Why My Children Wear Blindfolds in Your Church

Blindfold

The following letter was, to the best of my recollection, sent in anonymously after allegedly being discovered in crumpled pieces behind a church dumpster. Given the magnitude of the problem of immodesty in the church today and the dire straits of this man whose children wear blindfolds in church, I thought it worth sharing here in it's entirety without edits. If you have seen any churches that fit his description, please leave a comment with a click here so the letter can be returned … [Read more...]

Why God Is Not A Nice God

God is not a nice God

Privileged to feature a guest post from my friend P. Andrew Sandlin, founder and President of the Center for Cultural Leadership with whom I serve as Junior Scholar of Cultural Theology and Director of Development. God is not a nice God.There are many lessons we can learn from Samuel's farewell address in I Samuel 12, but the most weighty lesson is  God's faithfulness, not ours.  Our faithfulness is possible only because of God's: "I ... plead with you before the LORD concerning all the r … [Read more...]

Why I’m Glad Christmas Is Over

Christmas. Is. Over.I spent twelve years working in retail, both in a mom-and-pop and large stores. Christmas meant long hours, cranky customers, and avoiding being trampled on Black Friday.I don’t miss the retail rush of holiday gift-giving. Somehow squabbling over Tickle-Me-Elmo never made me think more highly of the birth of Jesus.Because of the hectic pace of the holidays, I always looked forward to the day after Christmas as much as Christmas day. As we took a deep breath and r … [Read more...]

See Why Faith Hurts — And That’s OK

Why faith hurts

As a father of six children, I’ve dealt with more than a few cuts and bruises–and the most dreaded of all – splinters. Before a splinter was pulled, the fear of pain was almost always greater than the pain itself. For this reason, each of my children resisted attempts for healing.This resistance to healing reminds me of our spiritual lives. There is a widespread belief in modern Christianity that walking by faith should be pain-free. This lie, coupled with our fear of pain, keeps us from foll … [Read more...]

How to Be Truly Thankful this Thanksgiving

How to be Truly Thankful This Thanksgiving

We all know that Thanksgiving is about much more than turkey and football. We know that the true purpose of Thanksgiving is just what the name suggests: giving thanks to God for His goodness to us.But I think sometimes we like to think we're more grateful than we really are.I mean, how many times have I thanked God for the food before the meal out of shear habit without an ounce of real gratitude? Please tell me I'm not the only one.Sometimes we aren't truly grateful because we … [Read more...]

How to Be Great in God’s Eyes (Part 2)

take risks

We continue exploring how to be great in God's eyes. If you didn't catch step one, start here: How to be Great in God's Eyes (Part 1). Step 2: Taking Risks for His Kingdom You know the parable Jesus told of the talents. Three servants were assigned chucks of money to steward – significant amounts. Two were rewarded and one was cast into outer darkness to a horrific fate. But what did he do wrong?It wasn’t that he didn’t manage the money. He did manage it; he just didn’t manage it well. In f … [Read more...]

How to Be Great in God’s Eyes

How to be great in God's eyes

My son flirted with greatness not long ago. It happened during a recent trip we took to Stone Mountain here in Atlanta. For those unfamiliar with the attraction, picture a 600-foot-high rounded rock surrounded by flat land for at least 70 miles in all directions and you’ll start to get the idea. Apparently, about 90% of the mountain is underground. Don’t ask me how that makes it a mountain, but its geographic label is hardly relevant to the story.What makes Stone Mountain unusual is the mas … [Read more...]

Why Do Kids From Good Families Walk Away From the Faith?

Why Do Kids From Good Families Walk Away From the Faith?

This post originally appeared at Teach 4 the Heart and has been re-posted here with permission by the author. What causes Christian teens from good churches and good families to leave the faith as an adult? This question plagues parents, teachers, pastors, and youth workers. And I'll be honest - I don't know what the answer is.I do know I've seen too many of my friends and classmates either slowly drift away and get out of church or disregard the faith completely. It's tragic and sad - and … [Read more...]


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