Walking with Joseph

By John D.I. Essick
Mark 15 As much as we think Mark has prepared us for Jesus' death, there is probably a part in each of us that holds out hope that it won't end the same this year. Maybe the crowd … read more

Examining John Piper's "Masculine" Christianity

By Christian Piatt
I really want to give John Piper the benefit of the doubt. Given that he's a minister in the Baptist tradition, it doesn't surprise me when he only refers to God as "he" or when… read more

Blinding Light into Lent

By Clifton Stringer
The harshest and most unwelcome light I can recall woke me up at 6 AM in Brownsville, TX during the mission trips on which my church sent the middle school youth group. Lights… read more

Pastor Visibility: Why Less is More

By Shane Raynor
I've attended churches where the pastor is a highly visible presence in the worship service from beginning to end. I've also been to churches where you'd probably have a difficult … read more

Ready for a Miracle

By Melissa Slocum
The movie Big Miracle, which opened last weekend, tells the story of the effort to rescue three gray whales trapped in polar ice off the coast of a small Inuit village in Alaska… read more

Loving Pagans and Tax Collectors

By Matthew L. Kelley
You may have read the story on Matthew Paul Turner's blog recently about a young man named Andrew who was part of Mark Driscoll's Mars Hill Church in Seattle (not to be confused… read more

Worship Suggestions for Holy Saturday

By Ian Heston Doescher
Christian churches seem to be afraid of Holy Saturday. In some churches, no mention is made of Holy Saturday—the congregation leaves in silence on Good Friday and returns in … read more

Risky Bible Reading

By Shane Raynor
One of the best ways to get out of a spiritual or emotional rut is listening to what God has to say about your situation. Recognizing the voice of God isn't always easy, however… read more

Why Lent?

By Clifton Stringer
Last year on Ash Wednesday, a kind woman from the congregation I serve asked me, "Why Lent? Why should Christians observe a season called Lent?" She was a longtime Christian, but… read more

Laughing at God

By Carl L. Schenck
Genesis 17:1-10, 15-19; Mark 8:31-38 Most families have a first ancestor, a patriarch or matriarch who founded the clan. It may be the ancestor that first came to these shores… read more

Structure Can Impede Progress

By Ron Edmondson
Recently I received a question about a blog post I wrote entitled "7 Enemies of Organizational Health". One of those "enemies" I listed as "structure". The person's question was… read more

Fools for Christ

By Lance Moore
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 The news is constantly filled with scandals. The scandals in the tabloids as I write will be replaced by a whole new set by the time you read this—news … read more
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