Most of us could think of a lot reasons for not becoming missionaries. Some of these reasons may be legitimate. Many will probably be excuses. Today I’m going to share the story of one of my co-workers. Kristen’s reason for staying off the mission field is mind-boggling. While serving on...
Every Christian college is familiar with the joke: “Ring by Spring or your money back!” But it’s probably more true than it is funny (the funny part is the thought that you could get your money back). Christian college students like finding their future spouses at Christian colleges. Since I...
Discipleship is an essential function of the church. It's the mission that Jesus left us with when He raised from the dead and ascended to the Father: "Go into all the world and make disciples." As disciples of Jesus, an important part of our job description is being disciple-makers. But...
I doubt I’ll surprise anyone by saying that Christians are bad at dating. We all feel it in our bones and see it at every church function. Christians tend to be awkward when interacting with members of the opposite sex. Much of this is simply a human problem and...
On August 26, you’ll get to read another powerful book from Francis Chan. Francis has been hinting at writing a book about marriage for years now, but other important projects have taken priority. But now the wait is (almost) over. Francis and Lisa have been working together on this book,...
I recently came across an incredible poem by Edwin Muir called “The Transfiguration,” first published in 1949. Muir describes a moment in which the earth was transfigured before his eyes, and he saw everything as it was intended to be. The following are a couple of excerpts from the...
I went through what I consider to be a dramatic change in my spiritual life during my college years. There were a number of factors involved in this, including my stage of life, some great mentors, some new ministry opportunities, and a great group of friends. But I want...
I’ll never forget back in seminary overhearing a fellow student say, “Wow, he’s not a pastor for a reason.” It took me second to figure out what he meant. But after listening to the same dry, monotone, impractical and irrelevant lecture read off the pages of 20 year old...
I’ll explain what I don’t mean by that in a minute; first let share my experience with worship leading. I was a junior in high school when I asked a friend to teach me to play guitar, partially out of boredom. He graciously taught me a few Nirvana songs and...
It doesn’t. Not always. Not often, even. It seems that the more we know, the more condescending we become. We study the Bible to gain theological insight, then we set out to prove other people wrong. Theology becomes ammunition for debate rather than food for our soul. Rather than...
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