For so many Christians in the American culture, faith is an easy thing. They go to church, they read the Bible, and they love Jesus. But what happens when their comfortable world is turned upside down? For too many people, their faith is shaken. Faith in Christ can-and should-be constant, because Christ, the One in whom we place our faith, is constant. We all face-or will face-difficult … [Read more...]

You’re in a crowded room and suddenly everyone turns to look at you. Under the weight of those stares, your heart starts racing. Maybe a bead of sweat breaks out on your brow, and you take a half step back, looking for a way to hide within the wallpaper. If you’ve ever felt that way, you’re not alone. Most Americans—61 percent—would rather blend into the crowd than stand out. This tendency is … [Read more...]

This is the second part in a two-part series from Mary Jo. To read the first part about her faith journey from atheism to belief in Jesus, click here. Several years ago a friend asked me the question, "Why would a woman want to go to a session on apologetics?" Her question hit me like a load of bricks. I was so excited about finding answers to my doubts that I had never considered that there was … [Read more...]

A former atheist from the Pacific Northwest who thought religion was for the weak-minded, Mary Jo is now a Christian author and apologist. She holds a Masters in Christian Apologetics from Biola University and is the first woman to become a Certified Apologetics Instructor through the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. I grew up in the beautiful Portland, Oregon … [Read more...]

Looking for the next Bible study for your women's group? Here are five of the newest Bible studies from LifeWay Women authors like Beth Moore, Angela Thomas, Vicki Courtney and more: #1 Kick off 2014 with a comprehensive study of the book of Hebrews. In Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus, Lisa Harper teaches women what Jesus meant to the Hebrew people in that time period as well as what He … [Read more...]

What's Vicki Courtney's favorite Christmas tradition? What was the worst Christmas gift Jennifer Rothschild ever received? How does Kelly Minter keep the focus on Jesus throughout the Christmas season? We asked our LifeWay Women authors some questions about their favorite Christmas traditions and memories. We think you'll enjoy their responses! Merry Christmas! What is your favorite … [Read more...]

It’s yours for free! Simply right-click on the art and save it to your computer. Then, make it your Facebook cover photo or pin it to Pinterest! Today’s free art is a quote from Mary Jo Sharp's Bible study, Why Do You Believe That?. Here’s a free sample of the study. Facebook Art Pinterest Art … [Read more...]

The following post is an excerpt from Mary Jo Sharp's new Bible study, "Why Do You Believe That? A Faith Conversation." You can also read more from Mary Jo at her blog.  As a young minister's wife, I began doubting my faith in God. I think several factors played into this doubt. First, I was a former atheist, raised to respect persons of all backgrounds, including religious backgrounds. I … [Read more...]

We are so excited at LifeWay today to announce the release of author Mary Jo Sharp's new Bible study, Why Do You Believe That? - A Faith Conversation. This video-driven apologetics study helps women to build confidence in talking about and sharing their faith. Let's look at the first week of the study, for example: ladies will learn what apologetics is, why it's important (to answer doubts, … [Read more...]