Christian Life, Married Life, Theology

Obedience to God Shouldn’t Come From Obligation, but from Love

Zach and I have been married two and a half years now. We now know that there are some things that each of us do that drive the other crazy. Here’s a short list:   Things That Drive Ashleigh Crazy: When Zach leaves the kitchen cabinets open. If Zach forgets to put things away (particularly forgets to put things back …

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Christian Life, Married Life, Single Life, Theology

Redefining Purity: It’s Not Just About Sex

For some reason, when we talk about purity in the church, we’re almost always talking about sexual purity. We had a whole “purity movement” about a decade ago that was almost completely focused on staying sexually pure. While I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with that, it’s not really biblical.   Purity in the Bible What I mean by …

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Christian Life, Sex, Single Life, Theology

Redefining Purity: It’s Not a Point, It’s a Process

What is Christian purity? “Purity” is not a word most people use in normal conversation, even in church. However, as a single Christian (either in a youth group or young adult’s group), purity is often equated simply with sexual purity or even with virginity. You’re told that it’s of upmost importance that you remain pure for your future spouse.   …

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Christian Life, Christmas/Advent, Theology

Christmas Shows Us God’s Incredible Love for Us

One of my family’s Christmas traditions is to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve. For us, this movie is a classic. We sing along with all the songs and quote many of our favorite lines (which I think drives my husband, who did not grow up with this particular film, a little nuts). One of my favorite songs …

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