Holly Stratton

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Category archives: Faith & Practice

More Than Meets The Eye: When Love Surrenders To The Unknown

Most of us carry a sincere desire to love others well, a desire that often falls short because of a failure to offer careful consideration to the hidden spaces of a person's life. Dealing with the observable limitations of the present, our natural inclination is to neglect acknowledgement of both the power of their unseen past and the potential of their unforeseeable future. Read more

A Love That Is Too Warmly Proactive To Be Coldly Reactive

For the Christian nothing has the power to pump life into the hurting heart more than the blood of our Savior who has secured it—  a merciful Savior whose unfailing love beats for us with rhythms of exultation that defy all rhymes of reason considering the state of our knotted and gnarled selves. Read more

When Sin Shocks: Savoring the Savior in Our Sorrowing

Jesus didn't suffer on the cross any more severely for that beloved child, or that spouse, or that friend who disappoints us with the ugliness of sinful choices than he suffered there for us. He didn't sorrow in agony any more deeply for that respected pastor, that teacher, or that leader who devastates us with some revelation of sin than he sorrowed for us. Read more