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4 Surprising Ways to Cheer Your Covid-stressed Pastor

Christopher Ash | September 29th 2020

Pastor after pastor says they are struggling to hold a church together in unity. Just as responses to the pandemic divide society deeply, so they divide churches, sometimes bitterly, with some really keen to be braver and more adventurous (within the government rules) and others desperately cautious.... continue reading

Is Christian Meditation Different Than Typical Mindfulness Practices?

Linda Allcock | September 24th 2020

Most of us would like to take a break from the stream of negative voices in our minds. My friend and millions of others claim that they’re able to do that by practising mindfulness. In recent years there’s been an explosion of books, apps, colouring books and even recipe kits claiming to help people become more mindful. So what exactly is this trend, and where has it come from?... continue reading

Help for Stagnant Hearts

Linda Allcock | September 22nd 2020

Change really happens as we articulate one truth that we’ve learned, and store up the truth in our hearts. We’re quick to put in the effort to help our kids learn maths equations to pass exams. Exams that in the end got cancelled, but do we ever invest even a fraction of that effort into learning treasure that is of eternal value?... continue reading

Sovereignty vs Responsibility? It’s both/and…

Adam Mabry | September 17th 2020

A brief scan of the comments section of a Christian website or a YouTube video will give you abundant proof that believing right doctrine— in this case, that God is sovereign over human affairs—is no guarantee of love. Knowledge puffs up (1 Corinthians 8 v 1), especially knowledge about God. Anyone who increases in knowledge risks arrogance—a risk multiplied when the subject is God.... continue reading

Loving “The Other Side” During Election Season

Adam Mabry | September 15th 2020

If, like me, you often feel tempted to take sides, take heart. In a world of complexity, we all long for simple answers to hard questions. Like me, you probably feel a lot of pressure to choose your team—to be either this or that— and it’s difficult to resist the herd impulse. Resisting that urge to take sides is difficult, and downright humbling. But that’s part of the point.... continue reading

Facing Our Weakness Through Experiences Like Miscarriage

Abbey Wedgeworth | September 10th 2020

Miscarriage, like many types of loss and suffering, brings us face to face with our limits. Perhaps you’ve experienced your physical limitations as you suffer weakness from blood loss or the woozy effects of anesthesia. Maybe it’s been presented in the pain of cramping as your uterus shrinks back to normal size.... continue reading

Why and How to Pray While You’re Grieving

Abbey Wedgeworth | September 8th 2020

Suffering, like miscarriage, finds us in that space of ungranted petitions, where cynicism tempts us to cease to pray altogether, whispering that God doesn’t care or that praying doesn’t make a difference. But in the example of our Savior we see that prayer is anything but pointless.... continue reading

Where is God in depression and suicide?

Amy Orr Ewing | September 3rd 2020

The suffering of mental-health disorders presents a very particular challenge to anyone considering the question of suffering alongside questions of faith since, if we are afflicted personally with a mental-health condition, our very perceptions, thoughts and feelings are affected directly.... continue reading

What to Include in Pregnancy Loss Care Packages

Abbey Wedgeworth | August 28th 2020

When a family in your community experiences pregnancy loss, you and your church have a powerful opportunity to minister to and care for them. A great way to express your care is a “miscarriage care package.” It enables you to validate the grief and the life of their child, practically serve and meet the physical needs of this family, help them apply the good news of the gospel and the truth of God’s word to their hardship, and comfort them.

Here are a few ideas of what to include in a care package for families grieving the loss of an unborn child.... continue reading

How Do I Tell My Wife I Was Abused?

Jennifer Michelle Greenberg | August 27th 2020

I knew when I began this journey that I’d likely hear stories from other survivors too. What I didn’t expect was that over half of them would be male.... continue reading

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