That One Time I Was Almost Kicked Out Of My Church

Sep 26, 2016
Church discipline tends to get a bad rap. Pastors and congregations that practice it or even move toward practicing it are often vilified as unloving, “religious” posers who misrepresent the tende...

Will Jesus Always Be Enough For Me?

Sep 19, 2016
“In the world you will have trouble . . .” – John 16:33. Jesus was on his predictive A-game with this one, wasn’t he? Every person reading this article has had trouble in their life, does have...

My Idolatrous Anxiety

Sep 13, 2016
A close relative once told me, “Matt, you’ve always been a worrier. Even when you were a child—the one time in life when you shouldn’t have a care in the world—you always seemed on ...

Everyday Heroes of the Faith

Sep 8, 2016
I have two spiritual heroes, and neither of them have theological degrees. They haven’t written any books, nor do they have huge social media followings (or even Twitter accounts, for that matter). ...

Don’t Worry About John

Sep 6, 2016
I think most Christians know that comparison is a poisonous practice. Measuring your gifts, life circumstances, and callings against those of another believer always leeches away at personal contentme...

When God Graciously Makes You Miserable

Aug 30, 2016
I believe that it is in my best interest to be holy as God is holy (1 Peter 1:16). I understand that my peace will become steadier and my joy sturdier as I grow into the Christ-like character that God...

Embracing Lifelong War

Aug 17, 2016
“When will it end?” This question pours endlessly into my email inbox. Struggling saints, wearied by the constant, haunting whispers of their sinful nature, long to know how much longer they must ...

God’s Love and Skeptical Hearts

Aug 11, 2016
Of all the things the Christian faith beckons us to embrace, the love of God should be easiest, shouldn’t it? Repentance is difficult. Sharing the gospel is awkward. Accepting God’s perspective on...

When God Calls You To Discomfort

Aug 8, 2016
God has a longstanding habit of calling those he loves into difficult situations. He called Abraham to leave his home and wander around in foreign lands among strangers who, as far as he knew, might k...