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Can we please stop pretending marijuana is harmless?

These days, it’s become fairly square to criticize marijuana and its rush toward legalization. Twenty-three states have condoned the drug in some …

There’s No Difference Between ‘Spiritual’ and ‘Secular’

There's a better way to view life.The sacred/secular divide is this idea that some things are sacred or spiritual, and they matter to God. But other …

Four Prayers for Bible Reading

When we open our Bibles to read, we’re never alone. The Holy Spirit hovers over and in the words of God, ready to stir our hearts, illumine our …

Theology

The Secret Enemy in Your Marriage

And 5 practical ways to deal with it.We had been married just over a year. After another demanding week at work, neither of us wanted to get into it. …

George Müller Did Not Have the Gift of Faith — Thankfully

George Müller (1805–1898) provided for thousands of orphans by means of the “faith principle” — which meant he would look to God and never directly …

Christianity

13 Smith Wigglesworth Quotes That Will Challenge Your Faith

Though he’s not as well known as some other evangelists of his era, the legacy of Smith Wigglesworth has had a major influence on modern …

7 Sins the Church Ignores

Even the socially acceptable sins can be destructive.I was in an engineering class the first time I watched the tragic explosion of the Space Shuttle …

The 7 Most Moving Podcast Episodes Ever Created

Ironically, the new golden age of radio isn’t just playing out over the airwaves. Podcasting, with its ability to let users listen to longform pieces …

TV

8 Biographies Everyone Should Read

True tales worth your time.We all love a good story.Stories transport us to other times and places, they teach important lessons, they inspire us and …

Worship Is Our Weekly Detox

The plans were all set — with no time to wait for the weather to clear up.<p>Five college freshman piled into a silver Saturn Ion to make the drive from …

Detox

Do You Have Free Will?

Most who reject the Doctrines of Grace (a.k.a. Calvinism or reformed theology), do so because of an insistence that everyone has ‘free will’ to …

The Right Way To Handle Fights in 4 Simple Steps

It’s funny how when we run out of things to say in a conversation, we often start to fight. And as much as this gives some more food for …

Worship Isn’t about Music

4 ways to worship God in daily life.I’ll never forget my Sunday school teacher telling us we’ll spend all eternity worshiping God. The glee on her …

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Self-Control and the Power of Christ

It sounds so simple and straightforward, perhaps even commonplace.<p>It’s not a flashy concept or an especially attractive idea. It doesn’t turn heads …

Self Control

The Renewed Mind and How to Have It

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your …

What Is the Will of God and How Do We Know It?

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your …

In faith communities like the Duggars, abuse victims are encouraged to be filled with grace. It’s not that simple.

It’s never simply over.<p>Yesterday was hard for me. I opened my computer to the news of several instances of sexual abuse reported (within the church), including the claims about Josh Duggar’s gross indiscretions and his subsequent confession. And something in me sunk, particularly because of this …

Who Cares What You Believe; Where Does Your Fidelity Lie?

On May 18, following the recent Pew study, Michael Smerconish and Rachel Held Evans talked about why millennials are leaving churches in greater numbers than previous generations of young people. The word "belief" came up several times during their conversation, as did the idea of mystery. One of …

Age of Ultron Is Proof Marvel Is Killing the Popcorn Movie

<i>This piece originally appeared on Medium, and is republished here with the author's permission.</i><p>Some time in the middle of <i>Avengers: Age of Ultron,</i> I …

Kids Aren’t the Priority. Marriage Is.

How to keep your marriage healthy after having kids.I was concerned that becoming parents might weaken our marriage. I wasn’t afraid that it would …

Isn’t the Christian View of Sexuality Dangerous and Harmful?

One of the most common and significant charges leveled against the traditional Christian understanding of sexuality and marriage is that it is …

Evangelical Christianity

What Other World Religions Think About Jesus

People trying to discover the truth about God should take a hard look at Jesus before looking anywhere else. While that may sound like a bold …

How I’m Overcoming Shame in My Sex Life

Even those who save sex for marriage have to deal with feelings of guilt.Lately, I’ve seen a lot of discussion about the effects of the Evangelical …

5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Being Offended

A few weeks ago, the video game cartoonists over at Penny Arcade realized that they'd gone too long without talking about rape and decided to start …

3 Things No One Told You About Trying to Succeed

Everyone has advice about how to succeed, but there's a lot we forget to mention.Everyone wants to be successful. It’s grafted into our DNA to want …