Why “Preaching the Gospel” is Both a Show and Tell Ministry

Homeless, poor, hungry man with sign asking for help with food or money.

It struck me this week reading Luke 9 that everywhere Jesus went, as he taught people about God and his kingdom, that he also met physical needs.

Sometimes it was giving food. Sometimes healing. Sometimes exorcism. Sometimes physical touch…


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There’s a Christmas song that is not even really a Christmas song that I love and am also haunted by. It’s called “The Rebel Jesus” by Jackson Browne.

The song shows a stark difference between what Browne sees between Christians and Christ. Browne, according to his own lyrics, does not


Why Protestants Don’t Need to Be Afraid of Celebrating a Saint’s Day

Yesterday, December 13, was the Feast of St. Lucia, a festival of lights celebrated in honor of St. Lucia (or Lucy), a martyr who was killed by the Romans in AD 304.

The name Lucia/Lucy comes from the Latin root lux which means “light.” Celebrated in the darkness of winter…


A Christmas Poem

Father and child holding hands.

I have a goal to write and post something for 90 straight days. I’m on day 4 and today was a packed day. My wife and I also recorded a new podcast episode tonight that just released a few minutes ago.

So here I am at 10pm to write something.


Spoiler Alert: It’s Way Better

I’m a 90s kid. That means I watched a lot of TV. And one scene from a cartoon (Looney Tunes maybe?) is forever etched in my mind.

I can’t remember the context of the episode but it’s a picture of heaven. It’s portrayed as an expanse filled with clouds. …


The Conversation Christians in America Need to Have

A person trying to get through their depression looking out a window

There is a massive conversation that needs to happen within Christianity in America right now. More specifically, within the evangelical movement.

It will be a messy conversation with too many topics to cover. Nationalism and racism are priorities. But I don’t think these top the list. What does?

Leadership.

Right…


Different color hands showing diversity.
Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash.

Let’s start at the right place.

Critical Race Theory is not the problem.

That seems obvious enough. But we are making it difficult.

The day before George Floyd was murdered, most Americans had no idea what Critical Race Theory (CRT) was.

But then it burst onto the scene like a…


Why It’s Right to Grieve Your Losses from the Pandemic

I’m trying to get my refrigerator fixed.

My wife and I bought a brand new GE fridge at the end of May. Not by choice. Our other one became a bit temperamental (bad dad fridge joke, I know).

The new one’s problem? The digital screen went out. That means no…


Don’t Ignore this Important, Balanced, Biblical Book

Recovering From Biblical Manhood & Womanhood: How the Church Needs to Rediscover Her Purpose by Aimee Byrd (Zondervan, 2020).

I just finished reading Recovering From Biblical Manhood & Womanhood by Aimee Byrd. I read this book because I first learned about Aimee on the Worthy podcast, hosted by Elyse Fitzpatrick…


I’m looking for America
I’m looking for a place to breathe in
A place I could call my home
I’m looking for America
I’m looking for the land of freedom
A place I can call my own

America who are you?
Am I asking for too much
America who are you?
Has your…

James Pruch

James writes about faith, culture, and leadership. When he’s not writing you can find him with his family or watching old Husker football highlights on YouTube.

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