Randy Alcorn's Blog

Lessons from an Otter on Doing Hard Things

You may have seen the “otter video” that’s gotten a lot of traction on Facebook. Despite all the TLC from the owner, the otter is terrified at the sight of the water. Yes, terrified of the very thing he was made to enjoy and thrive in! 

Can Coloring Books Be Done to God’s Glory?

I’m excited about the release of my adult coloring book Picturing Heaven, on September 5. The illustrator, Lizzie Preston, and the team at Tyndale House have done a great job with it. (Yes, I said coloring book. Read on to learn more.)

Does Obeying God Mean Sacrificing Our Happiness?

So should we feel guilty for being unhappy, struggling with depression, and being sad at the suffering in our lives and others’ lives? No, but we should feel a liberating hope that Jesus, who knows infinitely more about suffering than we do, offers us and calls us to greater happiness than we’ve known. 

5 Practical Steps for Seeking Wisdom Through Mentorship

Sometimes knowing how to find a mentor and start that relationship can be challenging. My longtime dear friend Barry Arnold, who pastors Cornerstone Church in Gresham, Oregon, shares some thoughts about the importance of seeking wisdom from others, as well as five simple steps for pursuing mentorship.

When Divine Appointments Don’t Feel Pleasant

I’ve been encouraged to pray, even if briefly, for many people I see in passing and don’t know. This I do know—God created them, loves them, and desires them to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).

True Leading Is Serving

In most cases, I think we in church and ministry leadership honestly do want to be Christ-honoring servants. But all of us can find it difficult to do the hard and thankless things that servants do, especially when no one is watching.

Forsaken for a Reason

Echoing David in Psalm 22, Jesus cried out on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” In that haunting cry, Christ identifies with our despair and bridges the gap between God and us not only theologically, in the Atonement, but emotionally—between our suffering and God’s, between our agonizing cries and those of God’s Son.