How Honest is Too Honest When You Pray?

How Honest is Too Honest When You Pray?

In case you haven’t noticed, I (Hillary) am a big fan of honesty. This has worked both to my favor and my detriment in regular life. People know they can come to me to get honest assessments of things. On the flip side of that coin, I sometimes don’t guard my words as...
Enneagram Shaming is Not the Way Forward

Enneagram Shaming is Not the Way Forward

We interrupt our regularly scheduled 3-part series on the Enneagram to address some hurts that may be caused by the timing of this series. We had no idea it would turn into such a cultural moment — thanks in no small part to Jackie Hill Perry publicly announcement...
Does Jesus Ever Talk About Homosexuality?

Does Jesus Ever Talk About Homosexuality?

I was in my mid-20s living in San Diego. I joined some people from a nearby church and went to a Pride parade to pass out water, give hugs, and hold signs saying “We are sorry the church hasn’t loved you the way Jesus would” (or something along those lines). All of a...
Is Deconstruction the Same Thing as Doubt?

Is Deconstruction the Same Thing as Doubt?

A clip from Skillet frontman John Cooper has recently been making the rounds on social media. In it, Cooper is heard saying that “it is time to declare war on this idolatrous deconstruction Christian movement.” And just like that, the Christian community split. One...
The Importance of Christmas Traditions

The Importance of Christmas Traditions

What do you think of when you hear the word tradition? Your great aunt’s famous casserole? Opening a single gift on Christmas Eve? Watching that creepy claymation Rudolph film? (You know… the one with the elf who wants to be a dentist?) Most of our families have some...
MBA Episode 61: Finding Joy in Suffering

MBA Episode 61: Finding Joy in Suffering

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe started a new podcast series a couple of weeks ago called, “Fostering Joy in 2021.” (You can listen to or watch the first episode, “The Role of Gratitude,” here.) In this...
MBA Episode 55: The Art of Disagreeing Agreeably

MBA Episode 55: The Art of Disagreeing Agreeably

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLet’s all make a pact, Mama Bears, that in a world gone mad…we don’t add to the madness. You may remember our recent Daily Discipleship videos about disagreeing well (you can watch...
Revival or Persecution? Preparing for Revival

Revival or Persecution? Preparing for Revival

Sifting, church. A great sifting is taking place in our ranks. Destructive ideologies are infiltrating the church. Culturally reinforced Christianity is, for the most part, a thing of the past. (Which I’m actually kinda okay with. It’s about time that the only people...
Resisting the Urge to Grow Cold

Resisting the Urge to Grow Cold

I have a good friend and apologist who posted on Facebook the other day. It wasn’t her normal careful, reasoned response. It was angry and belittling — not at all like her. I sent her a private message that said something along the lines of, “I love you, friend! Do...