15 Crazy Things that Happened at Weddings – This is just for fun.
Monday, April 30, 2018
Why Do We See So Few Miracles Today? – “There were fewer miracles in the Bible than you probably think, and there are more miracles today than you probably know, and there is a good biblical reason for why there would be a certain kind of prevalence of miracles in the Bible that is different from today.”
Trust God With The Spiritual Gifts He Gives – Sometimes we are not content with the gifts that God gives us. To combat this, Kristen Wetherell shares 5 truths from scripture about our spiritual gifts.
9 Things You Should Know About Christianity in Korea – Also, make prayer for the Korean peninsula a regular part of your praying for the world.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
The Significance of the Korean Peace Summit: An American Civil War Analogy – Here are suggestions for praying as the process moves forward.
We Must Keep the Work of Evangelism Central – Conrad Mbewe: “It is a sobering fact that every generation must be re-evangelised. We should never take today’s statistics in Africa or anywhere in the world for granted. If we do not maintain and build upon the evangelism of the previous generation we will lose ground and Christianity will dwindle.”
The Consequences of Gendercide in China and India – “China and India have been practicing gendercide–that is, the systematic abortion of female babies–for decades. Now those countries are paying the price. Men in those countries, the most populous nations on earth, outnumber women by 70 million. That means 70 million men have no prospects for marriage, which is causing unforeseen social, psychological, and cultural problems.”
Friday, April 27, 2018
Death is a Vapor – “Nearly 60,000,000 people die every year on planet Earth. This is one of the things that makes human beings so bewildering. I'm not talking about the fact that people die, but the fact that they take so little time to consider death.”
Love Disturbs the Peace: Why Christians Must Be Contentious – “Christians are, in many respects, both-and people. We live much of life in this age in a God-designed tension.”
Thursday, April 26, 2018
80% of Americans Believe in God. Pew Found Out What They Mean – “Pastors and theologians often warn Christians against ascribing to a ‘God of their own making,’ knowing that not all who say they believe understand God as described in Scripture or in the traditional creeds of the church. In the shifting spiritual landscape of the United States, Christians too can no longer assume that their friends and neighbors believe in the God of the Bible, if they believe in God at all.”
There Is No Future in Frustration: Learning to Rejoice in Our Sufferings – “How we handle the suffering of testing and discipline, therefore, depends not a little on what we focus on.”
6 De-churching Trends – “One of the least obvious—and yet most tragic—changes Christianity has experienced in the past fifty years is the diminishing of the centrality of the local church in the life of many Christians.”
How Not to Succeed in the Wrong Things in Missions – “Here are a few thoughts that play a role in how we seek to obey the Great Commission.”
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Heaven Would Be Hell Without God – “Numerous people claim to have gone to heaven and seen loved ones and even Jesus, yet almost never do they react as the beloved disciple, the apostle John, did: ‘When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead’ (Revelation 1:17). Surely no one who had actually been in heaven would neglect to mention what Scripture shows is its main focus. If you had spent an evening dining with a king, you wouldn’t just talk about the place settings.”
Five Helpful Responses to Teen Anxiety and Depression – “When I stop and reflect, it is clear that an overriding melancholic emotion would prevail if I grew up feeling like success was out of my control.”
Why Deprived Communities Need More Than a Social Gospel – “The main issue with the social gospel is that it doesn’t save anybody. Nobody is ushered into the kingdom because we put on some nice social services for them. Nobody came to Christ because we were really nice to them without bothering to share the gospel with them.
8 Sins You Commit Whenever You Look At Porn – “It is sinful to lust after another person and to enable this lust through pornography. Yet the sin bound up in pornography goes far deeper than mere lust. It extends to idolatry, adultery, deceit, theft, greed, sloth, sexual violence, and ignoring the Holy Spirit.”
3 Takeaways from New Research on Americans and the Bible – “Every year, Barna and the American Bible Society release new research on behaviors and beliefs about the Bible among U.S. adults. Click here for a summary of the surveys with charts and graphs to help you visualize the research.”
The Empty Pursuit of Forgiving Yourself – “If you can free yourself from guilt by forgiving yourself, then you are doing a work you were not called to do. Jesus says that no work is sufficient to take away your guilt, only His perfect sacrifice.”
Can You Explain the Gospel in Three Words? – Russell Moore writes: I could explain the gospel in three words, so long as I would then have follow-up time to explain all three words. And those words would be “Lord Jesus Christ.”
Monday, April 23, 2018
Will the World End Today? How Satan Uses End-times Speculation – Jim Denison writes, “My interest today is not in discussing such speculative theories, but in considering their effect on our culture—and our souls.”
The Disciple-Making Shift – “For too many, the situation believers find themselves in is a Christianity focused on pleasing ourselves, not rocking the boat, and giving more attention to moralistic behavior change or simple felt-needs advice on making it in the world rather than living out the mission of God daily in the culture.”
Hope for the Person Contemplating Suicide – “Hope, true hope, biblical hope, hope that grows out of that which is eternal—not temporal—is the remedy for the suicidal mind. Hope delivers from death (Ps 33:19).”
If We’re More Connected Than Ever, Why Are We So Lonely? – “We’ve never experienced this level of connectivity in human history, and yet we are increasingly lonely.”
The Ugly Coded Critique of Chick-Fil-A’s Christianity – “The fast-food chain’s ‘infiltration’ of New York City ignores the truth about religion in America. It also reveals an ugly narrow-mindedness.”
Why Will Some of Us Get Fewer Rewards in Heaven? – “Those who are not so high in glory as others, will not envy those that are higher, but they will have so great, and strong, and pure love to them that they will rejoice in their superior happiness.”
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Paul Young’s “Lies We Believe About God” Dismantles Precious Truths from Scripture – Randy Alcorn reviewS Paul Young’s book Lies We Believe About God. Young is also the author of The Shack. “Given the book’s popularity, and the subsequent release of the movie by the same title, I’m disappointed and concerned that the countless people influenced by The Shack and many of its more implicit errors will be led into increasingly significant explicit errors by reading Lies We Believe About God.”
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Have You Buried Your Gifts? – “You have been given talents. Do you know what they are? Do you know how valuable they are? God has given them to you to invest. And someday he will hold you accountable for how you stewarded them.”
How to Parent Fearful Kids – “Fear comes in so many shapes and sizes, but there is a common underlying theme. In each instance, fearful kids perceive a threat to something that’s important to them—fitting in, being accepted, looking competent, feeling their world is predictable, staying unharmed, having pleasant experiences. So to safeguard what they want, they shrink back from life rather than embrace something new or untried.”
What is the biggest problem facing Evangelicalism? – This describes it well for the USA too. “The biggest problem facing the British Evangelical church today is, without doubt, our own personal comfort. Far too many of us are happy in our middle-class Christian enclaves, in comfortable areas of the country, going to churches full of people exactly like them.”
9 Things You Should Know About the Creation of Modern Israel – “On Wednesday and Thursday, the modern state of Israeli celebrated the 70th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence. Here are nine things you should know about the creation of the modern Israeli state.”
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.”