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Book Review: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Book Review: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Welcome to our first ever Mama Bear book review! This is where we will give you a digest of carefully chosen, wonderful books. These essential reads will not only equip you and your cubs as you work to fulfill 1 Peter 3:15 but will surely enrich your personal...
A Crash Course in Wicca

A Crash Course in Wicca

[For those of you who might be new to my world religion series, the purpose of this series is to help Christians be better informed about others’ beliefs in order to have more productive conversations. As you engage with others on these topics, be sure to do so...
5 Questions Everybody has About “The Chosen”

5 Questions Everybody has About “The Chosen”

So you want to watch The Chosen, but aren’t sure if it’s legit? That was the main question that I had when I first saw The Chosen advertised on my Facebook News Feed. (If you haven’t heard of The Chosen, it’s a multi-season series about the life of Jesus. The first...
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...
Recovering from the Word of Faith Movement

Recovering from the Word of Faith Movement

The theology Charla grew up in goes by many names: word-faith, word of faith, name it and claim it, the health and wealth gospel, and prosperity gospel. This “gospel” teaches that we can speak things into existence — blessings, money, and healing. If you...
A Case for Church

A Case for Church

By Teasi Cannon Ah, Sunday morning! When Christian children everywhere rise early, yelling through the halls with gleeful anticipation, Wake up, everyone! It’s church day! Wait, what? This isn’t your reality? No need to worry. I’m not sure it’s anyone’s reality. In...
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...
Getting to Know Your Muslim Neighbors

Getting to Know Your Muslim Neighbors

“…I do not think a religion ought to be judged on the basis of some of its followers. The actions of some Christians do not necessarily say anything about Christianity, and the actions of some Muslims do not necessarily say anything about Islam. … what matters are the...
An Argument for Silence

An Argument for Silence

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!  Psalm 46:10 (NLT) As a middle-aged woman trying to maintain some measure of physical health, I like to walk the two-mile loop around my neighborhood as many days a...
Creating a Legacy of Prayer

Creating a Legacy of Prayer

I find myself in an odd stage of motherhood — both of my sons are young career adults; one is married; I’m not yet a grandmother. It’s sort of an in-between time. I feel as close to, and as far away from, motherhood as the miles (2 and 380) my sons are from me. By all...
Who Was Muhammad? (Islam: Part 2)

Who Was Muhammad? (Islam: Part 2)

In my first article about Islam (read it here), I gave you a crash course in Islam, but in order to have a full understanding of Islam, we should spend some time discussing its founder and prophet, Muhammad. You’ve probably heard of him, but who was he exactly? He was...
Confessions of a Former Christian Snowflake

Confessions of a Former Christian Snowflake

Back when most of us were still in diapers, there was a trial that made some buzz on the eastern Tennessee nightly news. A parent had been flipping through her children’s classroom readers when some of the material made her conservative Spidey senses tingle. No, it...
What do Muslims Believe? A Crash Course in Islam

What do Muslims Believe? A Crash Course in Islam

Writing about Islam can be difficult because there is tension between being honest about its history while still being respectful to those who practice it. I want to make sure I’m giving you a good foundation for understanding Islam so that you can answer any...