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Can Women Be Elders in the Church?

This question, 'Can women be elders in the church?' has bothered me for about a year now. Ever since my church invited me into an eldership program and we dived right into the qualifications of an elder, the Men Only part rubbed me the wrong way. Why only men?...

The Real Problem With Gun Violence in America

Have you ever posted something on Facebook and immediately regretted it? That was me today. First a little background might help. It’s been four days since the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas where an older man unleashed a torrent of fire on an outdoor country...

Why Politics is Important

I know, today of all days, no one wants to talk politics. But it's never been more important to talk about politics.   We have to engage in civilized discourse about the important issues of the day because each of those issues matters.   And I'm not talking about the...

Don’t Sacrifice Joy for Worry

I often miss out on a happy, joy-filled life because I can’t stop comparing the present with the future. We are meant to enjoy the lives that God gave us. He created us for a purpose, to glorify him, but that includes us enjoying His creation and our lives as we live...

Helping the Sick and Needy

And other things Christians struggle with I’m terrible at helping the sick and needy and downtrodden. It’s tough to admit, but when I see someone walking on the street who looks like they call that street home, I feel more fear than love. We all know that’s not the...

What Millennials Really Want From Work

I recently read an article from a (now former) Yelp employee, Talia, who was dissatisfied with her job and decided to call out her boss online where he was sure to read it. In her rather long post, she recounts how her salary isn't enough to cover her expenses (Yelp...

You mispronounced my name

I bought the domain name KilenIt.com because I thought it was cute and wanted something that would display my non-book efforts in webdesign and technology. I chose the domain name because for as long as I've been alive, my name has most commonly been mispronounced as...

Things you aren’t supposed to say

For the longest time, I've had a hard time thinking of what I want to put on this blog. Should I write my books? Or about my marketing ideas? Or about my thoughts on Christianity? Or my new tech journey? What about my writing process? The one thing I never thought...

American Christianity

Over the years American Christians have been inundated with warnings about the threat of liberal social norms in varying degrees and extremes.  We must guard our hearts against that kind of music, this kind of behavior, not spend time with those kinds of people. In...

The Perils of Radio

When I was a teenager I used to live in a fantasy world of gangster rap. Not that I was hard core, or anything other than privileged, lower-middle class white America, but my friend and I felt that Dr. Dre and Snoop Diggity Dogg spoke to us. It was a phase...

One Secret to Winning Local Elections – Guest Post

A guest post by Phil Van Treuren If you’re the type of political candidate who’s working hard and making an effort to actually meet the voters in your district, then personality can play a huge role in how well you do on election day. The kind of character traits that...

Why You Can’t Live In A Box

My whole life has been an exercise in fighting back. No matter where I went or what I did, my ideas and personality never fit. So instead of giving in and joining, I pushed. I couldn't just be part of the crowd or go with the flow unless it was on my terms....

How to Start Your New Life Story

Part of the problem with telling your life like a story is that you have to choose what you want your story to be. Rather than drifting along, you have to live with purpose and intention. That’s not easy, in fact it can be downright exhausting. In the beginning you...

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