Lighting up the Winter Darkness with Style

It’s midwinter in Indiana at the time of this writing, and I’m thinking about light. It’s scarce ’round these parts right now. The internet says we get 186 sunny days per year in Indianapolis, below the US average of 205.  (I probably shouldn’t have looked that up.) San Juan Capistrano, CA (where we held our conference last year) gets 285. … Read More

How to Overcome Suicidal Thoughts

By J. Scott McElroy (NOTE: This article first appeared at Crosswalk.com. ) The world lost two incredibly talented and accomplished people to suicide recently, designer Kate Spade and traveling chef/TV host Anthony Bourdain. It’s a sad story that keeps playing out; successful, yet anguished artists who end their lives; icons like Hemingway, Monroe, Cobain, Williams, and too many more. The … Read More

7 Surprising Benefits of Sadness

(This article was published at Crosswalk.com) Is your smile feeling a little strained lately? Worried that your joy cup doesn’t always “runneth over?” You might be relieved to know that God doesn’t expect Christians to be “happy” all the time.  In fact, he fully expects us to experience sadness. I know, sadness is not a “positive and encouraging” topic. Nobody … Read More

The Pleasure in Perseverance

“…but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance…”(Romans 5:3 NKJV) Several years ago my parents got an “Award of Perseverance” from their church; a little framed certificate of recognition that was probably designed on a pastor’s computer. But it was a big deal for our family; an acknowledgment of two people who “gloried in their tribulations”. For … Read More

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