Five Books to Deepen Your Faith this Summer

Each summer I like to read through a stack of books – mostly nonfiction, my preference – in order to give you some recommendations for your own beach days and poolside reading. It’s been a cold spring here in NoMi so we’ve spent NO time at the...

Five Reasons to Believe You Are Eternally Secure

This post was written by Brant Cole. I recently read a story about a young boy living with a family that had adopted him. And the story began with the boy convulsing with sobs, choking out his words. “Don’t make me leave!” It was one of the saddest stories I’ve ever...
Ten Things I Learned in Five Years of Marriage

Ten Things I Learned in Five Years of Marriage

Today, February 1st, marks five years of marriage for me and Josh. When I think about the couples I know who’ve been married fifteen, twenty, and forty years, five seems like a drop in the bucket. But when I look at our life together – and everything that...
A letter to my 20-year-old self

A letter to my 20-year-old self

Dear 20-year-old me, I know so much of life looks black and white right now. At least, you wish it did. And when it doesn’t, you try to make it that way; it’s your way of making sense of the world. It would be so much easier if God just handed you the...
How Not to Host a Bible Study

How Not to Host a Bible Study

I think we’ve all been in a bible study that was at best uncomfortable and at worst, not a “study” at all. I’ve been in a lot of studies over the years in many different formats. These varied from in-home studies to church-facilitated groups. I...
Are you a disciple, or just a Christian?

Are you a disciple, or just a Christian?

I’m a Christian. But so are thousands of people who don’t know what that means. They were baptized as babies. They grew up in the church. Grandma was a “front row Baptist” and they were right there with her on Sunday morning. Or they sat...