Your Last First Date

It was our first date. I wasn’t even completely sure she knew it was a date. We met at a wedding, and then talked on the phone once a week or so for a couple of months. I asked if I could take her out, and she conceded.

I bought a couple board ga…

Marriage Is a Love Declared, Not Discovered

Marriage is not mainly a love discovered, but a love declared. Wedding vows do not say, “I really do love you,” but “I really will love you.”Watch Now

The Sweetest Words We Never Want to Hear

Some of the sweetest graces I have enjoyed tasted bitter before they were ever sweet to me.

Anyone who follows Jesus will experience “trials of various kinds” (James 1:2), but the bitter-then-sweet graces I have in mind are the times others confro…

How Christian Is Self-Improvement?

Many of our New Year’s resolutions fall flat simply because we do not make them in Jesus’s name. We make them in our own name — in our own strength, on our terms, for our personal gain and benefit. They fail by February because they’re so focused on us…

I Long to See You: What Apple Will Never Replace

Have smartphones and social media really done anything to strengthen your most important relationships?

Your experience may not be mine (I’m sure for many it’s not), but I’m finding our recent advances in technology have not made for more meaningf…

I Long to See You: What Apple Will Never Replace

Have smartphones and social media really done anything to strengthen your most important relationships?

Your experience may not be mine (I’m sure for many it’s not), but I’m finding our recent advances in technology have not made for more meaningf…

Ask God to Rebuild What Is Broken

The last year has been one of the most confusing, troubling, and heartbreaking for many Christians in America, especially for younger believers. It has felt at times like every new day has brought its own dark wave of reasons to be discouraged or to de…

ICYMI: The Most Popular Articles of 2017

Psalm 105 charges us to “tell of the Lord’s wondrous works,” and the end of December makes for an unusually good time to reflect on what he has done. The psalmist says,

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
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Another New Year Knocks: Where to Take Your Anxiety About Tomorrow

Why does Christmas joy turn so quickly into new-year anxiety?

Often, it’s because what felt like joy at Christmas was not anchored very deeply in Christ after all. He was invited and welcome, on our terms, as we were trying to wrap our fears in p…

Silent Night: A Christmas Lullaby for God’s Beloved

To us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there wil…