6 Tips to Disciple a Student’s Heart and Create Your Dream Classroom

Pleased to feature a guest post by my friend Linda Kardamis as I travel. Linda is a gifted teacher and writer passionate about helping teachers be more effective in Christian education. She blogs at Teach 4 the Heart and can followed on Twitter and Facebook. This post contains an excerpt from her new e-book Create Your Dream Classroom. Visit her site now for a chance to get a copy of it for free! Sometimes classroom discipline deals with the little things – talking in class, being tardy, or not … [Read more...]

Oklahoma Tornado Victims: How to Help in 5 Practical Steps

The Oklahoma tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City area on May 20 killing 20 -- and adding to the 24 already killed in another F5 tornado nearby just 11 days earlier -- shocked us all and brought us to our knees in prayer. I recall our kids got out of the pool immediately when they heard the news and gathered to pray as the unimaginable happened.Many good people are now rightly asking how to help the victims of that colossal F5 -- the widest tornado on record. Wider than Ma … [Read more...]

Why I’ve Stopped Showing Up on Time at Your Church

You may not have noticed, but it seems a lot of people have stopped showing up on time at your church. Maybe you're one of them. Which might explain why you haven't noticed.Noticing that people have stopped showing up on time at church seems to have been what started the, well, I guess you could call it a rant of sorts. It seems some church-going fellow went off  right in the middle of a worship service recently. Stirred things up quite a bit from what I hear. Some conspiracy theorists have … [Read more...]

Life Calling: Are You Sinning and Don’t Know It?

Stop what you're doing! Set down that cinnamon-crunch bagel! Step away from that stapler! I hate to be the one to tell you this about your life calling, but there's a good chance you're sinning right now and don't even know it.I'm not saying you're checking your inbox or browsing the blogosphere while adjusting your ski mask for the next bank heist. If you are, good luck with that. I'm not even suggesting that you're about to take yet another swig from that flask of Jim Beam you've got … [Read more...]

The Purpose of Memorial Day: Remember the Fallen from Both Sides

The original purpose of Memorial Day was to remember the fallen from both sides of our own US Civil War or the War Between the States, depending on which side you favored. It was an attempt by a war-torn nation to acknowledge that good people, people made in God's image who loved their country and their families more than life itself, gave their all on both sides.It's a good thing to do today. To remember those who never came home.But it's all too easy to only remember those who … [Read more...]

The Orphan Sunday Kit: Helping Pastors Preach about the Adoption Journey

When was the last time you heard a sermon about adoption? I know that for me, it's been awhile. Maybe never, now that I think of it. And I've lived my entire life in Evangelical churches.I've heard a lot of sermons about going to the mission fields overseas, but few about the adoption process that can bring that mission field to us and that displays the gospel firsthand in a way few things can.But things are changing, thank God. Over the last decade, adoption has moved more into the … [Read more...]

The Salvation Box: Should Life Calling Produce Abundant Living?

Ugh.For far too many Christians, "ugh" accurately captures their take on how they spend most of their time. It's as if they keep the freeing impact of the gospel on their life calling locked away somewhere -- in The Salvation Box -- so that they never truly know abundant living.Call it work, call it career, call it a job -- whatever you call it, many people would prefer not to answer the call at all. Instead, they endure existence reluctantly, longing for the weekend or some escape a … [Read more...]

Manhood Restored: A Review of Eric Mason’s New Book

It sounds like the beginning of a politically incorrect joke.A Black Nationalist, a psychologist, and a preacher walk into a bar.... In this case, however, they are all the same person. His name is Eric Mason. And he has written a book, Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole, drawn from that eclectic background that delivers a much-needed message to men in Christ's church today: Rise up, men. The world is waiting.Eric Mason is a former Black Nationalist and holds a degree in … [Read more...]