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The real, gritty Jesus who makes us uncomfortable

One of the major comforts Christians seem to be unable to let go of is control. This isn’t particularly a slam against Christians because control seems to be something all people struggle with, regardless of faith. We’re driven to control every aspect of our life because it makes us feel safe and secure. As soon…
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swipe right

Is swiping right crushing our souls?

For those of you who are struggling to keep up with the 21st century (which, we understand is getting pretty difficult to do), you may be a bit confused about “swiping right.” Long story short, swiping right is what you do on a popular dating app, Tinder, when you come across someone you like. If…
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Bible and sex

When we don’t talk about sex in a healthy way, sex wins

Hey, leave room for the Holy Spirit. Careful with that hug. Show your love with the Christian side hug instead. Guard your heart. Guard her heart, you dig? When you stack all of these phrases on top of one another, they sound pretty over the top. But, these are the kinds of phrases we drop…
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God and sex

God loves sex and so should you

The Bible tells us more than 100 times to not be afraid. This is told to many different people in many different situations in many different lifetimes throughout the thousands of years the Bible covers. It’s safe to say, that with the Almighty on the side of his creation and all that is good, there…
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Attention Christians: Read this before you hate on hedonism

People don’t like the word hedonism. There are a lot of negative connotations with the word. It’s often associated with someone who pursues pleasure above all else — a glutton with disregard for anything or anyone else other than what makes themselves feel good. And there’s some foundation for understanding hedonism this way. Hedonism is…
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anxiety Christians

Anxiety is a real thing, and it’s affecting Christians

With few exceptions, when Christians get sick, we go to the doctor. When we are injured, we go to the doctor. We still pray to God in these situations, and this is good, but almost none of us (in Western Christian culture) rely solely on the power of prayer to heal our bodies. So, why…
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live content life

What does it mean to live a truly content life?

You’ve seen it on graduation cards. You’ve seen it on Facebook and Instagram. You’ve heard it used as encouragement for mission trips and tough decisions. You know, the “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” verse. Well, what if we told you that Christians often use this verse in the wrong way?…
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importance of rest

Adding a Sabbath day into your schedule is good for your mental health

Experts estimate that one out of every four Americans will suffer from a mental health condition at some point in their lives. These are pretty high odds. And there’s a high chance many members of your congregation will suffer or have suffered from a mental health condition. Mental health is serious, and the church needs…
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why do couples fight

What are the two biggest things couples fight about?

No couple is the same. There are plenty of different reasons we fight that all vary depending on the individual people in the relationship. However, there are some consistent topics that almost all couples fight about. These are intimacy and money. Why do couples fight about intimacy and money? Intimacy and money are two very…
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DC comics Jesus

Jesus & Superheroes: Why we need them both

Last month, in a rare explicit depiction of a global religious figure, DC comics announced a brand-new comic about the return of Jesus Christ titled Second Coming. In the series, Jesus is sent down to earth to learn what it takes to be the true Messiah. To do this he becomes roommates with Sun-Man, the…
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