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12 Fiction Books That Will Shape Your Theology

 When we think about the role of reading in our spiritual formation, we generally think…

‘Love God, Love People’ Is More Than Your Instagram Bio

I personally have little formal authority to speak on the topic of evangelism. I am…

3 Challenges You Should Expect by 30

There’s one thing you’ve probably figured out by now: life can be hard. You might…

8 Ways to Actually Deepen Your Faith

Have you been moving forward in your Christian walk? Or do you struggle to enjoy a…

The Secret to Creating Friendships That Last

In a world bloated with quick fixes, instant gratification and social media profiles, it can…

4 Things Jesus Never Said

In the history of human kind, few people have been as widely quoted as Jesus.…

Yes, Christianity Is a Religion, Not Just a Relationship

More weeks than not, I think about skipping church. “We could just take this one…

7 Signs You’re Way Too Busy

Have you noticed “busy” has become the new “fine”? When someone asks you how you…

5 Dating Mistakes You’re Probably Making

There are so many mistakes to be made when it comes to dating and relationships.…

Matt Chandler: Here’s Why Lent Still Matters

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

An Open Letter to Christian Perfectionists Everywhere

Dear self-confessed perfectionist, I know how you feel. It’s been another day where you said…

God ‘Making All Things New’ Doesn’t Mean Christians Can Ignore the Environment

It was a perfect Saturday afternoon: cloudless sky, 72 degrees, and a clean breeze blowing…

Should Christians Be Rich?

As members of the Church, we’ve all been exposed to various levels of teachings on…

The One Thing No One Tells You About Getting Married

If you’ve been to a wedding, you’ve experienced the beauty of witnessing two souls binding…

How to Not Be Just a Consumer at Church

We often approach church like spectators. We want to be fed. To be entertained. To…

Loving Jesus Doesn’t Automatically ‘Cure’ Suicidal Thoughts

Editor’s Note: This piece originally ran in 2018.. I was in California on a business…

The One Thing No One Tells You About Getting Married

If you’ve been to a wedding, you’ve experienced the beauty of witnessing two souls binding…

The Most Neglected Spiritual Discipline

In 325 A.D., the council at Nicea decided that the 40 days leading up to…

What to Pray When You Don’t Feel Like Praying

I didn’t know that I was hiding. I’ve always been good at praying. Or so…

7 Lies Culture Tells Us About Love and Romance

I’m rounding the final turn in my sixth year of marriage. Despite the struggles Tiffani and I faced…

Yes, Churches Need Women Who Teach, Lead and Preach

Editor’s Note: This piece originally ran in March of last year. In light of the…

6 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

The alarm sounds. You slowly roll over to hit the snooze, and out of instinct,…

Can Hope and Worry Coexist?

One of the defining marks of Christianity is hope—we know that no matter what happens,…

Why Marriage Shouldn’t End Your Dating Life

Dating—in person, online or blind—is prized in our culture, and most of us think of…

5 Ways to Start ‘Divorce-Proofing’ Your Marriage

My husband and I got divorced before we got married. Well, not really but we…

7 Real-Life Struggles That Jesus Can Identify With

We’ve all said it, or at least thought it: “Jesus couldn’t possibly understand what I’m…

6 Women of Black History You Probably Don’t Know About—But Should

Some of the inventions and movements we admire so much have been created by black…

How the Church Makes People Terrified of Sex

There’s a shirt my youth pastor used to wear that said, “I practice safe sex.…

4 Bible Verses That Are Constantly Used Out of Context

We have all seen those black and white Dust Bowl photographs. When we see snapshots…

Christians Shouldn’t Be So Quick to Shut the Door on Immigrants and Refugees

Editor’s Note: Today, the Supreme Court ruled to allow the Trump administration to deny green cards…

Your Doubt Doesn’t Make You a Bad Christian

Doubt. It should be a four-letter word because, uttered aloud in some church circles, it…

15 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes That Will Challenge You to Take Action

In the midst of his work to combat institutional racism within the United States, Martin…

15 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes That Will Challenge You to Take Action

In the midst of his work to combat institutional racism within the United States, Martin…

You Never Marry the Right Person

In generations past, there was far less talk about “compatibility” and finding the ideal soul-mate.…

How to Know If Your Calling Is Really from God

I used to dread questions like, “Have you found your calling yet?” or “What’s your…

3 Ways of Finding Your Enneagram Type That Are Better Than Taking Some Online Quiz

A white-hot anger swelled up in me. Twenty-eight years of feeling misunderstood was rising to…

What Does Spiritual Growth Actually Look Like?

All living things grow. With human beings, we watch babies learns to crawl, to walk,…

6 Ways You Might Be Codependent (And How to Overcome It)

A few years ago I was sitting across from a dear friend at a loud…

A Compelling Case For Less in an Age of More

The people at Apple are geniuses. The App Store was the start to this storm…

5 Ways to Stay Close to God During the Busy Holiday Season

Life doesn’t ever stop, especially during the busy holiday season full of to-do lists, parties,…