Jun 01
Tammie Head

When I was younger, I struggled to understand what made life worth living. Before God saved me, it seemed to me as if life wasn't worth the effort. Restless thoughts tirelessly entertained my mind. I longed for a different version of life and, furthermore, a different version of me. Deep in my soul's fabric was an irksome sense of void and vacancy. 

My momma had me when she was 15 years old. She was a troubled girl looking for a better situation. I cannot blame her. She...

May 26
Paul Angone

For years in my teens and 20s I was struggling with big questions, doubts and fears about, well, everything. Faith, identity, purpose and my place in this world – nothing was off limits as I asked the looming “what now and what next?” of the rest of my life.

As the questions and journey intensified that I write candidly about in my new book “All Groan Up: Searching For Self, Faith, and a Freaking Job!,” the last place I felt I could bring these questions to was church. I grew up in church my whole life, yet as I...

May 18
Jenna DeWitt

 In a dark, crowded megachurch, the music slows from EDM-style worship party to rock ballads of prayer. A beautiful blonde with a microphone assures the crowd that what they are feeling is real: "It's not religion. It's not an emotional experience. It's about Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God."

For a Millennial Christian, it's easy to get cynical here. I've been here, heard this, seen this, felt this feeling a million times. It seems nearly every popular blogger on my radar has written a memoir about how shallow it all sounds now that we are past our teens, how naïve, how...

May 11
Nicole Weider

Author, model and actress Nicole Weider, founder of Project Inspired, talks about being true to who you are, in light of the controversial #KylieJennerChallenge teen social media trend:

 

It’s unfortunate that many teenagers today not only idolize celebrities, they go to extreme lengths to emulate and change who they are in order to be like them. What most people don’t know or realize, is that...

May 04
Shauna Niequist

Check out our full Q&A with author, speaker and blogger Shauna Niequist in our May issue of MORF Magazine, but for now, here's a sneak peek!

 

Q: It seems everyone is issuing calls to be radical and extraordinary and live your best life, yet most of us muddle through our normal average lives. How does savoring and being present affect our daily, ordinary living?

I think it would be great to shift our view of extraordinary. I had a conversation with my brother last week. He’s a sailor and has sailed...

Apr 27
Alan M. Hallene with Erin Keeley Marshall

I remember when our family balanced multiple sports and boys' choir, plus schoolwork, church and social activities. It was a busy lifestyle as our three sons grew into tweens and then teenagers with the accompanying peer pressures to boot.

We experienced '90s-style stresses. Along with daily homework, we faced the occasional craziness of a bigger school project. And every now and then, our boys would make comparisons such as “I’m not as smart as so-and-so.” But for the most part, they enjoyed a moderate level of demands that nurtured character growth, mental and physical strength,...

Apr 20
Lance Sudduth

In John 4, Jesus stops at a well while traveling through Samaria and engages a woman in conversation despite their racial and religious barriers. Samaritans were a mixed race that Jews refused to associate with. Understand, Jews did their absolute best to avoid Samaritan communities at that time.

Jesus went straight for this area. I can only imagine that when the disciples heard they were going through Samaria they thought, “Man, this day is about to get really interesting.” It did get interesting – revival broke out in Samaria, led by a woman who was an outcast within an entire...

Apr 13
Jenna DeWitt

I’m not usually a fan of all the talk in the marketing world about “personal branding,” but I reconsidered when I saw this sentence in an article for Inc.

" Before you can establish or develop your expertise, you have to decide what you want to be known for.

- Jayson Demers...

Apr 06
Mark Schutzius

Let me preface everything I'm about to say with this: I love sports. I played organized sports all the way through high school and I follow just about every major sport in America. I even competed in collegiate sports and hold three collegiate national championships. Don’t think that I'm a bitter sport hater and think anything involving a ball is of the devil.

I want to tackle this subject with patience, grace, understanding and honesty. In Jeremiah, the southern kingdom of Judah had fallen so far from God that they had committed hideous acts for the sake of worshipping their false...

Mar 30
Jared Brock

I have a confession to make: I'm an extrovert.

By nature, I'm quite active – in fact, I got permanently kicked out of Sunday School in the fifth grade.

I grew up in the church and was forced to learn so many Bible verses that I actually won a green frog-shaped swimming pool. But I can't, for the life of me, remember learning any of those verses – I was too busy running around, playing basketball and lighting things on fire. 

I recently went on a 37,000-mile prayer pilgrimage around the world, a modern re-working of the...