Jonathan Malm

Jonathan Malm helps people uncover creative options for their life and their church. He’s the author of Created for More, a 30-day devotional to help you develop a more creative mind. You’ll find him in San Antonio, Texas, roasting his own coffee beans and enjoying life with his Argentine wife, Carolina.

How to Successfully Question Your Faith

Jonathan Malm - February 15, 2017
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I’m convinced crises of faith aren’t a bad thing. I believe each crisis of faith is an opportunity for God to show you something about Him that no one else can see. You just have to survive it. You have to navigate the questions with wisdom and skill. Here are three things you should do to make sure you come out on the other end with …

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You Can’t Truly Love Others Unless You Do These 3 Things

Jonathan Malm - February 13, 2017
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Love love love love love. That’s what Christians say over and over again. We love God. We love the world. We love each other. But I’ve seen a few things that completely obliterate this concept of love in many Christians’ lives. It turns “love” into a nice word with no real power. If you’re going to truly love others – your neighbors, your family, your …

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Which of These 3 Types of Minds Do You Have?

Jonathan Malm - February 9, 2017
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“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” That’s a quote attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. I’d encourage you to analyze your social media usage and see which type of mind you are. I’ll go in reverse order. 1. Small Minds that Discuss People Are most of your social media posts outrage over what someone did? Maybe a political candidate? An inflammatory …

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The 3 Best Times You Can Be an Example for Others

Jonathan Malm - February 7, 2017
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Yesterday, I had someone comment on a post. “I’d been watching you during that era of your life, seeing how you were going to navigate things.” It scared me, realizing that people were actually watching my response to a situation when I assumed nobody even knew I existed. I believe there are certain seasons in our life where people watch us. Now, that can feel …

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5 Better Alternatives to Posting that Political Commentary on Social Media

Jonathan Malm - January 31, 2017
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This week has been a week of living on the “Unfollow” button on Facebook. Whether people are posting memes or links supporting the president or attacking Trump, I’ve just had to hide people. These links and memes have become an echo chamber – repeating the same rhetoric over and over and over. Nobody’s really adding anything new to the conversation. The people who agree with you …

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3 Things that Will Always Conflict with Your Christianity

Jonathan Malm - January 25, 2017
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Jesus said, “You can’t serve two masters.” He was speaking about serving money versus serving God, but the two masters principle applies to every area of your life. A person of divided loyalties will travel a difficult road, because eventually the two will conflict. There are some things in your life that will always conflict with following Christ. It’s important to identify divided loyalties now, …

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3 Signs It’s Safe to Be Transparent With Someone

Jonathan Malm - January 25, 2017
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Deep friendships are hard in this world. You never know if you can trust people. Thus, it’s much easier to be surface-level with your friends. It’s much easier to talk about politics, sports, or TV shows. But transparency is important. We need to be able to open up to others and let them into our secrets. It’s the only way our secrets get better. Unfortunately, …

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You See Failures and Successes the Wrong Way

Jonathan Malm - January 18, 2017
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School ruined you. Yes, you learned valuable facts and lessons. But they taught you a life lesson that was wrong. School taught you that failure was bad, because it took you off the prescribed timeline for your life. Think about it: Failure meant you had to repeat – either in summer school or in a following year. If you didn’t pass your tests, you wouldn’t …

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Is It Okay for Christians to Read Self-Help Books?

Jonathan Malm - January 16, 2017
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Yes, it’s okay for Christians to read self-help books. There, got the short answer out of the way. But that’s not the whole story. To be honest, I wrestle with this self-help questions often. In a sense, I write self-help. This blog sort of is. My book, Created for More, is a devotional with a self-help element to it. And my upcoming book, The Hidden …

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Successful People Prepare for These 3 Changes

Jonathan Malm - January 12, 2017
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The only constant in life is change. Unfortunately, most people dislike change. It messes with your sense of control. However, change isn’t the worst thing. Especially if you learn to lean into the change and embrace it. Here are three types of changes that will definitely come and how to prepare yourself to navigate and pivot through them. 1. Culture changes. Culture changes. We know …

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