Articles.

  • Cured of “Versitis”

    Following Jesus is less about a verse by verse detailed map that we’ve grown accustomed to, and more about following an overarching ethos, style, mood, and way of following Jesus that pays attention to the verses, but ultimately seeks the heart of Jesus within them.......

  • I Think God Is Crying

    I wake up every night crying, my friend said quietly, and I think God is crying too. I was in Nazareth, walking with an Arab Christian friend on the Mount of Beatitudes....

  • The Way of Jesus: Reflections from Lebanon

    This article originally appeared on daniellestrickland.com I flew into Lebanon shortly after polishing off a quick book on it’s incredible past. The Middle East is a part of the world I, like most westerners, have been ignorant of. Fear has dominated the news reports of......

  • Dear Christians, Jesus Was A Refugee

    This article originally appeared on happysonship.com. Dear Christians, Did you know that Jesus was a refugee? His parents escaped the brutality of Herod and lived in Egypt for years. Yes. As a middle eastern refugee family. Sincerely, The Bible The letter above was written for......

  • “You’re All Pharisees.”

    This article originally appeared on carlmedearis.com. Dr. Larycia Hawkins was removed from Wheaton College for her “extreme views.” (She donned the Muslim women’s hijab, took a selfie with it on, and equated Allah with God.) Then we invited her to share at Simply Jesus. Between......

  • Honor Everyone, He Said

    It was his beard. He stood before us with an AR-15 and a garden tool. Mike Martin founded RAWTools, an organization that transforms weapons into garden tools. I was attending a Peacemaking workshop at Simply Jesus with the good people of Global Immerse. I was......

  • Hungry for Spiritual REAL-Ness?

    This article was originally posted at AndyBraner.com If you’re anything like me, I’m always on the hunt for someone to ignite my imagination concerning spiritual things. I grew up in a Baptist Church, attended a Bible Church through High School, was involved in a wonderful......

  • I Bear Witness

    This post was originally seen on SarahBessey.com Here is a consistency to which I bear witness: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against these things there is no law. I bear witness that we can believe in the “right” things, that have......

  • In Which God Does Not Want To Use Me

    This post was originally seen on SarahBessey.com “God wants to use you.” I have had to yank that lie right out of the ground, burn it like chaff. I know we mean well, of course we do. We say things like: “oh, I just want to be......

  • The Gift of Pondering

    In this season of life I find myself entering into a more contemplative life in the Spirit. I think this was brought about in part by a longing in my heart toward a deeper intimacy with God. To be honest, I didn’t have the inclination to “ponder” much in my younger years....

  • The Messy, Confusing, Humbling Love of Jesus

    “There is power in the name of Jesus,” we sang full force. “There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain,” we repeated with arms out-stretched. “There’s an army rising up,” the refrain assured those gathered in a synagogue-turned-church. I stopped singing....

  • Restitution

    Walking through Jericho one day, Jesus looked beyond and above the crowds and saw a small man perched in a tree.  All the locals knew it was Zacchaeus. He was a rich man due to his work as the chief tax collector.  His riches came......

  • Learning to Follow Jesus with Others

    There has been so much emphasis on a “personal relationship with Jesus” that I wonder if we’ve lost track of how important our life with others is in our pursuit of knowing him. When Jesus led his early followers he had them living and loving......

  • Buddhists in Carpinteria

    I was reeling from an extended trip to the country of Bhutan.  Somehow living in someone else’s culture, even for a short time, has a way of calling into question much of what you took for granted before. I was back in my own culture,......

  • Being Brave vs. Being Good

    If you asked normal people on the street what the main desire of a godly person is…what do you think they’d say? I think most would say that they are trying to be good, holy, and morally perfect. Not bad goals…but I’m not sure that......

  • Carried to Freedom

    In two hours I had to speak to 300 people at a spiritual retreat…. and I had no idea what I would say.  It was an early Fall morning near Santa Cruz, California and  I found my way down the road to a local coffee......

  • Transforming From the Inside Out

    Have you ever tried to learn something that didn’t come easily? Like a language, an instrument, or even a hard math equation? I don’t like doing things I’m not good at. No one does. Following Jesus doesn’t come naturally to me, and it doesn’t seem......

  • Twelve Full Baskets Left Over

    It was a beautiful Colorado summer morning and the sun was slanting through the cottonwood trees and spilling onto the luxurious grace of the meandering campus where I was doing graduate studies south of Colorado Springs.  We had a morning lecture on the agenda and......

  • Be Brave

    Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. — C. S. Lewis Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically,......

  • Wall of Love

    “Sure….. sure, Jerry….. I’ll be happy to meet with him….. what is his name again?  Oh, okay…Tom.” “Why am I meeting with this guy?” I think to myself.  “I guess he loves orphans, and that is a good enough reason.  Plus, my friend Jerry thought......

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