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Do Christians Need to Start Taking Gossip Seriously?

When was the last time a Christian you know worshipped the Canaanite god Baal? Personally, I’ve never caught someone in that particular act of idolatry. What about violence? When was the last time someone from church committed assault? Still pretty rare, but you might be able to think of an example or two. What about gossip? When was the last...

Is Social Media Destroying Our Personalities?

When we are growing up, our sense of right and wrong is largely shaped by whatever our parents praise or punish us for. The style of clothing we wear is largely determined by whatever is considered fashionable by those around us. The career we pursue is usually prompted by what other people have told us we are (and aren’t) good...

The Question Every Christian Should Be Asking

Human beings are a social bunch. Throughout history, our survival has relied on our ability to work together as part of a group. When winter comes, no one wants to the outsider who isn’t welcome around the campfire. As a result, we’re hardwired to want to be part of the tribe; to conform to the social dynamics around us. One...

The Dangers of Using Personal Brand for Ministry

I don’t know if the apostle Paul would have been on Twitter, but he definitely had a personal brand. Within decades of Christianity beginning, the early church was dealing with the challenges posed by its apostles developing personal followings. Writing to the church in Corinth, Paul criticised the quarrelling that had arisen due to church members associating themselves with his...

Why We Can’t Stay Afraid Of Constructive Criticism

I stared at the bathroom mirror in horror. I had just arrived home from a formal dinner to discover, firmly wedged between my front teeth, a substantially-sized salad leaf. Salad had been part of the entrée, meaning this piece of greenery had been stuck between my incisors for the last three hours. It had been present through least a dozen...

Feeling Burnt Out By Dating? Take These 5 Steps!

Dating can be exhausting. Between awkward first dates, getting ghosted, and potential relationships that don’t go anywhere, it’s easy to get worn out by the whole experience. One study for Match.com found that 54% of women currently feel burnt out by dating. Men, I’m sure our numbers would be up there too. There are only so times you can go...

20 End-Of-Year Reflection Questions You Need To Ask Yourself

The 1st of January is right around the corner and you know what that means – it’s New Year’s Resolution time! For the next two weeks it’s going to be squatting room only at your local gym, self-help blogs will enjoy a spike in their traffic, and you’re going be wading through a flood of “New Year, New Me” captions...

4 Bad Dating App Dates You’ll Probably Experience (Sorry!)

It can be exciting and nerve-wracking to present yourself to a total stranger whom you’ve only seen online. Depending on your personality, you may be pretty good at meeting new people, really bad, or anywhere in between. Regardless of your personality or dating app experience, online dating is a staple of our generation. You never know who will turn up...

Can We All Just Chill Out About Christian Dating?

Recently, a friend of mine got taken aside by an older guy at church for a stern talking to. He was told he wasn’t guarding the hearts of the women in our church community or dating with the integrity that a Christian should. His crime? He had taken a couple of different girls out for coffee in the preceding weeks....

5 Things Christians Need To Know Before Using Dating Apps

As a Christian single looking for love, the prospect of finding someone in your wider social circle can sometimes be pretty grim. Everyone either (1) doesn’t share your values, (2) is already in a relationship, or (3) thinks the only acceptable form of physical contact they can share with you is a side-hug. To broaden your horizons, you’ve probably considered...