‘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. When you’re preparing for a weather emergency, you have to think beyond planning an evacuation route, stocking up on supplies, and boarding up windows. In the event of a serious storm, you also have to plan for injuries. And it can be critical to know a few life-saving skills… … Continue reading

Here’s What You Can Do NOW to Support Victims of Hurricane Harvey

You see the video footage, another picture. Houston, Corpus Christi, and other areas of Texas are being inundated with rain and severe flooding. We believe in the power of prayer and will continue to show support in this way, but are there tangible ways to help, too? Yes! Here are two ministries that do an incredible job at catastrophe response. We’ve seen their work firsthand and would highly encourage you to come alongside them if… … 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

How to Pray for the Lives Affected by Hurricane Harvey

You’re seeing lots of coverage about Hurricane Harvey tearing through Texas. But it can be hard to know how to pray for those involved. Listen or read our prayer for Houston and the surrounding areas and consider joining us in prayer today. Father, we ask for relief for those impacted by this storm. We thank you that the winds were less severe than predicted and also ask you to lessen the rainfall in Houston and the… … 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