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Worship is More than Singing

Worship is More than Singing

I often struggle with the music at modern churches. It’s so loud, I’ve been known to covertly stick my fingers in my ears so I can hear myself sing, because if I don’t I can’t even tell if I’m singing in the right key or not. I can’t hear anyone around me singing either. Last […]

Oprah Winfrey Calls New Mega-Church TV Drama ‘A Dream Come True’

Oprah Winfrey Calls New Mega-Church TV Drama ‘A Dream Come True’

Oprah Winfrey is returning to scripted television more than two decades after her last regular small screen acting gig in a show that is close to her heart – a family drama centered around a black mega-church in Memphis. Winfrey, 62, plays a manipulative blues club owner in the 13-episode series “Greenleaf” for her OWN […]

What Does It Mean to Agree in Prayer?

What Does It Mean to Agree in Prayer?

When I was in college, I joined the synchronized swimming team. I loved to swim and thought the sport might be a fun, new experience. Over the months of practice, I learned to keep myself afloat with just my hands, to dive without a ripple from the surface of the water, and to turn in […]

Empathy for the Rest of Us

Empathy for the Rest of Us

Empathy might seem like a squishy, vaguely liberal word — a sentimental virtue of minor importance. But the more we learn from neuroscience and psychology, the more it appears that much of human social and economic life, not to mention individual health, fundamentally relies on it. Which makes the rise of inequality — something that threatens empathy — all the more […]

The Fragrance of Humility in Prayer

The Fragrance of Humility in Prayer

“There are two ways to attain high esteem. One is the world’s method: Take every opportunity to promote yourself before others, seize occasions for recognition and manipulate your way into the center of attention. The other way is God’s way: Humble yourself. Rather than striving for recognition and influential positions, seek to put others first. […]

52 Verses on Facing Fear

52 Verses on Facing Fear

1. “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV 2. “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NIV 3. “Do not […]

3 Ways to Handle Conflict Like a Christian Should

3 Ways to Handle Conflict Like a Christian Should

Getting angry and lashing out in an argument is something we’ve all likely done before. It happens so fast sometimes that we find ourselves defending our point of view with words of anger and contention before we even have time to consider if those words are honoring to God or if they will be edifying […]

What Does the Bible Say About Depression?

What Does the Bible Say About Depression?

Confusion and frustration can grow out of the chorus of voices in the public square from people who claim to understand depression. Neuroscience and psychology offer many theories. Unfortunately, not all of them are based on facts and others are void of faith. Depression is not simply a medical problem or a mental problem, depression […]

Feeling discouraged? Here are 9 Bible verses to help restore your confidence

Feeling discouraged? Here are 9 Bible verses to help restore your confidence

When things go don’t work out the way we planned, when we feel unsure of our purpose or think that our accomplishments aren’t of any value, we can end up feeling extremely dejected. Social media has increased our access to information on how our peers are doing and this can feed feelings of discouragement as […]