Holy Routines


“Give us this day our daily bread.” Jesus told us to make this bold and practical declaration when we pray. He knew that we need sustenance—both for our souls and for the bodies our souls inhabit. We tend to classify as “spiritual” practices those we (perhaps erroneously) separate from our physical experience: prayer, study of [Read More...]

Your Work Is Not as Important as You Want It To Be: A Review of Mark Labberton’s New Book


The American church is in crisis. We have traded Christ’s passion for our own church programs. We have traded the Kingdom of God for the kingdom of politics. We have traded selfless community, existing to worship God and serve others, for selfish community, existing to entertain ourselves and maintain a social club. This is the [Read More...]

What Will My Body Be Like in the Resurrection?

1 Corinthians 15:35-50 Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies. [Read More...]

Why Do We Watch the Walking Dead?


The Walking Dead starts again tonight. I love this show, but I don’t have quite the heart for death and zombies like I used to. Sometimes, I fear that our culture is pushing it too far. For example, last year, a disturbing image came through my social media news streams, a life-sized mannequin for shooting [Read More...]

24 Hours of Hope: An Interview with Kay Warren about Suicide, Mental Illness, and the Church

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Eighteen months ago, Kay Warren’s 27-year-old son Matthew died by suicide. As co-founder of Saddleback Church, in Lake Forest, California, and wife of the Rev. Rick Warren–one of the nation’s most famous pastors, Matthew’s death was headline news. What the public did not know was that the Warrens had been dealing with their son’s mental [Read More...]

If You Have a Calling, Then You Have a Caller


Ephesians 4:1-3 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1 We don’t hear the language of calling very often in common speech anymore. When I was growing up, I heard people talk about their calling even outside of church, mostly [Read More...]

Is My Work a Calling?


Ephesians 4:1-3 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1 As an ordained pastor, nobody would flinch if I said I have been called to my line of work. We’re familiar with the notion that clergy have a calling. But [Read More...]

Calling All Christians


by Skye Jethani For years I served as a teaching pastor at my church, but then left the pastoral team to pursue a calling outside the institutional church. For the first time since graduating from seminary, I found myself in the pews more often than in the pulpit. It changed my perspective. Working as a writer [Read More...]

Lying Like A Normal Christian: A Review of Believe Me

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“Why do you assume that me acting like a Christian means I’m not being honest?!” This question is hurled at Sam, our brawny antihero, at a crucial moment in Will Bakke’s new comedy, Believe Me. After watching the film, we could probably ask a similar question of Mr. Bakke himself: What is it about acting [Read More...]

A Prayer That’s Not Just for the Pulpit


Psalm 19:1-14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 Growing up, one of my heroes was a Presbyterian pastor named Ben Patterson. He was the speaker at many of the Christian conferences I attended as a teenager, [Read More...]