Like No Other, Session 2 (A Birth Like No Other): Who Is This Jesus?


  by Michael Kelley “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son . . . ”   So goes John 3:16, the most familiar verse in the Bible. If you look at more recent translations, you see that the phrase “One and Only” replaced the word “begotten” (KJV). […]

Ready, Session 5 (Ready When Homosexuality Devastates): Uncle Bobby, a Bible, and Faith


This article is adapted from Birds and Bees: A Conversation About God, Sex, and Sexuality, (Nashville: LifeWay Press, 2012), 70-85. Click here to order the book. During high school, one of my teachers assigned us a paper on the most interesting person we knew. So I chose to write my paper about my Uncle Bobby. He […]

Ready, Session 4 (Ready When Sex Destroys): Deadly and Daily


Moving Sin From “Out There” to “In Here”   Have you ever noticed how many lists are in the Bible? The writers of Scripture (and the Author inspiring them) seem to love lists. We get lists of names, lists of places, lists of measurements, lists of things to do, and lists of things not to […]

Ready, Session 3 (Ready When Sickness Comes to Stay): God is Able


Sky High It was one of those days where television channels suspended all other coverage but the news. Some terrible tragedy had occurred, gripping the heart of the nation. And as I was driving that afternoon between one errand point and another, I happened to pass by a local church and saw an unusual sight […]

Ready, Session 3 (Ready When Sickness Comes to Stay): Grow Where You’re Planted


by Bob Bunn  I’ll admit it. I hate cleaning gutters. Standing on ladders? Walking around on a roof? Scooping up handfuls of goop? No thanks! But there always comes a time when I know it’s time to pull out the ladder, walk around the roof, and shovel out the goop. It’s when I can see upstart […]

Ready, Session 2 (Ready to Help the Poor): Hearts for Haiti


By Andrew Greer In 2004, Audio Adrenaline was at the height of a storied career. The popular Christian rock band was awarded its first of two GRAMMYs, adding to a tally of accolades including 17 number-one radio songs, an armful of Dove Awards, nationwide arena tours, and an RIAA gold certified record. Although the electric […]

Ready, Session 1 (Ready When Injustice Prevails): There Has to Be More than a Red X


Last week I joined millions around the world by taking a red permanent marker and placing a large X on my hand, agreeing with others across the globe: Human slavery must end. The “End It Now” campaign was birthed through Passion and a generation of college students that desire to see the end of the 27 […]

Storm Shelter, Session 6 (The Shelter of God’s Protection): Great is God’s Faithfulness


  Afshin and Meredith Ziafat stand on the Word of God and the grace of the gospel. by Emily Ellis “My story is not about a man’s faithfulness to God; it’s about God’s faithfulness to a man.” These are the words of speaker, author, and pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, Afshin Ziafat. Afshin’s […]

Storm Shelter, Session 4 (The Shelter of God’s Encouragement): Wanting to Want God


I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. Paul had these same thoughts in Romans 7 as he described the struggle between his sinful nature and the only escape from […]

Making Plans for Christmas: Repeat the Sounding Joy


Why Christians, of all people, shouldn’t be cranky during Christmas by Daniel Darling Have you noticed lately that it’s the Christians who are often the most cranky during the Christmas season? Complaining has almost become required. We hear sermons on how to deal with the stress of Christmas. We read ominous-sounding emails and Facebook posts […]