Trapped: The Church Vocation Issue We Don’t Talk About

by Gordon Atkinson I want to bring up something that church people don’t talk about very often. Why don’t we talk about it? I don’t know. Lots of reasons. I suspect the biggest reason is that talking about it would require us to take an honest look at the lives of our ministers. And I’m [Read More...]

Knowing Who You Are

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by Mark D. Roberts Mark 1:9-11 And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.” – Mark 1:11 By the time Jesus came to the Jordan River in order to be baptized, John the Baptist had already baptized hundreds if not thousands of people. Yet after Jesus [Read More...]

Making Decisions that Keep Work and Life in Balance: Preparing to Be Wrong

by Glynn Young We had talked about it for months: a new electronic publication for employees. Only two companies in North America had one at the time, one in the U.S. and one in Canada. We had talked with both, and the one in Canada was our best analogy—no standardized platform for employees to read [Read More...]

Don’t Mistake Doing What You Love With Doing What’s Important

by J.B. Wood A couple of weeks ago, my wife texted me, “Don’t forget to buy Megamillions tickets!:)” Upon learning of the multi-million dollar jackpot, we couldn’t help ourselves from fantasizing about a potential windfall. We’d quit our jobs. Pursue our dreams. Finally, we’d do what we loved. When the lottery numbers were drawn, ours, of [Read More...]

The Fight for Serious Multi-Ethnic Dialogue

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by Nathan Roberts When I saw the film Selma for a second time, I sat next to my friend Chloe. As the credits rolled, she turned to me and remarked: “You know, honestly, I can see why DuVernay wasn’t nominated for the Best Director Oscar.” “Hmm…” I said. In the lobby, she elaborated: “I just [Read More...]

What Is God’s Glory?

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by Mark Roberts Ezekiel 10:1-22 Then the LORD’s glory rose from above the winged creatures and moved toward the temple’s threshold. The temple was filled with the cloud, and the courtyard was filled with the brightness of the LORD’s glory. – Ezekiel 10:4 If you spend much time in church, you hear God’s glory mentioned all [Read More...]

Every Platform an Altar

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by Ann Voskamp He must become greater; I must become less. – John 3:30 Matthew 20:26 “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” When that plucky Jennifer Lawrence kid in her festooning white gown trips trying to get up on that platform to get her Oscar—the world falls in love a bit more for [Read More...]

Fracturedness and Our Need for Lent

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by Sam Van Eman I enjoy reading both online and offline. Subjects include advertising, small groups, Abraham Lincoln, fairy tales, “cool,” Old Testament history, augmented reality, furniture restoration and the contrasting perspectives of the NY Times and Fox News on President Obama. Can you say “variety”? In the past week, however, I’ve encountered a concentration of articles on busyness. Is [Read More...]

More Than Enough: Giving out of Abundance

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I’ve been to places in Africa where having a little extra money meant a mother had enough to buy meat and bread for her children. She didn’t have (or need) extra money to buy video games and toys, but an upgrade in the nutritional value of their food made a significant impact on her family’s [Read More...]

Talking with VeggieTales Founder Phil Vischer

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What does it mean when God gives a dream, and the dream comes true, and then it dies? And what if the dream envelopes a whole lot of people before it dies for them too? And why would a man who achieved early and spectacular business success stop using the word “dream”? [Read more...]


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