Dating in High School; Self-Preoccupation; Genuine Discipleship, and More

Where Is God in a Mass Shooting?

As our country mourns the massacre that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday, you may have found yourself wondering, Where was God in all of this? Russell Moore says, “We do not know why God does not intervene and stop some tragedies when He does stop others . . . We know that God is present for those who are hurting. And we know that God will ultimately call all evil to a halt, in the ushering of His kingdom.” Read this post.

Women, Insecurity, and the Self-Help Gospel

Women tend to talk about insecurity all the time, especially issues relating to low self-esteem and self-image. But Sharon Hodde Miller thinks we have been misdiagnosing the real problem: “While we rightly respond to low self-esteem with biblical affirmation,” she says that “for many of us, the source of our insecurity isn’t low self-esteem, but self-preoccupation. What we need isn’t to think more highly of ourselves, but to think of ourselves less.” What is the pathway to true freedom? Read this post.

Is It Harmful to Date in High School?

“Is dating in high school harmful?” Considering how many godly couples met and dated in their teenage years, can dating at such a young age be fruitful? John Piper responds, addressing issues of culture, sexuality, and the thrill of being liked. “Falling in love is one of the greatest experiences in the world,” Piper says. “It is a beautiful thing.” If you’re a teen, parent, or leader of young people, his wisdom will help you think through this important topic. Read this post.

Let's Get Real About Women's Discipleship

“If Instagram is any clue, most Christian women think discipleship is limited to hosting thoughtfully curated Bible studies in tasteful homes where shrieking children and dirty dishes don’t exist.” Rachelle Cox has observed how “this glossy ideal sits like a yoke on many women’s shoulders rather than spurring them onward in Christ’s Great Commission. That yoke leads to many problems, all of which could be rectified by letting go of perfectionism and getting real.” Rachelle explains three ways to pursue real discipleship. Read this post.

An Open Letter to Children's Ministry Workers

If you’ve spent much time on the Internet, you’ve probably noticed that most of the time, “open letters are meant as a critique. This is not that. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t even come close.” In this post, Trillia Newbell celebrates children’s ministry workers. If you work with kids, her words will encourage you. “Your work is not in vain. We plant seeds,” she writes, but “God waters and makes them grow. He promises to finish the good work He begins in little hearts, and He will surely do it.” Read this post.

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Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep is a hospital teacher, a seminary student, and a Lyme patient living in Texas, where God continuously sustains her through Scripture, dry shampoo, and Mexican food. She blogs her journey through medical treatment at www.apatientprocess.com with the hope that her words will be a picture of the Lord’s perfect faithfulness in chronic pain; for even in suffering, God is good.

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