Blog Posts by Justin Poythress

Ministering to Felt Needs

Article by   May 2019
There was this nice, new family who was visiting your church for the past month or so. But you haven't seen them now for a couple weeks, and so you ask someone who was more connected with them: "What... continue

The Underdog Must Win

Article by   February 2019
David and Goliath. Field of Dreams. Star Wars. Rocky. The Sandlot. The Hunger Games. Underdog stories never get old. We can't help loving them. They also contain a distinctively American flavor, probably because this country only exists because the underdog... continue

Why Keep Christ in Christmas?

Article by   December 2018
Along with the carols, tinsel, gaudy inflatables, red kettle ringers, and frazzled faces of exhausted shoppers which appear around this time of year, another indication of Christmas arrives in the form of signs or bumper stickers reading: "Keep Christ... continue

A Sensitive Muzzle

Article by   August 2018
The young man was sitting in the airport, wearing a Harry Potter World cap and a simple black tee shirt. The non-stylized white text on the shirt was small enough to make you linger an extra moment in order... continue

Easy Like a Midweek Small Group

Article by   April 2018
Consistent throughout Scripture is the idea that the impossibility of perfection does not loosen its claim on us. God's vision of the bride of Christ, as of a people without spot or blemish, translates to an annoying shortage of... continue

A Gun-Toting Savior?

Article by   March 2018
Would a 21st century, American Jesus be packing heat? That seems unlikely, given that his mission was to die on the cross. But what about Christians? Does the Bible have anything to say about guns? It can prove next... continue

The Powerlessness of Prayer-Shaming

Article by   February 2018
"What if you and your family were starving, and someone with an abundance of food responded by letting you know that they were 'offering thoughts and prayers'?" You're immediate inner thought would be, "Stop praying. Do something!" A preponderance... continue
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