Now that’s Conviction

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An excerpt from a conversation I had with my eldest son Thatcher this week after I told his younger brother Haddon he couldn’t go with me down the block to get the mail (he hadn’t finished his dinner). With the tearful protests of his brother as background music, Thatcher, crossing his arms, began:

“Dad, I’m going to stay here until you let Haddon go with us.” His face twisted in displeasure, feet planted firmly, frozen in determination.

“Okay, stay here,” I nonchalantly replied, walking out the door.

“Naw, I’m going with you,” Thatcher said without a nanosecond of pause, quickly rushing out the door, shutting it behind him and running to me, the airs of heroism and loyalty evaporating with every step.

A brazen face and a Karamazov conscience.”
– Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Yancey Arrington
Dr. Yancey C. Arrington is an eighth generation Texan, Acts 29 Network and Houston Church Planting Network fan, and Teaching Pastor at Clear Creek Community Church in the Bay Area of Houston. He is also author of Preaching That Moves People and TAP: Defeating the Sins That Defeat You, and periodically writes for Acts 29 and The Gospel Coalition.

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