As a person in ministry I have found Christians who love someone with a mental disorder and/or addictions to be more common than not. How do we mix grace and mercy with boundaries?
- June 05, 2008 |
A few years ago, I heard about a couple who dealt with worry in a unique way...
In 2006, I spent 40 days visiting 23 college campuses in 11 states as a prayer leader. Here's what I found: hundreds of struggling, “nice, Christian kids from great families” desperate for spiritual wisdom and guidance...
In What God Does When Men Lead, author Bill Peel helps men identify their unique God-given talents, by encouraging them to put aside doubts and insecurity, boldly embrace leadership gifts and use them to transform their family life, workplace and church. Read an excerpt.
- May 22, 2008 |
So often, we misinterpret our kids' frustration as a plea to intervene on their behalf. But if we can quell the storm within us as parents and allow our kids to experience the learning process, the payoff is precious indeed!
For me, mental illness is where grace and real life have collided. If you have a loved one with mental illness, the first thing you must do is to understand the dynamics of the disease.
- June 04, 2008 |
A Biblical marriage offers a snapshot of the delights of Heaven and represents Christ's love on earth. But how do we build such a marriage? Dr. John Barnett shares guidelines from Scripture.
Pursuing your dreams—no matter how big or small—has been a time-honored theme in many a kid’s movie. And the new Jack Black vehicle, Kung Fu Panda, doesn’t stray too far from form.
- June 06, 2008 |
A confession of longing does not indicate a lack of faith. Many of us who are single encounter this accusation in speaking with those who have forgotten their time of trial—if they knew a time of trial.
If the church is to be effective in this rapidly changing world, we must understand the times and know what to do.
The chasm between what you are and what you ought to be is huge. Covering yourself with clothing is a right response to this—not to conceal it, but to confess it.
- May 28, 2008 |
We fall short of reaching God’s potential for ourselves when we do not take advantage of the opportunities that God puts in front of us. When we do not believe in ourselves and the gifts He has given us. And when we fail to see how we fit into God’s plan.
- May 22, 2008 |
In the midst of the meaninglessness, a movie like Sex and the City does manage to offer a powerful reminder. It demonstrates, yet again, how utterly pointless life is—and how difficult relationships are—without a greater purpose for living.
In a strange, mysterious way, God has chosen to enlist His children to accomplish His purpose for reaching the world and establishing His kingdom on earth! Mind boggling isn't it?
- May 30, 2007 |
Within hours of getting engaged, the advice starts flowing from loved ones and even strangers. While some of the advice is helpful, there's also a lot of bad advice given to engaged couples. Jen Booth shares the words she cherished and the words she chose to ignore...
- May 28, 2008 |
One of the more disturbing films of late is Deliver Us from Evil, in which Church hierarchy, with knowledge of a priest's attraction to children and evidence of actual misconduct, harbored him for thirty years.
The Christianity of the Bible is a religion that is uncompromisingly supernatural. If we take away the supernatural, we take away Christianity.