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Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin?

Have you ever said this phrase? I know I have. On the surface it sounds nice but it’s not as loving as we might think. The more I think about it, the more I believe that Ghandi got this one wrong. I’m sure his heart was in the right place but bumpersticker theology too often […]

How My Heritage Helped Me Understand My Righteousness

I am a third-generation Puerto Rican, born in New York. I would consider myself a New Yorican if it weren’t for the fact that I moved away when I was 3 years old. Most days I feel proud of my heritage. Other days I feel like an all-American gringo. My parents divorced when I was […]

3 Things Grace Is Not…

I hear a lot about grace. I sing songs about it. I read books about it. I write blogs about it on occasion. I know what grace is. It is unmerited favor. I’ve also heard it defined as supernatural enabling power. But the other day I was thinking about what grace is not. I haven’t […]

Double Jeopardy

I am no legal expert. The majority of my legalese comes directly from movies and TV. But every once in awhile I learn a bit of legal jargon that makes sense in my life and I can drop it in conversation. Then I’m pretty much like Tom Cruise cross examining Jack Nicholson in A Few […]

On Changing Your Mind

The first time I saw him, I couldn’t stand him. I hadn’t officially met him, but I saw him regularly at church. I didn’t like the way he spoke. He seemed way too cocky. I didn’t like the way he walked. He had too much of a swagger. I didn’t like the way he dressed. […]