How Do I Help an Immodestly Dressed Teen at Church? Erin Davis

  There is a girl in church (or group of girls who wear totally inappropriate clothes to church. What do I say?  Drop Your Stone For those of us who have grown up in the church, the choices of non-Christians can often be alarming. But we need to stop being surprised when the lost act lost. It's ...more

Does It Bother You That God Barred Moses from the Promised Land? Trevin Wax

For a long time, I was bothered by the fact that God didn’t allow Moses into the Promised Land. I sympathized with Moses in his one moment of weakness, and I wondered if God judged him too harshly. I was also bothered by the fact I was bothered. It’s not good to stay in a place where you criticize ...more

30 Life-Transforming Proverbs Tommy Nelson

Crossroads Birth: “The rich and the poor have a common bond, the Lord is the maker of them all.” (Prov. 22:2) Authority: “The eye that mocks a father and scorns a mother, the ravens of the valley will pick it out...” (Prov.30:17) Chores ...more

Five Character Rules Every Wise Leader Follows Carey Nieuwhof

Character has always been important, but it seems like it’s never been as important as it is now. There have been far too many stories of church leaders, business leaders, politicians, athletes and other public figures whose private walk has not measured up to their public talk and whose integrity ...more

Questioning God Jan Shrader

Sometimes misery comes in waves.  For me that was the year both my parents died.  I also lost both our dogs that year; my oldest child left for college and my pastor husband was in charge of moving our church of five thousand members from a fifteen-acre campus to a new eighty-five acre site on the ...more

What Questions Should I Ask Before I Die? Thabiti Anyabwile

Yesterday, I had the privilege of preaching a funeral for the grandmother of a former elder of the church, a man I count as a Barnabas to me, and a dear, dear family. This morning, I’m reflecting on the fact that I’m going to die soon. I don’t know how soon. I don’t know whether I’ll live to be 90 ...more

Do You Worship Idols? John Beeson

What are the idols of your heart? What are the ways in which you have allowed your heart that is intended to worship God, to worship the golden calves that surround us?[i] There are several ways to diagnose our hearts. Ask yourself the question: what keeps me up when I’m trying to sleep? What do I ...more

Five Steps to Creating Disciple-Makers Warren Bird

I wonder if out of reverence for Jesus being divine, we sometimes dismiss his disciple-making practices and think, Well, that’s because it’s Jesus; he’s God. Of course he’s the best people-developer in the universe. So we admire how he mentored others who went out and changed the world, but we ...more

Four Wrong Answers to the Question, "Why Me?" Tim Keller

When I was diagnosed with cancer, the question "Why me?" was a natural one. Later, when I survived but others with the same kind of cancer died, I also had to ask, "Why me?" Suffering and death seem random, senseless. The recent Aurora shootings—in which some people were spared and others lost—is ...more

Where is Christianity in the Constitution? Tom Terry

How do you answer the charge that America was not founded on Christian principles since there seems to be no religious language in the US Constitution? Here’s one answer: Christian language was in America’s State constitutions. And there was a lot of it. Here is language from America’s first 24 ...more