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What God Says to Your Tears

What God Says to Your Tears

For centuries, Christians have called this world a “valley of tears.” Yes, Christ has come. Yes, he is risen. And yes, he will come again. But still we mourn and ache and weep — and walk alongside those who mourn and ache and weep. We

10 Traits of a Humble Leader

10 Traits of a Humble Leader

Recent stories of celebrity pastors and worship leaders apostatizing has me thinking about the idea of Christian leadership. Whether leaders reluctantly fall from grace due to moral failure or publicly renounce their faith on Instagram to be more “authentic,” one thing is clear: humility is

The Gospel in 7 Emojis

The Gospel in 7 Emojis

Many Christians find that easy-to-recall pictures are the best way to get their brain and tongue in motion when a non-Christian friend suddenly asks, “What exactly do you believe about Jesus?” With smartphone emojis used by so many people on a daily basis, emojis provide a
Where Does God Want Me to Work?

Where Does God Want Me to Work?

How do I find God’s will for my life? It’s always a pressing question on the college campus, and especially in our day of unprecedented options. Like never before, in an anomaly in world history, students loosened from their community of origin, “going off” to college,

The Secret to Strong Friendships

The Secret to Strong Friendships

What makes a friendship? Is it personalities? Or context? Or proximity? Yes. These areas where two people’s experiences overlap are usually good starting places for close friendship. But I’d argue that the strength of a friendship over the long haul depends not primarily on personality

Beyond Weekly Meetings

Beyond Weekly Meetings

The closing prayer has been said, students have gone home, and everything is cleaned up. Another successful youth ministry gathering has come to a close. Nothing left to do but start thinking about next week, right? Yes and no. As a youth minister, I want

You Can’t Livestream Church

You Can’t Livestream Church

Last year, the Georgetown University athletic department tweeted: With the world trending toward Virtual Reality (VR), we ask you to take a step back and experience the @GeorgetownHoops Actual Reality (AR) Seating Section! Those who purchased tickets in the “Actual Reality” seating section were asked to

Have You Left Your First Love?

Have You Left Your First Love?

Darkness is never so dark as when a redeemed soul isn’t satisfied in God. The richness of the Scripture has no taste. The preacher’s sermon deflects off fleshly armor. Prayers seem to be stamped, “Return to sender.” Distractions intrude the best attempts to have quiet

Unless You Stop Loving Sin

Unless You Stop Loving Sin

The Heart of Repentance Jesus said some surprising things during his ministry. One of the most surprising is in the Gospel of Luke, just after he receives a report of the massacre of some Galileans. Some concluded that the Galileans suffered because they were particularly

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