The Downline Blog

How Downline Impacted My First Year Of Marriage

This blog was written by 2015 Downline alumna, Riley Sample. In June of 2014, Hunter Sample and I got married in our hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. The very next day, we drove to Memphis and began our life as a new family – exciting, but scary! Hunter had already been living here for several […]

When God Calls You Into New Territory (reblog from The Gospel Coalition)

Voddie Baucham has taught at both the Downline Institute and The Downline Summit. We are so thankful for the impact he has made at Downline! This post was written by Gavin Ortlund, and was originally posted on The Gospel Coalition.    When God calls you to leave your ministry and move across the world to […]

The Lord Orders Our Steps (Reblog from Fellowship Memphis)

This post was written by Joe Thompson and originally posted here. In July of 2010, Rachel and I had never met. There was no Daniel Tiger, no Harlan Elizabeth, there was no “us.” I was in a dark place of depression after being rejected multiple times by the NFL for reasons I could not understand. […]

How Emerging Leaders Prepared Me For Life

This blog was written by 2015 Emerging Leaders alumnus, D.J. Skipps. As my last year of college came to an end, I began to feel the pressures of entering what is often referred to as “the real world”. My mind was telling me to continue toward my goal of joining the health field, but the […]

Peaches in Paradise : Why I loved Elisabeth Elliot (Reblog from John Piper)

This blog was written by John Piper and originally posted on At 6:15 this morning, Elisabeth Elliot died. It is a blunt sentence for a blunt woman. This is near the top of why I felt such an affection and admiration for her.Blunt — not ungracious, not impetuous, not snappy or gruff. But direct, […]

Ambien, Einstein, & the Meaning of Life

By author and speaker, Rick James. Rick is the publisher of Crupress and is responsible for writing and producing ministry resources for Campus Crusade for Christ. You can learn more about him at his website. Sir: Some recent work by E. Fermi and L. Szilard, which has been communicated to me in a manuscript, leads […]

Sifted Like Wheat

By Ariyana Rimson “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32) This verse jumped off the page about seven years ago when I witnessed Satan putting […]

Surfboards, Globes, and Total World Impact

By Pepper Horn A few years ago I was living in Costa Rica. When my friends and I were not in language school, we would take off and explore the country. On one of our excursions we made our way to a sleepy little surfing community on the Nicoya Peninsula called Tamarindo. The place was […]

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

By Kim Seville I know, I know, I have that backwards. But time and again as I disciple and counsel women, a theme arises – a theme of guilt. And I don’t think this is a struggle specific to women. Sometimes the guilt is warranted and healthy, the result of some sin for which the […]

Putting Sin to Death

By Kathryn Vaughan As Christians, we all struggle against sin in our lives, but 1 John tells us that no one who knows Him keeps on sinning or continues to live in sin. This issue has been coming up frequently with young believers around me who are living destructive and discouraged lives due to the […]