What Is Tithing And Why Does My Church Keep Talking About It?

If you’ve been attending a church consistently for longer than a few months you’ve probably heard your pastor talk about tithing, well… at least I hope you’ve heard your pastor talk about it. “Tithe” is a Bible word that is mentioned a lot in the Old Testament and minimally in the New Testament. The easiest […]

Praying With My Eyes Open

Praying With My Eyes Open

The Kind Of God Who Shows Up In Shady Motel Rooms

There’s a man in the Bible named Jacob. You probably wouldn’t have liked him; he was selfish, deceitful, and so greedy he was willing to con his dying father and steal his brother’s inheritance. Jacob was the kind of man who you keep your kids away from, the kind of relative you forget to invite […]

Underwhelming Christianity

Guilt Is Easier Than Grace.

According to Urban Dictionary, a “jesusjuke” is when someone brings Jesus into a conversation out of nowhere to showcase their superior Jesus-ness at the expense of other people You’ve seen and heard a #jesusjuke before even if you didn’t know what to call it.

Don’t Compare Your Debut Album to Someone Else’s Greatest Hits.

You’ve probably heard the song “Hallelujah.” You know, the song that’s been covered by everyone from Bob Dylan and U2, to the man singing in the subway. There are literally hundreds of recorded covers of Hallelujah, but oddly enough no one ever seems to get sick of the song—It brings down the house every time. […]

Digital Devotion Finding Donkeys and Destiny

Digital Devotion: When You Find The Donkey Donkeys You’ll Find Your Destiny

1 Samuel 9:5-6 “Saul said to his servant, “Let’s go home. By now my father will be more worried about us than about the donkeys!” But the servant said, “I’ve just thought of something! In 1954 a milkshake salesman named Ray Krok was traveling the country trying to sale his “Milk Shake Multi-Mixer.” Sales were […]

Forgetful Faith and Answered Prayers

Digital Devotion – Forgetful Faith and Answered Prayers

1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him. I’m willing to bet you’ve experienced “The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon” many times in […]

Digital Devotion: God Is Able, But So Are You

Digital Devotion: God Is Able, But So Are You

Genesis 6:21 “And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.” Tony Campolo was once a guest speaker at a mission rally, when he was asked to lead in prayer for a missionary doctor the group supported. The goal of the prayer? That God might provide the […]

Why our small church gave a megachurch $1000

Every pastor, no matter the size of your church, has experienced the frustration of someone leaving your church for something “bigger and better.” During those seasons it’s easy to feel like your leadership and church is “less than,” and the rich are getting richer. Before you know it bitterness and jealousy creep into your heart […]

When the World End: How to Know Who To Believe

If you spend much time reading the parts of the Bible having to do with the end times, it’s easy to assume you are living in the last days. You may be. We will only know in hindsight, but what’s interesting is that every generation of Christians since Jesus ascended to Heaven has believed He […]