‘Faith & Life’ Category Archive

What Can Parents Do to Reengage with Their Millennial Child?

I remember walking into church, and an older woman caught up to me. I could tell she was upset. She told me that she and her husband had their oldest daughter over to the house, and the visit didn’t go so well. They tried to talk to her about family, her career, the grandkids—anything to get her to open up about her life. Nothing seemed to work. She looked at me and said, “I don’t… … Continue reading

How to Pray for the Lives Affected by Hurricane Irma

You’re seeing lots of coverage about Hurricane Irma devastation and threat to many. But it can be hard to know how to pray for those involved. Here’s our prayer for the areas affected. Will you join us in praying? Father God, this is a time of great fear for many. We pray for those who are riding out the storm, those who are evacuating, those who are seeking food and shelter and gasoline. We seek… … Continue reading

How to Hack Facebook (and Change Your Mind)

It’s literally my business to understand how Facebook works and hack it. Facebook serves us more of what it thinks we like. If you’re a conservative who shares posts from Fox News, Breitbart, and the Drudge Report, Facebook makes sure more of the same appears in your newsfeed. If you lean liberal and share content from the Daily Show, Rachel Maddow, and Mother Jones, Facebook will be happy to put more of the same in… … Continue reading

Watch One 5 Minute Video and Understand the Whole Bible Better

We know God has a plan, but does anyone else have a hard time seeing it? If you’re struggling to trust God right now, you should check out one of my favorite videos from The Bible Project. Their videos are absolutely stunning and keep my attention every time. This one starts with several Bible stories you know – Adam and Eve, Abraham, the end times… but then it shows you how they all fit together… … Continue reading

Has Social Media Wrecked Your Confidence?

I’m a big fan of social media. In fact, when my son was a preschooler, he said one day from the backseat of the car, “Hey! That guy on the radio just said ‘Facebook’! That’s where Mommy works!” Slow down, cowboy. It’s not where Mommy works. But I can see why you might think so. I do sort of treat it like a fulltime job. The Internet is a magnetic place, and social media is… … Continue reading

10 John Crist Tweets That Will Have You Laughing Out Loud

John Crist… American Chrstians’ current favorite comedian. If you’re not already following him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you probably should. If not, here are 10 tweets from him that will have you laughing. Siri call father pic.twitter.com/E9u99nEEK6 — John Crist (@johnbcrist) May 25, 2017 I’ve never looked at a pregnancy announcement photo and thought, “this was the guy’s idea.” — John Crist (@johnbcrist) June 26, 2017 pic.twitter.com/bHcEA6ytjy — John Crist (@johnbcrist) June 19, 2017 Chip… … Continue reading

Dear Pregnant Woman, Be Kind to Yourself.

Dear Pregnant Woman, I see you next to me at the store, at the office, and walking down the street. I can see the stress across your face and in your hunched shoulders. I can see the exhaustion hiding in the circles under your eyes. How I wish I could hug you and tell you to relax and just enjoy this time, these nine months of everything changing. I promise you that they may seem… … Continue reading

The Bachelorette, the Currency of Sex, & the Spirit of Divorce

I sat down with my wife last night to watch “The Bachelorette.”I know. I know. Bad move. Such a bad move. I think I could actually feel my soul dying inside. I had never seen an episode before, but let me tell you, watching one girl simultaneously date a group of competitive suitors is not my idea of a good time. At first, it actually made me physically nauseous witnessing a group of grown men… … Continue reading

Can’t Engage in Spiritual Disciplines? It May Not Be Your Fault.

“I don’t know what is wrong with me,” my friend Gina lamented as we enjoyed a rare afternoon cup of coffee together. “I’ve always loved my time with God, but lately I just feel antsy, like I’m being put in a timeout or something. Five minutes, and I’m done!” I’ve been hearing this kind of thing a lot lately. People feel so harried that they can hardly find space for being alone with God, and… … Continue reading