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The Redemptive Power of Forgiveness in Communist China

An amazing story of grace and redemption from Communist China:

One night, as Mrs. Allen was saying her nightly prayers, she suddenly noticed a man’s foot sticking out from under her bed—one of her former students had snuck into their house to steal food. Before he had time to run away, Mrs. Allen walked in. He hid under her bed, hoping to escape after she fell asleep. Mrs. Allen jumped up and screamed with fear. Scared by the noise, the thief crawled in farther.

Reverend Allen rushed in from the living room. He bent down, trying to persuade the thief to come out by saying, “You don’t have to worry. We are not reporting you to the police. I know your family is poor. Just come out and take whatever you want. I don’t care.”

The thief started crying and promised to crawl out if Reverend Allen would step away from the bed. Meanwhile, Mrs. Allen said, “My dear, I will pray for you. I will ask the Lord to forgive your sins.”

The thief answered, “No thanks, I don’t need you to pray for me. I’m not a Christian.”

After he finally got out, the thief saw something shining in Reverend Allen’s hand. Thinking it was a weapon, the thief pulled out his knife and stabbed at Reverend Allen’s thigh. It turned out Reverend Allen was holding a glass of water for the thief.

The stabbing shocked Mrs. Allen, who ran out and screamed, “Help, Help.” The neighbors heard commotion and helped catch the thief.

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God Has Done Something

The gospel is supremely a declaration of what God has done in Christ for human beings like ourselves.

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Why Bloggers Should Resist Easy Metrics

We need to resist the cheap, quick feedback of a click-bait culture.

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The Height of Love is Unspeakable

Beautiful passage from an ancient letter of Clement

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The Safest Road to Hell

Screwtape advises Wormwood to use mindless triviality and banality in his attack on the Christian.

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Why So Many are Surprised at the State of Race Relations

We tend to understand race, racism, and the form of racialization as constants rather than as variables.

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You Can’t Pass On Faith You Don’t Have

The real problem in America today isn’t that we believers are foreigners. It’s that our children and grandchildren aren’t.

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Marveling at God’s Sovereignty and Human Choice

Surely our lives are greatly enriched when we recognize the mysterious beauty of the interplay between God’s ways and ours.

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Your Personal Idea of God? What Matters Is His Idea of You

A paragraph of refreshing common sense from atheist writer Julian Barnes.

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God On Earth, Man in Heaven, and All Became Mingled Together

John Chrysostom (349-407 A.D.) asks the question, “What could ever be equal to these good tidings?”

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