Children · Gospel · Gospel Parenting · Guest Blogger · Mother · Parenting · Shannon Madden

Loving Our Children Who “Trigger” Us Guest Blogger Shannon Madden

“Triggered” is a word gaining popularity in our culture. I remember a time when it was not part of common language. Now it seems very common. It generally means that something has stimulated a powerful emotional reaction from the person who is “triggered.” In their recent book, Triggers: Exchanging Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses,… Continue reading Loving Our Children Who “Trigger” Us Guest Blogger Shannon Madden

Death · Hope · Lies · Satan · Scripture · Truth

God and Satan Speak: Who are You Listening To?

Too often we listen to words from Satan. Sometimes he whispers them in our ears, other times he plagues us by screaming them at us. Sometimes they come directly from him, other times he uses others to speak his lies to us. We must make sure that we are listening to the voice of truth,… Continue reading God and Satan Speak: Who are You Listening To?

Bible Study · Church Life · Pastoring · Sermon

Why Cross-Centered Preaching?

Almost a year ago I wrote articles on what is known as cross-centered theology. Cross-centered theology basically declares that everything that we are called to do as Christians is directly related to the cross.  Salvation is our primary benefit of the cross, reconciling us with God again and securing our eternity in Heaven to worship… Continue reading Why Cross-Centered Preaching?

Apologetics · C.S. Lewis · Lee Strobel · Louis Markos · Proof for God · Ravi Zacharias

5 Books that Answer Questions about God

There is a branch of theological study which is called apologetics. Many people wrongly believe that this is apologizing for something because of its name. Apologetics is actually “reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something.” In other words it is using argumentation in an attempt to prove something. In apologetics relation to theology, reasoning… Continue reading 5 Books that Answer Questions about God

Church Life · Confession · God's Word · Meditation · Sermon

3 Ways to Interact with a Sermon

For about six years I had no molding on the inside of my office door. There was just a large gap between the door and sheetrock. As someone who is a little of a perfectionist, this bothered me. After a while, however, I completely ignored it because I became comfortable with it. Finally today, as… Continue reading 3 Ways to Interact with a Sermon

Bible Study · Names of God · Old Testament · Polytheism

Did the Old Testament Prophets Promote Polytheism?

A question was posed to me recently  from someone trying to understand Amos 4:11: “‘I overthrew some of you, as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were as a brand plucked out of the burning; yet you did not return to me,’ declares the LORD.” In this verse Amos is speaking God’s words… Continue reading Did the Old Testament Prophets Promote Polytheism?

Cursing · God · God's Name · Ten Commandments

Christian, Rethink Saying “OMG”

There are things that we said as children which our parents told us not to, so therefore we didn’t. Whether it be a threat of soap in the mouth (that wasn’t considered an issue decades ago) or some other form of punishment, there were certain words that were taboo. As  we became older we may… Continue reading Christian, Rethink Saying “OMG”

Judging · Judgment · Salvation

Should Christians Judge?

Many times over the years I’ve heard people say  Christians should not judge. If one looks directly at Matthew 7:1 where Jesus says, “judge not,” it seems pretty clear. There is no room for judgment. At the same time, if we do not understand the context of what is being taught, we will misinterpret Scripture.… Continue reading Should Christians Judge?

God's Will · Husband · Marriage · Prayer · Wife

3 Times God Doesn’t Answer Prayer

Many people see God as a magic genie when it comes to prayer. Rub the lamp, make your wish (pray) and the genie will provide what you have asked for. Prayer does not work like this. As a result, what happens then is people deduce that either prayer does not work, or that God does… Continue reading 3 Times God Doesn’t Answer Prayer

Daughters · Fathers · Purity · Sex · Sexuality · Song of Solomon

Protecting Our Daughters Sexually

At the point of writing this, my girls are not even 10 yet. Some would say if I was thinking about how to protect them sexually at this age, I’m thinking way too far in advance. I would say others don’t think about it early enough. Before we get into that though, let me say… Continue reading Protecting Our Daughters Sexually