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  • Blog Post: New Documentary 'Irreplaceable' Reclaims Conversation About the Family

    If I ever joined Netflix, it's possible I would become a documentary junkie overnight. I enjoy learning about an interesting topic in just a couple hours — whether it's the fast food industry , the danger of killer whales or Taylor Swift's rise to fame . Maybe someday I'll see Word...
  • Blog Post: For Such a Time As This: Episode 322

    Listen to this week's show! Question to consider: Do you have non-Christian friends and/or family members, and if so, what conversations, if any, do you have about spiritual things? Roundtable: Fish out of Water We're living in a world that is becoming decidedly less Christian. For...
  • 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: The Generational-Pride Trap

    "Do not be proud of the fact that your grandmother was shocked at something which you are accustomed to seeing or hearing without being shocked," G.K. Chesterton wrote in 1935. "It may mean that your grandmother was an extremely lively and vital animal and that you are a paralytic."...
  • Blog Post: Five Signs You're Dating a Fixer-Upper

    Recently, I wrote a post on Boundless in which I compared dating to the process of purchasing a home, and I warned readers about the dangers of settling on a "fixer-upper," that is, "someone who look[s] perfect at first, but upon closer inspection, his or her life is falling apart."...
  • Blog Post: Good Work: Episode 317

    Listen to this week's show! Roundtable: Glorifying God on the Job Work is a way of earning a paycheck. But it's so much more. Through our work, we tend to creation; use our God-given talents; bring order, innovation and creativity; and glorify God. Of course it's hard to see this sometimes...
  • 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: When Love Is Bad

    The rise and fall of King Solomon is one of Scripture's great tragedies. Solomon had it all, and for a while he used his gifts wisely and well. But he began the practice of "marriage alliance" (first cited in 1 Kings 3:1 ) — political marriages with many prominent women from other...
  • Blog Post: Jesus, the Alien Superhero

    I have an agnostic friend named Ben who regularly peppers me with politely-antagonistic questions about my faith. For example, the other day, he asked me whether I really believed what the Bible said about Jesus' life. "Shoot straight with me, Joshua," he said. "Isn't there...
  • Blog Post: Best of Boundless: God's Perfect Plan for Your Life

    Sometimes a line from a book or a song or even a sermon can act like an arrow, piercing your heart with the truth you needed to hear. The first line of John Greco’s “God’s Perfect Plan for Your Life” was that kind of experience for me. “Is it possible that what we're...
  • Blog Post: Thankful for the Fleas

    Back at the beginning of November, I wrote about how my pastor had told a story about being thankful in the midst of difficult times (" Changed by Thankfulness "). I was struck by his illustration, and I decided to let it shape a spiritual discipline for me in the month of November. So, during...
  • Blog Post: Young Evangelicals Should Support Hobby Lobby

    This week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Hobby Lobby's challenge to a portion of Obamacare: a mandate requiring employers to fund health-care plans that cover potential abortion-inducing drugs. The owners of the arts-and-crafts chain — the Green family, Christians who have committed...
  • Blog Post: First Snow

    Have you had your first snowfall of the year yet? Here in Colorado Springs, the nearby mountains have been frost-topped for nearly a month now, but I hadn't seen any snow here in town until a morning last week when a coworker announced — in excitement or dismay, I couldn't quite tell —...
  • Blog Post: How Do You Define Success?

    I've notice a common question in a job interview is, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Given the context, most potential employers probably want to know your professional goals and assume that you want to be successful at your job by advancing through the ranks. January 2014...
  • Blog Post: Make Your Big Church Small: Episode 292

    Listen to this week's show! Roundtable: Circle Your Chairs Most churches have small groups; it's a way to make the big church small, encourage authenticity and accountability, and dig deeper into the Word and each others' lives. But we've all been in small groups that were, um, lacking...
  • Blog Post: Do Social Justice Activities Detract From the Gospel?

    Activities that fall into the category of “social justice” (like fighting poverty, digging wells for clean water, and working in inner city communities) are becoming popular in many of our churches and Christian circles today. But do you assume that social justice and the Gospel go hand-in...
  • Blog Post: Hope or Hopium?

    The other day I was doing some research related to financial investment when I came across an author who dismissed a particularly speculative money-making opportunity as "hopium." Now, I'd never seen that word before, and it kind of captured my imagination. (Turns out the word has been...
  • Blog Post: Why Did God Do That?: Episode 289

    Listen to this week's show! Roundtable: Moms at Work Some things should never be discussed at a dinner party; these include religion, politics and whether mothers should work outside the home. But since Boundless is no dinner party, we're going to kick the proverbial hornet's nest....
  • Blog Post: Do You Want the Title or the Towel?

    One of my favorite memories from college was an annual tradition on our floor that took place the last weekend of school. We would gather in the lounge and take part in what I can only describe as a very sacred thing. We would wash each other’s feet, following Jesus’ example in John 13. One...
  • Blog Post: The Difference Between Masculinity and Femininity

    One of the first things we learn about humanity in the book of Genesis is that God chose to create us with two genders that reflected His image. Near the end of the first chapter of Scripture, we read, "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Women: Episode 286

    Listen to this week's show! Roundtable: Girl Trouble It’s no small feat to pursue a woman, and for those guys who feel they start out at a disadvantage, the process can be downright discouraging. Is there hope for the quiet and quirky guy who may not be the stereotypical alpha male? Our...
  • Blog Post: Lie Detector: Episode 285

    Listen to this week's show! Roundtable: Who Am I? It's easy to believe lies about ourselves, and there's nothing that Satan would like better than to defeat us with our own negative self-talk. So how do we understand the way God sees us, and then truly believe it? This week's guests...
  • Blog Post: Street Cred or Sellout?

    Football player Michael Vick has made headlines for allegedly sponsoring some pretty gruesome dog fights. Which leads us to ask how a successful athlete could fall into such perversion. According to some, Vick's apparent downfall has resulted from his aligning himself with the gangsta rap subculture...
  • Blog Post: Of Bumper Stickers and Bad Theology

    I often groan at bumper stickers that try to convey a theological message and end up missing the scriptural mark, sometimes badly. But the people behind them often mean well. I'm not so sure that's true of the one I saw a couple days ago: "God loves everyone. NO exceptions." ...
  • Blog Post: Four Books

    I recently was asked to speak at a conference on the topic of writing for cultural change. As I contemplated what to say, I got to thinking about American books that have caused a change of direction in our culture -- for good or ill. The sole criterion was cultural shift, not whether the books...