How to Celebrate Freedom and End Slavery: The Nomi Network

As we celebrate America’s independence this week, freedom is front and center. But it’s not so readily available for the many women around the world today who have little hope of escaping the modern-day slavery of sex and labor trafficking.The Nomi Network is working to change that.They are a new generation of abolitionist with the hearts of a Wilberforce and the business savvy of modern global entrepreneurs. They help free woman vulnerable to sex-trafficking by enabling them to pro … [Read more...]

How to Grow Your Church for Free

Nothing is free! I can hear the critics already. I get that. You can't grow without paying a price. But attracting and keeping people in the pews of your church doesn't require a new line item on your already thin ministry budget.Photo via Creative Commons at http://www.flickr.com/photos/adammclane The question is are you willing to do what Jesus did to WOW those God has brought into contact with your church?First, take a quick visit to my guest post at Godvertiser with my friend Kenny Jahng … [Read more...]

How Should We Respond to the Obamacare Ruling?

"Sometimes, bad is bad." Huey Lewis and his mullet-loving friends had it right back in the days of Reagan. Sometimes, bad law is just bad law. Obamacare is bad law. It doesn't help when a narrow Supreme Court decision makes it worse.I'll point you to Tim Dalrymple's excellent first take on the decision here to sort through the political implications and to Paul Mirengoff here for a summary of the legalese. Suffice it to say, I'm not a fan of Obamacare as evidenced from my series "Why Obamacare … [Read more...]

3 Proven Plans to Read the Bible Every Day

It happens to all people of faith. As committed as we are to read -- or write -- the Bible every day, we hit an awkward and dangerous place. We’ve completed one approach to Bible study but haven’t yet landed on a new one. When that happens, we tend to drift into a nasty place – the spiritual equivalent of the deer-in-the-headlights look. If only we had proven plans that would be effective and helpful.Different Strokes for Different Folks  I’ve tried all sorts of methods for spiritual growth in … [Read more...]

How Jesus Beat Loneliness

Ever felt alone? Jesus did too. That’s right. Messiah. Creator. Savior of the world. Even he dealt with loneliness. After all, one of the reasons he became one of us was to understand what we go through each day on this terrestrial ball. But unlike us, Jesus refused to give in to the temptation to fixate on that feeling. Jesus beat loneliness by speaking the truth to himself.It happened at least once, most noticeably as he gave his disciples a final briefing just prior to his crucifixion. He k … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Stop Envy Before It Starts

It's been called the green monster. Invidia in the Latin texts. A deadly sin. And a common one. Photo via http://pastorerickson.com/?p=2211 Envy. It's what's for dinner -- or at least it's what's often in our hearts by the time we get to that point of the day. By then, we've usually encountered someone having some success. More than we're having, at least.And that's all it takes.I confess to wrestling with this one. I think most writers -- any creative souls really -- know the struggle … [Read more...]

The Hunger Games: Battleground for Gender Wars

This is a guest post by Kate O'Brien. She is an exceptional teacher of Ancient Literature and History at Cornerstone Christian Academy near Cleveland, Ohio. I asked her to share her thoughts on The Hunger Games from a Biblical perspective as I am traveling today to an event with John Maxwell and Michael Hyatt -- A Day About Books. Kate graciously agreed to do what she does with excellence every day in the classroom. Enjoy.Not many things will convince me to read teen fiction.  As an ancient … [Read more...]

How to Read the Bible Every Day and Enjoy It!

We all know we should read the Bible every day. As people of faith following Christ, the Author of the Bible, we want to enjoy it. Truth be told, though, we often find ourselves staring blankly at the pages as the words blur before us. Often we walk away from our “quiet time” feeling there was way too much quiet and not much to look forward to next time. If there is a next time.Sometimes the problem is in our own hearts. We hold on to sin in our heart's blind spot that keeps us from rel … [Read more...]


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