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  • Blog Post: It's Complicated: Episode 323

    Listen to this week's show! Question to Consider: How do you balance grace and truth in conversations about homosexuality? Roundtable: The Same-Sex Struggle For those who struggle with same-sex attraction, the questions, doubts and fears surrounding the issue are nothing new. But is there...
  • Blog Post: Learning What You're Really Like Is Priceless (but Painful)

    I still remember the night my friend Aaron suggested I interview three people to learn what kind of impact I had on them. I was in a men's accountability group, and no one other than Aaron seemed enthusiastic about our doing it. I was especially uncomfortable when I looked at the interview questions...
  • Blog Post: Manhood Worth Modeling: Episode 321

    Listen to this week's show! Question to consider: What constitutes gentleman-like behavior? How can Christian men lead the way in caring for others in word and deed? Roundtable: To Be a Gentleman There are many ways to describe a man in today's culture, but what defines a gentleman?...
  • Blog Post: Pick a Country, Any Country

    As disappointed as Ron Swanson would be to hear it, I have made France my country. Making France my country mostly means I try to pray for the people there daily. I pray for the missionaries who are working in a country where evangelical Christians account for .8 percent or so of the population. I pray...
  • Blog Post: Red and Yellow, Black and White: Episode 320

    Listen to this week's show and share your comments! Questions to consider: Where do you see the impact of race and diversity most in your own life? What encourages or frustrates you on this front? Roundtable: Minority Report The transition to adulthood is tricky for anyone these days. But for...
  • Blog Post: Start an Encouragement File

    A few weeks ago I found myself in a particularly busy season in my life. Things were busy at work, and things were busy in my free time. Predictably, I started to feel a little discouraged. The combination of everything I had going on was taking a toll. So I carved out some time for deeper rest. I spent...
  • Blog Post: Your Turn: Why I Adore Lent

    by Catherine Emanuel Most of my friends think I’m crazy, but I adore Lent. From the ashes on Ash Wednesday to the candles on Holy Saturday, the season captures me in a way nothing else does. I love the idea of being joined with the whole church in prayer and repentance, across the world and...
  • Blog Post: Will the Real You Please Stand Up?: Episode 316

    Listen to this week's show! Roundtable: Better Than Broken Does God want you to be a mess? With the way some Christians talk about brokenness, sin, "getting real" and all the other catchphrases for Christian authenticity, you'd think messiness is the litmus test for mature faith...
  • Blog Post: Created for Community

    Ever since I started dating Josh, I've been learning about what community is and how beneficial it is to develop strong relationships with other Christians. Developing community doesn't come naturally for me. I'm such an introvert, and I have a fear of vulnerability. The thought of letting...
  • Blog Post: My Love/Hate Relationship With Social Media

    Confession: Sometimes I hate Facebook. Except when I love Facebook. Basically, I have a love/hate relationship with it. And Twitter. And Instagram. And blogging, when I actually remember to post. Sometimes I find social media frustrating because people don’t read things the way I intended or...
  • Blog Post: An Unexpected Love Story: Episode 313

    Listen to this week's show! Roundtable: Love Can Move Mountains Nathan wanted to get married, but the thought of a seemingly endless string of set-ups and dating dead ends had him discouraged. Then, when his buddy died in a climbing accident, Nathan was left to grieve. Slowly, God began to...
  • Blog Post: David Powlison on Struggling with Singleness

    Christian counselor David Powlison understands the various challenges singles face. The following short video is packed with so much wisdom, I initially watched it three times. Dr. Powlison offers a wise perspective on how we can face the various struggles we deal with as singles and beyond. My favorite...
  • Blog Post: You Know You're a Church Kid If ...

    OK, if you grew up attending church, you need to read this. Right now. In “ 20 Signs You Grew Up a Church Kid ,” mom and pastor's wife, Becki, provides a walk down memory lane, featuring Psalty the Singing Songbook, McGee and Me, DC Talk and flannelgraph. In addition, her list of signs...
  • Blog Post: Man-Sized Challenges: Episode 310

    Listen to this week's show! Roundtable: Setting Stretch Goals Everyone knows that guys like to be challenged. But what kind of challenges are beneficial, and are there different challenges for different men? Our all-male panel, led by Boundless favorite Steve Watters, talks about how taking...
  • Blog Post: Party Like a Christian

    When you think about your community of believers, what words come to mind? What descriptors would you apply to the group of people you share faith and do life with? What are your gatherings like? These questions apply to your church, the other organized gatherings you participate in like Bible studies...
  • Blog Post: Somebody's Going to Mess Up Christmas

    Let's be clear about one thing from the start: I have no doubt that my dad meant well. I was 10 years old, and Dad thought it would be a great idea for us to trek out into the woods behind our house and cut down our very own Christmas tree. At first, it seemed like a splendid idea, but then we...
  • Blog Post: What's Your Language?: Episode 306

    Listen to this week's show! Roundtable: Show Me Some Love It may seem weird for singles to discuss love, but the fact is, everyone needs love, and everyone needs to love. That said, how can we do it appropriately and in a way that is life-giving for each unique individual? Using the five love...
  • Blog Post: More Riches From Acts 2 on Building Community

    After describing the frustration I used to feel over Christian community and how it wasn't happening for me, I got rolling on the real help I found in Acts 2 for growing community in my life. I couldn't stop. In addition to the five ideas I shared last time, here are five more: 6) Worship...
  • Blog Post: How Do I Build Community?

    I've noticed lately that it's cool in some pockets of Christianity to have a bad attitude about Proverbs 31 . The logic goes that the chapter sets an unreasonable standard for a woman's performance, godliness, housewife-liness, etc. It makes us feel inadequate in comparison, so it's OK...
  • Blog Post: What is Facebook Saying About You?

    I’ll admit it. I’m kind of a Facebook junkie. I do try to limit my online consumption, but spending most days at home with two toddlers, social media provides a needed social outlet. If you're a Facebook regular, have you ever wondered what your Facebook statuses say about you? (As an...
  • Blog Post: Frustrated With Community

    I didn't know it until much later, but my high school experience was kind of odd in terms of community. While many folks don't have their first experience of true, deep community until college, I had not one, but two real community experiences in high school (one at my school and one at my church...
  • Blog Post: Francis Chan's Math Lesson: Episode 302

    Listen to this week's show! Roundtable: Join the Club It's not easy to meet people as a single. Small groups and Bible studies at church are great, but are there other creative ways to find friends and build relationships, especially with folks from different ages and stages? The people on...
  • Blog Post: Your Turn: Lust and Leggings

    by Collin Woodard One of the advantages of living in Georgia right now is that we’re still in the middle of fall. The pumpkins of Halloween have mostly been taken off of their respective porches, but pumpkin spice lattes are still as popular as ever. Men are breaking out their boots and plaid...
  • Blog Post: Your Turn: Remembering the Good

    by Ashley Plitt “I teach middle school.” This statement, which I provide in response to the questions “so, what do you do?” or “what’s your job?” usually evokes a variety of responses. These range from handclasps of sympathy to looks of admiration to the...
  • Blog Post: Community or Family?

    The first time someone pointed out the difference between family and community to me I was sitting in a field at a little worship gathering. There was an open mike, and people took turns sharing about the stuff God was doing in their lives. A woman stepped to the mike and told this story: "Lately...