3 Signs That You’re Burned Out from Serving

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29 September, 2010. That was the day I realized I was burned out. As a young Christian undergraduate, I thought that I was immune to burnout. After all, wasn’t I doing everything “right” by serving in multiple church and campus ministries every week?

Authentic Christianity Isn't About Losing Yourself

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We hear self-motivating phrases like “You do you”, “Just be yourself”, and “Live authentically” all the time. I’ll be honest, I have probably said a few of them myself. As this whole authenticity/just-be-yourself idea has gained momentum, I have found myself reflecting . . . what if the “self” we’re told to be is broken?

Putting the Joy Back into Surrendering

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Life is hard. We face broken relationships, disappointment, discouragement, ostracism, illnesses, and day-to-day things like the frustration of squeezing with the morning crowd, assignments and chores that won’t complete themselves, nights when we straddle between exhaustion and insomnia—the list is endless.

In My Mess, There’s Still Hope

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That Sunday, when I realized that I had messed up the timing yet again, I started to feel angry at myself, and regretted not being able to join the full worship session from beginning.

If God Is Real, Why Doesn't He End Our Suffering?

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“If God really is who they say He is—all-loving, all-powerful, and all-good—He would end the suffering. Therefore, because there is suffering there can be no God.” So says the age-old critique. Many of us let words like this wash over us without thinking critically about them.

5 Ways to Deepen Your Relationship with God

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No relationship in our lives is more important than the one we have with our creator and purpose-giver. But just like any other relationship, we still go through ups and downs. How can we go about deepening our relationship with God? Here are a few quick ideas.

Dear Doubting Christian, God Is Not Afraid of Your Questions

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I am filled with grief when I see how Christians treat doubt and doubters. For whatever my words are worth, I want to offer a profound apology for any time you’ve been written off easily by Christians in your circle—maybe even made to feel as though you’re “not really one of us” because you struggle to believe what others claim comes so naturally to them.

3 Unexpected Benefits of Studying Theology

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I grew up reading theology and for a long time I hated every moment of it. I didn’t understand why my parents would torture me with reading assignments each summer.

Does What I Believe in Really Make A Difference?

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A few years back, I was leading a group of students through weekly Bible studies, when one of the girls openly asked, “Do you guys really believe what we are reading? And if so, does it truly make a visible difference in our lives?“