Adoption is Beautiful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GMJsD72Z4M Jenna Kurtz blogs on Instagram @adoptionis_beautiful and recently made a video about pain and brokenness. Follow her Instagram page and YouTube channel for more! My Adoption Story I was born when my mother was in prison for drug and alcohol abuse. I do not know where my father was; he wasn’t really involved in my life. My parents were not married but lived together off and on. My mom asked my…

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Mere Devotion in the Life of John Wesley

What would happen if we started following Jesus seriously, if we let nothing in the way of loving God with all our heart and soul and strength? What would happen if all our passion and energy were mustered for the Kingdom of God, and we lived our life merely devoted to Him? A look at the life of John Wesley might encourage us in this regard. In Aldersgate, north London, there once…

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Seven Compelling Books to Read This Fall

The Myth of a Christian Religion by Gregory A. Boyd The kingdom of God is in opposition to the kingdoms of this world. However, the church has often muddled this truth. This has resulted in conflicting values and idolatry. This book addresses twelve issues from racial justice to the stewardship of the planet. Engaging with questions that the modern church faces, Greg Boyd discusses what it looks like to practically live the…

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Through Doubt and Deconstruction: Loving the Ex-Christian

There was a time in my life where I didn't feel comfortable calling myself a Christian. There were doubts I struggled with. I was tired of living up to other peoples’ expectations. I had a hard time reconciling the Christianity I had been taught and the reality of violence in Christendom. I had a hard time figuring out why radical, zealous Christians went to the Bible and came away with oppressive teachings…

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Fasting? A Journey

“Prayer is for normal Christians. Fasting is for super-spiritual Christians.”  I don’t think anyone ever told me this directly, but it’s the impression I got, growing up in the general modern Mennonite/white evangelical culture. Preachers sometimes informed us of the long fasts they did. “The hunger pains go away by about day three,” they’d say loftily. But if my peers fasted, they never discussed it with me, and my Sunday School teachers…

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Instruments of Holiness: Seven Lessons from Scripture

What is holiness? Is holiness simply a term for self-righteousness or an obscure sense of pious righteousness? Or is it the living reality of a set-apart disciple of the Messiah? In today’s article, we’ll explore seven observations from Scripture about this topic. God is holy, holy, holy. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory?” And the…

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