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‘Surrounding Myself’ with Opportunities to Worship

There’s a small, triangular-shaped counter-top space in our home; its primary claim to fame is that it houses my wife’s coffee maker, but over the years it has also become a Staging Area for Stuff That Needs to Happen Now. This modest space is where we dump our key rings, so it’s become a spot

Quick Reads and Practical Helps: ‘Experiencing Divorce’ by H. Norman Wright

In a perfect world, everyone going through the painful, trauma-filled experience of divorce would set aside time to attend a local DivorceCare support group. But, of course, the world we live in is far from perfect, and many people who could benefit from the excellent information offered as part of those weekly meetings may not

Echoes of Eden: Traces of God and Truth in Children’s Literature

This summer, elementary Crossing Kids is doing something slightly different on Sunday mornings. Instead of studying the same Bible Story or topic for five weeks like we normally do during the school year, we’re using children’s literature to help us see how the Gospel helps us to make sense of all of life–including art. Each week

Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life

What work matters? Was God more glorified when I taught fifth graders at a public elementary school or when I worked at a church? Is He more pleased when I write a children’s ministry lesson than when I fold laundry, read to my toddler, or empty the dishwasher? Even among those tasks, is there a

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Christians Blow It

What are we supposed to think when Christians fail to live out their faith? Occasionally, those failures grab headlines—like nationally known pastors who have to step down from their leadership positions for various reasons, or politicians disgraced by morally compromising situations. More often, it’s the everyday sins of average Christians that never seem to be in short supply: being insensitive or selfish in a relationship, failing to carry out responsibilities at work, being harsh and impatient with kids, speaking poorly of others behind their backs, and so on.

Understandably, the gap between what we say we believe and what we actually do can make Christianity less credible to those on the outside looking in, and it can genuinely discourage the faith of others who are trying to follow Christ. Either way, we need to keep a few important truths in mind:

Seasons of Waiting: Walking by Faith When Dreams Are Delayed

“Most women are waiting for something, but some women are waiting acutely. The thing missing from their lives is in such sharp focus that they aren’t sure they’ll ever feel complete without it.” This opening line from Betsy Child Howards in her book Seasons of Waiting immediately grabbed me. My experience of waiting acutely was

The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Empowering Love of the Father

Yesterday was Easter Sunday and, as usual, Christians all over the world celebrated the truly-distinctive mark of their faith, one of the most well-documented and attested historical events in all of antiquity, namely the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead. In academic circles, no one seriously denies that Jesus was an itinerant Jewish