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Motherhood: Not for the Faint of Heart

In Op-Eds by Karen Scalf Bouchard

When I think of May, I think of flowers and moms. And just as there are endless varieties of blooms, moms are pretty diverse, too. They come in all shapes, sizes, states of mind, levels of mom-skills, and more. That variety means that even though everybody has a mother, not everybody shares similar experiences and memories of the iconic maternal influence. Perhaps this is why Mother’s Day comes under fire now and again. We enjoy celebrating Donna-Reed-type moms, but what …

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God in the Groan

In Op-Eds by Andrew Arndt

Call to Me “Call to me and I will answer you,” says the Lord on the lips of the prophet Jeremiah (Jer 33:3). This dynamic of human call and divine response is at the heart of the biblical narrative. Without it, there simply is no story to tell. The God of the Bible has chosen to identify himself by his involvement in our history–much of it in answer to prayer. Robert Jenson comments: “Asked who God is, Israel’s answer is, ‘Whoever rescued us from …

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Prayer: The Fabric of the American Culture

In Op-Eds by Dick Eastman

Today, May 3, 2018, is America’s National Day of Prayer. It became a permanent fixture on America’s calendar of national observances in May of 1988 when President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law designating the first Thursday of May annually as America’s official, annual National Day of Prayer. I had the privilege, as a member of America’s National Prayer Committee, to be in the White House that day in 1988 to watch President Reagan sign this unprecedented historic document. …

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When Should Action Become Part of an Active Prayer Life?

In Op-Eds by Marius Brand

The Bible is crystal clear on prayer. Along with Bible reading, it is the fundamental practice of the Christian life. Paul encourages us in his first letter to the Thessalonians to pray continuously (1 Thess 5:17) and we read in Acts that the first gathering of Christians was marked by the fact that, “they all joined together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14).

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How To Pray When God Says “No”

In Op-Eds by Biblica Staff

Jesus Himself prayed and heard God say, “No.” As you may remember, it was in the Garden of Gethsemane. Faced with the pain, anguish, and torture of the cross, He cried out, “Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36). He made this urgent, passionate request not once but three times. And yet, God refused to take the cup away. And Jesus submitted to His will.

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I’m a Former MLB Player, But My Net Worth is Not Found in a Game

In Op-Eds by Justin Masterson

My name is Justin Masterson and you probably don’t know who I am. Don’t feel bad. When I tell you that God has blessed me with 12 years in professional baseball, almost eight of those years in the Major Leagues, you might be impressed. That is if you’re a baseball fan. I don’t mind if you’re not a fan. I’m not really a big fan either. To be honest, I would rather play the game than watch it. Playing baseball …

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Easter: The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

In Op-Eds by Esteban Fernandez

Passover is a solemn feast that celebrates the freedom of the Hebrew people from the bondage of Egypt, recounted in the book of Exodus. A traditional family banquet consisting of a series of home rituals, such as the Passover Seder (Ex. 12,1-14), commemorates the release from captivity of the Jews, led by Moses.