“You are so beautiful” could qualify as rank fawning; it could also, given the right circumstances, tone of voice, and context of relationship, serve as a genuine statement of appreciation, gently spurring a weary or discouraged person back into the game.
For some people, grace is a scarier concept to embrace than the idea of hell and God’s wrath. When we invite people to surrender to God’s grace, to trust his love and depend upon his provision, we may be asking them to do something that life has proven to be perilous and foolish.
The New Testament calls believers to counter-intuitive and unnatural activities. Perhaps one of the hardest is this: rejoice in suffering (Rom 5:3).
When you step into the lives of teens—even responsible ones who are committed to Christ—you’re stepping into the roaring rapids.
What do we typically think of as human “fruit”? Discussions centre on topics like nature, technology, and, of course, culture—art, music, sports, architecture, literature, science, etc. Other people, taking the text at face value, believe that Genesis 1:28 is simply a command to have babies—and lots of them.
For too many Christians, talk of the resurrection is restricted to a few songs and a family meal once a year on Easter Sunday. And, for many, even those few songs feel just a tad melodramatic.
For many Christians, the presence of evil in the world becomes a conundrum to solve as we discover, to our horror and shame, how deeply the presence of evil runs in the inner universe of our hearts.
Sometimes the process of bringing truth and reality together in our minds feels an awful lot like doubt. In fact it is a form of doubt—the kind of doubt that serves our faith.
Christmas is something that can be enjoyed to the glory of God—or not, if we aren’t careful.
Although the success of God's kingdom is unshakable, there are skills and mindsets we must pass on to our children that are essential to the steady advancement and strength of his kingdom.