Christian Life
August 15, 2018

Saying No to Cookies

It happened. I put on my “fat shorts” and they were too tight. When we rolled from winter to spring to summer, I thought since I was getting outside more…

Faith
August 14, 2018

We are the Light of the World

In Matthew 5, Jesus gives the legendary Sermon on the Mount. In verses 14-16, the Lord says something that I think would be helpful for us to think about today:…

Christian Life
August 13, 2018

When Doubt is a Good Thing

Recently, I’ve spent far too many hours in various airports painfully watching a departure time creep further and further into the night. Not only has this resulted in a lack…

Christian Life
August 12, 2018

To the One We Trust

Alexander MacLaren’s brief yet dense exposition of Psalm 37:4, 5, 7 offers the following sequence – delighting in God, trusting Him, giving him everything (Expositions of Holy Scripture, Maclaren). This…

Family Life
August 8, 2018

When Family Life is Chaotic

“Family”. The word conjures up all kinds of emotions in us. Some are sweet and sacred. Some are sour and scandalous. But blood is blood and we’re somewhat bound to…

Faith
August 8, 2018

Mortimer in the Elevator

Guest post by Allison Mullins During a particularly low point in life, the boys and I went to the beach.  “The boys” were my three dogs, Randolph and Mortimer (basset…

Faith
August 7, 2018

Saying Less

“When there is an abundance of words, transgression is never far away. But the wise restrain their lips.”  Proverbs 10:19 Lately I have felt convicted in my life to speak…

Christian Life
August 7, 2018

His Power is Made Perfect

This past week, my family had an awful experience. We went on vacation, and our house got robbed. Burglarized. Broken into and violated and stolen from. A horrid experience overall,…

Christian Life
August 6, 2018

Weeds

Weeds always manifest themselves. They never hide beneath the earth and destroy in secret. They wreak havoc on gardens and choke the life out of them, even while they often…

Christian Life
August 5, 2018

The Case for VBS

If you didn’t grow up in the church, or didn’t go to church in the South, or at a church with a great children’s ministry, you might not even know…

Culture
August 6, 2018

Hospitality is a Gift

One of the best parts of the leadership development program I work for is that we provide our Fellows (that’s what we call the leaders) host families to live with….

Justice
August 5, 2018

The Church Isn’t Perfect, But…

Dear Church, I genuinely love the Church. I love what it can be and what it has been for so many people. It has been “a shelter in the time…

Faith
August 2, 2018

Of Prayer and Lasagne

Guest Writer: Allison Mullins (www.prayer4unity.com) Recently the campus location of my church held a series of Wednesday night gatherings.  For each session, the church’s Bible study small groups were tasked…

Justice
August 2, 2018

Empathy Might Just Be the Key

Everywhere I look, there seems to be division, conflict, tension, and discord. Politically, personally, in our churches, in our communities. We’re drawing lines and picking sides, and it’s causing all…

Christian Life
July 30, 2018

Discipline in Disobedience

“When you discipline a man with rebukes for sin, you consume like a moth what is dear to him; surely all mankind is a mere breath!” – Psalm 39:11 Along…

Culture
July 30, 2018

Why the Waning of Church Influence is a Good Thing

In the Church today, specifically in the South, many often talk about going back to the “good ole’ days”. In my experience, when my fellow Christians echo these sentiments they…

Justice
July 26, 2018

Speaking Power to Truth

So here we are in the fullness of postmodernity. Our current cultural era that gained widespread momentum in the 1980s and 1990s is largely defined by relativity and fluidity. A…

Culture
July 25, 2018

I Don’t Watch the News Anymore

Shootings, robberies, upheavals, heated debates, polarization, slander, horrific acts of violence, protests, wars, political rhetoric, shock value, jealousy, hatred, discord, divorce, gossip, left/right spin…media bombardment is hurting my head, my…

Christian Life
July 22, 2018

Grief to Joy

On a recent trip to Boston, my party became patrons of one of the city’s most famous local coffee shops, Dunkin Donuts. My usual order, a medium ice coffee with…

Christian Life
July 22, 2018

An Apology

As kids, we learn the importance of saying “I’m sorry”. As adults, most of us have forgotten the value of it. I was recently with a friend who recounted an…

Christian Life
July 16, 2018

Stuck in Stillness

Does your life sometimes feel still? By still, I mean repetitive in one sense. But in another, I mean the absence of movement. Perhaps you know that you are upon…

Christian Life
July 12, 2018

When My Small Self Wants to Do Big Things (But Only God Can)

I’ve always been bothered by the idea of smallness. I’ve heard people pray that the Lord would keep them small. I heard a song on my local Christian radio station…

Family Life
July 12, 2018

The Years are Short

If I’ve read it once, I’ve read it a thousand times: The days are long, but the years are short. If I’ve been told once, I’ve been told a thousand times:…

Christian Life
July 10, 2018

Enter the Rest: Letter to the Church of America

“Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it” Hebrews 4:1 The urgency to…