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A Prophet for our Times “People tend to turn to astrology in times of stress,” writes Atlantic columnist Julie Beck. While the New Age boom of the 1970s mellowed, some of its practices, such as utilizing the zodiac, have gone mainstream with millennials. They are hungry to hear from beyond. It was common in the ancient world to seek truth... Photo of Kelvin TeamerKelvin Teamer
Planet Did you ever lie back and watch the stars on a summer evening? As the earth rotates, the starry hosts of heaven march grandly across the sky in perfect formation. But wait—there’s a star out of formation! It’s not in the same place as before! What is this wandering star? The Greeks had a name... Photo of Kenny BolesKenny Boles
Not My Call When It Comes to My Calling I remember that when I first went to Ozark Christian College (where I now teach) as a student, I was pretty raw. I was pretty passionate. I didn’t know a whole lot. I remember sitting in Acts class, realizing for the first time that there even was a Book of Acts. I didn’t know we... Photo of Mike AckermanMike Ackerman
Overcoming Staleness in Bible Reading We become disappointed with ourselves when our Bible reading becomes stale, and what was once a solid habit gets eclipsed by distractions. Is there a way to find joy and motivation once again in reading God’s Word? Join Daniel McCoy… Photo of Jon SherwoodPhoto of Daniel McCoy
Something the Old Testament Does Better I love parties, and I’m especially partial to a good wedding reception. I love to have fun on the dance floor. I remember during the wedding reception at my own wedding, the music started, but no one was really dancing yet. Then one of my best friends in high school, Brett, gives this warlike shout.... Photo of Matt StiegerMatt Stieger
Tiptoeing on the Tricky Tightrope of Boundaries in Ministry A woman comes into your office. She’s been in before. She has a reputation. She asks you for money and says the children won’t eat that evening if you don’t help. You suspect the funds will be spent on drugs and alcohol, but something about her seems a little more desperate this time. What do... Photo of Julia MartinJulia Martin
Grace in a Single Set of Clothes Stephen is senior pastor of Trinity Worship Tabernacle, a non-denominational church in Nakuru, Kenya. His story is full of examples of trials giving way to triumph. Here, Stephen narrates his upbringing in which he was separated from his family because of his father’s illness and brought up in the home of an alcoholic and abusive... Photo of Stephen MuhotaStephen Muhota
What Were the Scariest Words of Jesus? Usually, “crazy one” doesn’t carry a positive connotation. It may remind of us a crazy cross-eyed uncle who lived in a van down by the river. But when Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, he launched an advertisement which began, “Here’s to the crazy ones.” In the ad, Jobs praises “the crazy ones, the... Photo of Joel SingletonJoel Singleton
Is It Legalism–or Obedience? “I don’t want to be a legalist, but . . .” I heard that phrase in a life group once. Someone’s teenage son wanted his girlfriend to be able to spend the night. The parent was against it for moral reasons, but didn’t want to come across as legalistic. “I don’t want to be a... Photo of Jim PutmanJim Putman
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Bridge the Gap As I sit down to write this, it is my aim to do so humbly, not as one claiming to be an expert. It is my hope that you see me simply as one attempting to wrestle with the question of how best to communicate the message of God to a people who desperately need... Photo of Paul HuyghebaertPaul Huyghebaert
It May Not Be Your Gift, but It Is His Command Evangelism has been described as the lifeblood of the church of Christ. It is a major part of our mission here on earth and deserves our time, energy, and wholehearted labor. At this point, it should be clarified that mission and purpose are different things. Our purpose is to enjoy our relationship with God and... Photo of Douglas JacobyDouglas Jacoby
A Road Map to Women’s Discipleship Paul reminds us in his letter to the Corinthians, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). But, what does that even mean? What does it look like to follow someone else’s godly example on a daily basis? I believe a simple road map of discipleship exists in Acts 2:41-42.... Photo of Joanne KraftJoanne Kraft
A Prayer for Kanye When someone far from God returns to the open arms of our Father, we observers do well to steer between the extremes of skepticism and naïveté. We are at our most helpful to our new brother in Christ when we acknowledge both the power of God and the weakness of humans. We can be realistic... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
How Didn’t I See That Parallel Before? Have you ever watched two movies at separate times, only to discover that—wait a second! It’s basically the same movie?! For example, there’s Judy Garland’s In the Good Old Summertime (1949), followed by Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks’s You’ve Got Mail (1998). Basically the same movie. A little less obviously, there’s Disney-Pixar’s A Bug’s Life... Photo of Renew.orgRenew.org
The Bible Number That Keeps Confronting Us Elementary truths can be quite profound. Take this one for example: you cannot go both east and west at the same time. And yet we try. It’s common to want the effects of following God’s commands along with the excitement of following our own impulses. But both ways can’t work, as Moses pointed out: “See,... Photo of Anthony WalkerAnthony Walker
You Need a Tribe: 5 Reasons People Are Joining the Renew.org Gathering You live in a world that is changing. Fast. As a disciple of Jesus, you face many new challenges. Old categories aren’t holding. Long-held beliefs, morals, and behaviors have changed seemingly overnight. Even the meaning of “church” and “justice” have morphed. Communication is now mostly digital. Zoom is in; face-to-face is out. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook,... Photo of Bobby HarringtonBobby Harrington
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