faith

Three Signs It’s Time to Find a New Church

“Things were sideways for a while,” my friend admitted. She went on, “leaving my church…

Why Certainty Can Be So Dangerous to Faith

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

Higher Places

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

The Lovely Dandelions

My name is Dan, and some people have resorted to calling me “Dandelion” lately. Get…

Even Just Barely

What would it be like if you could actually hear what God might say to…

A Modern Day Prodigal

The Gospel is for sinners. Sounds simple enough … a review of some fourth grade…

Is Peace Attainable?

Peace. These days it almost seems a utopian idea. Can we really have peace? Protesters…

Shuddering In Silence

Elijah is running for his life. He runs through Israel, to the very edge of…

Eternity–Right Under Your Nose

If you listen closely, you’ll frequently hear people say something like, “There’s gotta be a…

Looking Up

Righteousness—isn’t that what the really loud preachers are always talking about? And the people you…

Sitting Between

Malachi penned his message from a precipice, unaware of the silent drought that would soon…

Holding Light

The world is gray again. There seems to be no point in loving, in believing,…

Finding True Strength in Weakness

Jules Tompkins looks at the topic of weakness and prayer in a blog for RELEVANT.

What It’s Like to Bump Into God

When I was in high school, I made a hobby out of sitting in the…

Finding an Adventure with Jesus

Evan Bell writes a blog for RELEVANT about finding an adventure and risking everything with Jesus.

Praying for Irrational Peace

Fear is a noose. It tightens and asphyxiates, leaving breath shallow and forced. Those who…

How to Become the New Spiritual You

If getting in shape was easy, then everyone would do it. That’s the thing about…

What My Anxiety Taught Me About God

“How do you live as a Christian when you struggle with anxiety?” She asked me,…

A New Year Is a Reminder That Our Faith Is Built on the Promise of Change

Looking at change as a constant part of life.

Don’t Forget Christmas

Recently, my little sons watched Santa Claus is Coming to Town, the classic Christmas claymation…

Learning to Have a Childlike Faith With ‘Elf’

Todd Fisher writes a column for RELEVANT about lessons we can learn from Elf about a childlike faith.

It’s OK to Live With Questions

While in grad school, I ran across the author Henri Nouwen, who articulated the tension—or…

Beyond Fat and Thin

Whenever I work out at the YMCA, I am reminded of a great scene in…

The Surprising Links Between Faith and Health

If religious faith could be packaged in a pill, the stock price of drug companies…

What Good is God?

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

Optimism Is Temporary. Hope Is Eternal.

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

Finding Hope in an Answer-Seeking Society

We live in divisive political times with a future uncertain, tired of the combats on…

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…

The Problem With Aggressive ‘Billboard Evangelism’

Yesterday, I drove by a church with a billboard that said, “Discover the bread of…

How God Protected Me During the Worst Storm of My Life

I once slept through a Category 5 hurricane. The year was 1992. I was a…

Don’t Forget, There’s a Lot Right With the Church, Too

It’s way too easy to find blogs, articles and books on “what’s wrong with the…

Justin Bieber Wants You to Hear Pastor John Gray’s Thoughts on Immigration
https://www.instagram.com/p/BkTcfn3jhZB/

Justin Bieber recently shared a clip to his 100 million Instagram followers from a sermon…

If My #ChurchToo Story Hadn’t Happened, I Might Still Be a Christian

(Author’s note: I’ve changed some of the names of the individuals to protect their families…

What to Do When You’re Bored With Your Faith

The human brain craves stimulation. When we don’t receive proper stimulation, boredom creeps in. When…

Feminism, Jesus and the Search for My Identity

At its core, feminism is the belief that men and women should be equal on…

Justice and Faith Voices on Twitter

Twitter can be a primary source for your memes before they stale and eventually make…

Let the Desert Fathers Teach You How to Recharge

 Parched air. Unquenchable thirst. Isolation. No, it’s not the Sahara. It’s your spiritual life. It’s…

Why God Loves It When We Lose Our Way

The Psalms are deeply rhythmic. Psalm 22 is a case in point. When we read…

How ‘Peanuts’ Took Faith to Culture

This year, ABC is broadcasting one of the Bible’s most powerful passages into millions of…

What You May Have Wrong About the Gospel

There are all manner of misrepresentations of what Christianity is and who Jesus was and…