Too often, the church doesn’t feel like a safe place for people who are far from God. They experience judgment and rejection. But that’s not what Jesus intended when he established his church. He meant for the church to be a magnet for the unchurched, a place where they could find reconciliation with God. June 19, 2016
We all love a great story. Whether a legend, a book, or a feature film, a story is compelling. But the most compelling stories are the ones that are . . . Based on a True Story. June 12, 2016
Thereâ€™s one question about God that elicits the most emotion, but has no emotionally satisfying answer. If God is good, why is there so much suffering in the world? If God were all-powerful, he could eliminate suffering. If God was loving, he would eliminate suffering. So, is he unable or unwilling? June 5, 2016
If youâ€™re a Christian, be prepared to defend your decision to follow Christ. Be prepared to defend your hope or confidence in Christ. You believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose from the grave. Thatâ€™s amazing! But you donâ€™t have to believe it because the Bible says so. Itâ€™s better than that . . .
May 29, 2016
One of the most frustrating things about being a Christian is when someone asks you a question about what you believe. If you had fifteen minutes of undivided attention, you could answer. But what are you supposed to say in just a few seconds? How do you defend your faith without losing your mind?
May 22, 2016
As we said in Part 1, winning anything significant involves choosing to lose something else. In Part 2 of this series we’re going to discover something in a very familiar story in the New Testament that is unnatural and uncomfortable for any of us to choose to lose, but when we do it opens the door to the biggest wins in following Jesus. Choosing to lose in this way allows us to experience something that changes us and our relationship with God forever.
May 15, 2016
We love to win. We love winning in our finances. We love winning power in our careers. We love winning in romance. We love winning in life. And we hate losing as much as we love winning. We even take it personally when our favorite sports teams lose, even though weâ€™re not actually on the teams. But in the Gospels, Jesus introduced a counterintuitive principle: In order to win, you have to lose.
May 8, 2016
We all have mistakes in our pastsâ€”financial, professional, academic, relational. Unfortunately, we tend to learn from our mistakes in the areas that matter least and repeat our mistakes in the areas that matter most. Sometimes thatâ€™s because we avoid owing our part of a mistake. Itâ€™s easier to blame others. But once youâ€™ve taken ownership of your part of a mistake, what do you do with the part owned by others? How do you get past the stuff other people have done to turn your life upside down? May 1, 2016
We learn from our mistakes in the areas that matter least. We repeat our mistakes in the areas that matter most. Too often, we look at our pasts and our decisions donâ€™t even make sense to us. We end up asking, â€œWhat was I thinking?â€ How do we avoid getting stuck in cycles of repeated mistakes that take our lives down the wrong path? April 24, 2016
One reason history repeats itself is that we donâ€™t own our part of our history. And the reason you donâ€™t own it is thereâ€™s nothing to ownâ€”it wasnâ€™t your fault! But if something important has come to an end and you are starting over, you must look back and own your part in order to move ahead. Your best bet for a successful future is to own your share of the past. April 17, 2016