Heard Above the Din

It’s the 21st century, and we live ceiling-to-floor, wall-to-wall encased in noise. Noise emanates from…

Caitlin Crosby: Faith Is Deeper Than Belief

Faith has always been a challenging word for me. I was a philosophy major, not…

The Right Tool

I’m smart enough to realize certain tools are made for doing specific tasks and not…

Is Forgiveness the Bible’s Most Controversial Teaching?

Several years ago, I led a series on the subject of forgiveness with college students…

Right or Righteous?

The Sermon on the Mount as a dividing message. It makes you either want to…

Hillsong Church Promises ‘Changes’ in the Aftermath of Carl Lentz’s Scandal

Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston has sent an email of apology to the the whole…

Being Mentored Is Good. Being Discipled Is Better.

A few years ago, a young woman asked me to mentor her on being a…

Jamie Ivey: Want to Be Like Jesus? Start By Serving Like Him.

I grew up seeing both of my grandmothers serve their husbands quite well. And I…

Don’t Be A Square

Have you ever seen a square watermelon? Farmers in Japan introduced square watermelons to the…

An Oklahoma Church Is the Latest Church to Buy Up and Forgive Millions in Medical Debt

Ada First United Methodist Church in Oklahoma is the most recent church body to jump…

Father James Martin on Why Prayer Is So Hard

Father James Martin is one of America’s best-known and best-loved priests. The best-selling author is…

Real Justice Work Begins With Confronting Your Own Biases

When it comes to justice, the harvest is plenty and the number of workers are…

Tandem Jump

I jumped out of a plane today. I did what they call a tandem jump.…

Disciple-Making Sandwich

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and…

A Way Out of Cancel Culture in the Church

Every political, social and spiritual persuasion faces almost daily reports from the front lines of…

Perilous Safety

Sometimes a firm footing on solid dirt poses a graver risk than a wild-eyed leap…

Tim Keller on Facing Death (and Resurrection)

“I live with the knowledge that time is short,” Tim Keller says from his apartment…

Gender Equality and Church Leadership

The message read: I read [your latest post] and really enjoyed/agreed/thought deeply about the words.…

What Nobody Tells You About Finding Joy

I’ve been thinking about joy for quite some time now. Or rather, why we Christians…

Holding God’s Hand

In a single generation, the entire script of life has been rewritten. You can call…

Five Things to Do When God Seems Distant

That June, I stood at the podium draped in black cap and gown. I was…

Judah Smith: Now, More Than Ever, You Need to Check in On Your Soul Health

A while back I was thinking about this concept of home. I started wondering, “If…

Faith Like a Child

A passage of Scripture that has defined Jesus in a lot of ways and long…

What ‘Resting on God’ Actually Looks Like

There is a verse in the Psalms that really hits home to me: “My soul…

Fighting for Good In a World That Isn’t

How do we fight for truth and love in a world of hurt and rage?…

Sound

Sound. Do you hear it? Not the useless loud noise, but sound that is voice-made-praise.…

Why the Beatitudes Are Still So Revolutionary

I’m sitting on a hillside overlooking Galilee, where tradition and scholars say that Jesus spoke…

Beauty Within

History is dotted with the fallibility of man. We are people marred by scars from…

Why Certainty Can Be So Dangerous to Faith

“I don’t know.” You could make a case that it has become one of the…

Imagine That

Jesus came to live among us, imagining and inspiring His followers to imagine. Imagine a…

Higher Places

For some reason, despite my increasingly selective memory, I can remember every single moment in…

This Lent, Consider a Social Media Fast

We all seem to be looking down these days. I wonder if that’s why many…

Beautiful Timing

Every day the beggar sat. He begged for change, food and probably just about anything…

We Need More Millennial Leaders

This used to be one of my favorite Scripture verses: “Command and teach these things.…

Why Lent Matters

RELEVANT looks at the ancient tradition of Ash Wednesday, drawing lessons from the church calendar and exploring why the day still has meaning for the church today.

Motives of Discipleship

Means and ends. Motives and outcomes. Habits and desires. These are the issues of discipleship.…

What to Do When You Feel Stuck

After graduating college, a friend of mine was offered two jobs. Both with good pay,…

Christy Nockels: Is Contentment Possible in 2021?

Several years ago, through a conversation with a friend and an epiphany at the farm…

Hillsong Announces New Pastors for Its New York Campus Following Carl Lentz Firing

Hillsong pastor Brian Houston announced in a “Vision Sunday” address this week some major changes…

The Story of Mardi Gras’ Christian Roots

Obviously, you won’t be seeing the usual Mardi Gras posts today. Even if the pandemic…