True friendship is first inkindled by a spark from Heaven, and heaven will never suffer it to go out, but it will burn to all Eternity
“Order” is not a word that we relish all too much. It comes with images of armies marching all apace, of monotony and rigidity, like a cultural straight coat. Order seems to ruin all the fun, sticking us in the same old place, doing the same old things, the same old way we’ve always done them.
Lovers of Middle-earth may feel that with the Hobbit films being long concluded now, and rumors of a future Silmarillion film being dismantled, that there may not be much left to milk out of our favorite Lord of the Rings stories. But the past few months have included big news for Tolkien fans.
Paul, in 1 Corinthians, implies that although everything in the Bible is important, not everything is equally important. Some doctrines are more important. To simplify things, we could think of three levels of theological triage.
Ultimately the stability and security and outcome of our souls need to be in the hands of someone who is bigger than our souls and greater than our turmoil. That someone is God, and he invites us to go on a journey of soul discovery and soul health with him.
Bobby chuckled—he always did when he didn’t understand a word Mark said—and turned left. Farther into the mountains, higher, higher, because up here it was the three of them and no one else, no one to call Bobby “pervert” and “drunk” and “rooned.” Because up here in the dark of road and forest, Bobby Barnes possessed all the world he needed.
Converge Magazine makes a point of publishing excerpts from recommended books on our bookshelf. The following is an excerpt from The Romantic Rationalist edited by John Piper and David Mathis, a refreshing and insightful take on Lewis’s work for our generation. We hope you enjoy it, and consider checking out the book, –Erik @ Converge There is […]
As kids, we believed that we could change the world. We wanted to fly to the moon, write novels, and save people from burning houses, but then we grew up and discovered just how much time living takes.
There are 13 million more Christian women in the United States than there are Christian men! I was prepared to wait for 1 in a million, but this is taking it a little far!
The gravel poked under my bare feet as I sprinted toward the mailbox at the end of our curved driveway. Reaching it, I opened the creaky brown metal lid as my eyes instantly grasped what I hoped to find.
The picture of God’s deliverance in each scenario encourages us to trust that He is willing and able—that there is a God who cares, who is not far off, who concerns Himself with our concerns, and who is the only One capable of rescuing us.
There’s a fear Christians have. The fear is that if we love sinners without telling them they’re sinners, they might take that as an acceptance of sin. They might even view it as a license to keep on sinning. I think that concern is what leads many Christians to hold back from really loving people […]
Most people are really good at either humility/hearing or courage/doing. To be great at both hearing and doing requires time and effort.
We all have blind spots. It’s so easy to see the fault in someone else or in another group but so difficult to see the limitations in ourselves. Unless you learn to see the faults in yourself and your heroes, though, you can’t appreciate how God has gifted other Christians. Only then can you understand […]
As a pastor, I had often felt I ought to preach a series on prayer. But I have to confess that I had always been put off doing so because so many of the sermons I have heard about prayer have made me feel rather depressed. You know the kind of thing: somebody will tell […]
Content adapted from What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality by Kevin DeYoung There is a growing discussion among those who agree that the Bible forbids homosexual practice about whether same-sex attraction itself is sinful. The issue requires careful thought, not least of all in defining our terms. What do we mean […]
Judah Smith speaks with a slight drawl and a charismatic rhythm that draws listeners in. The first thing he tells me, as he sits down for our interview, is that he’s addicted to hand sanitizer. He produces a bottle of Purell from his vest pock and squeezes a generous amount into his hands. I ask […]
Up in the hills above Feathertown, Tennessee, Dellarobia Turnbow is about to turn her back on husband and kin. Then, she witnesses an environmental phenomenon: an enormous population of monarch butterflies have settled into the hills above her small town to wait out the winter. No one understands quite why this is happening, but the […]
What you believe drives everything. The way you behave, the habits you form, the character that defines you at your core, all are driven by what you believe. Admittedly, we are in an age where post-moderns believe in everything and skeptics believe in nothing. So, how strongly do we “believers” believe our beliefs? Can we […]
The Joy of Missing Out: How Then Shall We Live in a Wired World? An excerpt from Christina Crook’s new book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World. A painter takes a pause before he starts a stroke, hand hovering inches from the sheen of canvas, as if in prayer. […]
Author Tim Basselin speaks on discovering the good in the grotesque One day when Tim Basselin was in the sixth grade, he got called to the principal’s office. His father — a mechanic for a heavy machinery dealer — had been working on a front-end loader when the tractor’s three-ton bucket swung down suddenly and slammed […]
Blue Like Jazz author talks about writing Scary Close, his first book in five years Every generation of Christians has a voice, a person who takes a stand and articulates the words we need to hear. I remember hearing about Donald Miller’s memoir, Blue Like Jazz, many years ago, being warned about its liberal tales of honesty […]
In my early 20s, I still embraced a decision-making strategy that no career counsellor in her right mind would ever recommend. Basically, I collected as many college and university catalogues as possible, and then stared at them in a prolonged and confused state until I ran out of time. In the end, I made a […]
Discussing his spiritual memoir, Rumours of Glory At four p.m., Canadian singer-songwriter legend Bruce Cockburn strides into the hotel lobby in his signature black Doc Martens and shakes my hand warmly. At age 70, he is slighter than he appears in his old music videos. He’s here to talk with me about his spiritual memoir Rumours […]
The first time I read Jack Kerouac’s On the Road it was like hearing a siren’s call during the stormy seas of adolescence. The book articulated the secret longings of my heart: my yearnings to bomb down highways in borrowed cars toward the revelatory music, artistic pals, bohemian women, and the ruckus of big and […]
I nearly flunked English grammar. Ask Mrs. Harding, my seventh-grade grammar teacher, and she’ll validate that. But this much I know: The word Christian is a noun. A Christian is a person who follows Jesus. Follow is a verb. And I’ve learned over the years that nouns need verbs. Jesus loved verbs. Verbs like love, […]
A review of Ben Lowe’s new book, Doing Good Without Giving Up Social change. Whether our attempts at it involve our jobs, our church, a side project, or our way of life, the road to change can be filled with confusion and discouragement. When we enter adulthood, our worldview expands; suddenly we feel empowered and […]
WeMakeStuff Volume 02 features artists like Christina Norman, who challenges us to see the world differently Christina Norman’s lingerie company You & Her has encountered its fair share of resistance. But people have been quick to catch the vision – even those Norman would have never expected. While she was online several years ago, Norman saw […]
Preston Yancey talks about his new book, Tables in the Wilderness I need written prayers because otherwise I become too comfortable with my own haphazard version of grace. — Preston Yancey, Tables in the Wilderness We’ve been hearing the same narrative our whole lives. Gladys and her friends in the seniors’ ministry are holding the […]
An excerpt from Emily Wierenga’s new book Atlas Girl Mum had said to sit close to the bus driver, so I sat as far away as possible. And now an Ojibway man in a red bandana and stubble cheek was snoring on my shoulder. He smelled like communion wine, the kind my father served in plastic […]
“I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which ‘Escape’ is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he […]
Strange dim memories, which will not abide identification, often, through misty windows of the past, look out upon me in the broad daylight, but I never dream now. – George Macdonald, Lilith There is no distinct line that separates childhood from adulthood. The transition is fluid, as our lives flow through a filter of time. […]
“Do you feel restless?” asks Jennie Allen. It’s a simple question, but it’s one that has come to define a new generation of Christians. Many of us feel like we’re meant for something more than “going through the motions” of life — what that is, though, is another question. Allen’s latest book, Restless (Thomas Nelson, January […]
*A review on Iain Provan’s book Seriously Dangerous Religion * When I mentioned to an acquaintance that I thought Christopher Hitchens, in his book God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, had made some fairly accurate points, I was met with astounded unbelief. “But why would a Christian read Hitchens? He is an atheist!” And there […]
A review on Ellis Potter’s 3 Theories of Everything The year was 1976. He got off the bus in front of a large chalet in the Swiss Alps and wondered if — here, of all places — he would find what he was looking for. He read a carved wooden sign at the end of […]
In the summer of 2005, Cheryl Strayed set out on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) — a 2,663 mile trail running through California, Oregon, and Washington, stretching from the Mexican to Canadian border. Strayed was 26 at the time and reeling both from the death of her mother four years previous and the more recent […]
Have you ever challenged yourself to read one of those books that everyone says is a ‘must-read’? Maybe you’ve been told that tackling The Brothers Karamazov, or War and Peace, or the Bible from cover to cover, will change your life. I must admit that I’m usually not one to take on such challenges, but […]