3 Questions to Ask in the Wake of a Storm

3 Questions to Ask in the Wake of a Storm

The other day I went for a walk around the pond behind our house. It was a day after a decent-sized storm went through, and for whatever reason, the pond was crystal clear. Typically, this pond is fairly murky, and it’s impossible to see the bottom clearly. But on...
Walking Worthy: An Analysis of Colossians 1:9-14

Walking Worthy: An Analysis of Colossians 1:9-14

This is the third part of a textual analysis series in the book of Colossians. Read part 1 | Read part 2As we make the transition from Paul’s thanksgiving (vv. 3-8) to his prayer (vv. 9-14), it is important to see the link between the two passages. Paul begins his...
Relationship 101: What’s Attunement?

Relationship 101: What’s Attunement?

In Genesis 2:18 God said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” This declaration means that we are not capable of seeing every place where we are broken and we are not capable of fixing every issue on our own. Every single person needs someone at some point to provide...
The Day Comfort & Control Failed Me

The Day Comfort & Control Failed Me

I just finished week six of stay-at-home isolation. As my plans for the year have dramatically shifted and I have been adjusting to this new normal, I have found myself leaning toward two defense strategies to cope with this radically changing environment: comfort and...
Following Jesus: I Want to Be Like…

Following Jesus: I Want to Be Like…

The following devotional is an excerpt from Dustin Crowe’s new book Finding Satisfaction in Christ: A Devotional Study of Colossians. The book walks through Colossians a few verses at a time, seeking to explain and apply the passage in a Christ-centered way. “Put on...
2 Unseen Reasons to Check on Loved Ones Today

2 Unseen Reasons to Check on Loved Ones Today

As the death count in the United States and around the world continues to climb, the toll of COVID-19 staggers the mind. Among those who recover, many have reported how debilitating the virus can be. An IU Health pulmonologist, who recently recovered from COVID-19,...
One Group We’re Overlooking Amid COVID-19

One Group We’re Overlooking Amid COVID-19

Over the last few months, we’ve experienced a lot of changes. Many are now working from home and helping their kids with at-home e-learning. We’re now watching Sunday services online, and some may have missed out on important family occasions like birthdays or even...
5 Promises to Fight Anxiety

5 Promises to Fight Anxiety

Anxiety and fear are part of the cultural air we breathe. Every day begins with depressing statistics. Unemployment figures are surging. Answers aren’t clear. Solutions seem illusive. Anxiety and fear were struggles before COVID-19, but now this familiar battle is...
The Role of Human Sadness In the Christian Life

The Role of Human Sadness In the Christian Life

Recently I have found myself abnormally sad. Worshiping at home on Sundays rather than with the church body and news stories about how people have been affected by COVID-19 are two things that have triggered this emotion. Sadness is not something that I experience...