Does Nature Reveal God?

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The Gift of Unfiltered Encouragement

Two months after my husband and I adopted our older daughter, I found myself sobbing on the treadmill in the middle of the night. We had waited so long for our sweet girl. In a short time, she had completely captured our hearts. I had every reason to be blissfully happy, not crying alone at… Read More

Numbers 36; Psalm 80; Isaiah 28; 2 John

Numbers 36; Psalm 80; Isaiah 28; 2 John WE ARE FIRST INTRODUCED TO Zelophehad and his daughters in Numbers 27:1-11. Normally inheritance descended through the sons. But Zelophehad had no sons, only five daughters named Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. Zelophehad belonged to the generation that passed away in the desert. Why, the daughters… Read More

'Pinocchio' Movie News: Sam Mendes to Direct Disney's New Live-Action Film?

The live-action adaptation of Disney Films’ “Pinocchio” could be helmed by “James Bond” filmmaker Sam Mendes. Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett”James Bond” filmmaker Sam Mendes in talks to direct the live-action installment of “Pinocchio” on Disney. Deadline reports that the Oscar-winning director is in early talks with the film studio to spearhead the filming of the live-action version of… Read More

'Fairy Tail' Ending After 10 Chapters

May 27, 2017 | 4:37 AM “Fairy Tail” fans don’t have many things to be happy about lately. Sure, the anime is finally back to the screen after a long hiatus, but that seems to come with a price. What will happen to the series now? Kodansha Comics”Fairy Tail” chapter 520 promotional cover “Fairy Tail”… Read More

Hailee Steinfeld seeks to empower women in 'Most Girls' music video

American actress, model, and singer Hailee Steinfeld has launched her music video for “Most Girls,” where she seeks to empower women of all colors and personalities. Reuters/Mario AnzuoniHailee Steinfeld seeks to empower women with her newest single, “Most Girls.” Steinfeld’s “Most Girls” video debuted last Monday. The video, directed by Hannah Lux-Davis, begins with the singer on… Read More

Katy Perry-Taylor Swift feud news: 'She started it,' says 'Firework' singer

Katy Perry has finally opened up about her feud with Taylor Swift. Reuters/Danny MoloshokKaty Perry opens up about feud with Taylor Swift. There has been an ongoing feud between Perry and Swift since 2014, and the former finally spoke about it. Perry guested at “The Late Late Show with James Corden” during the Carpool Karaoke segment. The late-night… Read More

Xbox Project Scorpio News Update: Phil Spencer Says Upcoming Console Will Provide Best Game Versions

Xbox chief Phil Spencer recently said that the upcoming Xbox Scorpio will deliver the best console versions of video games. (Photo: Microsoft/Xbox)A promo image for the upcoming Xbox Project Scorpio console from Microsoft, showing the internal hardware with its Xbox branded “Scorpio Engine” processor. Since Xbox’s Project Scorpio was previewed by Microsoft where Eurogamer’s Digital… Read More

'NieR: Automata' Developer Working on Next Game

PlatinumGames producer Atsushi Inaba reveals during a keynote at BitSummit that the studio is currently developing a new IP. Facebook/platinumgames”NieR: Automata” developer PlatinumGames is developing a new title. At BitSummit, which was held in Kyoto, Japan, Inaba shared that the studio is working on a “formless, shapeless IP.” Aside from that, he announced that a new… Read More

'Stranger Things' Season 2 Spoilers, Air Date: Horrifying Evils Ahead Will Make the Demogorgon 'Look Quaint,' EP Says

The first season of Netflix’s breakout hit “Stranger Things” introduced the scary Demogorgon, but it looks like season 2 is going to feature even more terrifying creatures that will easily outshine the gruesome beast. Facebook/StrangerThingsTV’Stranger Things’ season 2 will premiere on Halloween. In an interview with Gold Derby, executive producer Shawn Levy exclusively revealed the horrible… Read More

OnePlus 5 Confirmed to Pack Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

After all the rumors and speculations, it is finally confirmed that OnePlus 5 is, indeed, packing the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. Facebook/OnePlusShown in the photo is the OnePlus 3T. The brand confirms that OnePlus 5 is coming out soon, and it will pack the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. OnePlus 5 is finally hitting the store… Read More

'Luke Cage' Season 2: Showrunner Describes Installment as 'Bulletproof Dopeness'

After Marvel’s “The Defenders” premieres in August on Netflix and makes its first season run, its major characters will be parting ways once again and going back to their respective shows. This includes Luke Cage. Recently, “Luke Cage’s” showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker teased fans about what is in store for them in season 2. Facebook/MarvelsLukeCagePromotional… Read More

'The Last of Us 2' Rumors: Game to Arrive in 2018

While Naughty Dog has yet to attach a release date for “The Last of Us 2,” recent reports suggest the game will be launched in 2018. Facebook/Naughty Dog LLCThe release date of “The Last of Us 2” remains unknown. There is no denying that “The Last of Us 2” is one of the most-anticipated games.… Read More

Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass: Xbox Live Gold Members Have 14-Day Free Trial

Microsoft is feeling very generous these days. The company only recently launched the Multiplayer All-Access event last weekend, which unlocked the “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” for free. Next month, the company will launch its newest subscription service called Game Pass, which comes with a free-14-day trial. YouTube/XboxMicrosoft has finally revealed June 1 as the official… Read More

'The Defenders' Plot: Luke Cage and Jessica Jones' Romance Might Be Rekindled

Fans of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ romance might see the two cuddle up again in the upcoming Marvel series titled “The Defenders.” This was teased by actor Mike Colter, who plays Luke in the series. Facebook/defendersPromotional banner for the upcoming Netflix original series, “Marvel’s The Defenders.” Luke and Jessica got really close in the… Read More

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How to Win the War for Your Mind

The apostle Paul directs the church in Rome to not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of their minds (Romans 12:2). Then, while instructing the church in Corinth on how to engage in the spiritual battle around them, he directs them to take every thought captive to obey Christ (2… Read More

Tillerson declines to host Ramadan event at State Department, sources say

Exxon Mobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in Houston on April 21, 2015. Courtesy of REUTERS/Daniel Kramer WASHINGTON (Reuters) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, two U.S. officials said, apparently breaking with… Read More

ABC Jilts GOP Viewers by Cancelling 'Last Man Standing'

ABC Jilts GOP Viewers by Cancelling ‘Last Man Standing’ After ABC yanked conservative comedian Tim Allen’s sitcom off the air, he is hoping to still claim the “last man standing” title on another TV network. When it announced its fall lineup last week, ABC canceled Allen’s show, Last Man Standing, while retaining others with significantly… Read More

White House Closes International Abortion Funding Loophole

White House Closes International Abortion Funding Loophole President Donald Trump expanded the Mexico City Policy last week to include all foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Reagan-era rule that bans U.S. funding for groups that perform or promote abortion previously applied only to family planning groups such as International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Marie Stopes… Read More

2017 Regional Conference in Wichita: Audio and Video Now Available

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ICE Deports Indonesian Christian Who Fled Persecution

ICE Deports Indonesian Christian Who Fled Persecution As the U.S. tightens immigration enforcement, officials have deported an Indonesian Christian back to a country grappling with persistent Christian persecution. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on May 18 put Arino Massie on a plane back to Indonesia. ICE detained Massie and three other Indonesian Christian men… Read More

34 Casualties Reported after Refugee Boat Capsizes in Mediterranean

34 Casualties Reported after Refugee Boat Capsizes in Mediterranean Thirty-four refugees have drowned after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya. Most of the casualties are reportedly children. The nearly 200 refugees had been attempting to escape their war-torn country and reach Europe to start new lives when their boat capsized, roughly 20 miles… Read More

Student Not Allowed to Deliver Graduation Speech with Christian Content

Student Not Allowed to Deliver Graduation Speech with Christian Content A Christian student in Illinois was told he could not read his graduation address to the school because it contained Christian content. Conservative commentator Todd Starnes reports that 13-year-old Seth Clark, the salutatorian in his class at Akin Grade School, had planned to deliver a… Read More

Court Upholds Block on Travel Ban

Court Upholds Block on Travel Ban A federal appeals court this week upheld a lower court’s decision to temporarily block key parts of President Donald Trump’s executive order that banned travel from some Middle East and African countries. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Roger Gregory wrote in the decision that the executive order… Read More

1.5 Million Americans Sign Pledge to Boycott Target for Transgender Policy

1.5 Million Americans Sign Pledge to Boycott Target for Transgender Policy The number of signatures of those protesting Target’s transgender bathroom policy has now reached 1.5 million. Charisma News reports that this week, American Family association President Tim Wildmon hand-delivered another 500,000 #BoycottTarget pledge signatures to Target headquarters in Minneapolis. Wildmon had previously delivered one… Read More

The travel ban has been particularly harsh on Shiite Muslims

NEW YORK (RNS) I felt utterly helpless. My student was sobbing and saying he wouldn’t be there for his relative’s final moments. His family was in Iran, and with President Trump attempting to bar travel from there and several other predominantly Muslim countries, the student feared that he may not be able to return home if… Read More

Don’t Look Away from Disability

[embedded content] Audio Transcript “The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, ‘Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?’” (John 9:8) So, all he could do was sit blind on the side of the road with a basket or cup, and, “Mercy, mercy on the… Read More

What makes killing Christians appealing?

(RNS) I was born in Egypt, and my heart is broken by this latest massacre of Coptic Christians who were headed to a monastery in the southern Minya province. I could not bear exploring horrific photos of innocent young girls and boys butchered. They were supposed to be worshiping and praying in the monastery. For many of these… Read More

Nearing 60, Bishop T.D. Jakes Strives to Bridge Racial, Political Divides

Nearing 60, Bishop T.D. Jakes Strives to Bridge Racial, Political Divides Bishop T.D. Jakes is preparing for MegaFest, his four-day, faith-and-family gathering in Dallas, where he makes his home and built his megachurch. The June 28-July 1 event he calls “a bit of a vacation in a spiritual atmosphere” drew 90,000 when it was last held in… Read More

A Little Book on the Christian Life: A Live Interview with Burk Parsons

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New Undercover Video Shows Abortionists Discussing Ripping Babies Apart

New Undercover Video Shows Abortionists Discussing Ripping Babies Apart Yet another undercover video of Planned Parenthood officials discussing abortion in gruesome, callous terms has been released. The National Review reports that in the most recent video released by the Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood officials discuss how they fulfill orders from companies for fetal… Read More

Manchester’s Muslims Fear Backlash after Concert Attack

Manchester’s Muslims Fear Backlash after Concert Attack In the wake of the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester this week, Muslims along with the rest of the diverse British city are mourning the dead and tending to the wounded. But for Muslims in particular, the suicide bombing that left more than 20 dead… Read More

Persecution in Egypt Continues: Terrorists Kill 26 Coptic Christians

Persecution in Egypt Continues: Terrorists Kill 26 Coptic Christians Egypt’s Coptic Christians continue to be the target of terrorist attacks. Masked gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Christians to a monastery. At least 26 people were killed and 25 were wounded. According to CBN News, the Christians were traveling by bus to Saint Samuel… Read More

Consider Each Other How to Stir Up Love

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the… Read More

Why Trump’s travel ban deserved another thumping

In upholding a lower court’s injunction,  the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals used some of the strongest judicial language yet against President Trump’s travel ban. The ban, wrote Judge Raymond Gregory for the 10-3 majority, “in text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.” Bam! The discriminatory context… Read More

Gunmen kill 26 in attack on Christians in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – Masked gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians in southern Egypt on Friday, killing 26 people and wounding 26 others as they were driving to a monastery, medical sources and eyewitnesses said. The group was traveling in two buses and a small truck in Minya province, which is home to a sizeable… Read More

Numbers 35; Psalm 79; Isaiah 27; 1 John 5

Numbers 35; Psalm 79; Isaiah 27; 1 John 5 WHEN PLANS WERE BEING LAID to parcel out the Promised Land to the twelve tribes, Levi was excluded. The Levites were told that God was their inheritance: they would not receive tribal territory, but would be supported by the tithes collected from the rest of the… Read More

A Theology of the Home

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The Power of Seat-Saving {and a giveaway!}

We saved you a seat. How many spirits could be lifted and hearts encouraged with the offering of this simple phrase? In all of its simplicity, it’s actually quite a powerful statement. Just ask any junior-high age girl. Just ask any woman walking into a church fellowship hall, alone. Just ask anyone who has ever replied, “Fine,”… Read More

$5 Friday: Scripture, John Owen, & Sacraments

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Controlling the Tongue

Scripture Reading: James 3:1-12, Genesis 1:26-27, Psalm 12, Matthew 12:36-37 The idea of “controlling the tongue” is not just religious-speak to me. It is not just a heading in my Bible or a topic that generates good, honest conversation at a Bible study. It is one of the most sincere prayers of my heart and one… Read More

The Internet Isn’t Broken

Last weekend, the New York Times business section had a profile of a technology figure that shows just how fundamentally the digital revolutionaries misconceived aspects of their inventions. The subject is Evan Williams, founder of Twitter and co-creator of Blogger (an invention that seems to come from the prehistorical era of the internet). The predominant note in the story… Read More

“Pro-Life” Has Officially Lost its Meaning

For anyone whose political memory dates back more than a decade or two, the term “pro-life” was pretty clear: it was understood as the antithesis of “pro-choice” or supportive of the legal right to abortion. But increasingly, what constitutes “pro-life” seems to be as contested as the question of when life begins. Thus we see… Read More

Science Mike Building a “Christian Science” Liturgy for the Nones

“We’re iPhone carrying apes from Mars,” Mike McHargue said to a crowded church auditorium in Denver on a warm September evening. The sweaty crowd laughed, and McHargue smiled from beneath his red beard. In the past two years, McHargue has emerged as an unlikely pied piper for young Christians questioning their faith. An evangelical-turned-atheist-turned-Christian-once-again, McHargue,… Read More

The Real Root of Sexual Sin

The most powerful weapon against sexual impurity is humility. Patterns of sinful thought and behavior are fruits of a deeper root. If we want to stop bearing bad fruit, we must aim our primary attack against the root. And the root of sexual sin is not our sex drive; it’s pride. We live in an… Read More

Irony Really is Dead: GOP Plans to Send Adulterous Third Wife of Serial Philanderer as Ambassador to Vatican

The Republican Party has maintained a death-grip on protestations of moral authority on matters of sexuality for most of my adult voting life. Since the Reagan administration we have seen a party that has consistently hoodwinked voters with its assurances that the morally upright Party of God would vanquish the amoral, pro-abortion, anything-goes-sexually-speaking Democrats. Nowhere… Read More

God’s Work in Your Depression

Audio Transcript One anonymous young woman writes in with a question. “Hello Pastor John! I’m normally an optimistic person and full of life. But lately it has been such a struggle to even want to get out of bed in the mornings. I’m a student at BCS and I am very grateful for all the… Read More

How “Race Tests” Maintain Evangelical Segregation

Comedian John Crist’s YouTube sketches lampooning Christian subculture have gained notoriety largely due to the repetitive one liners that tap directly into the core of American Christianity writ large. A recent sketch, satirizing what a pastor or worship director at a large church would say in preparation for Easter Sunday, includes laugh lines like: “Do we have the right amount of haze in… Read More

That Time I Traveled To Adopt and Was Terrible At It

When I was young, high school and college-aged, I had big dreams of becoming a world traveler. I went to Italy when I was 16 (on a “short-term missions trip,” which never fails to give my husband a chuckle). Afterward, I thought, This is what I want to do. I just want to find a… Read More

Aaron Keyes Wants You To Be Brutally Honest With Him!

It’s time for another episode of “Only The Good Stuff”! In this episode, I sit down with worship leader Aaron Keyes. We discuss: His passion for surfing Why he loves church family dinners His desire for brutal honesty (seriously) Being in seminary And a lot more… Big thanks to my homies at Resonate Recordings for… Read More

A Pastor’s Guide To Speaking The Hip Language Of Millennials

As a pastor, you know that it’s important to be relevant to those in your church. To be “in”. Fresh. Totally rad. Cooler than Mr. T during his heyday. To know all the hottest trends and movies and music. To speak the street lingo of the people. You look around and see all these baby-faced,… Read More

The Easiest Way To Memorize Scripture: FREE SCRIPTURE SONGS!

When I was a young Christian, I heard a teaching about the importance and many benefits of memorizing God’s word. So I began what would turn into a lifelong practice of seeking to commit Scripture to memory. I also love music, and played in rock bands in high school and college. When Jesus saved me, I got… Read More

What To Do When God Is Silent

We all get to points in life where we seem to need more of God: more guidance, more wisdom, more direction, more help. We come to these places through tragedy, pain, transitions in life, or even day-to-day life. Sooner or later, you will be at a place when God is silent. You will be crying… Read More

You Can’t Anxiety Attack Your Way Out of God’s Love

It would be easy for me to let you get cozy with our anxiety, so let’s make a deal. I’m going to aim for the jugular, and then I’m gonna bandage it up all nice and good. Ready? Here it goes. God doesn’t like your anxiety, your anxiety is rooted in sin, and you’re not… Read More

What Does The Bible Say About Depression and Anxiety?

Talking to Christians about mental illness is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. Some Christians will tell you that depression and anxiety are purely spiritual battles to be heroically conquered with more faith, more Bible reading, and more time spent hunkered down in the proverbial (or literal) prayer… Read More

The Only Spiritual Gifts Test You’ll Ever Need

I recently saw a spiritual gifts test booklet that made me cringe. It was incredibly detailed, stretching on for 80+ pages, and included a complex set of questions and explanations. It was like the LSAT but more complicated and confusing. As I skimmed it, I thought, Is this spiritual gifts test really necessary? Is figuring out… Read More

Scripture Memorization Made Easy – Week 3

Hey everyone, last week we shared that when Scriptures are set to music they are really easy to memorize. And to jumpstart your library we gave away 5 Scripture Songs available for download. This week’s Scripture is Matthew 6:31-33. Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we… Read More

Dave Barnes Is A Total Star Wars Nerd!

It’s time for another episode of “Only The Good Stuff”! In this episode, I sit down with singer/songwriter/hilarious dude Dave Barnes. We discuss: The band Hanson and his friendship with them Spotify Discovery playlists Tim Keller sermons Summer blockbusters Star Wars Nerdery And a lot more… Big thanks to my homies at Resonate Recordings for… Read More

Catholic Citizenship: Massimo Faggioli on the Role of Public Theologians Today

Massimo Faggioli’s new book, Catholicism and Citizenship: Political Cultures of the Church in the Twenty-First Century, is based on a series of lectures and essays the Villanova professor began publishing and delivering during the 50th anniversary of Vatican II in 2015. According to Faggioli, while Vatican II has left a massive imprint on American Catholicism, its… Read More

Archbishop Drops the Girl Scouts Amid Alarmist Rhetoric and Fake Accusations

Robert Jones of PRRI has an insightful column in the New York Times about the unraveling of a unified American identity, which he defines as a “set of core political beliefs enshrined in founding ‘sacred texts,’ like the Declaration of Independence.” According to Jones: …recent survey data provides troubling evidence that a shared sense of… Read More

The Most Marginalized Minority

I hesitated mid-sentence, mid-sermon. He was screaming in the hallway just outside the auditorium doors. Thankfully, two of my fellow elders quickly left their seats to help. I couldn’t see what was happening, but I knew my wife was desperately restraining our eight-year-old son while he screamed, kicked, and bit her. Yes, I could have… Read More

“Don’t Call Me Black No More, I’m an Israelite”: Kendrick Lamar, Black Hebrew Religion, and Black Suffering

Kendrick Lamar’s fourth album, Damn, (stylized “DAMN”) has been number one on the Billboard charts for the past three three weeks. The first track, “HUMBLE,” caused an immediate stir, with verses praising stretch marks and natural beauty. But it is the record’s third track, “YAH,” that drew my attention and caused a moment of pause as it appears Kendrick Lamar has… Read More

‘Because She was Immoral’: Christian School Defends Pregnant Teen’s Punishment

‘Because She was Immoral’: Christian School Defends Pregnant Teen’s Punishment Countering criticism even from conservative Christians, the principal of a Christian school in Maryland invoked its moral code in defense of a decision to forbid a pregnant student from crossing the graduation stage. “Maddi is being disciplined, not because she’s pregnant, but because she was immoral,” wrote… Read More

Manchester’s Muslims fear backlash after concert attack

(RNS) In the wake of the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester this week, Muslims along with the rest of the diverse British city are mourning the dead and tending to the wounded. But for Muslims in particular, the suicide bombing that left more than 20 dead and dozens wounded on Monday (May… Read More

Is It Better for Moms to Stay at Home?

I was a writer and principal executive in an advertising agency when I decided to leave my profession to stay home and raise my kids. I wanted to be the one that nurtured and trained our children, and my busy job simply didn’t give me enough time to do that well. On the one hand,… Read More

Pence Meets With One of Putin’s Top Clerics: Strange Bedfellows at BGEA’s World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians

Yesterday, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made headlines for his appearance at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians, where he proclaimed Christians to be among the most persecuted people in the world. While there are parts of the world where the persecution of religious minorities, including Christians, is a real… Read More

VIDEO: “First-Generation, Indian-American Muslim Kid” Makes Fun of the President. Onstage.

In hosting the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner for the first time Saturday, The Daily Show‘s “first-generation, Indian-American Muslim kid,” Hasan Minhaj, was in rare form, subjecting the D.C. press corps and the absent Trump administration to the biting, funny-because-its-true humor laced with socio-political critique that’s made him a standout senior correspondent on The Daily Show. The full 25-minute speech… Read More

DeVos Literally Can’t Name a Discriminatory Policy She’d Refuse to Fund

In a tense exchange with Massachusetts Rep. Karen Clark on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos refused to identify a single example of discriminatory policies that would make a private school ineligible for federal funding. The conversation, captured by CSPAN and embedded below, is astounding in how clearly it exposes the scope of “faith-based” discriminatory actions… Read More

Appeals court rules against President Trump’s revised travel ban

(USA Today) A federal appeals court in Richmond has delivered yet another blow to President Trump’s effort to institute a travel ban targeting six majority-Muslim countries, making a final Supreme Court showdown more likely. The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled 10-3 on Thursday (May 25) to uphold a lower court’s… Read More

VIDEO: Sam Bee Roasts “President Pence” in America’s Coming Theocracy

While some of Washington’s most revered journalists were being roasted by The Daily Show‘s Hasan Minhaj at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, a different (though no less distinguished) crowd gathered at another D.C. hotel to join Full Frontal host Samantha Bee for the first “Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner.” As expected, Bee’s dinner was full of… Read More

Irony Repeats Itself: Reconsidering Reinhold Niebuhr in the Trump Era

For the third time in this young century, Reinhold Niebuhr is getting another splash of attention. It happened last in 2008, when presidential candidate Barack Obama said that Niebuhr had deeply influenced him. It happened before that in 2003, when the Bush Administration invaded Iraq for a sloppy list of fear-mongering reasons and a chorus… Read More

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Why Trump’s Religious Liberty Order is “a Whole Lot of Nothing”

This morning’s presidential signing of an executive order “promoting free speech and religious liberty” isn’t the broad license to discriminate against LGBT people that many activists feared. Instead, it’s a vague, largely symbolic gesture that seems intended to appease the far-right religious conservatives who carried Trump to victory in November. “I think it’s a whole lot… Read More

Judy Shepard Takes on ADF: Stop “Exploiting Children In the Name of Hate”

Judy Shepard is no stranger to the heartbreak that anti-LGBT hatred can wrest upon on a family and a community. And while she has turned her son Matthew’s brutal murder into a decades-long rallying cry for hate crime protections and broad acceptance for LGBT people, the generally soft-spoken mother from Wyoming had some harsh words for the… Read More

Texas’ Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill Is Unconstitutional and Unnecessary, Say Texas Law Professors

Nine sitting law professors at major universities in Texas have drafted an open letter to lawmakers in their state who just approved a controversial “religious freedom” bill that would allow state-funded adoption agencies to discriminate against prospective parents who are LGBT, single or not Christian. RD obtained an exclusive copy of the legal memo signed by scholars currently teaching at… Read More

Before Ramadan, food shortages challenge East African Muslims

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) The usual excitement that builds toward Ramadan has been tempered this year as food shortages and skyrocketing prices threaten to mar observance of the holy month for many East African Muslims. Religious leaders fear the sharp rise in the prices of grains, cereals and other staple food is burdening people to the point… Read More

Indonesian president threatens to ‘clobber’ those who threaten pluralism

JAKARTA (Reuters) President Joko Widodo has said that authorities would “clobber” any group threatening to destroy Indonesia’s tradition of pluralism and moderate Islam, and he called for unity ahead of presidential elections in 2019. Religious and political tensions have spiraled in the last six months with Islamist-led rallies against Jakarta’s former governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama,… Read More

Why Trump’s Evangelicals Won’t Care About Those Budget Cuts

As the White House releases its budget that slashes support for the poor, the elderly, and the sick in favor of tax cuts, evangelical support for President Trump remains strong. This, despite what most people see as the obvious Christian obligation for charity, is not economic justice. The degree to which Trump seems an unlikely… Read More

Abortion Clinic Performs 55 Abortions in a Day without Proper Medical Personnel

Abortion Clinic Performs 55 Abortions in a Day without Proper Medical Personnel A Pennsylvania abortion facility was recently inspected, and the health violations that were uncovered were especially egregious. LifeNews.com reports that Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center in Harrisburg was found to have conducted at least 55 abortions in a single day, yet with no full-time… Read More

Mainstream rap has grown more Christian. So why is Christian rap pushing mainstream?

Much has been written about mainstream rap’s religious revival. Popular hip-hop artists–most notably Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, and Kanye–are weaving Christian themes into their music without apology. Surprisingly, the secular music marketplace is eating it up. But as mainstream rap has become more Christian, Christian rap has become more mainstream. Artists like Lecrae are signing with… Read More

Nearing 60, Bishop T.D. Jakes strives to bridge racial, political divides

(RNS) Bishop T.D. Jakes is preparing for MegaFest, his four-day, faith-and-family gathering in Dallas, where he makes his home and built his megachurch. The June 28-July 1 event he calls “a bit of a vacation in a spiritual atmosphere” drew 90,000 when it was last held in 2015 — a predominantly black crowd that also included… Read More

North Korea: Christian Persecution as Severe as Nero’s Rome, Experts Say

North Korea: Christian Persecution as Severe as Nero’s Rome, Experts Say Human rights activists told Capitol Hill lawmakers that Christians in North Korea are facing persecution that is likely “on par” with the level of persecution that the Early Christian Church endured under Roman emperor Nero. The activists, convened by International Christian Concern, told lawmakers… Read More

Of 1,800 U.S. Abortion Clinics Only 1 Has ‘Abortion’ in Its Name

Of 1,800 U.S. Abortion Clinics Only 1 Has ‘Abortion’ in Its Name Although the number of abortion clinics in the U.S. is decreasing, there are still 1,800 clinics remaining, and, perhaps not surprisingly, only one of these clinics includes the word “abortion” in its name. Writing for The Christian Post, Jay Hobbs notes that these… Read More

Manchester Hero: Aunt Dies Shielding Niece from Bomb Blast

Manchester Hero: Aunt Dies Shielding Niece from Bomb Blast When a horrific tragedy occurs, in the midst of the chaos, grief, and anger, there are also always stories of heroism. One such story is that of an aunt who sacrificed her own life defending her niece after the suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena Monday… Read More

Newton Media selected as agency for Wholetones

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Newton Media has been selected as the agency of record for Wholetones: The Healing Frequency Music Project. Newton Media will develop a strategic media test campaign for placement of a 30 minute Direct Response Television program to air nationally, starting early in the third quarter. Wholetones is a 7 disc set of… Read More

Reformation Study Bible Sale Ends Today: Save 50%

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Church of Scotland to Make Decision on Gay Marriage Today

Church of Scotland to Make Decision on Gay Marriage Today The Church of Scotland will decide today whether or not to allow same-sex marriages within the Church. The issue of gay marriage has been a contentious one in the Scottish Church for some time. The proposal in front of the general assembly today calls for… Read More

Mark 8:34–38: Being Ashamed of Jesus Is Deadly

If no one in your life knows you are a Christian, you probably aren’t one. In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that heaven is only for those who were unashamed of their Savior on earth. Principle for Bible Reading Plan to Do, Not Just Hear As you read the word, remember the commandment of… Read More

Healthcare Roadblock: Republicans Again Struggle to Get Votes

Healthcare Roadblock: Republicans Again Struggle to Get Votes After failing to secure the needed votes on their first try to pass healthcare legislation, Republicans are again coming up against a roadblock. Republicans need to secure 50 votes from the GOP’s 52 senators. According to Politico.com, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) admitted that the path… Read More

In the Middle of the Frozen Food Aisle

In the middle of Aldi’s frozen food aisle, I “did” church. Right in between the tater tots and frozen peas, I almost missed it. I’m so grateful I didn’t. Since I’ve been studying Scripture on imperfect hospitality, I’ve begged the Holy Spirit to heighten my awareness on the topic. After four decades of following Him, I’m having my… Read More

Numbers 34; Psalm 78:40-72; Isaiah 26; 1 John 4

Numbers 34; Psalm 78:40-72; Isaiah 26; 1 John 4 “HOW OFTEN THEY REBELLED against him in the desert and grieved him in the wasteland! Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel” (Ps. 78:40-41). Thus Asaph pauses in the course of his recital to summarize one of… Read More

God’s Sovereignty and Glory

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Faith Made Complete

Scripture Reading: James 2:14-26, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Romans 3:23-26, Ephesians 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). I love that Christian freedom is based on this principle: free, radical grace exists… Read More

One Essential Oil

Recently, the elders of our church gathered after the Sunday morning service to pray over a member who had received a difficult medical diagnosis. Complicating her condition was her upcoming travel to Haiti to work as a nurse on a short-term mission. After hearing the heavy word from the doctor, she still felt the desire… Read More

London’s ‘Big Gay Iftar’ And More in Global LGBT Recap

International Family Equality Day was celebrated on May 7 with events in 30 countries. The United Nations Special Repporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, invited contributions to a consultation on the impact of fundamentalism and extremism on the cultural rights of women. The deadline for submissions is May 19. The United Methodist… Read More

Trump’s religious liberty executive order: Don’t fall for it, church

(RNS) Christian church, what is your power source? According to President Trump, we in the faith community have been hampered in what we can say or do from our pulpits. To address our perceived lack of power, Trump signed an executive order “promoting free speech and religious liberty” a few weeks ago. Don’t fall for… Read More

Manchester—Last Gasp of a Failing Terror Movement?

The suicide attack by Salman Abedi outside the Manchester arena that killed 22 young people out on a fun evening on the town was claimed by ISIS. On the other hand, the terrorist movement of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria seems to claim credit for anything violent these days, and it is not… Read More

Vatican stargazers look for divine inspiration

The Vatican Observatory sits atop Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome. Photo courtesy of Tijl Kindt CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (RNS) In a forgotten corner of the pope’s sprawling summer estate at Castel Gandolfo in the hills outside Rome, an unusual group of astronomers and cosmologists looks to the heavens for divine inspiration. Twelve Catholic priests and… Read More

10 things to know about Millennial Mormons

Here are some key findings about the current Mormon population, based on the 2016 Next Mormons survey. I’ll be blogging about several of these findings individually over time, but for now here is a handy infographic that encapsulates some main points. Note that this is data only about currently identified Mormons (1155 in our survey),… Read More

Alabama Lawmakers Approve Law to Protect Christian Adoption Agencies

Alabama Lawmakers Approve Law to Protect Christian Adoption Agencies Alabama’s governor has signed into law a bill protecting the freedom of Christian adoption agencies. The Christian Institute reports that House Bill 24 mandates that adoption agencies that do not receive federal funding (many of which are Christian adoption agencies) will not lose their license because… Read More

Trump Leaves Meeting with Pope Determined ‘to Pursue Peace in Our World’

Trump Leaves Meeting with Pope Determined ‘to Pursue Peace in Our World’ President Trump visited Pope Francis at the Vatican this week for their first face-to-face meeting. The Vatican released a statement after the meeting, saying the talks between the two highlighted the “the joint commitment in favor of life, and freedom of worship and… Read More

The Community We All Need

I once read that the Russian instinct, when under pressure, was to gather with other people, while the American instinct was to flee. Thus, the Russian landscape was marked by villages, while America was marked with isolated homesteads. My Russian knowledge is just hearsay, but I know that Americans like to homestead and to be… Read More

Italy Holds March for Life in Rome

Italy Holds March for Life in Rome The U.S. and Canada held March for Life rallies already this year, and now it was Italy’s turn. This past Saturday, May 20th, thousands of people gathered in Rome for a March for Life rally, protesting abortion as well as euthanasia. A number of religious organizations joined in… Read More

What we can learn from the Dutch on Memorial Day

DRIEBERGEN, Netherlands (RNS) Once a year in the Netherlands, joggers in the park stop running for two minutes. Bicyclists pull over to the side of the road. Television sets and radios are turned off. Parents hush their children. And in many villages and cities people congregate in public spaces for a communal ceremony. May 4… Read More

‘Because she was immoral’: Christian school defends decision to deny pregnant teen graduation ‘walk’

(RNS) Countering criticism even from conservative Christians, the principal of a Christian school in Maryland invoked its moral code in defense of a decision to forbid a pregnant student from crossing the graduation stage. “Maddi is being disciplined, not because she’s pregnant, but because she was immoral,” wrote David R. Hobbs, administrator of Heritage Academy, about senior… Read More

Good News for Pro-life Movement: 8 States Have Only One Abortion Clinic Left

Good News for Pro-life Movement: 8 States Have Only One Abortion Clinic Left Eight states are reportedly on their way to being abortion free and each have only one abortion clinic remaining. LifeNews.com reports that the eight states are Kentucky, West Virginia, Wyoming, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Arkansas. West Virginia and Kentucky… Read More

Did Pope Francis diss the President?

So here’s what we know about the third stop on President Trump’s tour of major Abrahamic religion sites. In contrast to the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Israel, Pope Francis did not exactly roll out the red carpet. He squeezed Trump into an early morning slot so as not to have to cancel or delay his regular Wednesday general audience… Read More

God: Just and Justifier

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Billy Graham Chaplains Deployed to Manchester to Offer Aid

Billy Graham Chaplains Deployed to Manchester to Offer Aid A team of chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response Team has deployed to Manchester, UK to aid those who are grieving after the terrorist attack Monday night. The attack occurred when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive device during an Ariana Grande concert… Read More

Deepest Sorrows, Sweetest Joys

[embedded content] God is fully sovereign over the disasters and the disappointments of our lives, and he is able to make every one of them serve our everlasting joy. He is sovereign enough that he is able to take every last trial, hardship, and disappointment and make all of them serve our eternal happiness. “God… Read More

For Better or Worse: The Rise of the Professional Wedding Celebrant

“Morning Joe” co-anchors Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough made headlines when they announced their recent engagement. A second wave of headlines revealed a proposition they’d received from someone who’d offered to officiate: none other than President Donald Trump. (These two shining stars of the MSNBC firmament have since said “Thanks, but no thanks” to the… Read More

Perpetrator in Manchester Attack is Identified

Perpetrator in Manchester Attack is Identified The perpetrator behind the horrific attack at the Manchester Arena that killed 22 and injured nearly 60 others has been identified. Police believe the suicide bomber who detonated his explosive device at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert is 22-year-old Salman Abedi. Abedi was a British man… Read More

Can Eurovision’s Rainbow Arch Undermine Ukraine’s Orthodox Value System? This and More in Global LGBT Recap

Wednesday, May 17 will be commemorated around the world as International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Ukraine: Eurovision sparks conflict With Orthodox Church over rainbow arch AFP’s Olga Shylenko wrote about the contradictions around this year’s Eurovision being held in Ukraine’s capital Kiev: Ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest final in Kiev, an extravaganza embraced… Read More

The Kushners and the Sabbath

TORA, the umbrella group of Traditional Orthodox Rabbis of America, voices its concern that misunderstanding of the activities of the Kushners could lead to an erosion of the historic responsibility of employers to accommodate individual religious beliefs. For generations, observant Jews all too often heard the refrain from their employers: If you do not show… Read More

Pope Francis gives President Trump some homework at their first meeting

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Donald Trump is known as a climate change skeptic with a short attention span for reading, especially if the text isn’t about him. But Pope Francis is a man of faith who lives in hope, and during the first, highly anticipated meeting between these two world leaders with sharply contrasting visions the… Read More

Numbers 33; Psalm 78:1-39; Isaiah 25; 1 John 3

Numbers 33; Psalm 78:1-39; Isaiah 25; 1 John 3 THE OPENING FEW VERSES OF Psalm 78 initially elicit a little puzzlement. Asaph invites his readers (and if this is sung, his hearers) to hear his teaching, to listen to the words of his mouth (78:1). Then he announces, “I will open my mouth in parables,… Read More

Regeneration Is Monergistic

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Finding Friendship Covered in Flour

The rich tomato and oregano aroma of fresh baked pepperoni bread wafted through the room. I breathed deeply, anticipating the first cheesy bite. Women of various ages stood around the butcher block dining room, covered in flour dust, some still holding their rolling pins. I giggled softly. These women wouldn’t be seen in public wearing… Read More

Recommeded Reads ~ Whispers of Rest: Refresh in God’s Peace & Love

Women are heroes when it comes to loving and caring for others. But, why is it so hard to give ourselves permission to rest and refresh? Why is it a challenge to take care of yourself and refill on the peace and joy God longs to give? As women who pour out to love others – with checklists to do,… Read More

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment

Scripture Reading: James 2:1-13, Zechariah 7:9-10, Matthew 7:1-5, Romans 13:8-10 With the precision of a surgeon’s knife, the Holy Spirit sliced into my heart, convicting me. It caught me off guard—my sin of favoritism. Hours before, I’d watched a video on discrimination alongside my ministry team. The clip highlighted how easily we can fall into judging… Read More

Will You Ever Write a Piper Bible Commentary?

Audio Transcript Today’s question is fairly common, and this time it comes to us from one anonymous listener who simply asks, “Pastor John, have you ever thought about releasing a commentary on the whole Bible? I know a few pastors have done it and I’m not saying that every pastor should, but since you release… Read More

The Nightmare Driving the American Dream

Millions wear ambition to camouflage their insecurities. Not all ambition is insecure or ungodly (Romans 15:20), but a lot of it is. For instance, the apostle Paul says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). Ambition for the sake of Christ fills the heart… Read More

A group fires up the glitter blessings for a sparkly Pentecost

(RNS) The “tongues of fire” Christians believe rained down on Pentecost just got a whole lot flashier with “Glitter and Fire,” a new project intended to promote the acceptance of LGBT people in the church. Pentecost — which will be marked by most Christians on June 4 — comes from the New Testament’s Book of Acts.… Read More

7 Ways to Honor Vets This Memorial Day

6. Teach (your) kids about Memorial Day Memorial Day is important to America’s heritage and its legacy, but if we don’t teach children about it, the freedoms we hold dear are that much closer to slipping away. As Ronald Reagan once famously said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t… Read More

A Toast to Silence

On this episode of the First Things Podcast: Matthew Walther, associate editor of the Washington Free Beacon, drops by the First Things offices with a bottle of Louis Roederer non-vintage champagne. He talks with Matthew Schmitz and Julia Yost about his plan for champagne socialism, outlined in a recent review for First Things—and why fake… Read More

VW’s ‘dieselgate’ poses ethical challenge for German Protestants

(RNS) The Volkswagen emissions scandal, which began when its “clean diesel” cars were found to be rigged to cheat on pollution tests, has created an environmental, commercial and public relations crisis for the German automaker in the United States. It has been all that and worse back home in Germany. VW is a national symbol… Read More

Six questions on Ramadan answered

(The Conversation) The Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, starts Friday (May 27). Here are answers to six questions about the significance of this religious observance. Why is Ramadan called Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and lasts either 29 or 30 days, depending on when the new crescent moon is (or… Read More

Former Jakarta Christian Gov. Withdraws Appeal of Jail Sentence

Former Jakarta Christian Gov. Withdraws Appeal of Jail Sentence The Christian former governor of Jakarta, Indonesia has announced that he is withdrawing his appeal after being sentenced to jail on charges of blasphemy against Islam. Basuki Tjahaja, known as “Ahok,” was sentenced to two years in jail. His political opponents accused him of blasphemy against… Read More

CBN television chief on Christians, Israel and Trump

(RNS) Even after making two documentaries about Israel, the head of the Christian Broadcasting Network felt another one, on the 50th anniversary of the Israeli capture of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War, was necessary. “As you read today’s news headlines, as you see what the U.N. is trying to do, as you see what is… Read More

President Trump Promises ‘My Administration Will Always Stand with Israel’

President Trump Promises ‘My Administration Will Always Stand with Israel’ President Trump, who is visiting the Holy Land this week, said in a speech that the United States would continue its longstanding support of Israel. “I make this promise to you: my administration will always stand with Israel,” Trump said. Trump was speaking during part… Read More

Study: Top Colleges Invite More Liberal Than Conservative Graduation Speakers

Study: Top Colleges Invite More Liberal Than Conservative Graduation Speakers A new study has revealed that more of the nation’s top universities invite liberal speakers rather than conservative speakers to deliver their graduation address. The Blaze reports that the study was conducted by Young America’s Foundation and found that, of 100 of the nation’s top… Read More

ISIS Takes Credit for Manchester Bombing

ISIS Takes Credit for Manchester Bombing The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a horrific attack in Manchester, UK that killed 22 and injured nearly 60 others, reports CNN.com. The attack occurred at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. Thousands of people were in attendance, particularly a large number of… Read More

Mark 8:34–38: You Can’t Buy a Soul Out of Hell

Satan loves to remind us of all that we are missing out on if we follow Christ — except for hell. In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that only those who lose their lives will gain it. Principle for Bible Reading What Did Jesus Do? When pondering the question, “How then shall we live?”… Read More

Manchester: What kind of person does this?

As I write, the identity of the Manchester terrorist has not been revealed by British authorities. But we do know this: whoever he was, he decided that the culminating act of his life should be the murder of children at a rock concert. He succeeded in killing over twenty, and injuring sixty. Of all the… Read More

Numbers 32; Psalm 77; Isaiah 24; 1 John 2

Numbers 32; Psalm 77; Isaiah 24; 1 John 2 ASAPH MUST HAVE GIVEN A LOT of thought to the question of what believers should remember. Psalm 75, we saw yesterday, commends the power of godly “recital” — a retelling of what God has done so as to bring near God’s name.” The importance of remembering… Read More

Justification by Faith Alone

Sign In or Create Account About Blog Cart Search Home Learn Resources Ways to Learn Topics, Scriptures, Teachers Daily Video Collections Teaching Series Articles Questions Answered Conferences Devotionals Sermons Resource Highlights What Is Reformed Theology?Series Is the Church Full of Hypocrites?Article Israel Rejects the GospelSermon The Insanity of LutherMedia resource Is the Reformation Over?Article Doctrine… Read More

Confessions of a Contributor

My stomach is creaking and groaning like planks in an old wooden porch. I am restless fingers and a timid heart. They hover above the keyboard tentative. Backspace devours the words as fast as I get them down. Nothing comes out right. I’ve imagined what my words would look like spread out a bit more.… Read More

Beware the Graduation Speech

Graduation season is upon us. Colleges have been handing out diplomas for several weeks, and the high school ceremonies are right around the corner. It can be a wonderful opportunity for honoring past accomplishments and looking forward to future adventures. If you are graduation this spring, I hope you enjoy all the festivities and have… Read More

Both Hearing and Doing

Scripture Reading: James 1:19-27, Proverbs 10:19, Ephesians 4:26-27, Romans 5:20 I’ve always been a little uncomfortable while getting my hair cut. Perhaps it’s my nervousness that I’ve directed my stylist the wrong way, or that the color we picked won’t work at all with my skin tone. But beyond the anxiety that comes from letting someone… Read More

How God Opens the Eyes of the Heart

How does someone who is blind to the glory of God come to see him for who he really is? To be sure, the natural eyes and ears and brains are part of the process. Without them we cannot even see or hear or construe the natural things that reveal God’s glory: creation, incarnation, gospel,… Read More

God Made You Believe in God

[embedded content] Audio Transcript “Even when we were dead in our trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ . . . and raised us up with him and seated us” (Ephesians 2:5–6). Paul breaks his sentence, grammatically, and sticks “by grace you have been saved” in the middle of the sentence. He’s going to… Read More

Can You Hear God’s Voice?

Have you ever considered how many voices are speaking to you every day? Of course, we interact regularly with friends and family, classmates and co-workers, but this is barely the beginning. Every day, we are listening to the voices of television, books, podcasts, music or talk radio, movies, newspapers, Twitter feeds and Facebook streams, and… Read More

Want To Become a Better Writer? Here Are 6 Tips

I’ve had a few friends ask what I did to cultivate my love for writing and what I did to improve my own writing. It felt appropriate to offer my magnum opus on writing in hopes it helps some of you. These are the only six tricks I know, and if these don’t work for you then… Read More

Spiritual Disciplines Actually DO Bring Us Joy

This week I did something I haven’t done in a very long time. As in, I can’t actually remember the last time I did it, which is a bit embarrassing to admit. For one day (and not even a full day), I fasted.  Now I know that Christians aren’t supposed to talk about it when… Read More

That Time I Traveled To Adopt and Was Terrible At It

When I was young, high school and college-aged, I had big dreams of becoming a world traveler. I went to Italy when I was 16 (on a “short-term missions trip,” which never fails to give my husband a chuckle). Afterward, I thought, This is what I want to do. I just want to find a… Read More

A Quick and Easy Way To Memorize A Scripture A Week

Hey everyone, over the years memorizing Scripture has brought incredible joy and blessing into my life. And I have found that setting Scripture to music makes memorizing really easy. So I would like to begin to give you a Scripture set to music every week. Some will be from my “Hide the Word” series. Some may… Read More

Aaron Keyes Wants You To Be Brutally Honest With Him!

It’s time for another episode of “Only The Good Stuff”! In this episode, I sit down with worship leader Aaron Keyes. We discuss: His passion for surfing Why he loves church family dinners His desire for brutal honesty (seriously) Being in seminary And a lot more… Big thanks to my homies at Resonate Recordings for… Read More

A Pastor’s Guide To Speaking The Hip Language Of Millennials

As a pastor, you know that it’s important to be relevant to those in your church. To be “in”. Fresh. Totally rad. Cooler than Mr. T during his heyday. To know all the hottest trends and movies and music. To speak the street lingo of the people. You look around and see all these baby-faced,… Read More

The Easiest Way To Memorize Scripture: FREE SCRIPTURE SONGS!

When I was a young Christian, I heard a teaching about the importance and many benefits of memorizing God’s word. So I began what would turn into a lifelong practice of seeking to commit Scripture to memory. I also love music, and played in rock bands in high school and college. When Jesus saved me, I got… Read More

You Can’t Anxiety Attack Your Way Out of God’s Love

It would be easy for me to let you get cozy with our anxiety, so let’s make a deal. I’m going to aim for the jugular, and then I’m gonna bandage it up all nice and good. Ready? Here it goes. God doesn’t like your anxiety, your anxiety is rooted in sin, and you’re not… Read More

What To Do When God Is Silent

We all get to points in life where we seem to need more of God: more guidance, more wisdom, more direction, more help. We come to these places through tragedy, pain, transitions in life, or even day-to-day life. Sooner or later, you will be at a place when God is silent. You will be crying… Read More

What Does The Bible Say About Depression and Anxiety?

Talking to Christians about mental illness is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. Some Christians will tell you that depression and anxiety are purely spiritual battles to be heroically conquered with more faith, more Bible reading, and more time spent hunkered down in the proverbial (or literal) prayer… Read More

A Note on the Kentucky Decision

A recent decision by the Kentucky Court of Appeals is the latest event in the five-year process Hands On Originals, a t-shirt printing company, has undergone in Lexington. It started in 2012 when the owner, Blaine Adamson, declined to print t-shirts for the Lexington Pride Festival, an event hosted by Gay and Lesbian Services Organization. Adamson cited his… Read More

Spiritual Disciplines Actually DO Bring Us Joy

This week I did something I haven’t done in a very long time. As in, I can’t actually remember the last time I did it, which is a bit embarrassing to admit. For one day (and not even a full day), I fasted.  Now I know that Christians aren’t supposed to talk about it when… Read More

Want To Become a Better Writer? Here Are 6 Tips

I’ve had a few friends ask what I did to cultivate my love for writing and what I did to improve my own writing. It felt appropriate to offer my magnum opus on writing in hopes it helps some of you. These are the only six tricks I know, and if these don’t work for you then… Read More

A Quick and Easy Way To Memorize A Scripture A Week

Hey everyone, over the years memorizing Scripture has brought incredible joy and blessing into my life. And I have found that setting Scripture to music makes memorizing really easy. So I would like to begin to give you a Scripture set to music every week. Some will be from my “Hide the Word” series. Some may… Read More

Aaron Keyes Wants You To Be Brutally Honest With Him!

It’s time for another episode of “Only The Good Stuff”! In this episode, I sit down with worship leader Aaron Keyes. We discuss: His passion for surfing Why he loves church family dinners His desire for brutal honesty (seriously) Being in seminary And a lot more… Big thanks to my homies at Resonate Recordings for… Read More

That Time I Traveled To Adopt and Was Terrible At It

When I was young, high school and college-aged, I had big dreams of becoming a world traveler. I went to Italy when I was 16 (on a “short-term missions trip,” which never fails to give my husband a chuckle). Afterward, I thought, This is what I want to do. I just want to find a… Read More

A Pastor’s Guide To Speaking The Hip Language Of Millennials

As a pastor, you know that it’s important to be relevant to those in your church. To be “in”. Fresh. Totally rad. Cooler than Mr. T during his heyday. To know all the hottest trends and movies and music. To speak the street lingo of the people. You look around and see all these baby-faced,… Read More

The Easiest Way To Memorize Scripture: FREE SCRIPTURE SONGS!

When I was a young Christian, I heard a teaching about the importance and many benefits of memorizing God’s word. So I began what would turn into a lifelong practice of seeking to commit Scripture to memory. I also love music, and played in rock bands in high school and college. When Jesus saved me, I got… Read More

You Can’t Anxiety Attack Your Way Out of God’s Love

It would be easy for me to let you get cozy with our anxiety, so let’s make a deal. I’m going to aim for the jugular, and then I’m gonna bandage it up all nice and good. Ready? Here it goes. God doesn’t like your anxiety, your anxiety is rooted in sin, and you’re not… Read More

What To Do When God Is Silent

We all get to points in life where we seem to need more of God: more guidance, more wisdom, more direction, more help. We come to these places through tragedy, pain, transitions in life, or even day-to-day life. Sooner or later, you will be at a place when God is silent. You will be crying… Read More

What Does The Bible Say About Depression and Anxiety?

Talking to Christians about mental illness is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. Some Christians will tell you that depression and anxiety are purely spiritual battles to be heroically conquered with more faith, more Bible reading, and more time spent hunkered down in the proverbial (or literal) prayer… Read More

Trump to Tackle Middle East Peace in Trip to Israel

Trump to Tackle Middle East Peace in Trip to Israel #Israel #Donald Trump President Trump embarked on a two-day trip to Israel on Monday. He will be meeting several Israeli leaders and putting his deal-making skills to the test as he discusses avenues for Middle East peace. The President was greeted by Israeli Prime Minister… Read More