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Shepherding Parents of Prodigals Webinar

A recent study by the Barna Group focused on young people who drop out of church and leave the faith. But nowhere is that more disconcerting than for pastors and church leaders who are seeing their own children leave the faith. For leaders who are struggling with their children, the challenge to shepherd other parents […]

Praying for Prodigals Webinar

David Kinnaman’s recent book, You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church . . . and Rethinking Faith, highlights a recent study by the Barna Group that focuses on young people who drop out of church and leave the faith. He discovered three distinct patterns of those who have “lost their faith”: prodigals, nomads, and […]

Shepherding Couples Through Infertility Webinar

Infertility has been called the silent epidemic. One in eight American couples will experience some form of infertility. That number jumps to one in four couples in developing nations. Infertility is a real issue that haunts many couples who earnestly desire to start a family of their own. And most of them struggle alone in […]

Infertility: Finding Hope With Empty Arms

“Perhaps a greater tragedy than a broken dream is a life forever defined by it.” Those are the words of Sheridan Voysey from his book, Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams Into New Beginnings. While the details of our broken dreams may vary, there are common threads that we all share . . . like what does the new normal look like after your dream has died?

Managing the Ministry Webinar

Pastors and ministry leaders are often thrown into the deep end of the pool without a whole lot of coaching when it comes to managing the avalanche of demands, opportunities, and interruptions that make up life in the ministry. And unfortunately for most of us who trained for ministry, our seminary training was woefully lacking […]


  In my culture (I was born and raised in Appalachian coal country), storytelling is both an art and a way of life. I’m not sure of the degree to which illiteracy and economic depression nurtured this gift in my ancestors, but the ability to teach, entertain, and communicate via stories is highly prized where […]

Finding God In The Frustrations of Life Webinar

Life is difficult. Flat tires, flooded basements, cranky kids, wounding words, the loss of a job, a broken body, a painful marriage—“trouble” comes in all shapes and sizes. And it often shows up when we least expect it and are unprepared. Learning to live for God through all the daily troubles and difficulties of life […]

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Hope in Difficult Times

I like winter primarily because it leads to spring. Even though I live in Michigan where the harsh and blustery winters are reminiscent of C. S. Lewis’ make-believe world of Narnia where it was “always winter but never Christmas,” spring (even in Michigan) never fails to show up. And when spring finally arrives, I appreciate it the […]


This past week my kids traveled down to Ohio to spend time with their grandparents. During the trip they received a gift from my dad—a digital recording of me playing basketball as a high school senior. I have to be honest, it’s more than a bit embarrassing—and I’m not just talking about the too-short shorts. […]

Why Forgive?

Forgiveness isn’t easy, especially when it seems you are continually forgiving the same person over and over again. If you’re like me, you may forgive, sometimes grudgingly, but you wonder, When will that person ever change? Shouldn’t there be a limit to my forgiveness? And the act of forgiving can be even more difficult when […]

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Jesus Loves You!

Some of the finest and dearest people I know struggle with believing that God loves them. They believe that they are far too sinful, too unlovable, or too unworthy to be loved by God. They have received Jesus as their Savior but still doubt that His love extends to them. They have no trouble believing […]

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When We Doubt . . . Then What?

Ever had doubts? I sure have. Even though I grew up in a Christian home, I wrestled with all kinds of doubts. I had doubts even after making a decision to follow Jesus as a young child. I was haunted by questions like: Was I sincere enough? Did I really believe? Did I say the […]

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Does God Really Care?

I believe in God the Father and in His Son Jesus Christ my Lord. I hold to the promises of the Bible, and nothing can sway me from those beliefs. But I admit that sometimes I’ve doubted God’s love and His motives. I’ve wondered […]

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Blah Days

I live in Midwestern Michigan, where the weather can be extreme. In the winter, temperatures can reach the balmy 40s or plummet to -20°. But mostly we get temperatures ranging between 0° and the mid-30s. Our average yearly snow accumulation is around 50 to 70 inches. We can also get freezing rain—like today. And we […]

Growing In Grace & Truth Webinar

Growing spiritually isn’t something that just happens naturally, even for faithful followers of Jesus. It must be cultivated. And frankly, in the frantic and hurried pace that most of us live, it’s simply not easy. Even when we say we want to, knowing what to do to grow consistently in our faith is a struggle. So what does it take to develop and practice spiritual disciplines?