Why Do People Choose to Hurt Themselves?

Throughout my life, Ive encountered this question a number of timesin a soft tone, as if to not be overheard:Why do people choose to hurt themselves?The question is asked with genuine curiosity, yet there is an underlying discomfort and confusion. Topics such as self-harm and suicide are taboo in todays cultureso taboo that those who... Read more

Well, Sean Feucht Is Now Selling ‘Jesus Christ: Super-Spreader’ T-Shirts, Apparently | RELEVANT

We’ve covered Sean Feucht’s current Let Us Worship campaign, in which the one-time Bethel Music worship leader is traveling coast-to-coast protesting state-mandated social distancing guidelines with an outdoor concert series. His protest/worship concert hybrids have understandably stirred up a lot of strong reactions. Some from people who resonate with Feucht’s notion that current guidelines issued... Read more

Pro-Life Catholic Group Rebukes Bishops for Congratulating Joe Biden: They Are ‘Spitting at the Face of Christ

Pro-Life Catholic Group Rebukes Bishops for Congratulating Joe Biden: They Are 'Spitting at the Face of Christ Top leaders of a pro-life Catholic organization are decrying the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for congratulating Joe Biden, who is pro-abortion, on his presumed election win.According to The Daily Wire, Archbishop Jos H. Gomez of Los... Read more

10 Signs Your Marriage Is Built on Christ

Ephesians 5 is a classic text to turn to when seeking biblical wisdom about marriage. However, it also has a tendency to unsettle those who do not understand that the word of God can be trusted with all areas of life. Truths like, Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit... Read more

Uh, Kurt Russell Has Compared His New Santa Clause Movie to ‘The Passion of the Christ’ | RELEVANT

Well, you read the headline, and the headline doesn’t lie. In an interview with the New York Times, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn waxed about their new Netflix Christmas franchise The Christmas Chronicles,in which the actually married duo play Santa and Mrs. Clause (who are also actually married, of course) and presumably get into all... Read more

We All Should Have Seen the Beanie Babies Crash Coming, but We Didn’t – Christ and Pop Culture

Every other Wednesday in Fads!Crazes!Panics!,Luke T. Harringtonlooks at one of the random obsessions to have gripped the public mind in the recent past, and tries, in vain, to make sense of it all. In 1995, Chicago-based plush toy manufacturer maker Ty Warner had a problem. Against all odds, he had already built himself a respectable... Read more

The Mandalorian Recap: The Way Is Not This Way (Season 2, Episode 3) – Christ and Pop Culture

Were running a weekly recap of The Mandalorian on Disney+ for season two. There are spoilers, duh! Youve been warned. Before I talk about The Mandalorian, I want to share a personal story. Years ago, I was heavily involved in a small, unnamed network of church plants scattered in university cities around the United States.... Read more

How to Pray When Your Thoughts Are Out of Control

Alisha Headley iBelieve Contributing Writer Studies have shown that we can think up to 80,000 thoughts in a given day, and out of those thoughts, 80% of them are negative. Ouch! Whats on your mind at this very moment?I wish I could say we could control every thought that comes into our heads. But many... Read more

The Vow: Stories of Truth and Deception – Christ and Pop Culture

Every other Tuesday inStoried,K. B. Hoyleexplores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. Im positive Allison Mack did not set out to be a sex trafficker. The perky Smallville actress with her blonde pixie cut and infectious smile was already an established child actress with a passion... Read more

10 Psalms to Guide You in Prayer and Meditation

If I were to sit down and make a list of all the things that have gone wrong this year, it would be long. All the ways I felt let down, overwhelmed, anxious, and confused could go on and on.The best remedy for the 2020 blues is to adjust our attitude.While we can look at... Read more

10 Things a Wife Needs to Thrive When Life Is Full

As a wife of twelve years who juggles multiple demands daily, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. Marriage is a gift from God, and God desires for us to be wives who are whole and renewed, leaning on God for strength and encouragement during difficult seasons. Between... Read more

Bruce Springsteens Letter to You: A Masterful Exploration of Faith, Death, and Life After Death – Christ and Pop Culture

In his autobiography Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen writes about growing up in church and the lingering effects of his childhood faith: It was a glorious and pathetic place I was either shaped for or fit right into. It has walked alongside me as a waking dream my whole life. So as a young adult... Read more

Top 25 Bible Verses to Relieve Your Stress

Our hearts were made for worship and wonder, but with what most of us face in our every day, whether youre a mother or father with a house to manage, a student with deadlines and term papers, or a professional trying to perform your best in a time of uncertainty, were faced with countless causes... Read more

The Mandalorian Recap: Safety Not Guaranteed (Season 2, Episode 2) – Christ and Pop Culture

Were running a weekly recap of The Mandalorian on Disney+ for season two. There are spoilers, duh! Youve been warned. Last week, I came to terms with how The Mandalorian will only ever be a monster-of-the-week pulp series. And now, after shoving down my expectations of what this show would be in order to accept... Read more

Boys State, Starring Our Own Malnourished Political Imaginations – Christ and Pop Culture

I think hes a fantastic politician. But I dont think a fantastic politician is a compliment either. These sound like the weary words of a veteran political analyst, but theyre actually the reflections of a high school student after a week-long experiment in self-governance. Rene Otero was bemoaning the negative campaign tactics of a fellow... Read more

3 Reasons We Believe the Lies That Hurt Us

Alisha Headley iBelieve Contributing Writer Most of us start believing lies about ourselves in childhood, when that friend, parent, or sibling treats us a certain way that leaves us believing we are not accepted, loved, or worthy enough. Perhaps someone you trusted spoke words of discouragement over you, and those words became the truth you... Read more

‘More Kids Have Heard about Christ Through These Shoebox’: Edward Graham Lauds Operation Christmas Child

'More Kids Have Heard about Christ Through These Shoebox': Edward Graham Lauds Operation Christmas Child Edward Graham, the grandson of the late Billy Graham, says Operation Christmas Child reaches more children and unreached people with the Gospel than any other global evangelistic event.More kids have heard about Christ through these shoebox distributions than ever heard about... Read more

Blessed Are the Weary, for They Will Find Rest – Christ and Pop Culture

This article was created in partnership with InterVarsity Press. I exhale in deep sighs more often than not anymore. My son asks whats wrong and, trying to spare him the fullness of feelings made evident, I mumble something something Im tired. Seven-year-olds make surprisingly skillful philosophers and, after a particularly mournful respiration, he noted, Its... Read more

A Surprising Secret about Joy and Sorrow

It felt like the enemy was swinging wildly. One crisis after another. My daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was a young mom, like I was when I first had cancer. I showed up at her surgeries. I prayed over her while she slept. I held her babies. When we finally received the news that... Read more

Ted Lasso Is Rooting for You – Christ and Pop Culture

Ted Lasso absolutely should not work on paper, and I was not interested. The name of the show is not particularly appealing and told me nothing at all about its premise. All the marketing indicated that it is a show based on English football (soccer, to all you Americans), a sport I havent feigned interest... Read more

Whats Christ Got to Do with Hosea 11:1? Getting a Grip on Typology

Editors’ note:  Take part in TGCs Read the Bible initiative, where were encouraging Christians and churches to read together through Gods Word in a year. May I phone you? Im having a crisis of faith, and I think you may be able to help. Ive had such requests before, including from total strangers, because Ive... Read more

The Mandalorian Recap: Put on Your Mean Faces (Season 2, Episode 1) – Christ and Pop Culture

Were running a weekly recap of The Mandalorian on Disney+ for season two. There are spoilers, duh! Youve been warned. The Mandalorian will never be the show I want it to be. I had a feeling this was the case during the first season, but after this last weeks premier, Im certain of it. I... Read more

10 Ways You Need to Detoxify Your Soul Right Now

Whitney Hopler Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer Editor's note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Craig Groeschel's book, Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World (Zondervan, 2012). You wouldn’t intentionally eat or drink poison that could harm or destroy your body. Yet you may be consuming poison that’s hazardous to your soul without even realizing... Read more

Lets Make America Truly Great Again: Revisiting Reconstruction – Christ and Pop Culture

Make America Great Again is undeniably a culturally polarizing phrase and phenomenon that has been remarketed and recycled from past presidential campaigns. The white letters emblazoned on the fiery red hats and blue flags flood campaign rallies across America in support for the United States 45th President. The question that phrase raises, however, has yet... Read more

You Will Probably Not Be a Rock God, and Neither Will I: Some Deep Thoughts on Bill and Ted Face the Music – Christ and Pop Culture

Some time ago, I remember scrolling through Facebook (never a good idea), and I came across an image with a quote from pastor Andy Stanley: Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise, it read. My immediate thought was, Aw, cute, someones aunt posted another... Read more

5 Ways God Alone Can Make Peace in Your Soul

Peace. Its something not many of us have had the pleasure of feeling a lot of during this year. If we are being really honest with ourselves, peace isnt something a lot of us had a firm grasp on even before the hardships of 2020 came calling. When you hear the word peace, you may... Read more

Mexican Gothic: Silvia Moreno-Garcias Dark Fairy Tale – Christ and Pop Culture

Silvia Moreno-Garcia has been publishing fiction for around a decade now, including half a dozen novels in the past five years. But her star rose significantly this summer with the widely touted release of her latest novel, Mexican Gothic. Since its publication four months ago, Mexican Gothic has sold well and earned its author widespread... Read more

Something Wicked, Something Holy: Light and Darkness in Something Wicked This Way Comes – Christ and Pop Culture

Evil grows in the dark. And, sometimes, Halloween comes to town. Horror, as a genre, works in strange ways. There are killer clowns and gruesome torture to test teenage mettle. Then, theres the quiet, searching silence. Ray Bradburys Something Wicked This Way Comes is the latter. Its poetry stands apart, a stately manor all creaks... Read more

Pandemic Restrictions, Human Limits, and Meaningful Gestures – Christ and Pop Culture

This article was created in partnership with InterVarsity Press. Growing up in the church has its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, from early on, I was immersed in Bible reading, prayer, and worship. It was just a way of life, one I didnt know could be different. On the other hand, it has... Read more

Laissez le Christ, pas la tribu, dterminer qui vous pousez – TGC Africa

Je viens dAfrique de lOuest. Cest une partie de lAfrique o comme une grande partie du continent le concept de tribu est assez courant. Les considrations tribales influencent de nombreuses dcisions importantes de la vie, du vote dans le cadre de lglise ou de la dnomination. La tribu est trs souvent un facteur qui influence... Read more