What Makes Someone A Christian?


Over the past four years of my blogging career, I’ve probably addressed the question “What makes someone a Christian?” about twenty times. You would think that this would be one of the most basic (and most important) questions for Christians to be unified on, but like most matters relating to Christianity, things are never what they seem they should be. Yet throughout my interactions with other Christians online, I continue to find it necessary to stop and reaffirm what we’re talking about when w … [Read more...]

Do Your Friends Know You Love Them?


I only rarely use this blog space to share other peoples blogs, but today on Donald Millers Storyline website, the fabulous Shauna Niequist reflects on what it means to be a good friend. It is such a worthwhile and important little post that you would be better for reading. In it, Shauna reflects on a conversation shad had with our husband where they discussed some of their good friends and what makes them so good. From this conversation, she takes a way a very important point. Here's a bit of w … [Read more...]

Jesus Isn’t Going to Take My Zoloft

I have been taking Zoloft (anti-depressant) for four years. I began taking it during my freshman year in college because I had been suffering from severe panic attacks for about five years and they were beginning to severely interfere with my ability to function in school. Before I became a Christian at the age of twelve, I suffered from severe anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. When I came to Jesus, I was told that I would be healed and finally find joy and lasting peace.For the … [Read more...]

Recalibrate: Is Peace Even Possible?


This has been a week of turmoil in our world. With our collective eyes fixed on the violent conflict taking place in Israel, or on the upset in the Ukraine, or the violence and injustice in our very own community, it is easy to get flustered. It is easy to fall in to thinking that this world is spiraling out of control and to be overwhelmed with a sense of hopelessness. Will peace ever come in the Middle East? Will the terrorism around the world come to end? If there is a God in the heavens, why … [Read more...]

Live Life Up

Post By: Clark Hardy, ContributorSomething I deeply appreciate and love about my wife is the depth of conversations we often have. Each of us has an interest in people and the aspects of their experiences that result in who they are. Rachel's degree is a specialized sociology degree, and mine religion and theology. Human persons intrigue, inspire, and motivate us.The other night we were discussing how as people, we often get stuck in rut of surviving rather than thriving. Each mundane … [Read more...]

Hamas, the IDF, & Peace in the Middle East

I have a headache.I have been sitting around all day reading about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The situation is so incredibly complex. Emotions are high.Everyone has an opinion. No one seems to have a concrete answer. Few seem to have any verifiable facts.We see news reports of Israeli citizens cheering as they watch the IDF's shower of rockets rain down on Gaza, killing dozens of civilians. We hear reports of Hamas, the Palestinian terror group, using their own people … [Read more...]