Growth

The Real Key to Healthy Self-Esteem

There is nothing more transformative in human life than suffering. Whether it be from significant…

So, Why Hasn’t Jesus Come Back Yet?

Devastating wildfires. Global plagues. Unprecedented political swerves. If you’re looking for an apocalypse, there certainly…

What Good is God?

How do I get myself into these predicaments? I asked myself as the plane left…

Why Your Prayers Aren’t ‘Working’

I wish I could say that my prayer life is one defined by consistent authenticity…

Why Is Praying So Hard?

Be honest for a minute: How is your prayer life? That’s what we call it,…

Max Lucado: If You’re Feeling Stuck, It’s Time to Make a Change

On a trip to the United Kingdom, our family visited a castle. In the center…

The Deeper Message of Holy Week

When I was a kid, a free-flowing river meandered its way through my backyard. Growing…

What to Do When You Can’t Hear God

There is a picture sitting beside my bed that I have held dear for nearly…

Silly Things Christians Say: ‘Ask Jesus Into Your Heart’

Editor’s note: This piece originally ran on CoreyFarr.com. It was republished here with permission. “All…

Matt Chandler: Here’s Why Lent Still Matters

Editor’s note: This piece originally ran in 2017. In the six weeks between Ash Wednesday…

Want Spiritual Growth? Read More Fiction

Before college, I wasn’t much of a reader. C.S. Lewis was the only author I…

4 Ways to Grow Where God Has Planted You

I grew up in a tiny town way out in the country. There were apples on…

N.T. Wright Says Many Christians Are Wrong About Heaven and the Afterlife

Acclaimed New Testament scholar and author (his latest is called The New Testament in Its…

Habits, Bible Reading and New Year’s Resolutions

In less than a week, everyone is going to be writing down their New Year’s…

9 Common Myths Christians Believe at Christmas

Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year, because it calls our attention…

When It Feels Like God Has Forsaken You

I was sitting on a hillside in Israel when I first believed God loved me. …

Here’s YouVersion’s Most Read Bible Verse of 2019

The makers of widely used Bible app YouVersion have announced the most-read Bible verse of…

What if Christians Actually Did What Jesus Did?

Everyone has heard the saying “WWJD”, right? What would Jesus do? You’ve heard it preached,…

Jesus’ Most Common Teaching Wasn’t About Money

What did Jesus teach on the most?  If you have been in church during a…

Mark Batterson on the ‘Double Blessing’ of Handel’s Messiah

During his celebrated career as a composer, George Frideric Handel wrote 42 operas, 29 oratorios…

Jesus Never Promised an Easy Life

Recently, I met with a couple who had been married for 20 years. A few…

When Reading the Bible, Suspect Yourself

You are a major character in the Bible.  You may not have walked through the…

Why the Idea of Being in ‘Union’ With God Is So Life-Changing

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as…

The Church and the Depressed Christian

Growing up as a church kid, who suffered from severe depression, I was not met…

How to Become the New Spiritual You

If getting in shape was easy, then everyone would do it. That’s the thing about…

The Danger of Bypassing Your Emotions

Have you ever stuffed your emotions because you thought they couldn’t be trusted?  I did,…

The Best Books for Your Spiritual Growth Based on Your Enneagram Type

Our goal as Christ-followers is to resemble Him more and more. But sometimes as we study…

Why the Book of Romans Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

Dr. Scot McKnight thinks we’ve been reading Romans all wrong. As the professor of New…

So, You’re No Longer Passionate About Faith

Ephesus was once a famous and flourishing Greek city. The apostle Paul founded the church…

No, God Is Not Using Mass Shootings to Punish the USA for Prayerless Schools

After a white nationalist terrorist attacked El Paso, Texas, killing 22 and injuring 26, the…

Making Sense of an ‘Angry’ God

A close encounter with Christianity is an encounter with a God who is capable of…

Worship Isn’t About What Kind of Music You Like

A few weeks after we got married, my husband and I moved to a different…

So, You’re Starting to Doubt Your Faith

From age 22 to 23, I lived in England. I was there for graduate school,…

4 Ways to Benefit From Your Critics

You may think I am crazy, but I believe there is a place for critics…

Is the Statement, ‘I’ve been a Christian My Whole Life’ a Lie?

If you’ve been around church culture for any length of time, you’ve most likely heard…

Why Are We All So Uncomfortable With Silence and Rest?

This summer, a driving goal of mine is to create space to experience God through…

The Lie of ‘Too Blessed to Be Stressed’

Unless I missed it, the song “Everything Is Awesome” from the LEGO movie is nowhere…

An American Missionary Has Been Accused of Posing as Doctor, Resulting in the Deaths of African Children

An American missionary woman named Renee Bach has been accused of pretending to be a doctor…

Why Is God So Big on Patience?

“Love is patient…” “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait…

The Apostle Peter in Nick Miller GIFs: A Journey Through Scripture

Simon Peter was one of Jesus’ closest friends and also his rowdiest. It’s easy to…