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Priscilla Shirer: Can You Ask Too Much From God?

Among the boxes we tend to build for God—the various extents to which we believe…

The Forgotten Art of Following

Where in the Bible does it say God commands us, as Christians, to be leaders? …

What Good is God?

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

Why Doubt Can Give You Hope

I know I’ve gone through bouts of doubt that felt like they could be lethal…

Stop Taking Jeremiah 29:11 Out of Context

It’s one of the modern Church’s favorite biblical promises—but we’ve gotten it all wrong.

Optimism Is Temporary. Hope Is Eternal.

Four years ago, this strange micro-trend appeared: A handful of Dallas-area megachurch pastors were diagnosed…

4 ‘Humble’ Things That Aren’t Actually Humble

When Ben Franklin turned 20, he was determined to become virtuous. He put together a list of…

God Has Already Revealed His Plan for Your Life

When trying to discern God’s will for our lives, it is tempting to spend all…

Things You May Not Know About St. Patrick

Editor’s Note: This piece originally ran in 2018. In light of the coronavirus crisis, we…

Things You May Not Know About St. Patrick

Editor’s Note: This piece originally ran in 2018. In light of the coronavirus crisis, we…

4 Things Jesus Never Said

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

Can Hope and Worry Coexist?

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

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…

What Does Spiritual Growth Actually Look Like?

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

How to Celebrate Christmas When You Don’t Have a ‘Home’

You’ve heard the phrase, and probably the song, too: “There’s no place like home for…

5 Ways to Be Generous Even If You’re Broke

God calls us to be generous. But what if you’re broke, barely making it through…

Yes, Christianity Is a Religion, Not Just a Relationship

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

4 Ways the Modern Church Looks Nothing Like the Early Church

I often hear Christians say that we should be more like the early church. And…

God Doesn’t Want You to Stress

I often take comfort from learning that the great characters in the narrative of the…

What the Bible Says About How to Treat Refugees

Immigration continues to be one of the most politically polarizing issues in America. The topic…

True Worship Is More Than Singing in Church

There’s a divide in the Church. Well, there are plenty of divides in the Church.…

No One Ever Came to Jesus Because a Christian Scolded Them

I love how Jesus related to damaged, condemned people. Don’t you? A woman sins against…

What Does the Bible Say About Ghosts?

Dustin Pari was about 9 years old when he says he saw something that “petrified”…

God Has a Purpose in Your Disappointment

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick,” says King Solomon. Proverbs, which Solomon wrote, speak to…

Christianity’s Most Famous Beer Enthusiasts

Christians and beer have a complicated relationship. In recent decades, many conservative evangelical camps have…

What We Get Wrong About ‘Giving Our Testimony’

Often, testimonies within the church go something like this: 1. I thought I was a…

Faith Involves Your Brain, Too

I don’t like devotional books. I rarely get swept up in emotional worship experiences. And…

What We Get Wrong About ‘Finding God’s Will’

What is God’s will for your life? This question tends to haunt us while we…

What Grief Teaches About God

Across humanity, nobody desires to experience suffering. Whether physical pain, emotional trauma, daily trials, wrestling…

The Prosperity Gospel Creates Poor Christians

Editor’s note: This piece first ran in 2015. We are posting again in light of…

5 Things You Need to Know About Prayer

More than 1,700 years ago, a man called Antony moved into the desert. The son…

You’re Probably Misunderstanding What It Means to Be a ‘Lukewarm’ Christian

Christians use some odd terms. You know what I’m talking about—churchy words like “the aisle”…

7 Prominent Christian Thinkers Who Wrestled With Doubt

In his book, In Two Minds: The Dilemma of Doubt & How to Resolve It,…

3 Prayers We Need to Stop Saying

Accidental habits are easy to form and hard to break. No one means to leave…

Can Patriotism Become Idolatry?

The church I grew up in has these gorgeous stained glass windows that line every…

Remember, the Bible Never Mentions a Building Called ‘Church’

Recently, I wrote this piece, encouraging people who love God but who for any number…

8 Things I Wish Jesus Had Never Said

It’s the commandments. It’s His treatment of the ones I deem unlovable in my own…

This Huge Misconception May Be Affecting Your Ability to Offer Forgiveness

Naturally, people don’t like to (and, frankly, don’t want to) forgive. We want to hold…

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Give Up on the Church

Is it just me or has the latest trend for Christians become criticizing the Church?…

The Lies Modesty Culture Teaches Men

I am sad. I live in Southeast Asia, and there’s a “massage parlor” a few…