Practical Faith

Want a Revolution? Make a Casserole.

Community is revolutionary. When we bring it to a rolling boil, lives change and plans foment that ripple around the world. But it’s hard to cook up community from scratch in middle-class North America. Some days, just getting to know the neighbors on your street can feel like trying to get the wave going at a football game while everybody stares at you from their seats. Still, we go on believing that God made people—all of us, no matter your Myers-Briggs profile type—to need other people. So we need to figure out how to break our ruts of commuting, watching Hulu, and consuming Hot Pockets alone. And we couldn’t have better guides on how to do this than Adam and Christine Jeske.

A Generous Model for Interfaith Engagement

Is there a biblical basis for interfaith dialogue? At first glance, it seems there’s not. But columnist Nick Price takes us on a journey of discovery and, along the way, highlights how and why interfaith dialogue is not only helpful to our faith but essential to our witness.

The Joy in Holding On to Grief

On July 3, 2012, eight days before my friend Jay Williams turned 32 years old,…

Uniquely You (Sort Of)

We have strong ideas about what it means to be a Christian—how our faith should play itself out in everything from church, worship and prayer to service, politics and culture. But we also know God created us each to be completely, amazingly unique. Our columnist Kristin Tennant grapples with this seeming disparity and then helps you get practical about your own uniqueness in this world.

Rain, Chickens and Other Foolish Hopes

It feels so foolish sometimes to believe that we might grow things in this life. Predators break in and steal, and when it comes down to it, we have no control at all over most of the key factors in life. In today’s column, Adam and Christine Jeske tackle the hard question of how to find hope when everything visible could lead us to despair.

Evangelism in an Interfaith World

In his inaugural column, our columnist Nick Price paves the way for us to explore the tension between interfaith dialogue and evangelical conviction to share the Gospel.

Those Things That Will Not Ever Leave

Our columnist Anne Jackson looks into the bleak reality of loneliness, hiddenness, God’s seeming absence and pain and asks, “Will those things that are said to not ever leave ever return?”

Are You A Worthy Bridesmaid?

In this inaugural column by Christopher Abel—seminary student and pastor-in-training—you’re invited to consider how following Jesus probably won’t lead you to be murdered, but it might kill your ego.

Discarding the “Good Christian” Image

Discovering and celebrating who God created us to be opens the door to freely knowing, loving and trusting God and living fully for Him. In Kristin Tennant’s new column, learn how finding our unique identity not only impacts our relationship with God, but also impacts our relationships with others—Christians and non-Christians alike—and our ability to participate in bringing more of God’s Kingdom to Earth.

This Ordinary Adventure

After a decade of living overseas, Adam and Christine Jeske and their two kids have moved back to the U.S. and are trying to learn how to live the lessons they learned overseas here in middle class America. but this doesn’t come easy while lugging the baggage of a house, job, kids and closets full of stuff. It’s a struggle they’ll be wrestling with in this regular column over the next several months. To start, here are the huge little battles they’re trying to fight—and how years overseas gave them some perspective to tackle them.

When Great Gets in the Way of Good

It’s only human to want to do something great, and make a huge impact. But where do these desires come from, and what are they getting in the way of?

Making the Most of a Breakup

Joe Terrell writes a blog for RELEVANT about the lessons he learned from a breakup—and how it was a call for him to get closer to God.

Confessions of a Bad Pray-er

Jessica Edgerton writes a column for RELEVANT about how she has tried to move from distracted prayer to a simple prayer than can change everything.

Pentecost Was Sunday?

Why Pentecost marks the beginning of new life.

The God of Cigarettes

David Bibee on smoking and other vices that rely on a creation rather than a Creator.

Jesus Is Not an Online Boyfriend

Kurt Willems on why spiritual tweets and posts are no substitute for an offline relationship with God.

“Do You Want to Be Healed?”

Jordan Davis observes how Jesus rarely helped those who did not want to be helped.

Long Watches of the Night

Crystal Loveless on sleepless nights, worry and trusting for the rest only God can give.

Doubt Saturday

Marcus Hathcock on Holy Saturday and how waiting for the resurrection builds faith.

Did Jesus Really Go to Hell?

Casey Hobbs wonders about the meaning of the claim that Jesus descended into hell and the implications of God experiencing our godlessness.

A Rustle in the Garden

Esther Baird illustrates the connection between Jesus appearing to Mary in the garden and Adam and Eve’s failure in the Garden of Eden.

How to Be a Christian Grown-Up

Aaron Justice Chung writes a blog for RELEVANT about how to grow out of the elementary school phase of faith.

Freedom From the “What Ifs”

Melissa Wilcox writes of her lifelong struggle with fear and anxiety and her journey to find peace.

Why Jesus Left Us

Richard Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., explains how the Lenten season prepares us to fulfill the mission of the gospel.

The Forgotten Half of Fasting

Lisa Velthouse shares tips for not only fasting from something this Lenten season, but fasting to something greater.

The Good in Grief

Erica McNeal shares how the pain of trials can allow us to understand God better and share that understanding with others.

Life on God’s Time

Brittany Volpei on trusting a God who exists outside of hours and days when our own lives are enslaved by time.

Surviving the Darkness

Rachel Hale shares how she came to terms with her mother’s suicide and her own personal struggle that followed.

When You Don’t Know What God Is Up To

Peter Chin shares his family’s story of church planting, cancer and trusting God when you have no idea what He is up to.

The Prayer I Meant to Pray

Zak Lantz writes about praying Your will be done instead of Could you please do it my way?

When Living in Denial is Healthy

Tor Constantino breaks down the negative connotations of living in denial and the one circumstance in which it could be good for you.

OMG, What Did You Say?

Marcus Hathcock explains what it really means to take the Lord’s name in vain.

The Bible’s Unanswered Questions

Ray Horton points out that every answer from the Bible unlocks several more questions—and why that’s OK.

Christmas Belongs to the Poor

Jeff Goins suggest Christmas isn’t really about getting everything you want.

How Advent Saved Christmas

Joy Netanya Moyal writes about how the patience and routine of the Advent season redeemed the business of the holidays.

Our Changing Spiritual Relationship Status

Erik Swenson looks at the many different ways people have of relating to God and why there is room for all of them.

Modern-Day Samaritans

Nikki Raasch comments on the recent tragedy in China where a young girl was hit by a vehicle in public and what this event can teach Christians about being aware and considerate of needs.

When Our Idols Fall

Bret Mavrich writes a blog for RELEVANT reflecting on the recent scandal of Penn State and what Christians can learn form such a tragedy.

Counterfeit Contentment

Sarah Martin confesses the superficial stand-ins she has created for meaningful quiet time.

Surrendering the Unknowns

Rachel Decker writes about how her understanding of surrendering the future to God has changed over the years.