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Fattening Up the Family Soul

Author: Adam GriffinCategory: Culture, Theology

The thing that I don’t like about vigorous exercise is that it’s miserable. My mind has a hard time countering the agony of strenuous athletic undertakings to the sheer delight of sitting at ease. Don’t get me wrong: I believe exercise is good for us, and I’m grateful to live in a society that so thoroughly values it. But should we consider some of the important and often ...

When Dad Doesn't Disciple the Kids

Author: Jen WilkinCategory: Culture

Three kinds of “single moms” exist in the church: the literal single mom who is raising children on her own, the mom whose husband is an unbeliever and the mom whose husband professes belief but does not partner in the spiritual nurturing of the family. For the true single mom and the mom married to an unbeliever, the task is clear: Train your children in the Lord because no one else ...

In Defense of Sadness

Author: Anne Lincoln HolibaughCategory: Theology

There are some joys that are only possible on the other side of sorrow. -John Piper Sadness is a holy emotion. I don’t know many people, though, who welcome it as such. Most of the time, we run away from sadness as fast as we can. And who can blame us? Being sad feels…bad. It’s painful and sometimes scary. We feel small and exposed by the fact that we’re not quite as ...

Jesus Was a Fetus

Author: JT EnglishCategory: Culture, Theology

In recent weeks, several videos have surfaced that show officials from Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of body parts from aborted children. These conversations include details about the monetary value of specific body parts and how “less crunchy” techniques may procure more intact parts. The language used and the cavalier tone in which murder is considered are gut wrenching. ...

The Pursuit of Peace

Author: Beth BroomCategory: Theology

For those of us who struggle with fear and anxiety, peace seems like a fleeting feeling or even an elusive dream. Our minds race, our hearts worry, and we can’t seem to find a moment of quiet amid all the possible things that could go wrong in life. But for all who are willing to look closely at their hearts and then beyond themselves toward God, there is good news. Peace is accessible. ...

Old-School Discipleship

Author: Matt McCauleyCategory: Theology, Ministry

“I just accepted Jesus! Now what?” If you were given the charge of teaching a brand-new, baby Christian the elementary foundations of the faith, where would you start? What would you use to prepare them for right thinking and right living for their new life in Jesus Christ? Some would suggest reading through a book of the Bible, like the Gospel of John or Romans. Others would ...

What Is a Creed?

Author: Kyle WorleyCategory: Theology

This past weekend, our church body began a 12-week sermon series and study of The Apostles’ Creed. But what, exactly, is a “creed”? You may be thinking, “Isn’t Creed an alt-rock band from the 90s?” Certainly, Creed did a good job of asking the question, “Can You Take Me Higher?” But when Christians talk about creeds, the question we’re asking ...

You’re Not That Busy

Author: Jenna LuskCategory: Culture, Worship

The conversation goes something like this: “How was your weekend?”“Oh, it was good! I had to work a couple of hours on Saturday, but it wasn’t that bad.”“Bummer! I took the kids to a birthday party, and then I had to run a lot of errands. But I also got to start this new book I’ve been wanting to for awhile.”“You’re so lucky. I wish I ...

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