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Detachment – the Cost of Discipleship

There is a cost of discipleship -- Jesus sometimes calls us to leave behind professions, friends, even family. Does that mean that work and human relationships are at odds with growing in our relationship with God?...

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The Calming of the Storm and the Socratic Method

One of the most famous bible stories of all time is Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee.  Mark, the evangelist, uses the story to ask the reader a question that elicits a clear answer on the identity of Christ.  This approach is...

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Lent, Noah’s Ark, and Baptism

We begin the forty days of Lent with the memory of a previous 40 days when sin was cleansed from the face of the earth through a flood which spared only 8 people - Noah & his companions on the ark.  This gives us a...

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Jesus the Way, the Truth and the Life – Podcast

In this 7 minute podcast, Sonrise Morning Show Host Anna Mitchell interviews Marcellino D'Ambrosio about the groundbreaking study from Ascension Press: Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life.Dr. Italy spend most of 2019 writing and filming a ground-breaking Bible study on the life and...

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Humility and True Greatness

When asked what the four cardinal or hinge virtues were, St. Bernard of Clairvaux replied "humility, humility, humility, and humility." This article explains what humility is and why it is so central to Christian life, in light of Jesus' conversation with James & John, the...

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Jairus’ Daughter, Miracles and the Enlightenment

Did Jesus really perform miracles & raise the daughter of Jairus from the dead? Deists, including several American founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson, said no, and their Enlightenment skepticism still influences us today...

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Bartimaeus & Faith that Acts Up – Podcast

In this 15 minute podcast, Anna Mitchell, host of the Sonrise Morning Show, discusses with Dr. Italy, the significance of Jesus' encounter with Bartimaeus, the Blind Beggar of Jericho.  What emerges is a tribute to a kind of faith that acts up and reaches out.Jesus...