Perpetua: “From Riches to Rags”

As first-world Christians, it's hard to relate to stories of persecution. But Jesus may someday ask us to lay aside our privileges and suffer for Him. Perpetua shows us how to do so with dignity and perseverance.

Valentinus: “More than a Hallmark Hero”

Unromantic men rue Valentine's Day. But today is more than a "Hallmark holiday." It's a chance to strengthen our faith and our marriages by remembering the legacy of St Valentine.

“Minute with a Martyr”: Ignatius

Ignatius (A.D. 30-107) was executed in the Coliseum. He wrote, "I hope indeed to have the good fortune to fight with wild beasts in Rome." He reminds us that hardship and even death are opportunities to glorify Jesus.

Breaking the Idol of Human Effort

Psalm 20:7 says, "Some trust in chariots and horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD." We look down on Israel and Judah for trusting in idols. But when we rely on marketing and remodeling our facilities to grow our churches, are we any better?

“Divine Dunking Booth”: Breaking the Idol of Baptism

Baptism is an important part of conversion. But do we make it too important? We must be sure not to emphasize baptism more than the Bible does. Doing so makes it an idol and reduces it to a "divine dunking booth"!