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American Dream Christianity

I went to a prosperity church for a short season. At the time, I didn’t even know what that meant. I just knew that they had a fancy building, comfortable seats, a great choir and strangely enough…lots of people putting money on the altar all throughout the service. I had just started going to church […]

Shades of Gray: Astrology

What’s your sign? I’ve never used that as a pick up line but there was a short time in my life when I dabbled in astrology. Yes, it was because of a girl. No, I didn’t get sucked into the occult. Should Christians read horoscopes? Well, I could tell you what I think or I […]

The Day I Flew Across The World By Myself

My eyes shot open at 5am like I was zapped with a taser. I didn’t know what time it was but I knew I was late, I could just feel it. I wasn’t able to fully sleep all night because I was afraid of this exact thing happening. My alarm was supposed to go off 30 […]

The Ugly Duckling Gospel

From Tony: This is a guest post by my friend Samuel St. Fleur. If you are interested in guest posting, click here. The ugly duckling is one of the most well known tales of the past two centuries. It is a story of how a little “ugly” duck is mocked and teased because it looked […]

Shades of Gray: Movie Choices

Have you ever watched a movie and immediately regretted it afterwards? Yeah, me too. Probably more times than I’d like to admit. But that’s part of learning to navigate through gray areas. Today I’m sharing a story about a recent movie I watched that shocked me and even left me a little traumatized by what […]

On Boiling Goats And Willing Hearts

I’m reading the Old Testament again and I’ve gotten to one of my favorite verses. You know the one telling you not to boil a goat in it’s mother’s milk? Yeah, I love that one. Mostly because it reminds me it’s okay to ask why. The first time I read the Bible through, I was […]

Finding The Adventure In Ministry

From Tony: This is a guest post by Sam Werner. If you are interested in submitting a guest post, click here. It takes a unique person to be a missionary. If you’re a missionary and you’re not overseas, you’ll struggle. Your mind will wander to a life abroad. You’ll ache for the ministry God has put […]

The Art of Relationships

One of my pastors recently said something so profound that I can’t stop thinking about it. He said: “Marriage is an art, not a science.” – Gui Kerr It seemed simple on the surface but as I thought more about it, I began to see the depth of what he meant.   No one has […]