The Gospel Turns the ‘Try Harder’ Mentality on Its Head

The Gospel Turns the ‘Try Harder’ Mentality on Its Head

Our own strength is insufficient to carry us to places of greater faith


It’s that time of year again—New Year’s resolution time, that is. Just as soon as we finish packing up the lights and de-cluttering our houses from all the Christmas cheer, we’ve moved on to our next task: setting goals.

Top 10 Posts of 2017

Top 10 Posts of 2017

Building Bridges of Witness in Turkey

Building Bridges of Witness in Turkey

To be Turkish is to be Muslim.


In the turbulent world of international politics, Turkey sits right in the middle. Here in the historic city of Istanbul, the stakes for one-upmanship are growing. On the day I arrived, the President of Turkey refused entrance to Americans.

There are times when my Canadian passport comes in handy.

Pushing into Places of Conflict for the Good of the Kingdom

Pushing into Places of Conflict for the Good of the Kingdom

Leadership requires a commitment to solving conflict.


There is a big difference between talking with someone and talking about someone. Yet Christian organizations, churches, and families are full of people talking behind each other’s backs. When conflicts arise—and they will—as leaders we frequently skirt around the necessity of dealing directly with each other.

My Story: From Prison to Freedom, and What I’ve Learned about the Promise of the Gospel

My Story: From Prison to Freedom, and What I’ve Learned about the Promise of the Gospel

Formerly incarcerated person pastors church in Orange County


When a publisher asked me, “Why would someone want to read a book written by you?” it took me longer to answer than I expected.

And my answer impacted my faith.

One-on-One with Krish Kandiah on Stranger Grace and Stranger Danger

One-on-One with Krish Kandiah on Stranger Grace and Stranger Danger

God is strange, unpredictable, and inscrutable


Ed Stetzer: What do you mean when you say “God is stranger”?

Krish Kandiah: Well, for a start, God is stranger than we give him credit for. The Bible is full of awkward parts where God behaves in unpredictable or strange ways—although mostly I think we tend to ignore those bits.

Rhinos, Rabbits, and the Challenges of Multiplying a Church Planting Movement

Rhinos, Rabbits, and the Challenges of Multiplying a Church Planting Movement

Partnering together for the sake of the gospel


What Christmas Tells Us About the Person and Character of God

What Christmas Tells Us About the Person and Character of God

So the world will know that hope has come


Today, we celebrate the coming of our Savior and King. Prophets foretold his birth for centuries and, finally, after years of waiting, Christ the Messiah came into the world. The wait for redemption is finally over.

Christmas is a time to celebrate the fulfillment of longings.

A Waiting World, the Anticipation of Christmas, and What We Learn About the Love of God

A Waiting World, the Anticipation of Christmas, and What We Learn About the Love of God

Our hearts are restless until they rest in You.


The first snowfall of the year is an exciting time for those of us living in northern regions of the United States and throughout Canada. Sure, it’s cold. But it really is pretty.

White clouds cover the horizon from highway to hilltop and from them fall millions of frozen flakes. What was once dingy, brown colored ground is purified by a blanket of white snow.

Wait … Christmas Is Jewish?

Wait … Christmas Is Jewish?

Help Jewish people discover the real meaning of Christmas.


When you think about it, isn’t it ironic that Jewish people think, Christmas isn’t for us? As I grew up in traditional Judaism, we observed Hanukkah, a celebration of Jewish survival against oppressors. And Christmas was just an American cultural festivity without a spiritual message.

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