Fill in the blank: A Christian's life ought to be most characterized by ________. Here are your choices. A) Holiness. B) Authenticity. Which did you choose? While (A) may seem like the obvious answer, the popular pick among many Christian teachers, authors, and leaders today appears to be (B). And if we're not careful, we're likely to fall … Continue reading Has “Be Authentic” Replaced “Be Holy”?
So you want Jesus... but you're not ready to say no to the world and its approval. You want the get-out-of-hell-free card, and that good-person-aura... but not the full-fledged commitment to God's Word. You want the benefits of being "spiritual," the cushion of a family religion, and all the other perks of being labeled a "Christian"... without … Continue reading The “Vaguely Christian But Still Cool” Starter Pack
As we might expect, the world's definition of a good friendship is not quite the same as the Christian's. But they can look very similar at times. Just consider the fact that the Huffington Post (a non-Christian website) published an article titled, "11 Signs of a Genuine Friendship." Among these signs were points that we would agree with even … Continue reading Has Your Friendship Lost Its Saltiness?
I'm relatively new to the "Christian homemaker" scene. As a single lady, I taught full-time and found it extremely difficult to balance my work life with the demands of my "home life." It seemed every week I had to choose between grading papers and cleaning my apartment, and I was always falling behind on one or the … Continue reading Five Household Chores–Five Meditations on Christ
It's good and right for us, as Christian women, to take a stand against feminism and defend the truth. Out of love for the Lord and for our neighbor, we want to expose the lies that the world tells us about womanhood--that what they call the "freedom" to rebel against our Creator is, in reality, slavery to sin that leads to death. … Continue reading No Pink-Letter Bible
It may be repackaged for a new audience, but this modern version of the prosperity gospel is just as dangerous. Over the years, scores of Christians have caught on to the fact that the glittering promises of "health, wealth, and prosperity" from the mouths of charlatans are unbiblical and idolatrous. It's become so well-known that … Continue reading Not Your Mom’s Prosperity Gospel
If you had told me--back in the days when I was a feisty liberal feminist-- that the time would come when I would embrace being the weaker vessel, I would have laughed at you. And probably said something like, "I'm a Christian, but I'm not that kind of Christian--those backward, fundamentalist ones who suppress and demean women." I wasn't … Continue reading A “Weaker Vessel” for His Glory
Do you know anyone who sits down for three meals a day to a plate piled high with candy and sweets? No vegetables, no meat, no fruit--just tooth-rotting, deadly sugar, day after day? Of course not. We wouldn't purposefully deprive our bodies of such necessary nutrients, nor would we poison them by continuously indulging in what is unhealthy. So why … Continue reading Women, Don’t Feed on Fluff
God doesn't give us a map marking every stop along the road of His providence, and the Bible is not a divine GPS. We have the big picture of our lives--following Christ to our eventual destination in glory--but the day-to-day events aren't so clear. We rely on His guidance for our decisions, but the Word … Continue reading The Rock, the Light, and the Lily
Sometimes, the sweet old lady at the door with the apple really wants you dead. Her perfectly red, delicious-looking piece of fruit seems to give no sign of the poison within. But just one bite, and we know what happens next. Sometimes, it's actually a Judas kiss making your heart flutter--hatred masquerading as love, an enemy disguised … Continue reading Kisses that Kill, Hurts that Heal