“How’s Your Writing Going?”

By: Candace Chellew-Hodge “So, how’s your writing going these days?” a friend asked me recently. I had to chuckle. As a published author and Internet magazine founder, people are always curious as to what you’re working on. After my book Bulletproof Faith came out in 2008, people asked all...

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Ain’t You Tired?

By: Candace Chellew-Hodge “Ain’t you tired, Miss Hilly? Ain’t you tired?” — Aibileen Clark to Hilly Holbrook in the movie “The Help” Whenever I watch my dogs play in the yard, this line comes to my mind. I have three dogs, with three very different personalities. My smallest dog,...

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The Good News of Original Blessing

By: Candace Chellew-Hodge If revamping Social Security is the deadly “third rail” of politics, asking for the focus of Christianity to move from the idea of “fall and redemption” to a more positive way of thinking about God and our faith, namely “original blessing,” is apparently the theological “third...

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Get Lost!

By: Candace Chellew-Hodge When someone tells us to “get lost,” we often get offended. Who do they think they are telling us to “get lost” or “take a hike”? But, instead of being offended, why not take their advice? Why not spend a little bit of time getting lost,...

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Commit Your Way to the Lord

By: Candace Chellew-Hodge Commit your way to the Lord; trust in God, and God will act. — Psalms 37:5 “Commit your way to the Lord.” What simple words! What hard action! I meditated on these words as I took my daily walk around the neighborhood. A sudden prayer came...

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Are You a Christian?

By: Candace Chellew-Hodge “Christianity defined itself less as a way of life than as a faith which, right from the beginning, involved assent to various propositions.”  — Walter Kaufmann, The Faith of a Heretic This has always struck me as the heart of the problem of Christianity. It’s not...

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Jesus Christ: Terrorist

By: Candace Chellew-Hodge A pastor friend of mine recently posted this status on Facebook: “‘Just follow my rules and behave, and nothing bad will happen to you,’ is the exact opposite of the message of Christ.” It reminded me that the version of the Christian message I was given...

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The Wrongness of Being Right

By: Candace Chellew-Hodge Remember that in every attack you call upon your own weakness, while each time you forgive you call upon the strength of Christ in you. Do you not then begin to understand what forgiveness will do for you?  It will remove all sense of weakness, strain...

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In the Beginning …

By: Candace Chellew-Hodge “In the beginning …” — Genesis 1:1 Like any good story, the Bible begins at the beginning. The beginning of everything, when God looks out on the vastness of this universe and sees nothing … then creates a lot of beauty out of that same nothing.

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The Blessing of an Unplanned Life

By: Candace Chellew-Hodge “… self-initiated plans are but defenses … They are the means by which a frightened mind would undertake its own protection, at the cost of truth. … The mind engaged in planning for itself is occupied in setting up control of future happenings. It does not...

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