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A Reflection on Mars Hill Church and When It’s OK to Quit

Yes, there are times to leave. But there are also times to fight.

The Joy Will Come

I received unexpected news recently. The kind of news that made my heart hurt and tears burn my eyes. I felt the pressure of...

Why We Need a Bigger View of God

Our tendency is to put God at the center of our universe and treat Him as a sort of crystal ball or magic genie...

Journal As a Pathway to Joy

Maybe you’ve never thought of journaling as a spiritual discipline. It’s seemed like something only for the most narcissistic of introverts, or cute for adolescent...

The Way to Find Your Life Is to Lose It

Success is something we place a lot of value on in the culture in which we live. We place a high value on achieving,...

The Fox News Channel Wasn't Good for My Soul

On November 7, 2012, I stopped watching the Fox News Channel (FNC). That might not seem like a big deal if you didn’t know that...

Leadership and Laughter

Last night I was doing my regular Thursday night thing – watching the comedy shows back to back on NBC (like I have for years). I...

Six Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at Macworld Expo 2007, and I got my first one a year later. I can’t remember life without it. For...

Dare to Be More Than a Copy

The world around us lives by values that are the product of its dominant philosophies such as materialism (“things” matter more than anything), humanism...

Manage Your Time for the Mission of Love

You are always on the clock. There’s no avoiding it. Every human, in every place on the planet, whatever the culture, is subject to the...

The Heaviness of My Heart for Spiritual Awakening In America

I’ve probably been reading too much news lately, and it has created a sense of heaviness in my heart. I tweeted yesterday, “For me, today,...

The Unexpected Answers of God

In John 16:23–24, Jesus makes a stunning, sweeping, glorious promise to us: In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to...

Being Generous in Works and Deeds, Too

Writing a check is easy. Perhaps the work of earning the money represented by the check is hard, but in terms of generosity and...

6 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Marriage

1.Begin asking Jesus to reveal where you fall short as a spouse and then begin to work on YOUR PART...as opposed to being the person...

A Booby Trap in the Christian Budget

The Bible is clear that we will put our money where our hearts are, so it is important that we regularly test our treasure. There are...

The Truth About the Knowability of Truth

Let me talk philosophy for a second. Truth is knowable. People debate that, but 2 + 2 = 4. Every. Single. Time. Just try...

Stop Trying to Be a Super Leader

I know what you’re thinking? What’s wrong with excellence and trying my best at leadership? Nothing. We should strive to lead with excellence. What...

When the Abortion Industry Self-Destructs

In one sense, there are really just two types of people when it comes to the topic of abortion: those who think it is...

Generosity, Empowered by the Holy Spirit

Anyone can give. And most people do, to one degree or another. But for Christians, there is a whole new level of generosity that...

The Passenger in Row 20

My return flight from Nashville last week was already running about an hour late, and everyone surrounding me at the gate was anxious to...
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