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Living My Faith

The spiritual-but-not-religious experiment

Do you know someone who is “spiritual but not religious”? After witnessing a thousand sex and/or stealing scandals and overhearing a million petty fights…

Life’s Challenges

Save us from success!

What do you think of Gideon? In Judges chapters 6-8, we meet a nobody named Gideon whose faith seems remarkably flawed. When Jesus appears…

Living My Faith

Am I Allowed to Work on Sundays?

In Numbers 15, God ordered a man to be stoned to death for gathering wood on the Sabbath. What exactly does keeping the Sabbath Day holy mean for me? I don’t do chores on Sunday, but my husband does. It’s an ongoing debate in our family. This week, Pastor Mike answers tough questions from viewers like you.

Living My Faith

The Israelites aren’t the only ones with a problem

Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought the children of Israel were pathetic. Me too. I mean, really people, God brought down supernatural plagues…

Living My Faith

Stop saying, “It’s okay,” because it’s not okay

About 13 years ago, when I was interning at a church, my boss/pastor said that we would not just preach about forgiveness; we would…

Living My Faith

You’ll be a pro in no time

My teenagers had a day off of school, so on that -9-degree morning, we headed to a nearby training facility. While my teens were…

Living My Faith

When the odds are against you

What are the odds that you’ll resist temptation today? Um . . . yeah. We can quickly answer that question. Despite our willing spirits,…

Who is God?

Your God is beautifully complex

It’s hard to surrender to the paradoxes in the Bible. Sometimes it frustrates me when things seem contradictory. Lately, I’ve been trying harder to…

Living My Faith

Don’t ever say, “just a layperson”

No Christians want weak pastors at their congregations. Church members want a pastor who is a good speaker; a hard worker; a good manager;…

Living My Faith

Love is both roses and thorns

If disciplining children is hard and at times hurts you more than it hurts them, it’s love. If discussing your friend’s bad behavior makes…

Bible 101

It’s great to be Jewish

Jewish people have suffered from anti-Semitism for thousands of years. Satan must have a bitter and permanent grudge against the nation that gave the…

Friends & Family

Do you have a spiritual house cleaner?

For Christmas, my husband contacted a friend who has a cleaning business and surprised me with six months of housecleaning. Now, before I get…