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Stephen Altrogge

  • 3 Crucial Things Single People Need To Know

    After working with a lot of singles over the years, there are certain principles and practices that I would encourage single folks to develop which will serve them for many years into the future. These practices aren’t particularly exciting or thrilling, but I believe they’re extremely valuable.
    Stephen Altrogge
    November 20,2014
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  • Are You a Stumbling Block to Others?

    We tell other Christians not to do certain things because they might become a stumbling block to someone else. The only problem is most of us aren’t exactly sure what it means to be a stumbling block.
    Stephen Altrogge
    November 13,2014
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  • 3 Simple Ways to Bless the Socks off Your Pastor

    Given the unique challenges of pastoral ministry, pastors desperately need encouragement. Encouragement is what keeps the pastor going. So how can you encourage your pastor? Here are some simple ways.
    Stephen Altrogge
    November 6,2014
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  • How to REALLY Help Someone Change

    You don’t know how to help them overcome the sin that has beset them for so long. Fortunately, the Bible gives us straightforward wisdom on how to really, actually help a person change.
    Stephen Altrogge
    October 30,2014
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  • Lust Has the Worst Credit Rating

    Lust has the worst credit rating in the universe. It always defaults on its promises. It never delivers as advertised. It always takes more than it gives.
    Stephen Altrogge
    October 23,2014
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  • God Often Does His Best Work in the Darkness

    Being in the valley of trials stinks. It’s painful, disorienting, and confusing. As we stagger and stumble along we often wonder, Where is God? The reality is, however, that God often does his best work in the darkness.
    Stephen Altrogge
    October 16,2014
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  • What Does It Mean to be a Responsible Charismatic?

    Is there a middle ground? I think there is. I like to call myself a “responsible charismatic.” What is a responsible charismatic? Let me spell it out. A responsible charismatic…
    Stephen Altrogge
    October 9,2014
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  • 1 Corinthinans 13… Remixed for Today

    If I status update with such insight, hilarity, godliness, or profundity, that I get a thousand retweets and likes, yet have not love, I’m a cellphone that won’t stop ringing, or a car alarm at 2 AM.
    Stephen Altrogge
    October 2,2014
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  • 3 Things I’ll Tell My Daughters about Modesty

    I have three daughters, the oldest of whom is seven, so we haven’t had to spend a whole lot of time talking about modesty. Yet. But I know without a doubt that the time is coming.
    Stephen Altrogge
    September 25,2014
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  • 4 Rules to Simplify Christian Dating

    When we place our practices above Biblical principles, it’s a recipe for disaster. I want to suggest that we can make this whole dating thing a lot simpler and less confusing by simply holding fast to the clear, relatively few principles spelled out in Scripture. What are those principles?
    Stephen Altrogge
    September 18,2014
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  • Let's Talk about Mental Illness

    Mental illness is tricky business. As Christians it is something we desperately need to talk about yet almost never have the courage to talk about.
    Stephen Altrogge
    September 11,2014
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  • You’ve Really Only Got Two Options Here

    As you walk through each minute of each day you really only have two options.
    Stephen Altrogge
    September 4,2014
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  • God’s Dreams are Better Than My Dreams

    In recent months I’ve come to realize something very important: God isn’t in the dream fulfilling business. Actually, God does fulfill dreams, just not my dreams. God is in the business of fulfilling his dreams.
    Stephen Altrogge
    August 28,2014
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  • To Those of You Who Don’t Like to Sing on Sunday

    So, you don’t like to sing when you go to church on Sunday. You’re not really the singing type. But here’s the thing: those of us who don’t want to sing to God are at odds with the rest of the universe.
    Stephen Altrogge
    August 21,2014
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  • The Incredible Lightness of Terrible Trials

    It says here that you were nearly stoned to death, left for dead, flogged, unjustly thrown in prison, shipwrecked, bitten by venomous snakes, reviled, and generally persecuted wherever you went. Paul, how would you classify these many trials you experienced?
    Stephen Altrogge
    August 14,2014
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  • It’s Time for Some Radical, Crazy, End-Times Living

    While I’m all for being radical for Jesus, we need to think carefully about what being radical really means. Fortunately, it’s spelled out pretty clearly in scripture.
    Stephen Altrogge
    August 7,2014
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  • Could I End up Selling Meth?

    In almost every case of a Christian committing massive sin, it didn’t start big. Big sin never starts big.
    Stephen Altrogge
    July 31,2014
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  • Do Prodigals Feel Welcome at Our Churches?

    In his kindness, God often brings a prodigal to the end of his rope. And when prodigals bottom out, they often return home and to the church. But when a prodigal returns to your church, what sort of welcome will he receive?
    Stephen Altrogge
    July 24,2014
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  • Five Lies Sin Tells Me

    LIE: This is such a minor, insignificant sin! It’s not really a big deal in God’s eyes. TRUTH: Every sin is a horribly offensive to God. Sin is the sum of all evils, the opposite of all that is good, holy, and beautiful.
    Stephen Altrogge
    July 17,2014
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  • We Need to Stop Blaming Parents for “Wayward” Teens

    Many of us, either consciously or unconsciously, hold to the idea that if we do all the right things as parents, our children will turn out okay. When a teenager goes AWOL, we immediately assume that the parents must have failed him in some way.
    Stephen Altrogge
    July 10,2014
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