Invited

Don’t you love getting mail? Not junk mail that we toss in the trash, but a genuine letter or card that someone bought or made, wrote a note in, addressed in their own hand and put a stamp on. We love it, right? They may be few and far between, but that’s what makes them so special. What about an …

The Freedom in Forgetting

“Don’t forget your lunch,” says mom as you run out the door. “Remember your homework tomorrow!” exclaims your teacher as the bell rings. “Did you remember to floss?” asks the dentist.         Memory can either save us from embarrassment or evade us at the worst possible time. Oftentimes we hope for the former while, yet again, experiencing the latter. We …

Discipleship and the Local Church

Discipleship. What comes to your mind when you think of this word? The need for a discipleship program in your church or hometown? A picture of Jesus wowing the first disciples with miracles, or mesmerizing them with His words? Hopeless confusion as to what Jesus really meant by the Great Commission? Bitter cynicism as result of good intentions gone south? …

5 Ways to Make Your Friendships More Christ-Centered

Guest post by Laura Pinckard   Can you relate? We often try so hard to get other people to like things about us instead of actually letting people get to know us, but these relationships can be shallow. In order to have Christ-centered relationships, we need to be focused on intentionality, vulnerability, prayer, encouragement, and joy, not superficial get-togethers or …