3 Ways to Start Moving Beyond Surface-Level Friendships

Jonathan Malm - April 25, 2017

We all crazy deep relationships – those people we can tell our most intimate secrets to and know they still have our backs. We want the type of friend who would take a bullet for us. Unfortunately, few people have relationships like that. Often, that’s because we don’t know how to take our friendships beyond the surface level. How do you move beyond conversations about …

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The Scary Thing About Truth and God

Jonathan Malm - April 18, 2017

There’s a scene in CS Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that I love. The lion Aslan, who represents Jesus, had just risen from the dead. And the children who saw him resurrected were asking how it was possible. Aslan responded: “though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know.” It illustrates something about truth, but more …

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3 Ways to Make a Bigger Impact on People

Jonathan Malm - April 11, 2017

I’m part of a Facebook group filled with ministry and business leaders. A post shocked me the other day. A man wrote: My church is cutting my job due to budget cuts. They asked me to make a list of companies that perform my function before I leave. Any companies I should add to my list? It didn’t surprise me that the guy was losing …

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The Thing About Jesus People Always Seem to Miss

Jonathan Malm - April 4, 2017

I got into a great religious discussion the other day over coffee. I was hanging out with a very intellectually honest agnostic. At one point he even said, “I think Jesus really existed. He was probably just a brilliant con man.” I laughed because I had to respect the intellectual honesty of the guy. That’s one of the only three choices we have when thinking …

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The 3 Proper Responses to Disappointments

Jonathan Malm - March 27, 2017

Life starts with a disappointment. The first thing you do is emerge from the safety of your mother’s womb, into blinding light and an uncomfortable, sterile room. And the disappointments don’t stop there. Disappointments don’t have to define us. They don’t even have to determine where our lives go. Disappointments will come. But our response will determine the good that can come out of them. …

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I Grew Up in the Church but Never Learned to Hate It

Jonathan Malm - March 16, 2017

I grew up as a pastor’s kid. Recognizing all the horror stories of pastor’s kids who went off the rails, I should technically hate the church right now. But I don’t. It’s not for lack of opportunity. I had so many chances to respond with hatred to things that happened to me. I was stabbed in the back by pastors I trusted. I had people …

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4 Opportunities You Should Look for During Conflict

Jonathan Malm - March 15, 2017

I’ve been reading through the book of Acts. One of the thing that struck me was that immediately after the Church was founded, conflict happened. Peter – our hero of a disciple – got a verbal smackdown from Paul for being a hypocrite. Then Paul splits from Barnabas, his traveling companion, later on. If Paul, the guy who was singly and supernaturally tutored by Jesus, …

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For When You Ask: Should I Compliment This Person

Jonathan Malm - March 9, 2017

The answer is almost always yes, you should compliment that person. Unless you’re a sleazy guy wanting to comment on a girl’s physique, compliments are great. You might be asking, “But what if the compliment goes to their head?” I have a story to illustrate. When I was in college, I also worked on staff at a church as the worship leader. I was young …

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What to Do When the World is Catching on Fire

Jonathan Malm - March 9, 2017

It seems like every day my newsfeed is filled with people who think the world is ending. Trump did this… Planned Parenthood did that… The CIA hacked us all… Unfortunately, the end of the world will be the least productive time of our lives. We’ll lack all motivation to do anything, because what does it matter anyways? Here are three quotes (and tips) from Martin …

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