Christianity Is Not a Plastic Smile

Today Lookout Magazine published my latest piece on Christians and a theology of suffering: There is a country song I like to play around the house that always irks my wife. Josh Turner croons, “Everything is fine, fine, fine.” Angela detests it because she says that this is my go-to answer whenever there is a problem at home. While I won’t stop playing Josh Turner, I have to acknowledge that she is right. Everything is not fine. Though we are redeemed, rescued, chosen, forgiven, and risen, we still live. On mission. In the world. We are already in the kingdom of God and not yet experiencing the full reality of this world’s restoration and renewal. This is why our teaching, our preaching, and our conversations should reflect the world’s brokenness. Christianity is not a plastic smile. It is Jesus visiting us in the midst of our mess, walking us through our temptations and brokenness. Jesus is...

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The Way Home: Art Rainer on Ways We Can Handle Our Money Biblically

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who enjoy doing their finances and those who don't. For those who don't, like, me, we need help. Art Rainer, VP of Institutional Advancement at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, has written a helpful book, The Money Challenge. Art joins me to talk about ways we can handle our money biblically and how churches can teach sound financial concepts. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @ArtRainer Websites: artrainer.com Book: The Money Challenge ...

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The Way Home featuring David Prince

What does our love of sports teach us about God? Can sports be used to glorify God and introduce others to him? David Prince, author, pastor, and professor joins the podcast to share from his excellent new book, In the Arena: The Promise of Sports for Christian Discipleship. He says that we make one of two mistakes with our relationship with sports: we either idolize sports or we dismiss sports. He says there is a better way. Prince also offers helpful tips for parents in making youth sports decisions and with pastors and their preaching and application. If you love sports (like I do) you will enjoy this podcast. And if you don't love sports, you will still enjoy this podcast. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @davideprince Website: davidprince.com Book: In the Arena: The Promise of Sports for Christian Discipleship ...

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The Way Home featuring Trillia Newbell

In this 100th episode, Trillia shares her compelling story of race, conversion to Christianity, and pro-life activism. Trillia Newbell is our director of community outreach, but more than that she is a gifted author, an inspirational speaker and Bible teacher and one of the most encouraging people I know. We are going to talk to Trillia about her life story, growing up as a black woman in the South, her conversion to Christianity in college, what changed her views on the pro-life issue, her interracial marriage, and her new book, Enjoy on what it means to truly enjoy the good gifts from God. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @trillianewbell Website: trillianewbell.com Book: Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God's Good Gifts ...

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