Stories by Philip Long

Philip Long

writes for Cru's publications as a missionary journalist. He earned a master’s degree in Christian studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Philip balances family life along with bike riding, drawing and whittling toy cars. Contact him at Philip.Long@cru.org.

Why Are Christians Afraid of Doubt?

Why doubt is not necessarily a road-block to deep faith.

When I Hate Reading Scripture

Do you just read your Bible to make you feel better? What happens when it doesn’t?

Fatherly Love

Gary learns about God’s love as he connects with his daughter he never knew.

I Can't Repent

No amount of hand-wringing or plotting on my part is going to bring about a repentant heart.

How Do I Give Thanks Even in Suffering?

Thanksgiving is no quick, easy fix, or recipe for skipping past our emotions. In fact, it’s the opposite. When your fists are balled, hold onto God who can take on any anxiety.

How to Find God in a Painful Life

The book of Job illustrates how we can relate to God when we suffer.

How to Find Hope in the Midst of Suffering

Learn how God relates to us when we suffer through the Bible story of Job. We've compiled list of articles on different life struggles such as addiction, depression, spritual dryness, marital strife and more. If you are suffering from something specific today, browse this list of resources that can help you in your journey.

Depression & Anxiety: It's All in Your Head

Learn how to find hope in the midst of depression and anxiety.

Why Do Encounters With God Involve Such Deep Pain?

Most life-changing encounters with God usually involve deep emotional, physical or psychological pain.

Killing lambs? Making sense of the Passover meal

Learn what the Passover meal, the setting of the Lord’s supper, means to us today.

Bringing Easter Back From the Dead

Why does candy sometimes seem more real to me at Easter than the Resurrection?

What Christians Miss When They Ignore Halloween

There are ways to make Halloween a day to spread the love of Christ.

4 Phrases Christians Need to Stop Saying

We’ve adopted four sayings into our everyday verbiage that may offer less biblical truth than we think.

How Should Christians Respond To Earth Day?

I believe nature is one of the most powerful tools we have in worship and evangelism.

How Star Wars Resonates with the Gospel

With the new Star Wars release, a die hard fan reflects on why this story tugs on our hearts.

I Shared the Gospel with Oprah

A college student explained to Oprah Winfrey how God has restored her purity and hope after experiencing the horror of rape.

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