needed to change.

Reimagining Church Amidst Covid-19—and Beyond

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All over the world, mass gatherings have been suspended, and churches are no longer conducting physical congregational worship services, but are reimagining different ways of gathering. All these changes have made me ponder what exactly church is. What if God, through the present crisis, is asking us to rethink how we do church, so as to rediscover His intentions for it?

I Was Too Busy for Small Group

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The excuses for why we couldn’t join a small group (also known as a community group, life group, crew, tribe, etc.) came easily. That is, I was prepared in case anyone asked. But usually, it wasn’t a direct ask, just a generic call from the altar that was easy to dismiss.