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About tnealtarver

I've traveled and spoken around the world but always love to come home. There I eat exceptional meals, drink coffee to my heart's content, and get loved like nowhere else on earth. I believe a community centered in Christ should be all that and so much more.

The Weight of Jesus’ Identity and My Response to Him


In the comment section, a reader wrote, “Jesus was one of the greatest ever born. I am fascinated by the improvements and additions he made to the already existing ideals, but he created complications by claiming to be incarnation or … Continue reading

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Do You Need to Drop “the Weight of Christianity”?


On a long road trip, I listened to an audio version of Zorro: A Novel by Isabel Allende. Toward the novel’s end, Zorro’s mother throws off “the weight of Christianity” and returns to her Native American ways. What in Heaven’s … Continue reading

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“The Burials of These Babies”


“We interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring you breaking news from Newtown, Connecticut.” We’ve all heard the tragic news from last Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. In a matter of moments, twenty-six souls stepped out of time and … Continue reading

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One Assignment You Need to Get Right


I’d like to make Jesus’s words more difficult to understand than they really are. I’d like to say, “Boy, that Jesus—He sure is smart. In fact, He’s so smart I don’t understand half of what He’s talking about.” I’d like … Continue reading

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Jesus Doesn’t Know Everything!


“In the  beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Jesus knows God. From the start of his gospel, John establishes that Jesus knows eternal God and is eternal God. Later … Continue reading

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How to Strengthen Ties with Family and Friends During the Holidays


Ah, the holiday season is full upon us with one down and three to go. Haunting Halloween. Done! Happy Thanksgiving. Almost done! Merry Christmas. Just a smidgeon over a month away. Happy New Year. I’ll see your smidgeon plus one … Continue reading

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Any Suggestions for Date Night?


Have you ever had this conversation with your beloved? “What do you want to do?” “I don’t know. What do you want to do?” “I don’t know …” Oh, yeah! If you’re married or dating, you know exactly what I … Continue reading

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