When a charming-but-troubled teen learns that his latest mischief could land him in a juvenile detention center and his only way out is to spend a week at church camp, he processes the scenario in a song and dance number to the ’90s CCM anthem… Read More »Review: Netflix’s Christian Camp Musical Nails Its ’90s CCM Soundtrack
By Sherri Gragg One minute, six days before Easter morning, I was making my way down the narrow staircase of a 200-year-old log cabin on a friend’s farm; the next minute, I was sprawled across the hardwood floors, clutching my knee in agony. Everything in… Read More »Clinging to Easter Sunday on Monday Morning
From die-hard fans of Aretha Franklin’s music to casual observers of her life and career, a wide range of viewers will be pleasantly surprised by National Geographic’s next installment of its Genius series, Aretha, released this month. The series explores the intimate details of Aretha… Read More »The Broken and Beautiful Church Behind Aretha Franklin
Daniel McGhee was preparing to lead a weekly small group through 40 Days of Purpose by Rick Warren at his New York City church when pandemic restrictions began. The pastor of Connection Church in Queens quickly pivoted to Zoom and revised his plan. The small… Read More »How Social Distancing Is Bringing Pastors Closer to Their Congregants
By Ethan D. Bryan Editor’s note: Ethan Bryan embarked on an exciting quest to play catch every day for a year. During that year, he encountered many interesting people and walked away with valuable life lessons. This post covers day 130 in his quest. “Have… Read More »When Life Throws You a Curve
Steve Cochlan can’t sleep. He lies down and closes his eyes. He rests his head on a pillow. Sometimes, he’s even technically unconscious. But real rest never arrives. Throughout the night, Cochlan’s muscles twitch, constantly and involuntarily. These twitches, called fasciculations, started about three years… Read More »Blessing Others Despite Struggling with ALS
I woke up last week to the news that there had been a mass shooting in Atlanta, and the shooter seemed to have a specific target: Asian American women. What I had feared deep down for several months had finally come to pass. The hateful… Read More »The Atlanta Shooter Targeted My Community. He Also Came from My Former Church.
One hundred years ago or more, if you had problems in your marriage or suffered from depression, you might turn to your pastor. In response, he’d address your problems in explicitly Christian terms. “The problem was sin, and the solution was salvation,” writes John Bernau,… Read More »Study: Today’s Pastoral Counseling Is More Fluent in Psychology
This is the one-hundred-forty-ninth lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive… Read More »How to Live the Bible — Why Are We Drawn to Jesus?
The familiar ding rang out from my computer, notifying me of a new email. I went to check it and discovered an email money transfer, sent at an unexpected time from a very unexpected source. The sender’s name was Shelley, a single mother from our… Read More »Why I Agreed to Receive Financial Help from Someone Who Needed It Herself