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When The Old Adam Goes Church Shopping

BY DONAVON RILEY

If I’m going to join your church, there’s some things I’ll need to know first. I need to know whether you practice a Christianity that’s primarily a to-do list. Do you emphasize the Christian and his performance? After all, if I don’t do the right thing and avoid the wrong things how will I know what God thinks of me?

When The Old Adam Goes Church Shopping

Breaking The “Righteous” Meter

BY MARIAH COWARD

In the first few years after God saved me I saw sin as this unfortunate parasite that was slowly sucking the life out of me. But I imagined that through enough hours of prayer, fasting and quiet time with the Lord I could successfully rid myself of these pesky leeches.

Breaking The “Righteous” Meter

Quieting The Voices

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

The accusations of the voices we hear on a daily basis are deafening. There is no shortage of voices that will remind us of our failures. If God can choose to speak even through the mouth of an ass to get his message across...

Quieting The Voices

"Your Sins Are Forgiven" Is Christianity

BY MARTIN LUTHER

These words show and contain in brief what the kingdom of Christ is, namely, this sweet voice, these motherly and fatherly words penetrating our inmost soul: "Your sins are forgiven."

"Your Sins Are Forgiven" Is Christianity

Calling "Bull" On Theology

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

It’s time to call bull on a theology the dominates Christianity. Brandon Bennett, in a post on Mockingbird, introduced me to a brilliant book by a philosopher Harry Frankfurt that helps us define and describe bull...

Calling "Bull" On Theology

Rejecting the Gospel?

BY ERICK SORENSEN

Over the last 11 months I’ve spent the bulk of my time working to plant a church in New York City. That meant lots of praying, lots of planning, lots of meetings, lots of training, lots of fundraising and lots of other amorphous stuff outside of my control.

Rejecting the Gospel?

I Have Confidence

BY KATHY STRUACH

In the classic musical, The Sound of Music, the storyline follows the main character, Maria, as she is sent from her life in an Abbey to become a governess over seven children.

I Have Confidence

The Death Of Self

BY GERHARD FORDE

We have heard, he who would save his life shall lose it, and he who loses his life for Jesus’ sake shall find it. But what does that really mean -to die to self? 

The Death Of Self

Real Strength

BY KATHY STRUACH

God cannot love me unconditionally without prerequisites, especially after all I’ve done, can He? I’m afraid it’s too good to be true. I have to do something.

Real Strength

Homosexuality: People, not an Issue

BY PRESTON SPRINKLE

Eric Borges was raised in a conservative Christian home. At a young age, Eric realized he was different, and other kids at school let him know it.

Homosexuality: People, not an Issue

Groaning-God

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

Sam had just lost a loved one. She came into my office and sat in the chair across from mine. She looked at me, gave an awkward smile which quickly turned to tears.

Groaning-God

The Mother's Freedom To Love

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

You are free to love your children without any expectations because you have been loved immeasurably. You have a Heavenly Father who rejoices over you with singing.

The Mother's Freedom To Love

Happily Waiting For My Faith To Die

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

The good news is, soon my faith will die. In fact, I can’t wait. In an age of skepticism, inner conflict, materialism, relativism, consumerism—and all the other “isms” that define things today, faith seems inadequate...

Happily Waiting For My Faith To Die

Camouflage, A Convict and A Cross

BY SCOTT DAVIS

Have you ever played hide and seek with a 2-year-old? News flash: They’re terrible at it. They either try to hide behind something that doesn’t even make sense.

Camouflage, A Convict and A Cross