Top Five Misunderstood Sayings of Jesus
There are many of Jesus’ sayings and teachings from the New Testament that are frequently misunderstood. Whether the verses are taken out of context or the understanding behind them is...
Loving with the Capacity of Christ
Do you ever pause and consider how vast God’s love is for us? How absolutely outrageous and wonderful and impossible it is in its scope?I venture it’s not always often that you do if...
Fruit of the Spirit: Love Comes First
At youth group, the teens in attendance were engaged in a very lively discussion, during which, my daughter said something slightly off the mark theologically. I immediately corrected and...
Sadness and Joy in Lent
I spend a fair amount of time in airports and on airplanes. On almost every trip, someone inevitably asks me what I do for a living. I generally want to answer, “It’s complicated.” There...
A Closer Look at Using Walking Together at Your Church
Discipleship is not meant to be done alone. Walking Together: Simple Steps for Discipleship by author Pastor Ted Doering is a Bible study intended for a group setting and written to...
Prayers for Forgiveness to Help You Turn a New Leaf
There’s never a perfect time to turn over a new leaf in life, but as a Christian, it is always necessary to offer forgiveness. We are meant to show God’s love and Christ’s light to all....
Best Biblical Devotions for Your Shelf
Devotionals are a pivotal part of any daily faith enrichment. Just as you try to have conversations with your friends daily, it’s important to keep a conversation going with God the Father...
Mental Health and Technology as Christians: An Interview with Heidi Goehmann
Mystery, tension, data, connection, and creativity. These were recurring threads throughout my discussion with licensed clinical social worker, author, and hope-driven mental health...
Finding Peace, Hope, and Joy during a Bittersweet Christmas
For many people, Christmas is an exciting time of reuniting with family, spending quality time together, and eating too many cookies.
But for others, it’s a painful reminder of broken...
The Cycle of the Christian Life—Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio
The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119. The Psalm is divided into twenty-two sections, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each section speaks about God’s Word in a vast...
God’s Mission for the World: An Advent Reflection
Why is Advent a great season to consider God’s mission for the world?
Heavenly Peace During Advent and Christmas
During Advent and Christmas, we hear about peace. We read Isaiah’s names for the Messiah, including “Prince of Peace.” In Jesus’ birth story, recorded in Luke, the heavenly hosts say,...
Choosing the Life of Military Chaplaincy
Just as being humbled in life is unavoidable, so is living with change. If my new motto is “Be prepared; humbling will happen, and there’s nothing you can do about it,” then I might as...
Your Emotions and God
Lately, I’ve been a little grumpy.
Call it stress, overcast fall days, or the impending Michigan winter, but either way, my mood has been off. I’ve been irritable, frustrated, and low...
3 Commonly Misunderstood Bible Verses
When we quote Bible verses, our intentions are often good. We want to encourage ourselves and others, so we put Bible verses on home décor, shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, and social media....