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Being a Christian in the world today isn’t always easy. Find help from God’s Word for navigating some of the issues that come up in everyday life.

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Why does racism exist?

A few years ago, I tried to explain racism to my kids. I defined racism as the belief that races are not distinct equals…

Social Issues

His love for the world

I’m so glad that Jesus wasn’t racist. The Novotny family tree reaches its branches back to modern Germany and the Czech Republic. Lots of…

Social Issues

Diversity in the church

There are few things that I love more than seeing diversity in the church. When Puerto Ricans, Pakistanis, Brazilians, African Americans, Caucasians, Hmong, Mexicans,…

Life’s Challenges

God & transgender—Part 5

God gave us a gender (male or female); sin broke our bodies (including our sense of gender); Jesus’ body was broken to give us…

Life’s Challenges

God & transgender—Part 4

I came across a sobering statistic from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It reported that 42 percent of transgender teens have attempted suicide. 42…

Life’s Challenges

God & transgender—Part 3

Do you think Jesus experienced the same temptation that many transgender people face? Jesus is God—all-powerful, eternal, present everywhere—but two thousand years ago, when…

Life’s Challenges

God & transgender—Part 2

If God created us “male and female” and declared that our genders are “very good” (Genesis 1:27,31), why do so many people—even God-fearing, Spirit-filled…

Life’s Challenges

God & transgender—Part 1

How should Christians approach their transgender questions? When we (or someone we love) feel a disconnect between our brains and our biological bodies, what…

Friends & Family

Thank heaven for young women

The Equal Rights Amendment says, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any…

Social Issues

Reflecting on kids and crisis during Christmas

I recently attended a seminar held in my city about mental health, suicide, and crisis prevention. The statistics and stories from my part of…

Social Issues

Cut it off

This is a very tough choice: “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It…

Social Issues

There is no pedestal

Hierarchies are things of the past. They are vestiges of societies that placed a premium on having privilege. Hierarchies reflect an old covenant way…