Why Real Faith Is Never Perfect

ShareTweet I often find myself thinking about the great men and women of faith we see in the Bible. Their boldness, courage, fearlessness, and tenacity to pursue after what God had laid out for them. I often compare myself to…

Some Implications of Being Pro ALL Life

ShareTweet I believe human beings are the pinnacle of God’s creation; God’s image-bearers in the world. There is absolutely nothing on the planet more valuable than a single human life. Therefore, I consider myself pro ALL life. I believe all…

The Problem With a “Feel-Good” Church

ShareTweet I remember walking into to church for the first time after purposely staying as far from it as I could for 10 years. The music was loud, the crowds were big, and the environment was inviting. It was unlike…

Dear Sexual Predators, Its Not Us

ShareTweet By Amanda Goodman “She shouldn’t have been by herself.” No. No. No. I read that comment today on a link to a story about 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena who was murdered. The Iowa State student went golfing Monday morning and…

The Lies from Satan That Women Believe

ShareTweet Not long ago I was laying in bed trying to fall asleep. I had to get up early for work in the morning, and since I already wasn’t feeling the upcoming workday, I was on edge and downcast. Suddenly…

Dear Parents, Virginity Is Not the Point

ShareTweet This spring Jonathan and I participated in a panel discussion on issues of sexuality and parenting. During the course of our conversation, I verbalized two things I think are important when it comes to talking about sex with our…

10 Differences Between a Believer and a Christian

ShareTweet Warning: This might shake up your faith. Here are 10 differences between a believer and a Christian. “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that — and shudder.”—James 2:19 1. A believer believes in Jesus. A…

Why You Must Feel Sorrow to Experience Joy

ShareTweet Because of Jesus, we have every reason to be known as people of deep hope and joy. But does that mean we are going to be running around singing and dancing and smiling every moment of our lives? Are…

Why Christians Should Celebrate Halloween

ShareTweet I recently received a message on Facebook from a follower who was dismayed that my roommate and I — two Christians — would throw a Halloween party. She was loving in her approach and inquired with genuine curiosity rather than hostile…

Dont Call Your Kids “World Changers”

ShareTweet It’s tempting. I get it. It sounds motivating and inspirational. I get that too. But I’ve come to believe that the good-intentioned, hopefully inspiring practice of talking about children as “world-changers” is, in most cases, damaging. You can cover…

The Purpose of Marriage is Not to Make You Holy

ShareTweet Before we moved abroad, we did some marriage counseling. What I mean is, we sat in an old guy’s office for fifteen hours and cried. It was amazing. He told us our marriage could be a safe-haven on the field.…

The 3 Biggest Lies Wives Believe

ShareTweet While driving the other day I noticed a bumper sticker at a red light that said, “Don’t believe everything you think.” So true. I could save myself a lot of trouble by adhering to those five words. How often…

Ive Decided to Leave My Husband and Children

ShareTweet It amazes me that [although] my husband is such a caring and compassionate man, many times he doesn’t understand me at all. The things that concern me or cause me great emotional distress don’t make him even bat an…

Why Being a Good Christian Is Pointless

ShareTweet I recently had a friend who was disappointed in herself for a mistake she made. I could totally understand her feelings as I’m my own worst enemy sometimes as well, but it also kind of bothered me how she…

Why Suicide Doesnt Always Lead to Hell

ShareTweet Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade are just two of the many people and/or celebrities who have committed suicide in the just the last year. It’s heartbreaking to say the least, and I believe our society and culture are in…

Why You Should Stop Yearning for Heaven

ShareTweet You get up early, after staying up late, and you drive to a job that is much the same today as it was the day before. You [trudge] through traffic, rush through the work day, and attempt to soak…

6 Warning Signs of a Bad Pastor and Spiritual Abuse

ShareTweet Over the last year, I’ve read a number of books about incredible, powerful, visionary people who achieved incredible things, only to have everything fall apart due to their own self-destruction. I’ve read sobering stories of bad pastors/spiritual abusers (Jimmy…

To the Wife Who Feels Unseen & Unloved

ShareTweet When I was young, I used to think [to be] invisible would be a fabulous superpower. I have since changed my mind after being ignored too many times. Deep down, people want to be seen, heard, and loved. Countless…