2015: A Bloody Year for Christianity

2015 was bloody year to be a Christian.With today’s media making such a fuss about Islamaphobia, homophobia or any other perceived slight against other groups, Americans may have been distracted from a very intense and ongoing persecution of Christians around the world.It shows no sign of weakening in 2016.In the words of Open Doors, an organization founded in 1955 to assist persecuted Christians, 2015 has been “the most violent and sustained attack on Christian faith in modern hi … [Read more...]

YMCA Bows to Bullies on Transgendered Locker Rooms

OK. This is just hilarious. Or at least it would be if it were not true.The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap counties in Washington state had implemented a policy earlier this year not to allow people who are confused about their gender to choose their own locker rooms.But now they have reversed that decision. You are now free to move about in whichever locker room you choose.“In October we released a statement asking our transgendered members at our family facilities to use private ch … [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...]

“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...]

Is Your Story Stealing God’s Glory?

Sometimes it's not the mind-blowing miracles of Jesus that give us pause, awesome though they may be. Sometimes it's what Jesus said while performing the mighty work that leaves us even more stunned. Just before raising her brother, Lazarus, from the dead, Jesus reminded Martha, “If you believe, you will see God’s glory” (John 11:40). Implied in his statement is that the opposite is equally true: if you don’t believe, you will not see God’s glory.When we fail to believe, it’s not just that w … [Read more...]

How to Know What God Wants You to Do Next

Do you know what God wants you to do next? Do you want to?Are you trying to discover God’s will for your life yet fearing you may just make a mess of everything?Join the club.I chatted with a bright college-aged young man recently about life direction and what God may have in mind for his life. Our talk reminded me of the critical decisions that each of us must make at that stage of life, decisions that will go a long way in determining how our life story gets written.It also … [Read more...]

What’s Love Got to Do with Finding Your Life Calling?

This post appears as part of an interchannel dialogue about vocation and faith. Click here to explore more posts about how our faith and calling connect. Have you ever asked yourself “What should I do with my life?” when trying to identify your life calling? I know I have—and I’ve heard the question countless times from people young and old trying to figure out their direction in life. But after years of wrestling with the topic—and stepping out by faith to pursue my own calling—I’ve come to thi … [Read more...]

What Is Faith? [Insert Your Answer Here]

What is faith?We Christians talk a lot about it, especially as it concerns our salvation. Truth be told, we like to leave it there at the point of conversion, confined in the Salvation Box we've created for it.And yet we're called to walk by it, to live "from faith to faith", and to ensure our faith is evident to all.But it would seem to me to be difficult at best, impossible at worst, to engage something we can't define. I would suggest one reason we Christian don't walk by faith … [Read more...]


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