Resources by Michael Kelley

Michael Kelley, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is a husband and father of three who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he serves as the Director of Groups Ministry for LifeWay Christian Resources. He is also the author of Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, and God and Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life. Follow him on Twitter at @_michaelkelley or read more content like this at

Jul 18, 2015

3 Surprising Ways to Boast in the Lord by Michael Kelley

What does it look like to boast in the Lord? There is, of course, the most straight forward meaning – that boasting in the Lord is not being proud of your own accomplishments, but instead sharing freely and loudly what Jesus has done on the cross. But is that the only way to boast in the Lord?

Apr 14, 2016

3 Reasons You Absolutely, Positively MUST Go to Church This Weekend by Michael Kelley

There are those Sundays when you wake up with the resurrection on your mind. These are the days that you know – you know – that Jesus is alive, and because He lives, everything is different. There are those Sundays. And then there are the other ones.

Jun 20

3 Reasons Why Discipline is Harder Than Punishment by Michael Kelley

God is committed not to our behavior but our hearts; not just in what we do but to what we are becoming. 

Feb 29, 2016

3 Reasons to Stay in a Church That's Not Cool Enough by Michael Kelley

Before you make that visit, before you give up and cash it in, think about it. Think about staying.

Apr 1, 2016

3 Reasons to Keep Praying About the Same Thing by Michael Kelley

Pray the same thing you did yesterday. Here's why . . .

Sep 1, 2016

3 Reasons My Idols Are Better Than Jesus by Michael Kelley

Our idols convince us that the best thing we can do in life is pursue that which will satisfy us at a given moment. But Jesus? Well, Jesus will tell us the truth. He loves us too much not to.

Apr 29, 2016

3 Reasons My Idols Are Better Than Jesus by Michael Kelley

In short, these idols are just another version of my worst self.

Jan 20

3 Principles to Communicate the Bible by Michael Kelley

All of us... are communicators of the gospel.

Sep 30, 2015

3 Pitfalls of Suffering by Michael Kelley

We can look to Jesus and see a Savior who did it the good and right way, and we can be humbled under the weight of His sacrifice and emboldened to feel deeply for others in light of His compassion.

Jan 26, 2016

3 Occasions for Rebellious Singing by Michael Kelley

We are the rebellion against the rebellion. But this rebellion is fueled by love, grace, forgiveness, compassion and service. But there is another weapon we have at our disposal. It’s an unlikely one, something that we wouldn’t typically think of as being powerful.

Mar 16

2 Good Reasons to Say "Amen" Today by Michael Kelley

There are only two options with Scripture: either we say amen to its entirety, or we entirely reject it.

Dec 15, 2015

2 Active Ways to Grow in Our Desire for the Kingdom by Michael Kelley

I wish that I longed for the kingdom of God to come so much that its coming is a heartfelt and genuine request from the deepest recesses of my soul. But I don’t.