10 Topics Every Christian Couple Should Discuss before Marriage

How do I know the person God wants me to marry?My son asked me this question not long ago. It's a question I get often from readers trying to figure out what God wants them to do next.On the one hand, the question is much simpler than we make it. On the other hand, it is far more nuanced than we'd like to admit.Almost 18 years have passed since my wife and I said I do. Six kids later, we're rapidly approaching that time in life when our own children will be deciding when to get … [Read more...]

Why I’m Still Struggling to Sing in Your Church

A few years ago, I wrote a post finally just being honest about what I thought about modern church worship music in evangelical circles. It struck a chord as I discovered I was not alone in my frustration.I wanted to sing—and to sing in a way that didn't make me feel as if I were back in grade school—and a lot of other people did, too.Many people came out of the worship closet then, saying they had left the church entirely because of the pathetic state of music.Although I don't en … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Help Syrian Refugees Right Now

When I wrote about Syrian refugees a few weeks ago, I said it is not bigoted or unloving — and definitely not un-Christian — to protect the safety of our families and our homeland.But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about the families fleeing for their lives.  And whether they are Christian or Muslim should not matter one bit.Christ has called us to be wise and gentle, both protecting the innocent and generously giving to those in need. The two are not contradictory.The question no … [Read more...]

Rubio Is Right: Obey God, Not the Supreme Court

Senator and Republican Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio turned some heads on the Left recently by saying we should obey God rather than men.The fact that such a simple statement would provoke controversy at all signals just how far our freedoms have already slipped.What Rubio said is nothing new. It is what nearly every Christian -- and people of every major religion -- have believed for two millenia:In essence, if we are ever ordered by a government authority to personally … [Read more...]

“Stained Glass” Brings Gospel to Video Game Industry

“It’s just a game!”We’ve all heard that expression countless times, usually to justify the game in a situation where someone seems to have overreacted to losing, or maybe when someone feels the game is unfair.But what if that game brought the gospel to the video game industry?When is a game NOT just a game?  At what point does it truly become a negative influence on the player?When I came across this video from Lightside Games, I had just seen my pre-teen son absorbed in playi … [Read more...]

Would Jesus Bomb ISIS? Ask a Stupid Question…

When I proposed a few day ago that ISIS needed the Gospel and a good bombing, several critics pushed back by playing the Jesus card. They declared us as sinners to be analogous to ISIS jihadists, and compared Jesus to the innocent victims of their attacks. A few Facebook comments, for example: Comment 1: This is so away from Jesus I don't even know where to start. Good thing Jesus didn't take this approach when we put him on the cross. Comment 2: Did Jesus keep the legions of angels at bay in t … [Read more...]

H3Leadership by Brad Lomenick: Book Review

I’ve read a lot of leadership books. And by a lot, I mean, a LOT. I have shelves full of John C. Maxwell books which I’ve read and re-read, but Brad Lomenick’s new book H3Leadership still managed to surprise me with its poignant authenticity and hands-on expertise.A common complaint many people have about leaders who write books is that there feels like a disconnect between the words on the page and real life. What you read in the book sounds great, but applying it to reality is a bit tricki … [Read more...]

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Yes! Free stuff! Who doesn't like that? And when the free stuff helps you in your faith walk -- even better! Now, I'm not talking about those free wristbands everyone has these days or even free air fresheners for your car so you can remember a cool conference for a week or two. I'm talking about faith-building resources valued at $284 -- and I want to give them to you for FREE! See the entire list of FREE stuff with a click here.Here's why:  I think it will help your faith grow … [Read more...]