Why Observe Lent?

If you told me ten years ago that I’d be leading my church in the observance of Lent, I would have laughed. We come from a church tradition that associates Lent with stuffy, liturgical churches—and since many o...

5 Reasons to Give up Something for Lent

Still on the fence about whether to give something up? Here are 5 quick reasons you should go for it: 1.  Discipleship. At its core, discipleship means following and becoming more like Jesus. Early in his mi...

Creating Church at Home

Ever since I can remember, church has been my second home. I am the daughter of two incredible parents who have been Worship Leaders and Music Ministers for hundreds of years (okay…that was dramatic, but it fee...

The Three Wise Men: Facts or Fairy Tale?

The following is an excerpt taken from Dwight Longnecker's newest release, Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men. It’s the night of the Christmas play, and everyone has arrived in his...

Common Grace: A Most Practical Doctrine

It is a doctrine that preachers might make an offhand remark about. They might toss out the phrase in a sermon, leaving it to the congregants to already understand. And for good reason: they received little tea...