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The Way Home: Jamie Ivey on image and identity

We present, on social media, to our friends, at work, the best versions of ourselves. But what if people knew who we really were? With our mess ups and mistakes and foibles? Jamie Ivey, a popular podcaster, writer, and adoptive mother shares what God is teaching her about image and identity. He's the author of a brand new book, If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @jamie_ivey Book: If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free Website: jamieivey.com Podcast: The Happy Hour ...

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Book of Wishes: The reason we long for more

It arrived every November, wrapped in cellophane, its pages filled with new possibilities. On the cover, a dreamy holiday image, pulling your heart into the season and beckoning you to indulge in hours of wish making. It’s hard to overestimate the sheer joy the Sears Wish Book brought to my young heart. Before Amazon and Apple. Before Walmart and Black Friday. Before Facebook and Google. Every year, I waited with anticipation and longing for the day this catalog would come. A savvy wisher would ignore the advice on the front page, which warned shoppers against skipping to other sections and “missing out” on possible gems like Garfield piggy banks, board games, and Chicago Bears pajamas nestled among the cheesy sweaters, cheap jewelry, and knife sets. The gems, every child knew, were found in only one place—the toy section. Full immersion in the Wish Book took days, not hours. A young boy had to...

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The Way Home: Scott James on celebrating the wonder of Christmas

How can families celebrate the wonder of the incarnation throughout the Christmas season? Doctor, church elder, and author, Scott James joins to the show to talk about the rhythms of his family and about his new Christmas book for children, The Littlest Watchman: Watching and Waiting for the Very First Christmas. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @scott_h_james Book: The Littlest Watchman: Watching and Waiting for the Very First Christmas ...

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When everything isn’t awesome: Is the modern evangelical worship service a safe place to lament?

A couple years ago, I took a day off and treated my family to a matinee showing of The Lego Movie. My wife and I have four children—three girls and one boy—so this day was like an oasis for my son and me, surrounded as we are by princess movies. As it turns out, everyone, girls included, enjoyed the film. What we didn’t realize, however, was that the theme song “Everything is Awesome” would replace “Let It Go” from Frozen as the tune that would get stuck in our heads most often. By the end of the summer, for the sake of our sanity, we nearly banned it in the Darling house. But every time I watch the movie and see those little plastic figures running around gleefully, I can’t help but be reminded of church. If there is a soundtrack to most evangelical worship services today, it’s that everything is...

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