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First Things First

Richard L. Floyd

My secular friends sometimes ask me, "Why the church?"

Always Dealing with God

Bob Thompson

During our crises we might be tempted to blame or belittle God. 

Looking Past the Peril

John A. Nelson

Any religious teaching can be solidified into doctrine, which strains out its poetry, sifts out its dynamism, and hollows out its heart.


Kaji Douša

What if God's voice were in a higher register than we were prepared to hear?

You Can't Step in the Same River Twice

Lillian Daniel

The winter river has surprised me with its beauty.


Matt Laney

God revealed God's heart through the face of Jesus Christ. It was a message of divine warmth and tenderness wrapped in human flesh. 

The Joy of Tests

Vince Amlin

I have often thought of tests of faith like ordinary exams, asking me what I already know, making sure I did the required reading.

Spiritual Things

Molly Baskette

In orthodox Christianity, possessions are suspect. But there are some 'things' that exert a powerfully beneficial force over our spirits.

Laying On of Hands

Jennifer Brownell

Laying on of hands is a blessing, a reminder of the movement of the Holy Spirit, a passing of God's call from one generation to the next.

Prayer Warriors

Marchaé Grair

As a child, I didn't always understand the term "prayer warriors." What kind of war were they fighting?