Sharpen Your Affections with Fasting
Fasting has fallen on hard times — at least, it seems, among our overstuffed bellies in the American church. I speak as one of the well-fed.
Sure, you’ll find your exceptions here and there. Some pockets even prize the countercultural…Continue Reading
Read, Reflect, Write (Repeat)
You are a writer.
Even if it’s just email. Even if it’s hardly anything of significance. Even if you’d never self-identify as a “writer,” or ever consider trying to make a living at something you’re so bad at.
But if…Continue Reading
Every Christian does the work of ministry. Whether great or small, experienced or new, vocational or not — every Christian has some kind of ministry given them from God.
We all have a calling on our lives, in varying capacities,…Continue Reading
Running with Jonah
“Not called,” did you say?
“Not heard the call,” I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down…
“Genitalia Are Not Destiny” — But Are They Design?
Riding in the wake of the cultural speedboat of the destigmatization of same-sex intercourse is the mainstreaming of “gender non-conformists.” Witness the June 9 issue of Time. Laverne Cox, born a boy, is on the front page, in his…Continue Reading
Side by Side on Sundays
I’m just not getting fed at church.
The music doesn't really connect with me.
I wish the preacher would use more stories or illustrations.
Have you heard those statements before? Or maybe, like me, you’ve even said them yourself —…Continue Reading
The Peril and Potential of Youth Athletics
Remember, it’s only a game.
That’s an important prompt in youth athletics — not just for the kids, but even more so for coaches bent on winning and parents pressing to live vicariously through their children.
Against the backdrop of…Continue Reading
When Wasting Your Life Is Worship
We all are happiness hunters. We are all treasure seekers. And as Judas and Mary illustrate, there’s one sure way to measure what we treasure: what we’re willing to spend to obtain it.
The dinner table was buzzing with happy…Continue Reading
Partnering with People in Their Pain
My sweet wife has struggled with chronic pain just about every day for almost three and a half years. As it became clear that this could be a long-term struggle for her, I was struggling myself with how to walk…Continue Reading