Nov 24
Jeremy Steele

My hands shook a bit as I approached the imposing facade of the big church in town. I was about to attend the first after-school Christian club worship meeting of my high school career. My nervousness did not subside when I entered the building. It was just like the lunchroom at school – full of people I didn’t know who gathered in their predetermined cliques. Over in the corner, closest to the pizza, was most of the football team (unofficially required to come by their coach); not too far off were their cheerleader girlfriends; and on the other side was half of the marching band. I...

Nov 17
Jenna DeWitt

I am no athlete or risk-taker. I don’t jump off things, overwork my joints or engage in nearly any activity that carries a significant potential for danger.

So when I found myself having knee surgery in August (not an injury, just messed up cartilage and a benign tumor), I knew this was no mere coincidence or consequence. God had a few lessons in store for me. It wasn’t the surgery itself that helped me grow, however. It was months of physical therapy that taught me these five qualities of a mature believer:

1. Encouragement ...

Nov 10
Mark Schutzius

I recently read an article where the author theorized that fame and popularity might encourage celebrities to break the law. The basic premise was that these men and women somehow feel above the societal standards that the rest of us must obey, and thus believed they would not get caught engaging in bad behavior. She named this mentality “The Fame Factor.” 

Could this so-called “fame factor” really be the answer behind the countless number of stars who fail in moral decisions? There is no perfect answer, but this attempt to diagnose a...

Nov 03
Jon Weece

I nearly flunked English grammar. (Ask Mrs. Harding, my seventh grade grammar teacher, and she’ll validate that.) But this much I know: The word Christian is a noun.

So bear with me now as we walk through a little refresher course that could change the way you do ministry.

A Christian is a person who follows Jesus. Follow is a verb. And I’ve learned over the years that nouns need verbs.

Jesus loved verbs. Verbs like love, come, rest, learn, hear, die, give and go. So wouldn’t it make sense that the people who claim to follow Jesus would love the same verbs Jesus loved...

Oct 27
Nicole Quigley

Editor’s note: Author Nicole Quigley was bullied as a young teenager. Today her writing encourages those who have been bullied with biblical Truth. If you or someone you know is a victim of bullying, pass along these three questions as a guide on the road to healing. 

Nothing helped me get over the bullying I experienced as much as discovering these three questions and taking the steps to find their answers.  

1. What do you want most?

Few questions reveal our hearts so much as asking: What...

Oct 20
Jay Lowder

“I was bullied in school, abused verbally and physically at home to the point I broke. I got high, drank and let boys take advantage of me because I was so starved for attention. So I started a tally, began cutting my wrists for every boy I let take advantage of me. The cuts stopped at 37. That night I looked at myself in the mirror and called myself names over and over. Eventually I started cutting my thighs as a way to shift focus from mental pain to physical.”

You have just read a portion of an email from a high school girl named “Angel”* who I met in Georgia on a night she had...

Oct 13
Jenna DeWitt

“I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.” – Jennifer Lawrence

In an interview with “Vanity Fair,” the film star with more awards and accolades than just about anyone her age (or anyone, period) reveals just where we are as a society. It’s one of the things we love most about her: putting into words that which no one else is...

Oct 08
Bryan Belknap

I am not a theologian. I do not hold a seminary degree. So what follows is not a thesis-like careful exegetical dissection of eschatology, dispensations or any other big words I could throw at you that mean “end times.” This post is nothing more than a slight caution against allowing Christian entertainment – and the “Left Behind” book and film series in particular – to define your students’ beliefs about the future.

Could the premillennialist view of the end times where believers disappear before the onset of the tribulation be correct? Sure. Will it all go down exactly as...

Oct 03
Bryan Belknap

1)    All babies, children, homeless people and good drivers get raptured to heaven.

2)    Dogs do not.

3)    Heaven has a strict no clothing, jewelry or personal items policy.

4)    Until the rapture, all Christians are required to wear some form of Christian jewelry at all times. That way, when the rapture comes, everyone who gets left behind can figure out where they went.

5)    Ironically, all mall cops and shopkeepers also get raptured, which...

Sep 29
Kent Dobson

The religious world of teenagers is plagued with very unhelpful storylines about the Bible. The Bible appears at first glance to be some kind of moral guidebook. In it, readers learn how God wants them to behave. They also learn what happens to people who don’t obey. This is all very convenient for educators and parents if they want obedient boys and girls who conform to the socially acceptable religious world of adults. If they don’t conform, they are shamed for hurting God’s feelings.  No wonder many young people are ambivalent about the Bible. No...