Trans (Part 4 of 5) Brandon has struggled with transgender issues since early childhood and, prior to becoming a disciple, he lived as a woman for six years. Since becoming a disciple, he has lived as a man, and his experiences have enabled him to encourage many of his brothers and sisters in Christ and help those who face challenges... Brandon Redler
Shane Wood on Being a Scholar and a Christian Shane is a husband and a father of four kids. His Phd is from the University of Edinburgh. He’s a professor at Ozark Christian College and scholar on the book of Revelation. He’s also the author of three books. Recently, I got to talk with Shane about his studies in Revelation, as well as about...
How to Know If Your Zeal Is Real “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” “When you’re hot, you’re hot. And when you’re not, you’re not,” the saying goes. God’s word demands that we be hot, not cold or lukewarm. The success of the mission absolutely depends on it! “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen,... Douglas Jacoby
The Cure for Loneliness …and the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone.” Genesis 2:18 I recently asked a question of the women who follow my newsletter, “What’s the one thing causing you the most pain today?” I gave about a dozen options for them to answer; everything from marriage, financial burdens, health problems,... Joanne Kraft
Review of Rob Bell’s What Is the Bible “Just let the Bible be whatever it is.” But just what is the Bible? What is the Bible? This is a vitally important question. Rob Bell is a famous American author, pastor, and “a singular rock star in the church world” (according to Time Magazine, who also named him among the most influential 100 people... Jon Sherwood
Is God Petty? There are lots of sins that don’t tempt me. Not even a little bit. What a change in emotions we students saw. He had just been laughing it up in the back of the class. He’d stuck two pencils up both nostrils. We were watching with interest because it was more entertaining than drilling the... Daniel McCoy
Songwriter Marty Sampson and the Unsustainability of Feelings-Based Faith I remember a dilemma I faced as a worship leader figuring out whether we should add a particular worship song into our mix. Solid lyrics, catchy tune—however, I had just learned that the songwriter had been covering up a years-long affair during the same time he was writing chart-topping worship songs. What do we do... Daniel McCoy
Rip Current I’m a native Floridian, so when northern kids were learning how to survive if you got stuck out in a snow storm, we were learning how to get out of a rip current at the beach. I’m sure those in the Midwest were learning about tornado safety or what to do if you got stuck... Michelle Eagle
Shane Wood on Why He Loves Revelation Shane is a husband and a father of four kids. His Phd is from the University of Edinburgh. He’s a professor at Ozark Christian College and scholar on the book of Revelation. He’s also the author of three books. Recently, I got to talk with Shane about his studies in Revelation, as well as about...
The Most Important Question in the History of Thinking Years ago, Christian philosopher Terry Miethe (Ph.D., Ph.D., D.Phil. (Oxon. Cand.) debated his atheist friend Antony Flew on the question of “Does God exist?” What follows is Terry’s introduction to the debate, as recorded in the book Does God Exist: A Believer and an Atheist Debate, by Terry Miethe and Antony Flew. It was thanks... Terry Miethe
Can Your Church Love Its Community Well? Here’s How This One Did. Matthew Stieger leads the Crossroads Christian Church in Macon, MO. Recently I got to talk with Matt about their morning of “Loving Our Community.” With lots prayer and preparation, they embarked on a Sunday morning of meeting needs around the community. Here’s our conversation: How did you all come up with the idea to do...
Fight for It If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know I have a passion for the great outdoors. I love God’s creation, the smell of pines, the sounds of nature, seeing a trout breaking the surface of the water to catch its dinner. Nothing, though, tops bow hunting in September in Idaho.... Brandon Guindon
Worship Leading: Minutes, Moments, and Memory I have prayed. I have planned. I have practiced. I have equipped our team of volunteers. The countdown clock has started. Five minutes until go-time. It’s at this point that the service coordinator approaches to inform me that one of our camera techs has still not shown up. I have to check the schedule to... Corey Scott
5 Important Things New Ministers Need to Know A mentor of mine once asked me an interesting question. He asked me to write five things new ministers need to know. I want to share what I told him. I was prepared well for ministry. I had close friends and mentors to lean on. I did a ministry apprenticeship before leading a ministry. I... Neil Reynolds
Do You Know What You’re Asking for Your Kids? Mothers can be bold. Unabashedly so. When it comes to our kids, it’s easy to assume the sky is the limit—and we don’t flinch in asking for it. Unfortunately, that sometimes carries over into our prayer life, as we make our requests known before the Lord. But do we always know what we are asking?... Debbra Stephens
Admonition. Felix carried a real grudge against Jonathan the high priest. He was bitter about the priest’s frequent admonitions to be a better governor. And as Josephus recorded this story he commented that “incessant rebukes are annoying to those who choose to do wrong.” So Felix paid a great sum to certain evil men to get... Kenny Boles