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Working For Dad

Working For Dad

Just in time for Father’s Day, this one was written by Julian Brooks.

My first summer home from Bible College left me with four months to get to work and save some money for the year’s upcoming tuition. Thankfully I had a job lined up and a place to stay that would allow me to save some money. Even so, I was still going to come up short on what was needed to cover the cost for another year of school.

My dad told me before the summer began that whether I worked or took time off to spend with family and…

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An Un-Earnable Love and the Tragic Death of Performance: "Emotional Stuff" on 3 Mics

An Un-Earnable Love and the Tragic Death of Performance: “Emotional Stuff” on 3 Mics

This reflection comes from Julian Brooks.

Lately I’ve been on a standup comedy binge thanks to the power of Netflix, and I recently stumbled upon Neal Brennan’s special, 3 Mics. For those of you that don’t know, Neal Brennan was the co-writer of Chappelle’s Show oh too many years ago and has since been quietly writing behind the scenes for several other comedy shows.

The special is fantastic in its own right. As the title suggests, there are three mics set up on stage for Neal when the show opens. Each mic represents a different part of the show. One mic for witty one-liners…

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Roses for Your Sin

Roses for Your Sin

This beautiful story comes to us from Julian Brooks:

The following is a true story. But before I share it, here’s a brief disclaimer that should keep in perspective the purpose of this story, of why it is worth sharing.

Grace cannot guarantee results or change. If it could, it would simply turn back into law. Law promises this for that–that’s exactly why the law can’t produce what it demands. Grace simply loves. Its reason for turning the other cheek is not because it guarantees that its enemies will no longer strike. It turns the other cheek because it loves its enemies more than it loves itself….

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Falling from Law

Falling from Law

This one was written by our fallen friend, Julian Brooks.

A few years back I was blindsided by the Gospel of Grace. Things I had heard for years about God’s love and forgiveness started to take on flesh and become more than just recited truths; they became a living person. And that’s when the downward spiral began. I started falling away. Everyone warned me this would happen if I focused too much on God’s love and forgiveness. I just didn’t expect it to happen so fast. The world of control and manipulation around which I had built my life and identity was…

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"I Should Know Better By Now": God as the Older Brother

“I Should Know Better By Now”: God as the Older Brother

This post comes to us from our friend Julian Brooks.

Most of us have heard the Parable of the Prodigal Son and found ourselves identifying with one of the two sons. In fact, if we’re honest, we have to admit we are certainly a mixture of both. Whether we are self-righteous, angry older brothers or unrighteous riffraff, we know the story illustrates the desperate need that we all have for the unconditional love of the Father.

But have you ever noticed what happens to our perception of God the Father when we undermine the radicalness of the Gospel of Grace? I’m amazed…

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Confessions of a Viking

Confessions of a Viking

Here’s a post from our favorite Scandinavian seafarer, Julian Brooks.

It took me a long time to give it a shot, but a few months ago my wife and I finally started watching Vikings on the History Channel. I remember seeing the preview for it a few years back and hearing Awolnation’s song “Sail” for the first time. That alone should have sold me (after all, the song itself gets me so hyped it makes me want to punch through a wall), but being that it was on the History channel I didn’t think it would be able to keep my…

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Previewing The Revenant: Justice vs. Mercy on the Western Frontier

Previewing The Revenant: Justice vs. Mercy on the Western Frontier

This one comes to us from Julian Brooks:

The other night while binge watching some Hulu, I came across a preview for the upcoming movie, The Revenant. When I saw that both Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy are in the film, I thought it might be another Christopher Nolan masterpiece. The Batman Trilogy, Inception, and Interstellar are all on my list of favorite movies, so needless to say, I was excited.

As it turns out, the movie is in fact directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman), but if the trailer is any indication, The Revenant is still not one to miss.

The cinematography…

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