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Todd Murphy is a pastor, church planter, and theological educator, but above all, a forgiven sinner struggling to follow Jesus faithfully. He Lives outside Providence, Rhode Island with his wife and six boys.
Be Great at Who You Are | Learning to Accept Yourself

Be Great at Who You Are | Learning to Accept Yourself

What kind of person do you want to be? That is a question I ask myself a lot. The answer is interesting. The answer to this can be a little elusive. The world around us constantly temps us to think wrongly about ourselves. For example, whenever I begin to hammer in my username and password into the login form of My LinkedIn, there staring back at me are the words, “Be great at what you do.” We all want to…

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Redeeming the Emotions

Redeeming the Emotions

The emotions are an oddity of our human makeup. They play so much a part of our daily lives, often without us knowing it. The are constantly changing, swinging our mood with the moment, and more often than not, we are quite unaware of it. We know things are changing but not with the sense of “wow” my emotions just did XYZ. How Emotions Hijack Our Best Thinking The reason this is important is because of the role emotions make…

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Are You A “Good Person?” and the Question of Moral Depravity

Are You A “Good Person?” and the Question of Moral Depravity

I am chilled by the above picture recently shared by the Canadian Museum for Human rights. It is a great candid shot of a bunch of normal “twenty-sum-things” enjoying some time off. Look at their faces! They are smiling, having a grand time. You can see the three young men eating up the attention of this cadre of attractive young women. It is a regular summer day and these young folks seem to be doing what any their age would be doing, having a bunch of innocent flirtatious fun. The only caveat to this group is that…

3 Steps to Overcoming Anger and Anxiety | RE-POST

3 Steps to Overcoming Anger and Anxiety | RE-POST

There on the cool lime stone floor sat a man with a crippled hand. He probably did not have high expectations or hope of healing that day. He was probably just coming to participate in the run of the mill synagogue service as he had been raised to do. But that day Jesus took notice . . .

Who Are Your Heroes? — The Power of Example

Who Are Your Heroes? — The Power of Example

For President’s Day, I could not resist the temptation to tip our hats to the presidents. I have never been able to visit Mt. Rushmore in person, but I hope I get to. It looks breathtaking. In light of our recent political history, many of us are a little jaded regarding our political leaders. We have on more than one occasion been sold the bill of “hope” and “change” only to find our country in a new war, being more in debt,…

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Is Bitterness Ruining Your Marriage and Relationships?

Is Bitterness Ruining Your Marriage and Relationships?

Are you secretly damaging your relationships? It is easy to do if you are harboring bitterness. It can come out of nowhere. Hebrews 12:15 says, “See to it that no one fail to obtain the grace of God; that no ‘root of bitterness’ spring up and cause trouble, and by it many become defiled.” The consequences of unresolved anger and bitterness are costly. It destroys marriages, families, and even organizations. It destroys lives too. We cannot just “let it go.”…

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“Acceptable Sins” and Why The Church Needs the Gospel

“Acceptable Sins” and Why The Church Needs the Gospel

Recently I had the privilege of hearing a preacher bring the word of God to a congregation. He challenged me in some ways. However coming away from the sermon, I was a bit disturbed. I generally do not like to assume a posture of critique toward a preacher or sermon, it is not healthy because both lose, but especially the listener.   Nevertheless as the church engages the culture, which includes the Church itself, how we articulate ourselves is something we…

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