A Preview of the Second Coming

Several years ago, my daughter Miryam and I went to see a James Bond movie and we walked into the theater during one of the coming attractions. The preview was action packed, a lot like a James Bond movie. Then after a couple of minutes, we realized—it was a...

How Should Christians Handle Conspiracy Theories?

When I say the words conspiracy theories, where does your mind go? Maybe to the JFK assassination, the moon landings, or even September 11? We’ve all heard our fair share of people playing guessing games with these events. The question is, how should Christians handle conspiracy theories? Many relegate the notion...

How The Chosen Became a Hit TV Series

Season three of The Chosen is here, and producer Chad Gundersen has overseen the show's surprisingly successful run thus far. Why has the success been a surprise? Because Christian media isn't exactly the most highly respected form of art these days. However, Gundersen hopes that The Chosen can play a...

Can Christians Meditate?

Have you ever found yourself desperately needing to pray, but you can’t find the words or the headspace to sit down and formulate a prayer? There have been times in my life where I have been so gripped by anxiety or worry that simply finding the words to pray...

Fruitfulness and Froot Loops

Froot Loops were introduced as a cereal option for kids in 1959. It was originally introduced under the term Fruit Loops, but due to a lawsuit the name was changed to Froot Loops. The original colors were red, orange, and yellow; the flavors cherry, orange, and lemon. Later, green, purple,...

Letting Go: 5 Ways to Fire a Staff Member in a Healthy Way

YOU’RE FIRED! Remember the show The Apprentice? When Donald Trump would look people right in the eye and point at them and say, “YOU’RE FIRED”? If you’re a leader, you have probably found yourself saying that to someone in your mind but trying to figure out how to fire a...

Crowning God

The idea of crowning God may sound sacrilegious to some Christians, but it is a normative idea in Judaism. On Rosh Hashanah, Jews around the world blow the shofar to announce the coronation of God as King. Why do we call it a coronation if God is already the King of...

Do Hard Things

The year was 444 BC. The time had come for the restoration of Jerusalem’s wall. It lay in a heap of ruins around the city. The temple had been finished, but it was vulnerable because of its broken walls. God put it in the heart of one man named...

The Hard Work of Rest

If someone pulled you aside today and asked, “What do you think is the most challenging of God’s commands?” What would your answer be? The answer could be different for each of us. Yet, I would propose that many of us are severely challenged to keep what I would...

Keep Painting

Earlier this year I took up painting as a hobby. I have no illusions of achieving the skill of Renoir or Van Gogh. I have no desire to follow the likes of Picasso. I have no plans of selling off the house and moving to an artsy community somewhere in the Mediterranean to live...