Ryan O'Meilia

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Oft in Sorrow, Oft in Woe

A little while ago I encountered the poetry of Henry Kirke White. Though he lived only a short life, he created some remarkably mature work like …

Evangelical Christianity

You’ll Never Wish You Did Less

The world had never laid eyes on them before. Yet, there they were, in plain sight, for all to see.As photographers in helicopters took pictures of …

Jesus

Give Your Children All of Your Attention. Some of the Time.

There’s a battle raging in my mind this week. It’s school vacation, and my three kids are home and constantly seeking my attention. I keep telling …

Bored to Life: How to Fight Spiritual Apathy

Midsummer. American parents of school-aged kids know this as the season of boredom. The summer holiday’s novelty has worn off. Many fun things so …

Men Under Fire: Why We Need Fellow Soldiers

She hardly knew what else to call it. Though more articulate than most, she could find no better word than <i>homosexual</i>.<p>Jonathan loved David “as his own …

The Doctrines of Graciousness: Five More Points for Young Calvinists

<i>The cage-stage Calvinist</i>. Oh that we didn’t need this term! But sadly, though understandably, we do.In the resurgence of Reformed theology in recent …

The Difference Between Good Leaders and Great Leaders

In my late teens and early 20s, I was an arrogant young punk. I thought I knew everything about the Christian faith and how ministry was supposed to …

The Better Version of Noah’s Ark

The famous (or infamous, depending whom you ask) story of Noah and the flood fills Sunday school classes, kids’ books, and Christian art. The …

A Field Guide to Atheism—for Believer and Unbeliever Alike

Imagine a conversation in which well-meaning skeptics try to deconvert you from Christianity by debunking the prosperity gospel. They marshal their …

If I Were 22 Again

“What would you do if you were 22 again?”I was recently asked that question as part of a conference on world missions. I turned 22 in the middle of …

My Little Daughter: A Father’s Glimpse into the Heart of God

Few events have changed me like having a daughter. We first had twin boys, and then our first daughter came along more than four years later, with a …

Chronic Disease

Christians Great and Small

Friday morning was the funeral for evangelist Billy Graham, one of the most famous men in the world. Two thousand people attended the invitation-only …

Billy Graham

10 Lessons on Parenting Big(ger) Kids

We did it! Aileen and I successfully got one of our children through childhood and into adulthood. Today Nick, our oldest, celebrates his eighteenth …

To the Next Generation of Church Leaders

Dear Future Church Leader,I began seminary eighteen years ago, with my career path already mapped out. My goal was to become an influential pastor in …

The Darker Side of Small Group

My Dear Globdrop,I admit to modest expectations for your success, but the clumsy suggestions from your last letter have astounded even me. <i>You’re on</i> …

On Hating My Neighbor’s Holiness, Hating God, and Hell

I was struck by another passage in Charnock’s <i>Existence and Attributes of God</i> today that got me thinking about hell and judgment. In his discussion of …

Ministering to Millennials in a Secular Age

Most analysis of millennials likes to focus on what makes them distinct. But a key point to keep in mind is that, in many respects, they’re just like …

Faith

League of Extraordinary Gentle Men: Where Do Good Dads Come From?

I became a father since last Father’s Day — which means I have very little to say at this point from my experience as a father. But I do see my 31 …

Parenting

Why Are You Friends with Your Friends?

Are you friends with your friends for the sake of your friends? Or are you friends with your friends for the sake of yourself? I suspect you don’t …

Evangelical Christianity

When Is My Child Mature Enough to Leave Home?

My wife, Julie, and I had the delightfully challenging task of raising six children, all of whom are now adults.As one of our sons entered his teen …

Deep Bible Reading Strategies for the Tired and Busy

Deep study of Scripture yields deep payoffs, but many of us can’t engage in rigorous study every day. So how do we strike a proper balance?Listen Now

Christianity

Best Books for Pastors in 2017

We asked 60 pastors around the world a simple question: what books did you read in 2017 that helped you be a better pastor? We’ve curated their …

Baptist Church

What Makes a Good Sermon? Five Questions to Ask

Over the years I’ve heard a number of sermons that have moved me to tears, and yet, upon closer review, I discovered that significant elements of a …

New Testament

Keep Technology in Its Proper Place in 2018

Of the many things I suspect my children will both thank me for and spend years in therapy recovering from, the phrase <i>proper place</i> is probably near …

My Top 10 Theology Stories of 2017

When I began compiling these annual “top theology stories” lists a decade ago, the doctrines of salvation (<i>soteriology</i>) were frequently debated and …

Theology

Imagine No Religion? It’s Harder Than You Think

This year, the stunning a cappella group Pentatonix—which last year topped the Christmas album charts—has claimed John Lennon’s classic hit …

Hungry and Hungover: How Our Emptiness Tells the Truth

Everyone knows what a hangover feels like.Jim Carrey certainly does. At the Golden Globe Awards last year, the two-time award winner took the stage …

Golden Globes

How Do I Know If I’m Loving My Wife Well?

The Bible calls husbands to lead their wives. But where should you go for help if you’ve never seen anyone model Christlike leadership in the …

Jesus

If Only

If only I could find my soulmate to marry. If only my mate felt like my soulmate. If only I could find that friend who really understands and accepts …

Positive Thinking

Why Do You Have a Phone?

You make at least a thousand decisions every single day, most of which you never think about, even for a second. That means if you are awake for …