What better way to represent our Lord and serve others than with the gift of empathy?
Conflict among believers may be inevitable, but fighting dirty is not.
Marketers want you to consume. Christ asks you to produce.
Why spiritual maturity requires even single men to develop the heart of a father
If you don't know what your gifts are, maybe the best question to ask yourself is, 'How can I love those around me?'
When we find mess in the church, our ideals are shattered and our hearts broken. Where's the hope?
Maybe you're looking in the wrong place, or maybe it's not what you expected.
Listen and learn what the Bible has to say about true kingdom greatness.
Make the most of this unique season as a young man seeking to live for Jesus. Get off the couch and in the game.
How to become more effective in fulfilling the "Great Commission" in the important and strategic workplace environment
Help when reality seems a whole lot smaller than your dreams
Stop tearing down the bride of Christ, and start to appreciate and proclaim her beauty.
Every political stance we take should be grounded in love for our great God and in love for our neighbors.
Mentoring in your 20s means you've got energy. Wiggle room in your schedule. Fresh ideas. And passion to fuel world change, one life at a time.
Here are five suggestions for singles to leverage their unique life season for the church in a way that married people often can't.
Missions is much like everyday life — just more uncomfortable and farther away from many people I love. Here's what I've learned after five months on the field.
Most Christian students are called to serve God in fields other than professional ministry. Not enough of them realize that.
What hope is there for those with special needs?
The early evangelical movement in America and around the world was significantly impacted by a 20-something David Brainerd.
Do you want to do something big for Jesus?
How to be a close friend
Things to consider when 'creating awareness' around the causes we care about
You can serve God even when you don't work for Him.
Life as a graduate student provides awesome opportunities to practice living for the kingdom — now.
Hospitality: giving the gift of yourself.
Evangelism isn't about filling a quota. It's about taking a risk and loving those who need the grace of God as much as you do.
How do we believers dwell in the city?
In the dust and mud and pain of Cambodia, those fighting trafficking are recapturing the sanctity of life.
Bringing Christmas to others is about extending God's presence to them ... through me.
How should Christians respond when a friend leaves the faith?
Organizations and individuals are making strides in illuminating the importance of adoption.
My new goal online isn't just to build a platform for myself as a writer, but to build a platform for Jesus.
Whether you're at the top or bottom of the business ladder, Scripture lays out specific and practical principles on how to make the most of the workplace.
The emerging generation gives less to God's work than any previous generation. Are we only hurting ourselves?
Communicating your faith is not a science. The very nature of telling the message of Jesus Christ to people requires sensitivity, discernment, and variation in style.
Now, I realize I don't know you at all. But I feel like I need to write this letter because I have to confess.
Seven values help me sort out the temporal from the eternal, and relate to both with my heart in the right place.
Elevating the dignity of women is not a new idea. But because men have too often been identified as the problem, the gender war has never been fully resolved.
Redemptive cultural engagement? It happens through either redirecting or redefining cultural patterns affected by the Fall.
The other father of Jesus teaches us a great deal about Christian mission in the 21st century.
Another predictably uneventful day at the nursing home. Until Everett receives an unexpected visitor.
Nobody expects to get old. Or useless.
Jesus' truth is two-sided: love, acceptance, understanding, and compassion on one side, and calling people to faithful obedience on the other.
It began as a regular Wednesday night Bible study. Then someone new knocked on the door.
Don't leave charity to the government.
If you're planning to get a job on a summer camp staff this summer, you're not joining a staff; you're joining a legacy.
It's fine to want to change the world by doing something powerful for God. So long as we don't miss out on the small things He has for us along the way.
More women than men tend to be involved in volunteering, church activities and school programs. So what?
Developing your personal spiritual disciplines is good, of course. But there's more to our faith than that.
Yes, you can relate to their struggles.
Our ability to redeem the sexual generation will lie in our willingness to live and love with the same kind of daring Jesus did.
I love that the Lord can use something as seemingly superficial as selling beauty products to teach me more about Himself.
How might I do a better job of loving the unlovely, people covered with the filth of sin?
It was a good article. It had a good lesson. So why was I so irritated?
It's not the government's responsibility to care; that's our job.
Being a "single-issue voter" isn't cool. Of course, Christian compassion isn't about being considered "cool."
Jesus offers us the joy of giving to others with no strings attached.
Those with few material possessions can teach us a lot about the heart of God.
The psalmist shows us how to move from questions to answers.
The heart of ministry — cooperating with God's transformational agenda — lies at the intersection of our lives and God's Word.
We can change when the God of loving truth intersects some actual human need.
Christ's call is to think differently, to live unexpectedly.
God gives good gifts. But he also gives the best gift, the inexpressible Gift of gifts.
In the therapeutic gospel, my deepest problems are merely limited to what has happened to me.
The world is dark, and we are needed.
If it doesn't really matter what they think of you, the possibilities are endless.
Sometimes doing what you can is more important than what you can do.
Among those who hurt others, and who themselves hurt, there are few easy answers. That, of course, is no reason to remain aloof from their pain.
If the Lord can be glorified through a humble stick of wood, surely He can be glorified through a humble you.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
Even in business, blessed are the merciful ... for they shall obtain mercy.
It's much easier to take a side in the culture wars than to critically or redemptively engage the issues we fight over. How, then, do we engage culture Christianly?
We are like eggs. And we cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Chances are you have a friend in missions. But do you know what they need from you?
The meek shall indeed inherit the earth.
Being pro-life requires that we remind those who are nearing the end that it is good that they exist.
We're called not to mere soul-winning, but to distinctive discipleship.
Living large means making the most of awkward encounters. Like when someone tells you they want to eat your soul.
You can contend for a good cause with a bad attitude. I sure have.
Unexpected inconveniences could actually be opportunities ordained by God.
The second Beatitude — "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted" — provides a key business and leadership principle.
Being listened to is so close to being loved that most people cannot tell the difference.
And you probably are too.
The people surrounding you aren't the enemy; they're just looking for someone who really sees them.
How do we Christians respond to charges of being heartless, anti-science, even enemies of progress?
Let love swallow your fears and go for it.
For years we have been encouraged to set boundaries. But what happens when God demands the opposite?
At a time when electronic communication leaves us increasingly cynical and skeptical, blogs can free us to communicate in a surprisingly personal way.
Graceless conversation is commonplace in the blogosphere. Believers need to change that.
Scripture says, "Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." Can that include blogging?
"Lifestyle Evangelism" is not sufficient. But neither is pushing to "close the deal."
It's not always best to answer the questions people ask. Sometimes it's better to answer the questions they mean.
You've known them — people who only step through the doors of a church on a holiday. Ever wonder what to say to them? Here's one writer's idea.
Getting into someone’s life can be messy, but mentoring provides a front row seat to God’s redeeming power.
It's about a lot more than getting out in front of a group of people and shouting "follow me!"
Prof Theo talks about calling, zeal and service.
Explaining the Gospel to seminary students and 5 year olds
A dismal-looking summer job turns into a blessing.
How do you convey your faith to people who don’t share it? Depends on the circumstances. Marshall has a few suggestions.
Rachel couldn’t bring her grandfather to Christ. But she could grow closer to Christ while trying.
Three secrets from the Buzz Underwood files.
Jesus was for real. The challenge, for playright Dorothy Sayers, was to show that to her audience.
It's hard to stand alone under the glare of a hostile professor. But you'd be surprised the influence you may have.
The church need not be brashly evangelistic right after a terrorist attack, but if we want to comfort the bereaved, we have to comfort in Jesus.
Suddenly my private faith had a public face.
Waking to the sound of 12 boisterous children, suddenly my summer abroad wasn't the romantic picture I had painted.
Once Digger and Butterfingers started coming to church barefoot, Vacation Bible School was never the same.
The name of the game on many college campuses is friendship evangelism. The problem is that in most cases we settle for too much friendship and too little evangelism.
Why not plan ahead for a summer of adventure that also has a noble purpose?
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