Why 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...]

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy in South Africa: A Unique Perspective

Privileged to feature a unique perspective on the legacy of Nelson Mandela in South Africa from Christina Quist. Christina and her family relocated there by faith  from the US Midwest just two years ago. You can learn more about their journey as FaithWalkers here. I thought her perspective as a transplanted Westerner might shed some new light behind the media coverage on the impact of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. The red, blue and green fishing boats in the harbor clang their bells and bob … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Praise for the Promise

Today I am pleased to feature the thoughts of Kendall Lyons, a talented youth pastor, cartoonist, and writer. Kendall supplied the fun illustrations for my e-book Finding the Curve: The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth — still available for free here. Grab a copy of Kendall’s delightful collection of short stories today at his site here or find him on Twitter here. You’ll be hearing much more from this talented leader in the years to come. He Told You!He Showed You!He Revealed To You! … [Read more...]

Stuart McAllister: 3 Steps to Resist the Worship of Self

Privileged to feature a guest post from Stuart McAllister, Vice President, Training and Special Projects, with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Stuart, born in Scotland, has been a long-time Christian mobilizer in Europe, including several brief imprisonments for preaching the gospel in communist countries. Our culture embraces the diversity of idolatrous options manufactured and served up to us on a regular basis. Narcissism finds a welcome in many hearts. How do we resist? What can we … [Read more...]

What Does the Bible Teach about Drinking Alcohol?

This is a guest post from my friend, Dr. P. Andrew Sandlin, President of the Center for Cultural Leadership. This post is a response to a friend of his who asked the question, "What does the Bible teach about drinking alcohol?" I thought there might be others who struggle with this question on their faith walk. You can purchase his latest book here: Christian Culture: An Introduction.  Follow his blog here. Hello Andrew.  I know you’re not running an advice column, but I was hoping you could hel … [Read more...]

When the Past Doesn’t Make Sense

Privileged to feature this guest post from Shana Schutte. An author and speaker, Shana is the founder of Beyond Imagination, an organization dedicated to helping people find answers for everyday problems through Biblical truths. Her nationwide radio program airs daily on over 400 Christian stations. Parts of this post were excerpted from her book Betrayed by God?: Making Sense of Your Expectations. Learn more at Blueprint for Life and subscribe to follow their excellent Kingdom work.No one … [Read more...]


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