6 Relevant Things That Saint Paul Never Said – These are good examples of what people think compared to what God’s word says.
Friday, April 20, 2018
What Scale Will God use on Judgment Day? – “This scale is not unique to Islam, though. It is the default position of every human being from birth. We all believe that we are inherently good, and that one day God will let us into Heaven based on our goodness. There is a simple way to expose this when sharing the Gospel.”
Give Your Anxious Mind a Rest: Letter to My 30-Year-Old Self – “God has plans, and he accomplishes them. We have a part to play — working hard and well, but mostly in seeking him with our whole heart — but we must never forget that the result is always his.”
Thursday, April 19, 2018
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands—Including Your Kids – “A stewardship vision of parenting—one that says my kids belong to God—is scary, since God doesn’t always meet our expectations. He doesn’t see as we see, nor should he. His vision for our lives is better. Embracing this truth is ultimately freeing, and it will lead us to gratitude.”
If You Love God, Listen to Him: Five Reasons to Read the Bible Every Day – Christians must be Bible people.
10 Things Teachers DID NOT Have to Deal With 10 Years Ago – “Something is wrong—very, very wrong. Teachers across the country at all grade levels, in all subjects, teaching a wide variety of student populations, can sense it. There is a pulse of dysfunction, a steady palpitation of doom that the path we are on is not properly oriented.”
Keeping the Evangel in Evangelism: Why Evangelicalism Can’t Abandon the Old, Old Story – “The Great Commission stands at the center of Christianity as the command of the risen Lord Jesus Christ for his church to proclaim the name of God in the world for the sake of all nations and God’s glory among them.”
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
God’s Metrics – “God’s metrics are not our metrics. The way in which we seek to measure fruitfulness and faithfulness is often quite skewed. No one understood the issue of faithfulness and fruitfulness so well as the great Apostle Paul.”
Can We Skip the Parts of the New Testament Not in the Original Manuscripts? – John Piper writes, “Let me give three reasons, or clusters of reasons maybe, why we can be confident that the text of our New Testament corresponds to what the original authors wrote and has not been distorted in transmission.”
16 Issues Parents Must Balance to Lead Kids Well – “What is too much and what is too little? What’s the balance in almost every category that, when we strike it, produces secure, well-adjusted kids who are ready to graduate and become leaders in society?”
Make It Easy for Your Kids to Love God: Proverbs for a Happy Home – “One of our primary tasks as parents is to impart to our children this shining awareness and positive expectancy (of home), as we walk together through this good world of God’s making.”
Be Heavenly Minded So That You’re of Earthly Good – “While Christians aren’t immune to feelings of despair and hopelessness, faith in Jesus Christ lessens the pain of pessimism and despair. Faith in the resurrected Son of God gives us confidence to trust that this life is but the prelude to something more wonderful.”
Racial Reconciliation: What We (Mostly, Almost) All Agree On, and What We (Likely) Still Don’t Agree On
Racial Reconciliation: What We (Mostly, Almost) All Agree On, and What We (Likely) Still Don’t Agree On – Kevin DeYoung (with appropriate disclaimers) points out key issues that are the ongoing discussions in racial reconciliation.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Render Much? – “Your responsibility is to obey God, to cheerfully part with what is required by law (though not a penny more, as a good tax consultant will tell you), and to trust your Provider who can and will cover your needs (Matt 6:33). Of course, it helps to define your needs the way God does (1 Tim 6:8).
Spring Sports and Sunday Church: Five Suggestions for Parents – “In this conversation, there’s no doubt that amateur athletics have claimed a central place in the pantheon of our culture’s false gods, and youth athletics is a further subset of the idolization of children. A Sunday morning drive past any youth sports fields will show just how far-reaching these idols have become in our culture.”
Is God Mad at Me? – “Do your kids think that God is only pleased with them if they obey? Do your kids think that the gospel means that they must be good so God will love them? Do your kids think that they must be good for you to like them, for you to love and delight in them?”
Monday, April 16, 2018
What Happens When Christianity Doesn't Work - “We are not called here this afternoon to judge God. God didn't promise any of us health, wealth, and happiness. In fact, he tells us that we who expect to share in Christ's glory will also participate in his suffering.”
Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City – This article from The New Yorker has gotten a lot of press. Al Mohler gets it about right when he said, “If you ever wonder how the condescending elitist secular journalistic left gets the reputation of being openly hostile to Christianity, see [this] rancid article.”
The Seed of Divorce – “The world, the flesh, and the devil are all committed to the destruction of marriage, and each of those enemies brings its own evil seeds. The question is not whether those seeds will be present in a marriage, but what we will do with them.”
Is There Anything Good About Pain? – “Pain protects us from bigger problems—not just outside but inside. The pain of an inflamed appendix, for instance, often drives us to seek medical care before the appendix ruptures. As a medical doctor and a Christian, I’ve seen innumerable cases where such pain has helped people in this sin-cursed world.”
Sunday, April 15, 2018
10 Prayers to Pray Before Church – “Going to church is not like a trip to the grocery store, visiting a friend, or a Christian task to complete. It is a declaration that worshiping the risen Christ is more important to you than sleeping in, eating brunch, playing sports, or working around the house. It is celebrating the uniting of our broken world under the headship of Christ (Ephesians 1:10) and a proclamation to the spiritual realm of God’s manifold wisdom (3:10). As such, we should not enter church like any other place, but should prepare our hearts in prayer.”
Saturday, April 14, 2018
How Social Media Is Designed Around Sin – “This does not mean that the use of social media is sinful, as such. It’s just that it was designed to be in accord with human nature, which, being fallen, will entail a fixation on the self, the stimulation of its desires, the aggrandizement of its pride, and the cultivation of self-righteousness.”
Tyndale Sued by Boy Who Didn’t Come Back from Heaven – Subject of retracted afterlife account demands damages for using his name.
It's Time to End the Stupid about the End Times: Debunking Christian Numerology – Self-proclaimed Christian numerologist David Meade is at it again.
Friday, April 13, 2018
Have I Really Forgiven Someone If I Keep Remembering Their Wrong? – “The real sign of forgiveness is that you don’t seek to punish the other — you seek the good of the other.”
The Heartbeat of My Social Media Addiction – “I sat down for my morning devotions with the Lord, opened my Bible, and immediately heard a ding on my phone alerting me that I had received an email. My mind began the well-rehearsed inner dialogue that goes on whenever my prayers or Bible reading is interrupted by social media.”
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Why We Need the Song of Songs – “Song of Songs, or Song of Solomon if you prefer, must be one of the most controversial books in the whole Bible, and whether it is meant to be literal or allegorical (or both) is one of the great debates of every age. But what we must know and believe is that the book is a good gift of God and relevant for our day and every day.”
Rediscovering the Lost Art of Lament – “How does God want us to deal with the great difficulties of life? Does he want us to ignore them, to get over them, to power through them, or to be crushed by them? No. He wants us to lament over them. That is the great lesson of a little-read passage in the Old Testament prophet, Micah.”
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
The New Unwritten Rule for Parents that Hurts Everyone – “Here is the new report card parents allow themselves to be evaluated by: You must provide your child every advantage possible to get ahead.”
If iPads Were Meant for Kids – “I bought my kids their own iPads last fall. I’m nice, and I’m fortunate to be able to afford it. However, I’ve come to realize that despite my attempts to spoil my kids, these iPads (and all iOS devices in general) are not meant for kids.”
3 Disastrous Dating Mistakes: Learning from Samson’s Bad Example – “In chapters 14–16 of the book of Judges, we find only the don’ts of dating. There are no dos in Samson’s story. He did everything wrongly.”
The Importance of Being “a Finisher” – “How can we practically grow in our ability to finish what we start? How can we avoid being “90 percenters,” people who are great at starting things but struggle to complete them? Here are three suggestions.”
“The Pleasure of Boredom” – “Boredom has been described as one of the major spiritual problems of our time. The hyper-stimulation that comes from our technology and our constant-entertainment mentality actually makes us more bored, since we become jaded and weary of it all, as stimulation eventually fails to stimulate.”
The One Boast that God Approves Of – “What is it to boast in the cross and why does Paul commend it. He commends boasting in the cross not only because it shrinks his ego, but because it magnifies God in all his glorious attributes.”
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
When Worry Steals Your Joy – “I struggle to live right where God has me, in the very moments of today. I often find myself rejecting the gifts and grace God has given for today in favor of worry or excitement over tomorrow.”
Ask God to Forgive You, Not Excuse You: Five Lessons from C.S. Lewis – This is simple, strong, and applicable.
40 Questions to Help Discern Factors Contributing to Depression – There is a lot to be learned from this list.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Be a Gospel Neighbor – “Being a good neighbor is a crucial component to being a faithful evangelist. We should all aspire to be gospel neighbors. But first, I want to assess a couple typical ways we measure evangelistic success.”
12 Ways Evangelism Is Changing - “You’ve heard it said the twenty-first century is markedly different from the twentieth. It’s not only because we have terrorism scares, self-driving cars, and Facebook. Church attendance is decreasing, religious Nones are increasing, and the way people view and interact with truth has changed.”
10 Things You Should Know about Christian Hospitality – “Jesus identifies with the stranger, the outsider, the needy. Daily hospitality hones a distinctive Christian culture from within as it embraces evangelistic optimism, knowing that if God wills, strangers will become neighbors and neighbors will become part of the family of God. Who knows? This may happen at your kitchen table tonight.”
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Strength for Today, Hope for Tomorrow: Holding onto God When Life Falls Apart – “What hope, what help, what grace does God offer that can hold us together when it feels like life is falling apart?”
Christian Courage before Cultural Strategy – Matt Chandler writes: “Given our bent toward fear in this cultural moment, I’m convinced that we don’t need another new strategy, necessarily, for engaging culture but, instead, a renewed posture of courage.”
Slay Sin by Savoring Christ – “Too often professing Christians can be lulled to sleep with a false sense of security. Unwittingly they starve themselves of Christ and make provision for the flesh. This is a spiritual suicide mission!”
Friday, April 6, 2018
Unanswered Prayers Are Invitations from God – “This is what we must keep in mind: prayer is a relational interaction, not merely a service transaction. Faith is not divine currency that we pay God in order to receive whatever we ask in prayer. Faith is a relational response of trust in what God promises us.”
Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing – “While many Christians are rightly concerned about the growth of religions such as Islam, the greatest threat to orthodox Christianity is not other religions but false teachers who creep into the church unnoticed.”
The Holy Spirit Is Praying for You – “We need God’s grace in our times of weakness. But we also need the Spirit to pray for us because our knowledge is not complete—we are ignorant of some things.”
Bibles Pulled From Online Stores as China Increases Control of Religion – The Bible appears to have been removed from online marketplaces in China, as Beijing clamps down on how its citizens practice religion.”
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Marriage Is Built to End – “Our cultural moment is obsessed with marriage, though in a paradoxical way. On the one hand, the ‘marriage equality’ movement holds out marriage as an ultimate end for this life: happiness, acceptance, and legal benefits.
3 Attributes of the Truly Victorious Christian Life – “Victory in Jesus is not equivalent to an exemption from trouble.”
The Divorce & Remarriage of Evangelism and Discipleship – Jesus constantly and seamlessly integrated evangelism and discipleship into his everyday actions and into the way he spiritually formed and shaped the 12 disciples.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
How Martin Luther King Jr.'s Courage Challenges Us Today – “Fifty years ago today, at 6:01 p.m. EST, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot. He was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m.”
He Gave His Life to Change the World: Fifty Years After the Death of MLK – John Piper writes: “He kindled a kind of fire that no firehoses could put out, and a kind of courage that no dogs could defeat.”
On Kingdom Seeking and Stuff: A Personal Reflection – Lisa Robinson writes to encourage singles to pursue Christ above every other pursuit and desire.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Owning and Repenting of “Me-First-Ness” – “Forgive and free us, Jesus, when we’re more obsessed with a “to-do-list” than a “to-love-list.” The only thing that counts is “faith expressing itself in love,” not ambition expression itself in drive.”
God in Suffering: Our Response to Too Many School Shootings – God hasn't left our students or abandoned our nation's education system.
Three Attributes of the Truly Victorious Christian Life – “Romans 8 is, at least in my opinion, one of the greatest chapters in all the Bible. In it, we find a beautiful and hope-giving description of the work of the Spirit, the power of the gospel, and the identity of the Christian.”
Where Did the Pope Come From? The Rise of the Roman Pontiff – “Where do these massive claims come from? Roman Catholics trace the pope’s origin to the apostle Peter. But history tells a different story.”
Monday, April 2, 2018
The Strangest Thing about the Christian Faith – “The strangest thing about the Christian faith is not our views on sexuality or politics. Those things are not even our most controversial of claims. The strangest thing about us is what the apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.”
10 Most Significant Discoveries in the Field of Biblical Archaeology – Here’s a list of what and why they are significant.
The Single Most Important Day in History: Relive the Surprise of Easter Sunday – “It is Sunday, April 5, AD 33. This day will change the entire course of world history, more than any other day before or after, though only a handful of people will know this by day’s end.”
The Empty Tomb and the Resurrected Lord – “Resurrection Sunday is the central event in the church year–the climax of worship, expectation, and celebration. This celebration is also an acid test of the Church’s faithfulness and conviction.”