Stephen Altrogge

  • 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

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    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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  • Good News! Easter is a Declaration of War!

    The utter pervasiveness of evil is why Easter is such a precious holiday. Easter isn’t about candy, Sunday dresses, ham dinners, or Easter egg hunts. Easter is about the Son of God declaring a Holy War on Satan and evil.
    Stephen Altrogge
    April 22,2014
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  • What is This World Coming To? Exactly What Jesus Said It Would Come To.

    Every so often I hear someone say in despair, “What is this world coming to?” This kind of comment usually comes in response to a doomsday report of some kind. But we shouldn’t be shocked or dismayed. The world is coming to exactly what Jesus said it would come to, and this actually gives us a lot of hope.
    Stephen Altrogge
    April 17,2014
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  • So Busy That I MUST Pray

    Sometimes prayer can feel like a waste of time. Surely I’m not the only one who feels like this. But then I read quotes like the this one by Martin Luther.
    Stephen Altrogge
    April 10,2014
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  • You Know You’re Starting to Understand Grace When…

    I’m learning that there’s a long way between my head and heart. There’s a massive difference between knowing about grace and being transformed by grace. How do I know when I’m starting to truly, fully grasp grace? Here’s how…
    Stephen Altrogge
    April 3,2014
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  • The Most Underrated Spiritual Discipline

    The freeness with which I can pray causes me to take prayer for granted. Think for a moment of all that takes place when I pray.
    Stephen Altrogge
    March 27,2014
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  • You Know You Are Losing The Battle of Faith If…

    ... your circumstances seem more overwhelming and powerful than Jesus. You are overwhelmed by the “giants” that surround you.
    Stephen Altrogge
    March 20,2014
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  • A Tempted Savior Is a Helpful Savior

    There’s not much I can do to help. I can pray and that’s about it. I’ve suffered like they have but I don’t have the power to help them in the midst of their suffering. I’m limited. Not so with Jesus.
    Stephen Altrogge
    March 13,2014
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