Articles

Five Shocking Reasons Why People Leave Your Church Carey Nieuwhof

No matter how long you’ve been in leadership, it still hurts when people leave your church. It’s somewhat easy to understand people leaving when things are going poorly— when there’s conflict, division or dysfunction. But what most leaders aren’t prepared for is the reality that people will leave ...more

Three Ways to Be A Better Christian Hypocrite Jon Acuff

A few days ago, a friend texted me. Apparently a Christian band had been publicly ripping on him and he needed some advice. Now at the bare minimum, that’s not the best use of time for a Christian band, what with all the spreading the joy of Christ they’ve got on their plate. But the time ...more

3 Easy Ways to Share Your Faith Matt Smethurst

“Preach the gospel at all times and, if necessary, use words.” This classic quote, misattributed to Saint Francis of Assisi, is both clever and catchy. It just isn’t biblical. Evangelism—communicating the good news of King Jesus—always requires words. Christians are called to adorn the gospel with ...more

Is It Okay to Be Angry? Julie Barrier

Anger is a God-given emotion. Which of these statements about anger is true? “I should never allow myself to become angry.” “Anger can become a sin, and that’s okay.” “The more godly I become, the less often I’ll become angry.” “Redheads have a genetic predisposition toward anger.” “When I’m ...more

40 Ways to Survive Church as a Single Jon Acuff

Single adults, I have failed you. Although I’ve written a handful of ideas about being single at church, I’ve never really done that topic justice. So today, I created a list of all the different stereotypes and challenges singles have to navigate when they go to church. From the “get married ...more

The Demoniac and God's Mercy Jan Shrader

Ephesians 2:4-5, “But God being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.”     ESV Whenever I see this phrase, “rich in mercy” in scripture, it reminds me of something my dad said.  My father ...more

Why Men Hit Their Wives John Kie-Vining

Men who abuse their wives are usually passive and dependent individuals. They find it difficult to express emotions and to deal with anger in nonviolent ways. Often, they did not have a close relationship with their mother. They may never have formed a close, warm, intimate relationship with a woman ...more

Can I Make an Idol of My Family? Kevin DeYoung

One of the acceptable idolatries among evangelical Christians is the idolatry of the family.” That’s what I tweeted last week. To be honest, I didn’t think much about it. I’ve said similar things in sermons for the past decade, and I’ve tweeted similar things before. But this time—I was later told ...more

The Habit of Lying and Accountability Luke Gilkerson

Guest author for Covenant Eyes, Nate Larkin teaches on the insidious nature of lying as a lifestyle:   “There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.”  – The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous  “We are ...more

Who Was St. Valentine? Jan Shrader

We all love romance. We all love a good love story. I don’t know if it is ingrained in us to love romance, or a product of Disney marketing, but it does seem like from an early age we are enamored by a good love story. And a love story which started the keeping of Valentine’s Day, now that is a ...more