Each year Christians around the world observe Lent, which is the season of fasting and prayer leading up to Easter. Christians have been celebrating Lent for hundreds of years, and many find it to be a deeply meaningful time as they prepare their hearts to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. While each tradition… Read More 3 Resources for Observing Lent
Work can cause serious struggle in our lives. Some of us are unemployed. Others are underemployed. A few of us are in the jobs we spent years training for, but have since discovered it wasn’t what we expected. Most of us wonder about what we do every day. Does it really matter? In the message… Read More Work: Am I Making a Difference?
As I mentioned in my recent sermon, I have learned a lot from the celibate, gay Christian community over the past several years. One such voice is author and blogger Eve Tushnet. Eve shares her perspective as a lesbian woman in the church who loves Scripture and embraces Jesus’ teachings about sex, marriage and lust.… Read More The Struggle is Real: Learning from the celibate, gay christian community
Lust is real. In all its forms, lust is a reality for all of us. Sexual lust seems to be at the top of the powerful forces on this planet. Or at least perhaps in our culture. Why do I lust? Where do these seemingly out-of-control desires come from? Why is the act of lusting… Read More Lust: A Temporary Fix
With The Struggle is Real series, we’re taking time to be brutally honest about the many ways in which life is hard. We’re living in the tension between the kind of people Jesus invites us to be, the transformed life he empowers us to live, and the strong forces that pull us in other directions.… Read More The Struggle is Real: Breaking the Power of Pornography
We’ve all been there. We sit through an inspiring sermon that makes us want to change something big in our lives. We are motivated, presumably by the Holy Spirit, as we recognize a place we want to be as a follower of Christ. We feel deep compassion for issues of poverty, or we are charged… Read More Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes
When a friend, family member, or co-worker in our life is struggling with depression (or a similar struggle), it can be hard to know how to come alongside them. In our efforts to be helpful, we may say things that are not helpful. Or, if we don’t know what to say, we may withdraw completely.… Read More When someone in my life is struggling, how can I help?
Carrie Nieuwhof, in Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, writes: “Every family has a rhythm. You don’t have to intend to have one. You don’t have to plan one. We all end up with one. As we go from day to day, we establish and shape a rhythm that in turn shapes our kids.” My kids are… Read More How to Invite God Into Our Family Rhythms
My first job that produced a flow of money into my pocket was a paper route in 8th grade. At the end of each month I had a wad of cash that I quickly spent on whatever shiny object caught my attention. It took years before I established any disciplines of saving or giving. As… Read More Next Steps Toward Financial Peace
We first met Cedric in 2015 when he came to perform a spoken-word piece at the Madison & Race Forum. We’re so thankful he was willing to come back to share a new piece for The Struggle is Real series. We had the opportunity to sit down with Cedric and ask him a few questions… Read More Interview with Cedric Dale Hoard