Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

Seven Reasons You Should Go to Church the Week After Easter (and the Week After That)

7 Reasons You Should Go to Church the Week After Easter (and the Week After That) I hope you went to church on Easter Sunday. I also hope you go to church the week after Easter. To be honest, I hope you go the week after that, too. Here are seven reasons you should go to church the week after Easter, and the week after that: God hates empty religious routine. Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament. True, there was no church in Malachi’s day. However, if Malachi was clear about any issue, it was this issue. God...

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We Hate Weakness – But the Gospel Makes It Beautiful

We Hate Weakness – But the Gospel Makes It Beautiful Americans will do almost anything to appear strong, capable, and worthy of admiration. We exercise our bodies with intensity, climb the corporate ladder at the expense of integrity, and struggle to accept the help of other people. Our society works by the principle that the way up is the road to success and value. When we transfer this into our Christian faith, here is what happens: we believe that comfort is a right that Christ would never remove, and that success indicates a godly Christian life. This sense of...

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When God Pries My Fingers off My Children

This is not one of those posts where a mom looks back to her early days of motherhood and wishes she’d known then what she knows now about potty-training or education choices or organic clothing. Although I totally wish we’d moved to the country sooner than we did. Nor is it a post where guarantees are made that the right parenting philosophy will result in model children. Nor will you find convincing anecdotes or moving illustrations that highlight the virtues of well-brought-up offspring (especially mine). It’s not a post that encourages parents to rightly prioritize more biblical and godly...

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Found. Redeemed. Welcomed.

My husband describes the moment that he realized I was the one he’d been looking for this way: “It was like spotting a fugitive on the street whose wanted photo you’ve been carrying around for months.” Not very romantic, I know, but you have to understand the mind of a cop, especially one whose focus during a hunt becomes laser-like. (His nickname was Hawkeye, for Pete’s sake.) He explains that a photo can be helpful — or misleading. It’s a start, but the possibility of there being many look-alikes can contribute to time lost and resources wasted. The image...

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Three Ways to Prepare for Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is coming, and families all across the United States are busy making preparations. Many will purchase new church clothes, spend time with family, eat a big meal after church, take family pictures, and hunt Easter eggs. All of these activities require preparation. You’ve got to shop for new clothes, coordinate calendars, plan the big meal, and purchase plastic eggs. If you’re really on top of your game, you might even squeeze in a creepy picture with your kids and a grown man in a rabbit costume. In the midst of all this preparation, I hope you don’t forget to plan...

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