Stephen Altrogge

  • 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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  • Well, You Could Give Up, Or You Could Do This…

    Behind door number one: give up. Let despair, anger, and unbelief wash over you like an acidic shower, eating away at your faith. Start calling yourself a “realist.” Allow cynicism to have its way with you. OR…
    Stephen Altrogge
    July 3,2014
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  • All The Things God is Doing when It Looks Like He is Doing Nothing

    God doesn’t usually do fast. He doesn’t do overnight shipping. He works according to his timeline, not mine. And the wonderful reality is that God is usually doing a thousand things when it looks like he’s doing absolutely nothing.
    Stephen Altrogge
    June 26,2014
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  • Don’t Let Systematic Theology Mess With Your Head

    Should we study systematic theology? Of course! It’s invaluable. But when reading God’s word, let each passage speak for itself first.
    Stephen Altrogge
    June 19,2014
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  • Crushing Your Goals… God’s Way

    I’m beginning to realize that there’s a big difference between simply achieving goals and achieving goals in a manner that pleases God.
    Stephen Altrogge
    June 12,2014
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  • Church Should Be A Place of Undistracting Excellence

    When it comes to doing church we can tend to gravitate toward one of two extremes. The first is the over the top, “everything must be awesome” extreme. The other extreme is the “it’s all about the heart,” don’t try to manufacture God’s presence, extreme.
    Stephen Altrogge
    June 5,2014
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  • An Annual Letter from Worry Incorporated to Stephen Altrogge

    It’s that time of year again! It’s time to renew your annual subscription to Worry Incorporated! We at Worry, Inc., greatly value your business, and wanted to remind you of all the great services that we offer.
    Stephen Altrogge
    May 29,2014
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  • Church is for Messy People

    I distinctly remember one Sunday when a man said to me something like, “When I look around, I see all these people who have their lives together. Meanwhile, my life is a mess.” Church should be a place where messy people feel comfortable.
    Stephen Altrogge
    May 22,2014
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  • The Hard Part about Actually Changing

    What I’m learning is that if I’m going to grow in patience, God has to put me in situations which actually require patience. Thus, God gives me children who are insane, in order that I might grow in love and patience.
    Stephen Altrogge
    May 14,2014
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  • Being on the Internet Doesn’t Give You Permission to be a Jerk

    Some people are going to disagree with the things I say. I’ve got no problem with that. What did surprise me was the things other Christians said about me in the comments section.
    Stephen Altrogge
    May 8,2014
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  • Is Mental Illness Actually Biblical?

    I believe that treating mental illness as only (or even primarily) a spiritual problem is both profoundly unbiblical and incredibly hurtful to those who struggle with mental illness.
    Stephen Altrogge
    May 1,2014
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