Practical Faith

The Unsettling Humanity of Jesus

John Backman writes about passages of Scripture that find Jesus behaving remarkably human, and why these stories shouldn’t unsettle us, but comfort us.

Chasing God Versus Following Him

So many times as believers, we are overly focused on looking like other Christians and…

Finding an Adventure with Jesus

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

Christians Should Get Dirty

I was just trying to go up an escalator. Somehow, I ended up sandwiched between…

Unity Doesn’t Mean Conformity

In theory, we all desire unity in the Church. We talk about reconciling our differences…

So, Why Hasn’t Jesus Come Back Yet?

Devastating wildfires. Global plagues. Unprecedented political swerves. If you’re looking for an apocalypse, there certainly…

What Good is God?

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

Philadelphia Eagles Player Has Baptized 5 of His Teammates

The Philadelphia Eagles NFL team has managed to do something not many other professional teams…

Why Does Amazon Keep Changing the Price of the Bible?

According to a price-tracking site called camelcamelcamel (and highlighted by qz.com), Amazon has changed the…

A State Trooper Is Being Sued for Evangelizing During a Traffic Stop

In what is probably a case of good intentions that could have been handled a…

No, Nobody’s Discovered a New Eyewitness Account of Jesus’ Miracles

Another day, another dumb fake news site getting its ill-gotten clicks by exploiting the natural…

Life Change Starts With Your Focus

We live in a world that seems to focus on problems, uncertain situations and the…

World Vision Will No Longer Ban Same-Sex Marriage for Employees

Today, World Vision made the very unexpected announcement that Christians in same-sex marriages will be…

Bill Gothard Placed on Leave Following Allegations of Abuse

Conservative leader and staunch homeschooling advocate Bill Gothard has been placed on administrative leave following…

Pocket Bible Stops Bullets, Saves Man’s Life

This is not one of the perks brought up when pastors tell you to carry…

American Missionary Jailed in North Korea Asks U.S. For Help

The sad saga of American missionary Kenneth Bae continues to be sad, as he told…

Comedian Raises Money for Atheist Tornado Victim Because He Thinks It’ll Make Christians Mad?

Doug Stanhope is a comedian who, like millions of Americans, saw Wolf Blitzer awkwardly ask…

And the World’s Most Effective Charities Are …

GiveWell is what’s called a “charity analysis group” that looks at the hard math behind…

Another Christian Refuses to Tip Their Gay Waiter

A few weeks ago, we reported the very sad case of a gay waiter in…

Pope Francis Continues to Be Great

We do a lot of talking about Pope Francis around here, largely because he seems…

Atheists Step Up to Help Pastor Assaulted By Militant Atheist

Here’s a sad story with a happy ending. A pastor in Ohio named Norman Hayes…

Awesome Woman Buys Man’s Groceries After He Steals Her Wallet

This is just the best. Jessica Eaves was grocery shopping in Guthrie, Okla. when she…

Beyond Image Control

The people who have it all together are the very people we don’t relate to, envy or even resent. So why do we spend so much time editing photos, carefully constructing bios and perfecting our profile to be exactly what we want others to see? And what would happen if we didn’t?

Waitress Who Posted Pastor’s Tip-less Receipt Fired

Yesterday, we brought you the story of a St. Louis-area man claiming to be a…

Is God Ready for Some Football?

The Public Religion Research Institute has polled Americans on the most vexing and persistent question…

Hobby Lobby Sticks to Its Guns on Obamacare, Could be Paying a Million a Day

Hobby Lobby has dug its heels in on Obamacare, refusing to comply with the Affordable…

Who’s Afraid of Fear?

Spiders, bridges, public speaking, the dark—these are all considered somewhat normal fears. But is such fear normal for Christians who serve a supernatural God?

Is Jesus a Liar?

In 2003, I moved to Somalia. My husband had a teaching contract at the only…

When I’m Bad at Being a Woman

I was fortunate to grow up with a mom who isn’t ashamed of the unique…

What a Pastor Can Learn from the Faith of a Child

My daughter, Magnolia, is a typical three-year-old girl. She loves dressing up like a princess,…

Are You Loving God Out of Obligation?

Maybe you already know the Lord, but the way you know Him isn’t working for…

Three Things I Hate About Jesus

We love Jesus. We’re committed to following Him and His ways. But let’s be honest: Some things are really hard to love about Jesus. Here, Adam and Christine Jeske say what those things are.

On Unanswered Questions

It’s safer to have a tidy set of answers, but in today’s column, Anne Jackson ponders the beauty of leaving our questions a bit more open-ended.

The Biblical Basis for Fun

There are serious calls in the Bible toward discipleship. Take up your cross and follow Me. Deny you father, mother, brother and sister. Lose your life to save it. But what about the fun? Faith is meant to have that, too.

The Slow and Inefficient Work of God

You’ve heard of slow food … but an experience at a friend’s church causes Anne Jackson to consider the surprising beauty of slow faith.

Advice for College Freshmen (and for Anyone, Really)

Each fall brings a few million new students to campus in the U.S., and the transition to college is one of the great hallmarks of life in our culture. Or, to put it more colloquially, it’s freakin’ crazy. Here, Adam and Christine Jeske help ease the transition—both for college and life.

Remembering the Sabbath

Christians like to talk about living every day like it’s Sunday. One columnist explores the implications of that idea, and talks about his own journey in work, rest and keeping the Sabbath holy.

You Can’t Store Up Trust in a Piggy Bank

When I spoke recently to a group of college students, I asked them to write…

The Many Faces of Mercy

What do we make of God’s mercy when it offers us no comfort? How do we make sense of our stories when someone else’s seems to possess all that we hope and pray for and want? Our columnist Anne Jackson share the illumination she found when wrestling through these hard questions in her own hard circumstances.

Living in Moments, Rather Than Minutes

Time management is big business in our culture. We know we can’t buy time, but we sure do try. But what if time became less about currency—measuring the hours and seconds and figuring out how to save or make it—and more about what we do with it?