Four Keys to Living Faithfully in Exile – “Perhaps you’ve found yourself stuck in a geographical location, and every circumstance — no matter how hard you’ve tried to escape — seemed to hold you there. Maybe you’ve seen all your hopes, dreams, and plans go terribly awry.”
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
4 Building Blocks to a Healthy Relationship with Food – Brad Hambrick continues his helpful series on the believer’s relationship to food.
Why “God’s Not Dead” Resonated, and What It Missed – “If college makes it plausible to believe “God is dead,” the Church should make it hard to believe anything other than “God is alive.”
Should Christians Take Part in Halloween Celebrations? – There are plenty of views on this topic. Here’s a fairly balanced approach.
4 Great Reasons to Read Romans - “All roads in the Bible lead to Romans, and all views afforded by the Bible are seen most clearly from Romans, and when the message of Romans gets into a person’s heart there is no telling what may happen.”
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Interruption Is God’s Invitation – “What if we learned to experience interruption differently? Rather than viewing all outside interruption as the enemy of productivity and creativity, what if we viewed our lives as communicative vessels for the sake of the other?”
Six Ways to Cultivate Thankfulness and Joy – “As we make gratitude a habit by practicing it over and over, it becomes part of us. Natural. As natural as complaining. And eventually thankfulness will drive out that demon of grumbling and we’ll experience more and more consistent joy.”
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
20 Quotes from Albert Mohler’s New Book on the Sexual Revolution – You’ll pick up a lot just from the quotes.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Microscopes Make the World Larger – “We must augment our big picture perspectives and high speed, high volume approaches with patient, slow-paced, careful, prolonged observation, examination, and reflection as well as time-intensive discussion.”
What Joe Biden and Paul Ryan Can Teach Us About Fatherhood – “The Biden/Ryan cases ought to remind us to think about the relationship between ambition and fathering. One does not need to aspire to be President or Speaker to be blinded by ambition.”
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Ways to Prepare for Tomorrow’s Church Service, Today – Here are some good suggestions for preparing for worship with other believers…before you arrive.
Relevant, Old Paths – “My father’s values were old, traditional values. But just because they were old and traditional didn’t necessarily make them good. They were good values because they were biblical values, and biblical values are relevant in every generation.”
Friday, October 23, 2015
If the Bible Rarely Talks About It – “In my theology classes, we often find ourselves wrestling with questions about which the Bible has relatively little to say. And students always wonder if that means these issues aren’t that important. If the Bible doesn’t have much to say about it, should we?”
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Five Ways Children Will Change the World – “You know, early on in our marriage we talked about how we might change the world by writing a book or getting on the cover of Time, but now we’re realizing our best shot at changing the world is through raising the kids God has given us.”
Gospel Conversation in an Age of Texting, Tweeting, and Distraction – “Suggestions for enhancing our spiritual lives and our evangelistic efforts.”
Let’s Be Clear About What Real Christian Persecution Looks Like - What it really means to have your faith "under attack."
A Marriage Leaning on Jesus and Longing for Heaven – This is a follow-up story on a great story of a young couple’s marriage commitment.
Five Steps to Meditating on the Bible – “To meditate is to think deeply about what God has said to us in the Bible and to prepare our minds and hearts for prayer. Scripture is the foundation of our praying; meditation readies us for it by helping us focus, understand, remember, worship, and apply.”
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
3 Ways to Support a Friend Who's Returning to Church - Sometimes, returning to church is just as hard as deciding to leave in the first place.
Joyless Christianity is Dangerous – “Joy is one of the vital gauges on the dashboard of the Christian life. When the needle dips — when you lose your joy — you should take note. To stay safe, you need to pay attention to your joy.”
Five Attractions of Passive Sanctification – “Passive sanctification is an error that has stalked and hurt the Christian church and many Christian lives through the years. The basic idea is that personal holiness is achieved without any personal activity, without any physical effort.”
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Generation Z: A Look at the Future – “They’re the new kids on the block, the teenagers. They’ve grown up in a post-9/11 culture, filled with wars, terrorism, economic recession, racial unrest, sexual-identity expansion, and lots of uncertainty.”
8 Ways to Stay Hungry for Missions after a Short-Term Trip – This is a good word for all who participate in short-term missions.
9 Things You Should Know About Global Persecution of Christians (2015 Edition) – Don’t forget. Remember and pray.
The Earliest List of the NT Canon – “It is often claimed that the New Testament was a late phenomenon. We didn’t have a New Testament, according to Athanasius, until the end of the fourth century.” But that isn’t quite the case.
Monday, October 19, 2015
4 Questions That Will Deepen Your Understanding of God - A few things to ask yourself.
Are There Degrees of Sin? – R.C. Sproul: “Many Evangelical Protestants have rejected the idea of degrees of sin because they know that the Protestant Reformation rejected the Roman Catholic distinction between mortal and venial sins. As a result, they’ve jumped to the conclusion that there are no distinctions between sins in Protestantism.”
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015
12 Pillars of Faith for Parents of Children with Disabilities – “Believers need a theology of disability that both glorifies the Creator and honors the incredible value of every human life.”
Friday, October 16, 2015
3 Diagnostic Questions to Detect Sports Idolatry – “Throughout church history Christians have struggled with their relationship to sports, which is appropriate since we’re called to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5).”
Thick Skin, Tender Hearts, and Four Types of Leaders - This is a good discussion for church leaders at all levels.
If I Deny Christ, Can I Still Go to Heaven? – Jesse Johnson replies to a question he was asked while leading AWANA: “In light of the shooting in Oregon, where the gunman asked students if they were Christian, and if they said ‘yes’ the gunman shot the student in the head, what would happen if a Christian lied? What if it would have been me, and I would have said ‘no’? Would I still go to heaven when I die?”
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Nominal Christianity Will Fail You When Suffering Hits – “In the face of suffering, all the world can offer are sad clichés. But true Christianity actually has something substantial to offer, because we have a Savior who went through suffering so we can have confidence that he’ll never let us go.”
A Biblical Answer to Poverty: God’s People and the Marketplace – How should Christians respond to poverty?
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
3 Truths to Help Our Children Weather the Gender Storm – The gender revolution is under way, and our children are invited to the revolt.
8 Stats That Will Change the Way You Think About Wealth - If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you are one of the richest people on earth.
Bad News, Indeed — Playboy Opened the Floodates and Now the Culture is Drowning – “Pornography is such a pervasive part of modern society that Playboy is now a commercial victim of the very moral revolution it symbolized and promoted for decades.”
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Talking About Jesus with America’s Least Religious Generation – This is a clear article on sharing your faith in an unbelieving culture.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
Arguments for the Creator Point to Inconsistent Worldviews – Both Christians and non-Christians see evidence for a Creator. How does this belief affect our lives?
Only Christ Can Truly Satisfy – “Every person in the world wants to know what will make him or her happy. We’re all desperately seeking for the person, place, or thing that will meet our expectations, needs, and wants. What will truly satisfy the desires of our heart?”
5 Warning Signs for the Church in a ‘Facebook Culture’ – “What effect does ‘social media’ technology have on the way we view the church? On the way we conceive of life in Christ’s body?”
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Four Ways to Live While in Exile – “We have all known seasons of exile, in one form or another. Perhaps you have found yourself stuck in a geographical location, and every circumstance, no matter how hard you have tried to escape your environment, seemed to hold you there.”
Give Your Weakness to God – “Redemptive vulnerability — a vulnerability that leads to life — is where we share our brokenness in order to display the surpassing power and sufficiency of Christ and the gospel, which transforms us increasingly into the likeness of Christ.”
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
15 Bible Verses For The Struggling College Student – “God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons we could learn no other way” -– C.S. Lewis
Can a Good God Bring Pain? – “Do you believe that God can author pain or suffering in your life for your good? Could affliction, from a larger, longer perspective, be a carefully, lovingly chosen method for blessing?”
Monday, October 5, 2015
Home Alone – “One of the most common conflicts in homes today is triggered by a smartphone. Someone in most homes has cultivated the habit of disconnecting from others in the room and constantly checking his phone. In fact, if you’re around long enough, it feels less like a habit and more like a right or basic need — air, food, sleep, and Facebook.”
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Christianity Is Not Dying and Millennials Are Not the Problem – Tony Morgan reviews the new book, Generational IQ. I’ve ordered my copy. Here are some highlights.
A Quick And Easy Guide To The Planned Parenthood Videos – Mollie Hemingway provides a quick and easy guide to the 10 videos that have been released to this point.
Friday, October 2, 2015
3 Ways You Might Be Teaching Your Kids the Prosperity Gospel – “The message is simple: God’s desire for every Christian is that they be healthy, wealthy, and happy. We simply name what we want and God’s hand will move to give it to us. Sadly, this message is deceiving millions, and it might have infiltrated your parenting.”
The Prosperity Gospel Has Gone Viral – “Regrettably, the prosperity gospel has gone viral. Being more nuanced and subtle than you may think, it is very active in the church. Like a computer virus it is draining vitality and productivity in the covenant community. And you know what the worst part is? You may not even know that you are impacted by it.”
Thursday, October 1, 2015
There Is No Crown Without a Cross for Your Kids – “All of us parents know this is true: no person gains any character, humility, empathy, or integrity in the context of comfort. These attributes grow by God’s grace in the fertile ground of pain, struggle, and humiliation.”
Is the Enemy of My Enemy My Friend? – “In a time of cultural conflict, the enemy of our enemy may well be our friend. But, with eternity in view and the gospel at stake, the enemy of our enemy must not be confused to be a friend to the gospel of Jesus Christ.”