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Can Hope and Worry Coexist?

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

5 Things You Need to Know About Prayer

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

5 Prayers That Changed the World

Throughout history, faithful followers of Jesus have continually lifted the cries of their heart to…

How to Worship When You Don’t Feel Like It

“I’ll stand with arms high and heart abandoned,” you sing along with the worship leader.…

When Your Faith Feels Stale

We’ve all been there. It’s been a while since you’ve had a “spiritual high,” but…

When Spirituality Gets Too Convenient

“The passage today comes from James 2,” the pastor says. Suddenly the smartphones—previously silenced and…

Yes, Millennials, You Need the Local Church

If you were asked to picture the regular attendees of an average local church, a…

Stop Trying to be Perfect

Try harder. Achieve more. Make no mistakes. Produce perfection. These are the messages the world…

Why Is Prayer So Hard?

Prayer is one of those things we know we “should” do, but often don’t know how. But perhaps we’re making talking to God harder than it really needs to be.

When Is Worship Real?

Hands raised high, people swaying, eyes closed—these are the tell-tale signs of an intimate moment of worship. But chances are you’ve never seen this level of expressive faith outside the church, at the mall or in the office. A worship pastor shares his field notes on why we are often inconsistent in this area of our faith.

Is There Something Missing in Our Worship?

Our worlds are filled with noise. From the minute we wake to the minute we fall asleep, our lives are dominated by it. It can be literal noise—the sounds, songs, conversations and murmurings that make up the soundtrack of our days. Or it can be visual noise—what we see, read, take in, process. Either way, our minds, hearts and souls are filled with noise, noise and more noise. God tells us, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). What would it look like for us to be still together in church?