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Being Mentored Is Good. Being Discipled Is Better.

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

Five Things to Do When God Seems Distant

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

What ‘Resting on God’ Actually Looks Like

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

Higher Places

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

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.

The Lovely Dandelions

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

Have We Made ‘Authenticity’ an Idol?

In my experience in small groups, I’ve found that we as Christians tend to believe…

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…

What Jesus Didn’t Do

If you wanted to meet every American in your lifetime, you’d have about 10 seconds…

Don’t Use Prayer as a Middle Finger

Let’s say that I’m looking to get away with murder. (Sure, it’s a strong metaphor,…

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…

God Is Never Disappointed In You

Chances are, especially if you’re in a leadership position, you’ve taken some sort of strengths…

Eternity–Right Under Your Nose

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

Does God Need Our Prayers?

My dad was weeping when he called to tell me his best friend had passed…

Can the Christian Bubble Be Popped?

Studies indicate that Christianity in the U.S. is in decline. A steady number of those…

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…

Hope In the Midst of Darkness

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

Why the Church Needs More Troublemakers

From Martin Luther to Martin Luther King Jr, many who are considered saints or heroes…

Praying for Irrational Peace

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

How to Revolutionize Your Prayer Life in 2021

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.

Fasting is More than Just a Holy Diet

RELEVANT tackles the topic of fasting, looking at the physical, emotional and spiritual results of the ancient discipline.

Seek Impact. Not Attention.

Everyone wants it. Authors, bloggers, musicians, pastors. Your Facebook friends, your Twitter followers, your Instagram…

How to Be a Peacemaker in a World of Conflict

What would happen if no one actively wanted to create peace in the world? Actually,…

Your Stress is Harming Your Spiritual Life

I’ve noticed a theme since entering adulthood: it’s stressful. Becoming a grown up means grown-up…

How to Actually Be More Generous Next Year

For most of us, talking about giving, serving or money just makes us uneasy. We…

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…

O Come Let Us Adore Him

I haven’t slept much recently, but not just because I am a college student that…

Three Surprising Lessons Christians Can Learn from Scrooge

If Charles Dickens was a singer/songwriter, A Christmas Carol would be one of the greatest…

How to Move Beyond Instagrammable Bible Reading

In our world today, news and media comes in short, easy-to-read snippets that get the…

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…

Advent Is Supposed to Be Radical

“I’ve never looked forward to Advent as much as this year,” a pastor friend recently…