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Born and raised in California, Josh graduated college from California Baptist University and spent two years as a missionary in Africa before coming back to America and finding the love of his life (Robin). Josh graduated from New Orleans Seminary with a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry. Josh has been involved in full-time ministry for over twenty years. He enjoys hiking, beach volleyball, reading, playing anything competitive, and rough-housing with his kids. Josh, his gorgeous wife Robin, his outrageously handsome boys Zeke, Shepherd and Lincoln and his princess Elle, live in northern Virginia. Josh also blogs on Patheos as New Wineskins: an Apologist for the Modern Church and you can find links to all his content on joshdaffern.com. Enjoy the blog!

Whether we recognize it or not, every Christian has a superpower, a supernaturally chosen, Spirit-infused, divine grace, given to you to change your world. You didn’t ask for it, but if you’re a Christian and the Spirit of God lives inside […]

One of the most hopeful verses in the entire Old Testament is Jonah 3:1, when God speaks again to Jonah after Jonah had been swallowed by a whale for his disobedience:   1 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second […]

The most famous part of the story of Jonah in the Old Testament is the moment in his life when he was swallowed by a huge fish: 17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of […]

If you look at the Old Testament story of Lot (Genesis 13-14, 19), you’ll see a cautionary tale of how quickly life can get out of control when our bad decisions start to snowball. Where did things start to go […]

If you read Daniel 3, you’ll discover an amazing real-life story of three men who courageously spoke truth to power even at the threat of their own lives. In a previous post I share four harmful ways we respond to […]

There’s no getting around difficult times in our lives. As followers of Jesus, however, we are called to respond differently than the rest of the world. It could be a relationship that is going downhill, a situation you weren’t expecting or a […]

It could be a husband that doesn’t believe. It could be a daughter trapped in a deceptive relationship. It could be a friend in denial of their alcoholism. It could be a coworker crushed under the weight of depression. However […]

How do you raise up children in Christ in this difficult world? That’s a really, good question for parents to ask today. The question is not just how do you raise up kids today? There are a million books out there from […]

In Matthew 5 and Matthew 19 Jesus made his thoughts on sexual morality clear, reaffirming the Old Testament view that adultery was a sin and out of line with God’s plan. So, how did Jesus respond when actually confronted with […]

Because we live in a fallen world, pain and suffering are unavoidable for us as humans. If you’d like to wrestle with the question of why bad things happen to good people, read here. If you’d like to explore how […]