We hear sermons that convict us for not praying more. We read books that convince us to do more for global hunger. We talk to friends who inspire us to give more and read more and witness more. The needs seem so urgent. The workers seem so few. If we […]
OM Ships International: bringing knowledge, help, and hope
Stephanie Desloges never imagined working as a graphic designer on a ship in the middle of the ocean. But about a year ago, she realized she needed to make a change in her life. “I wasn’t growing spiritually and I wasn’t doing anything to contribute to God’s kingdom,” says Stephanie. […]
Is church too casual?
To wear jeans, or to not wear jeans in church. Is that really the question? I’d like to think I’m a pretty casual guy, and my wardrobe tends to reflect that. I have lots of hoodies, a few pairs of jeans, and the suit section of my closest is full […]
4 ways to re-think short-term missions
Vacations and exotic adventures fill social media feeds during the summer. Scrolling through I find photo after photo of friends in unusual destinations like Rwanda, Burundi, Bulgaria, and Ukraine. As the season of short-term mission trips reaches a crescendo, I confess that deep-seated questions stir in my heart and mind as […]
Does ‘finishing well’ mean staying silent?
Two words hang over Christians until their death bed: “finish well.” Whenever I hear this phrase, I picture Yoda, in all his wisdom. (“Luke, remember this, finish well.”) I think I know what those two words mean when they’re spoken from the pulpit or when they are the title of […]
Welcome Home: bringing hope to addiction
Eventually, for most of us, we hit bottom. Personally, professionally, spiritually, there is a point where defeat seems imminent. Sometimes, though, having nothing left to lose is one of the most powerful times in our lives. It’s darkest before dawn, as they say. Addiction and recovery are like that. Addiction […]