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How Do People Actually Hear From God?

Facing one of the most important questions of our spiritual walk head-on Read More

"Calling" is a loaded expression—as exciting as it is all-out frightening. But getting started in the right direction can be simpler than you think. Read More

Does God Really Talk to People?

An anthropologist on what it really means to "hear from God"—and why Christians want to so much. Read More

I have to admit, I usually cringe when someone starts a conversation with “God told me …” It just makes me uncomfortable. I wonder if they’re one of the weirdo Christian types or a bit delusional. Sure, maybe it’s a prematurely negative reaction, but having heard people boast “God told me xyz” during much of my youth has made me somewhat of a skeptic. It’s not that I doubt God’s ability to speak to us. It’s that I sometimes question people’s motive for telling me, or their on-the-money certainty, or the smug look-how-special-I-am attitude with which they say it. Read More

I’m writing a new song with the chorus hook: If you want to hear from God, you have got to listen for His voice. I have to admit that I can go for days without truly listening for the voice of God. I can rely on Bible reading or recent experiences of God’s presence. I seem to be quite happy living on yesterday’s manna. But God wants to talk to me. He wants me to know His voice. He wants to give me direction, correction and comfort—today. Read More

I met a prophet in a riverbed once. It might have happened anyway, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I met him the day after a couple friends and I had an all-night prayer meeting. We sent out flyers and made plans for a great time of worship, Bible study and prayer. But the only ones who came were the three of us. Although the turnout was disappointing, we had a good time talking and praying about many things. Read More