HOW TO UP YOUR PRAYER LIFE

Five Ways to Develop a Strong Prayer Life

Prayer is the most fundamental spiritual act. It is the first spiritual discipline our parents teach us. “Now I lay me down to sleep,” is ubiquitous with childhood. We hold hands around the table and thank God for the meal. Children watch and they learn that there is something special about closing your eyes and […]

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HOW TO GET SPIRITUALLY FIT

The Power of Practicing the Spiritual Disciplines

The Spiritual Disciplines are the exercises a Christian uses to build up her spiritual muscles. Just like curls or bench presses, pushups or situps, the spiritual disciplines are tools any Christian can use consistently to get stronger spiritually. Over the next two weeks, I hope to work through some of the most important exercises. Practice […]

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HOW TO GET UNSTUCK

Five Ways to Recharge Your Spiritual Life

Do you feel stuck in a rut in your spiritual life? It happens to all of us. We experience times of strong spiritual growth and then life starts to get in the way — we bury our heads in a mountain of “to-dos” and the consistent work of spiritual growth gets sidelined. It can be […]

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THE HUMAN DIGNITY PROBLEM

Little Miss Sunshine and the Nature of Human Dignity

Human dignity is everywhere under assault. It is perhaps the greatest sign of the broken nature of humanity. The fact that we turn a blind eye to the cold and calculating destruction of human dignity points to a much deeper pain in the human psyche. What did Jesus say about human dignity?   Jesus and Human […]

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THE ESSENTIAL NATURE OF HOPE

Jesus, Hope, and the Shawshank Redemption

Are you tired of the grind? Have your problems beat you down? Do you feel like giving up? Jesus was no stranger to any of those feelings. He was under tremendous pressure to perform for the crowds. He was under constant stress from his enemies. He had the weight of the world on his shoulders. […]

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HOW TO PRAY FOR YOUR CHILDREN

Six Psalms to Pray Over Your Children (or Grandchildren)

The world can be a scary place. The toughest, strongest person isn’t immune to an occasional bout with fear. It stands to reason that it can be extremely difficult for a child. What can you do to help your child navigate the scariest parts of life?   Can I Protect My Children? How do I […]

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A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO ADVERSARIES

Four Ways to Speak Your Truth to Your Pro-Choice Friends

Do you ever get tired of fighting? The decimal level of the national conversation is shrill. As soon as one controversial issue dies down another is resurrected in its place. It’s hard to listen when everyone is red-faced, eyes-bulging angry. What is a Christian response in such an environment?   Jesus and the Spirit of […]

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THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE DAY

A Biblical-Theological Foundation for the Sanctity of Life

Last Tuesday was the National Sanctity of Human Life Day, an observance declared originally by U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and several subsequent Presidents who opposed abortion. It is typically proclaimed on or near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade (the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized most abortions). There is no small amount of […]

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HOW TO PRAY WHEN YOU CAN’T

Five Big Biblical Prayers to Pray When You Feel Defeated

Life has a way of beating you down to the point where it’s hard to do anything — even pray. There are times when you are discouraged or frightened or defeated — it can be overwhelming. What do you do in those moments? Where do you turn? Here are five biblical prayers for you to […]

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A TRIBUTE TO MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

The Things He Gave Me

I was six years old when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. I never met him. I never saw him publicly. I don’t even remember the first time I heard his name. I have no recollection of hearing of his death — sheltered, no doubt, by overprotective parents. Yet, his voice rings in my head […]

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