Where does joy come from? Something that gets whole groups of Christians spinning in circles is the question of happiness.  I have friends who get weird looks and comments from strangers in public because they’re just “too happy.”  It often comes up in many churches that Christians should […]

  Grace. Yes. That word. It is trendy, it’s hip, it’s just the right blend of a pinch of reformed and dash of hipster, and when you drop it into conversations, everyone thinks you’re totally relevant and totally accepting of all those things that more “prudish” Christians look […]

I was praying in the morning a few weeks ago when the Lord interrupted me to tell me something. “I love you.” What shocked me was that my first thought in reply was “You do?” I know that Jesus loves me.  Not just because I have heard it, […]

  Guest post by M. L. Detwiler   Have you ever stopped to wonder why humans even wear clothes at all? I mean, there is literally no other living creature on the planet that takes so much time and expense just to cover their bodies. Of course, there’s […]

  As I was half asleep today, my mind began racing, filling with heart-wrenching scenes of utter depravity and hopelessness which I have observed as we have traversed the continent. Hollow eyes, desperate faces, bodies marred by sin. Many kids see the idols of music and film living […]

    by Stephanie H.   We can read about it in classic literature, we see it in paintings and other art in the church, even modern comics and movies that feature little children show little pajama-ed knees bent in prayer, sometimes with teddy bears sharing the same […]

  By: Sarah Louise So you’re absentmindedly walking down the sidewalk with your dog Maggy in tow (who doesn’t really want to be there any more than you do) and the sky starts to cloud over. You were too lazy to pull on a jacket on your way […]

by Stephanie H My dearest, most beloved son whom I have forgiven, Please do me the kindness of reading this letter through to its end.  Do not be afraid of the words I have written in it.  Do not be afraid of what I will think of you […]

by Anna Faith When you are a single twenty something, you do a lot of thinking. And watching. You watch your friends settle happily into their “marital bliss”. You think. You watch their children be born and make those mile-marker memories. You think. You watch friends graduate. You […]

by Stephanie H. “And let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.” ~Exodus 25:8 Oh, the dear Old Testament.  It can be so easy for me to learn only the “usual” lessons from the Old Testament, especially the books of the Law, and […]