Devotionals

The Service of Passionate Devotion

The Service of Passionate Devotion

Jesus did not say to make converts to your way of thinking, but He said to look after His sheep, to see that they get nourished in the knowledge of Him. We consider what we do in the way of Christian work as service, yet Jesus Christ calls service to..

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Interview: Sanya Richards-Ross: My Abortion Broke Me; God Redeemed Me

Interview: Sanya Richards-Ross: My Abortion Broke Me; God Redeemed Me

The Olympic gold medalist opens up about faith, failure, and grace.

Sanya Richards-Ross won Olympic Gold medals in 2004, 2008, and 2012 and was considered the best 400-meter female runner for over a decade. Her latest book, Chasing Grace: What the Q..

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Should Churches Keep Their Civil War Landmarks?

Should Churches Keep Their Civil War Landmarks?

How historic congregations grapple with Confederate legacy.

Since Dylann Roof, a rebel flag-waving white supremacist, opened fire at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal in Charleston two years ago, the debate over historical markers of the Civil Wa..

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Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together

Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together

A good church-field partnership takes work and lots of communication.

Everyone agrees that we must work together to accomplish the task of Matthew 28:19-20 so that we may move closer to the end goal found in Matthew 24:14. Furthermore, we all know G..

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Keep Recognizing Jesus

Keep Recognizing Jesus

The wind really was boisterous and the waves really were high, but Peter didn’t see them at first. He didn’t consider them at all; he simply recognized his Lord, stepped out in recognition of Him, and “walked on the water.” Then he began to take thos..

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Keep Recognizing Jesus

…Peter…walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid… —Matthew 14:29-30The wind really was boisterous and the waves really were high, but Peter didn’t see them at first. He didn’t c…

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Beware of Criticizing Others

Beware of Criticizing Others

Jesus’ instructions with regard to judging others is very simply put; He says, “Don’t.” The average Christian is the most piercingly critical individual known. Criticism is one of the ordinary activities of people, but in the spiritual realm nothing ..

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Southern Baptists, Racism, and the Alt-Right: It’s Time to Make This Right, Plain, and Clear

Southern Baptists, Racism, and the Alt-Right: It's Time to Make This Right, Plain, and Clear

Update: #SBC17 just passed a resolution condemning the alt-right white nationalist movement. 99.9% vote, followed by standing ovation. Here’s the original article:

Last night, here in Phoenix at the Southern Baptist Convention, things got a bit unhi..

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Turning the World Upside Down, Down Under

Turning the World Upside Down, Down Under

As Americans debate the Benedict Option, anti-Christian fervor in Australia has convinced me that we need a more disruptive strategy.

Australia is one of the most secular countries in the world. While 60 percent of the population identifies as Chris..

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Like a Knife in the Heart: When Our Witness Is Costly

Like a Knife in the Heart: When Our Witness Is Costly

In some parts of the world, a life of witness requires great courage.

The first time I wrote for this blog, I shared that many Americans are actually open to hearing about the Christian faith. Research shows that previously unchurched people are loo..

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