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Previous:  Born Again 13:  God’s in the Heart-Changing BusinessIt’s time to come clean. What I have not told you — though you may have guessed — is that Sharon and I had briefly been romantically involved, back when this saga began so many years ago. The relationship had crumbled as I realized my girlfriend did […]

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Previous:  Born Again 12: My Husband Thinks I’m Weird   Sharon’s previous letter raises a couple of critical concerns. First, she’s been conditioned to think of the term “born again” as something of a derogatory. Of course, Jesus emphasized the need for spiritual rebirth in very clear terms, and so she’ll need to be able […]

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Previous: Born Again 10: What do You Want?   My sense of excitement over Sharon’s growing enthusiasm and revelations is matched by a sense of uncertainty. Everything is here sitting in a pile: conviction of sin, comprehension of Christ, yearning for salvation … I can’t escape the sense that a gifted evangelist would have brought […]

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Previous: Born Again 7: I Want it Now As I consider Sharon’s journey toward Christ, two issues are foremost in my mind. First, I need to give her some helpful guidance in how to approach Scripture. Her last note about feeling discouraged and “flipping to a page” reminds me how big and mystifying the Bible […]

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Previous: Born Again 6: The Harsh Truth that Gets in Your Guts Sharon’s notes are beginning to reflect a growing and palpable hunger for God’s Word. One thing I’ve always found energizing about emerging believers is their sense of wonder and discovery at those things we stagnant mature Christians take for granted: Preview Open

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Previous:  Born Again 5: I’m Constantly Battling with Him Sharon has provided me every possible clue that she’s ready to hear the unvarnished gospel truth. She’s not holding back. Meanwhile, I’ve recently been spending time reading through Hebrews, a New Testament book full of both grave warnings and wonderful encouragements. This can’t be a coincidence. […]

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Previous: Born Again 3: I’m Just an Emotional Wreck! Sharon’s last emotional letter came at the end of a long day at work. She has a way of opening up so many doors at once that I feel overwhelmed. How on earth can I compose a response in the few minutes I have to spare? Yet […]

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Previous: Born Again 2: Assurance and the Quest for Inner Peace I mentioned at the beginning of my last post that I was nervous about how Sharon would reply to my previous e-mail, but perhaps not as much as might have been. In truth, I’ve hedged my bets a little. Frankly, I don’t know exactly where to […]

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Previous: Born Again 1: A Letter from Sharon I feel simultaneously blessed and burdened by Sharon’s opening move. Of all people she has turned to me. Someone she has now seen exactly once in 25 years. Someone who had previously best resembled an evangelistic bull lumbering through her emotional china shop. Her present vulnerability daunts […]

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Born Again 1: A Letter from Sharon

 

The e-mail is titled simply: “A letter from Sharon“. It begins a bit ominously:

Hi! I wrote the following letter last week and contemplated as to whether to send it to you or not. The desire to send it to you didn’t go away, so here it is. Please don’t be mad.