Josh Harris has been in the news in recent weeks, and it isn’t good. The author of the controversial Christian bestseller I Kissed Dating Goodbye, and the impetus behind a youth ‘purity movement’ twenty years ago, announced first that he and his wife, Shannon, parents of four children, were ending their marriage. Then, in an

Phil Congdon, NBBC, July 5, 2019Recently I returned from a two-week trip to Denmark and Norway – with a few hours in Sweden as well. It was a wonderful trip, with some of the most breathtaking natural beauty I’ve ever seen. The creative hand of God is evident everywhere, and His abundant blessings to boot.

Phil Congdon, NBBC, June 1, 2019Last month in this space I wrote that the most significant decisions we make in life are spiritual decisions. These decisions affect everything we do, and dictate how we respond to things which happen that are beyond our control. Spiritual decisions not only determine where and how we will spend

Phil Congdon, May 3, 2019 The unexamined life is not worth living. About 399 B.C., the classical Greek philosopher Socrates was tried for impiety and corrupting youth. He was sentenced to death, and given the option, chose death rather than exile. It was at this point that he supposedly said, “The unexamined life is not

Phil Congdon, NBBC, March 1, 2019 Recently in my study, I was reading Hebrews 12.14, which exhorts Christians to “pursue…holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” The author’s idea is this: One day we will stand holy in God’s presence – not because of our own merit, but because of Christ’s sacrifice for

I spent an hour on the phone today listening to a salesman peddling his wares – nothing bad; actually, he was offering us (the church) a deal on a dozen or more Christian video series on marriage, family, fathering, grief, finances, and other important topics. The videos are well-made, biblical, and applicable. In this cyber-age,

Phil Congdon, New Braunfels Bible Church, August 27, 2015 Half of you are probably thinking right now, “Who?”  For all those non-sports-junkies out there, Arian Foster is a Pro Bowl running back for the Houston Texans.  He’s been injured, and had some off-field problems in recent years, but he’s still one of the top running

Phil Congdon, New Braunfels Bible Church, Aug 21, 2015 Early mornings are a precious time…for sleep!  Frankly, that’s my ‘default setting’ – I’m not a great morning person.  But I have found that a five mile walk-and-jog in the early morning is a wonderful way to start the day, both physically and spiritually.  As the