I’ll never forget the professor who read Psalm 13 and tied it to his lifelong struggle with depression. The sanctuary was so quiet as he spoke that it seemed like everyone was blessed in glimpsing the blessings he received from this short but powerful Psalm.
Family devotions can be a challenge! The book Teach Us to Pray by Lora Copley and Elizabeth Vander Haagen offers a solution by using short, child-friendly readings that follow the liturgical year.
Death brings things into perspective. The things you whine about and worry about don’t seem that big when you need a new kidney to live another day. The color of the carpet doesn't matter.
It doesn’t seem right when one of our churches can’t afford to fully use what is, essentially, their curriculum
I am taking a doctrine and theology class and some of the teachings are raising questions in my reformed faith. I'm wondering, at what do point do we receive the Holy Spirit and what is the primary purpose of the Spirit?
I am looking for podcasts to listen to on Christian living, encouragement, etc. Do you have any recommendations?
Jesus didn’t immediately tell Martha he was about to raise her brother from the dead. Martha had to live in the space of death and heartache for a little while longer, and perhaps we may have to as well.
Whatever else Easter means, it does not mean people stop dying. The Thessalonians knew what we still know: namely, the stark and stubborn fact of death in our world poses a most difficult challenge to our faith.
Country singer icon and Christian Johnny Cash was a prolific poet. Cash was not a bad theologian either. He bore it all for me...and you...
As we go through Holy Week and celebrate Easter Sunday, I'd love to know: What traditions and/or parts of the week are most meaningful to you?
I usually enjoy an opportunity to be with the kids but on this day I was near the end of my rope and they were too. Though I wish they'd been easier on me, I'm grateful for the reminder that these kids have complex lives, too.
I've spent plenty of time with other ministry leaders bemoaning the impact of the "fear of missing out" (FOMO). I'm done bemoaning this reality and instead want to ask: How can we find freedom from this idol?
If love is the fulfillment of everything and keeps us from sin—and we are to fear no evil and love our enemies—would we love the devil being our enemy?
Here are seven ideas of activities with the potential to form faith that you can do with your kids for little or no dough.
We associate souvenirs with traveling, but we also keep them to remind us of faith milestones. A family baptism gown, a signed Bible—these things help us remember moments that shape our identity as people of God.
Below you’ll find six tools to help the families in your congregation build faith at home during Easter.
“Pastor” is a word that I like. I have good associations with it and sometimes it’s helpful to use because it opens the door. But sometimes I have to let it go and find more creative ways to communicate what I do.
Faith formation is an elusive term. How do we know if faith is being formed in children, teens, and adults, and does faith look the same for everyone?
If it’s time for some new profession of faith practices in your congregation, here are four ideas to consider.
It takes time to get in the habit of doing daily devotions. At first, the payoff may not seem obvious, but once devotions become a part of your daily life, you will begin to feel their amazing benefits.
Strengthening our commitment practices, including the practice of profession of faith, calls us to name the idolatries that tempt us and intentionally embody a different way of being.
Is faith power? Or is it trust? I've struggled to make sense of the verse "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, tell this mountain to be cast into the sea." Can you help shed any light?
The Professing Our Faith toolkit offers practical, creative resources for encouraging a culture of commitment in your church, preparing people to profess their faith, planning a welcoming council conversation and more.
If you want to focus your heart on the need for the the cross and prepare yourself to experience Easter anew this year, subscribe to Today and let “Focus on the Cross” encourage you in this season of Lent.