I Like Your Christ, But Not Your Christians

ShareTweet I think we’d be surprised to know how many people in this world actually like the person of Jesus Christ, but aren’t keen on becoming a Christian due to the examples set forth by his followers. For centuries we’ve…

15 Ways to Help a Depressed Husband or Wife

ShareTweet “How can I help my depressed husband?” “How do I help my wife who is depressed?” “How can I be helpful to my depressed friend?” These are all questions I frequently hear. Last month was Depression Awareness Month and…

Waging My War With Anxiety: When God Doesnt Heal You

ShareTweet We know those stories of victory and overcoming — those who finished the battle, won the reward, and experienced pure freedom from their previous oppressor. Those are the stories that are shared most often and are so well-known. But…

Have We Got It All Wrong About Christmas?

ShareTweet Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and so begins the countdown to Christmas. It’s such a festive, joyful time for so many, bringing great memories of holidays past, but it can also be a crazy, hectic…

How to Be Single in a Tinder World

ShareTweet Ok, so first of all, I’m married. It’s been a while since I’ve been single, yet I wonder sometimes how it would have been different had Tinder, Instagram, Plenty of Fish, and Gym selfies been around during that time.…

10 Truths God Wants Your Child to Know

ShareTweet Those of you who are parents know how terrible it is to see your child in pain and not be able to fix it. There’s no easy way around it. Heartache is pain. I know from my own life…

Confessions of a Praying Wife

ShareTweet This morning as I drove to work I prayed for my husband. The Lord brought specific things to my mind to pray for him, and as I intervened for my spouse in intercession it occurred to me that I…

3 Reasons to Stay in a Church Thats Not Cool Enough

ShareTweet By Michael Kelley I’m amazed at how deep my own consumerism runs. This is most clearly visible to me at how righteously offended I feel when someone or something doesn’t measure up to my expectations. So when, for example,…

To the Friend Whos Been Cheated On

ShareTweet My Friend, People ask you if you’re doing okay. You shrug it off, make a joke, lighten the situation any way you can. You say that you’re fine, and maybe you are. But I thought I would say the…

7 Simple Ways to Ruin Your Life in Your 20s

ShareTweet No one ever plans to ruin his life. Nobody makes failure a goal, or a New Year’s resolution, or an integral part of his five-year plan. Kids don’t dream about growing up to be an alcoholic; students don’t go…

Why Real Faith Is Never Perfect

ShareTweet I often find myself thinking about the great men and women of faith we see in the Bible. Their boldness, courage, fearlessness, and tenacity to pursue after what God had laid out for them. I often compare myself to…

Some Implications of Being Pro ALL Life

ShareTweet I believe human beings are the pinnacle of God’s creation; God’s image-bearers in the world. There is absolutely nothing on the planet more valuable than a single human life. Therefore, I consider myself pro ALL life. I believe all…

The Problem With a “Feel-Good” Church

ShareTweet I remember walking into to church for the first time after purposely staying as far from it as I could for 10 years. The music was loud, the crowds were big, and the environment was inviting. It was unlike…

Dear Sexual Predators, Its Not Us

ShareTweet By Amanda Goodman “She shouldn’t have been by herself.” No. No. No. I read that comment today on a link to a story about 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena who was murdered. The Iowa State student went golfing Monday morning and…

The Lies from Satan That Women Believe

ShareTweet Not long ago I was laying in bed trying to fall asleep. I had to get up early for work in the morning, and since I already wasn’t feeling the upcoming workday, I was on edge and downcast. Suddenly…

Dear Parents, Virginity Is Not the Point

ShareTweet This spring Jonathan and I participated in a panel discussion on issues of sexuality and parenting. During the course of our conversation, I verbalized two things I think are important when it comes to talking about sex with our…

10 Differences Between a Believer and a Christian

ShareTweet Warning: This might shake up your faith. Here are 10 differences between a believer and a Christian. “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that — and shudder.”—James 2:19 1. A believer believes in Jesus. A…

Why You Must Feel Sorrow to Experience Joy

ShareTweet Because of Jesus, we have every reason to be known as people of deep hope and joy. But does that mean we are going to be running around singing and dancing and smiling every moment of our lives? Are…

Why Christians Should Celebrate Halloween

ShareTweet I recently received a message on Facebook from a follower who was dismayed that my roommate and I — two Christians — would throw a Halloween party. She was loving in her approach and inquired with genuine curiosity rather than hostile…

Dont Call Your Kids “World Changers”

ShareTweet It’s tempting. I get it. It sounds motivating and inspirational. I get that too. But I’ve come to believe that the good-intentioned, hopefully inspiring practice of talking about children as “world-changers” is, in most cases, damaging. You can cover…