Reaching Cultural Christianity With The Gospel – “Here are some tips to remember when establishing a starting point in a spiritual conversation with a Cultural Christian.”
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
What to Say When Your Child Asks if Pets Go to Heaven – Good, simple, and spiritual advice for parents.
China, Saudi Arabia Top Report of Countries Most Threatening to Religious Freedom – “The report takes stock of religious freedoms all over the world, tracking how countries repress faith inside their borders.”
12 Powerful Surprises About the Resurrection of Jesus – “Here are an even dozen aspects of the resurrection of Jesus that instruct our minds, inspire our hearts and inform us all.”
If Your Friends Are All Christians, You’re Missing the Point of Following Jesus – “Jesus didn’t join in the debauchery of those he befriended outside of religious circles, but he didn’t adhere to the self-righteous zealots, either.”
Monday, April 29, 2019
If the Bible Is Wrong, I’m So, So Wrong – “When it comes to the Bible, we’ve all got a choice to make. We can take the Bible on our terms, or on its terms. We can choose to follow it some of the way, or we can choose to follow it all the way. We can dabble in it, or we can dive deep into it. At some point we have to choose.”
God Comes Close – “The challenge is that God’s closeness does not always seem to matter. Our anxieties want relief now, and God’s promises do not guarantee an easier life. He promises a full and abundant life, not an easy one. Confidence in Jesus does not act like a sedative.”
Is Contentment Even Possible? – “Is it tough to imagine that people with abundance struggle with contentment? Shouldn't the wealthy and most successful people be the happiest? The opposite seems true as Americans are becoming less happy rather than more.”
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Evangelism Is More Prayer Than Action for Protestant Churchgoers – “Most Protestant churchgoers say they are eager to talk to others about Jesus, and are praying for opportunities to share their faith. But most say they have not had any evangelistic conversations in the past six months.”
The Cultural Revolution Comes to North America – “The goal is not to persuade or debate; it is to humiliate the target and intimidate everyone else. The ultimate objective is to destroy independent thought.”
Friday, April 26, 2019
Love Hopes All Things—And Tosses the Worst Assumptions – “With the admonition to be slow to speak we should also remember, So be slow to assume.”
7 Practical Ways to Spark Spiritual Conversations With Your Children – “Consider the following practical ways to make room for spiritual conversations in everyday family life.”
Stop Eating Spiritual Candy – “Christians frequently exchange the nourishing truths of God’s Word for “sweeter” substitutes. Particularly when life wears us thin, we can lean on half-truths about our own resilience rather than on reminders of God’s sovereignty and sufficiency.”
Making the Faith Your Own Is not the Same as Making Up Your Own Faith – There are several excellent points made here. Much is said in written in the name of Christianity that is neither Christ nor biblical.
7 Real-Life Struggles That Jesus Can Identify With – “If there’s anybody who can understand what you’re going through, it’s Jesus.”
Thursday, April 25, 2019
The Doctrine of God and the Content of Our Prayers – “Here are reflections on four truths about God that influence the content of our prayers.”
Empathy Requires Humility – “Genuine empathy requires humility. But humility is developed by suffering. In this way, God equips us to be more authentic ministers of the grace of comfort.”
The Worrisome Reasons Why Church Membership Is Falling – “The most recent Gallup report identifies three statistical realities that have contributed to the nationwide membership decline.”
More Than Half of Churchgoers Haven’t Told Anyone About Jesus in the Past 6 Months – I thank the Lord our church is breaking that pattern.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
3 Helpful Reminders When We’re Surprised By Our Sin – “The grace that comes alongside these frequent struggles, is that the Spirit teaches us how to fight them. He reminds us of our desperate need for His help, because we know all too well that we can’t overcome them on our own.”
Do You Have a Mutual Fund Faith? – “There’s wisdom in mitigating your risk with a mutual fund. But that’s toxic when it comes to God. And yet that’s precisely what many of us do. We hedge our faith.”
Chip Away at Your Children’s Spiritual Growth – “We know the truth is that real growth comes in one small, right decision after another. And so it is with bringing up children in the Lord.”
The FAQs: Supreme Court to Decide Whether ‘Sex’ Includes Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity – “There are three main reasons Christians should be concerned about the Court ruling that the term ‘sex’ covers gender identity and sexual orientation.”
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
9 Things Everyone Should Do When Reading the Bible – Good encouragements.
7 Motivations for Making Disciples – “I eventually realized that there were multiple reasons I was passionate about discipleship. The number of reasons was too many for a simple answer because discipleship intersects with multiple motivations.”
There Is Nothing Dull or Lackluster About Heaven – “Far from our own space and time is the perfect source and true center of all that is really important—an eternal place where the most glorious sights and the most incomparable sounds will never pass away!”
Reducing the Stumbling Block before THE Stumbling Block – “We all put stumbling blocks before unbelievers can get to the stumbling block of the cross. Some of these are beyond our control, but others are within our powers of adjustment.”
Notre Dame and the Two Kinds of Secularism – “It’s ironic that they are willing to do without Christian beliefs and promote expunging the Christian presence from the public square, yet are so heart-broken at the near loss of a Christian building.”
Monday, April 22, 2019
O Death, Where Is Your Victory? Reflections of Death at Easter – The fact that Jesus climbed out of that tomb changes everything.
Every Sin Is A Small One: How To Safely Betray Christ – Joshua Gibbs writes about the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter. These two portions of the gospel story show us truths about our own sin and deceit.
God Does Not Delight to Grieve the Children of Men – Suffering may come for many reasons but God doesn’t waste our hurts.
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Silent Saturday: The Day Before Jesus’ Resurrection – “Resurrection Sunday was coming, and there was absolutely nothing they could do about it. The silence of Saturday would soon be shattered with the shouts of Sunday.”
How the Old Testament Prepares Us for the Third Day – “In the Old Testament we find a pattern of God doing big things on the third day. Redemptive things. Revelatory things. And yes, resurrection things. Here are four examples.”
The Veil Was Torn in Two: What Happened on Good Friday? – “Matthew in particular narrates the tearing of the veil in a way that reveals its epoch-turning significance.”
Charles Darwin’s Grave Mistake – “One hundred and thirty-seven years ago, on April 19, 1882, a seventy-three-year-old man died at home in his bed. He was surrounded by his wife and two of his children, all three of whom wept inconsolably.”
Friday, April 19, 2019
The Agony of Jesus on Good Friday, and His Triumph on Easter Sunday – Here are good reminders.
What’s the Significance of Simon Carrying Jesus’s Cross? – “The call to suffer for Jesus is often sudden and costly and seemingly random.”
An Embarrassing Easter Story – “Christ’s sacrifice transformed his bickering disciples into men who brought the gospel to their world. Jesus turned ugliness into beauty, selfish men into servants for the gospel. He turned a story of embarrassment into a story beauty and faith.”
Thursday, April 18, 2019
10 Popular Psalms to Increase Your Joy This Easter – “This Easter season, remember the work of Jesus Christ, our savior. Forget not that he paid the penalty for all your sins. Forget not that he took on the death you deserved and gave you the life he earned. And forget not that he crowns you as a royal son or daughter in him.”
Lies & Sex – “The devil is a liar. Since the beginning, lies have been his stock and trade, his most valuable weapon against God’s children. So effective are his lies that the world and our hearts sing harmony to his melody.”
Headwinds in Evangelism: How Secularism and Pluralism Add New Challenges to Outreach – “We’re still trying to figure out what the future should ultimately look like as we continue to share the gospel.”
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
He Came to Be Betrayed: The Gentle Kiss of Compromise – “Our treason was his agony so that his glory would become our treasure.”
The Good News of Easter and Spiritual Warfare – “The utter pervasiveness of evil is why Easter is such a precious holiday. Easter isn’t about candy, Sunday dresses, ham dinners or Easter egg hunts. Easter is about the Son of God declaring a Holy War on Satan and evil.”
History Burning Before Our Eyes: The Tragedy of Notre Dame and the Soul of Modern France – As you consider the loss of so much in the fire, these notes from Al Mohler tell a bigger tragic story of France and Notre Dame.
How to Answer the 12 Strongest Objections to Christianity – “Christianity is better than you think, because Christ is.”
Is Religious Decline Inevitable in the United States? – “The more economic prosperity a nation enjoys, the fewer citizens of that country say that religion is very important. There are a few outliers, however.”
Signs You Are Living in Your Own Kingdom (and Not the Kingdom of God) – “There are a few questions we need to ask to see whose kingdom we are building.”
A Three-Legged Stool for Extraordinary Prayer – “Without a resolute commitment of 1) Time, 2) Attention and 3) Community, our efforts to learn to pray in life-transforming ways will always fall short.”
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The Fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral Cannot Destroy the Church – “The strength of the church is not in her buildings but in her people. Our willingness to pay any price to worship and serve Jesus is the test of our faith and the foundation of our witness.”
How Generation Z is Changing the World of Dating – According to the Wall Street Journal, “Educators say the current generation in college is uniquely bad at romance. Online dating has created a (false) feeling of an endless buffet of romantic choices.”
The Resurrection, Humanity’s Story – “This is the true story of Jesus Christ, the son of God. Don’t think of this as a religious story. It is humanity’s story. It is God’s story. It is the story of why you are alive today, blessed with the hope of heaven.”
Salvation by Propitiation – “Propitiation is used in the New Testament to describe the pacifying, placating, or appeasing of God’s wrath. The easiest way to remember the term is that in propitiation God is made pro-us.”
Monday, April 15, 2019
4 Reasons Why Your Generosity Matters to Your Kids – Art Rainer explains that a parent's generosity teaches their kids about God and about the church. Kids are always watching, so these encouragements from Art can help parents feel motivated to give generously.
You Can Claim to Follow Jesus, But Miss the Point of Who He Is – “Is the Jesus we claim to know the real Jesus, or a Jesus of our own invention, who doesn’t match up with the biblical and historical realities?”
How Many Americans Actually Identify as LGBT? Fewer Than You Think – “A recent Gallup survey found the average American believes 23% of the population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. That survey also found the percentage who identify as non-heterosexual to be in the low single digits (4.1%).”
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Is Buying Stuff the Best Way to Help the Poor? – “The single most important factor in lifting over a billion people out of poverty was sustained economic growth—rising Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in countries with substantial poverty.”
Just Being Real: 5 Ways to Be Real Without Being Rude – “How do we establish honesty with each other that builds the relationship rather than pushing it down or blowing it up?”
Friday, April 12, 2019
20 One-Sentence Prayers That Will Consistently Change Your Day – Here’s a good resource to grow your prayer life.
The Psalms Must Be Fulfilled: The Son’s Script and Strength for Holy Week – “As Holy Week comes, we can listen to the soul of Jesus as he silently sings the Psalms. Jesus quoted the Psalms more than any other Old Testament book.”
Thursday, April 11, 2019
How To Weep With Those Who Weep – “Just as we are commanded to weep with God’s people, so we are commanded to weep with him. God gives us grief in order that we may share his heart for his people, his kingdom, and his glory.”
Relief from Bitterness of Soul – “Complaining about God, impugning his character, is sin. But complaining to God about your pain is an act of faith. It is a God-given means for you to grieve your loss, to walk through your valley with God.”
Living in a (Nominal) Religious Context – “The fastest shrinking category in American religion is still the largest category—people who self-identify as Christian, but whose religion is not a central part of their lives.”
Seen by the Unseen – “Perhaps you do not consider the implications of being watched. Among the panoply of spiritual beings said to see into our world, none is more pervasive, interested, and involved than God himself. Everything is in his purview, without any strain to his perception or cognitive reach.”
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
3 Reasons Christians Cannot Commit the Unforgivable Sin – This topic comes up regularly and this is a simple set of answers.
7 Threats From a False Teacher – “False teachers and abusive leaders need to maintain their power. Therefore, they use a series of threats to keep people quiet and in line. Get out of line? You might hear one of the seven statements I’ve listed below.”
How Do Christians Survive in Middle-Class America? – “If we are not devoted to the Son of Man, no riches, no fullness, and no laughter can keep us from condemnation.”
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Where Is Baptism in the Order of a Christian Life? – “Proclaim Christ. Baptize converts. Teach Christians. At the end of the day, that’s what every church and, by implication, every Christian, ought to be about. And the order of those three commands is important.”
What If Tears Don’t Come? How to Weep with Those Who Weep – “Love’s first step in entering others’ sorrows is simply to appreciate the breathtaking choice Christ made to enter ours.”
“Conservative” And “Liberal” Christianity – “The words ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’, when applied to churches, are indicators of a profound difference, which has no connection to how the words ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’ are usually used.”
Christian Discourse in an Age of Outrage – “How should Christians seek to conduct themselves in such a cantankerous environment where everyone is primed to be outraged by their newfound adversaries?”
Monday, April 8, 2019
How the Lord’s Supper Reminds Me of the Lord’s Grip – “When Jesus first shared the Supper with his disciples, he was giving them something firm to hold on to—like a beam set in concrete.”
The “It-Is-Enough-Ness” of God’s Grace – “Heavenly Father, it’d be wonderful not to have to relearn the same lessons in life, especially this one: Your grace is all we need, and Christ’s power is most fully released through our weakness.”
8 Questions You Must Face as You Fight Pornography – “Let a growing affection for Christ expel the lesser affections for sexual sin. What better way to help a porn addict than to repeatedly set their eyes on the cross?”
Love Actuarially – “He knows exactly what a big fat sinner you are. He knew exactly what he was getting into. Eyes wide open, and arms too, he comes to embrace you. He’s not playing the angles, calculating the risks, hedging his bets.”
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Trusting God In Your Waiting Season – “Will you trust his kind intentions for you, even when it feels like you’ve been forgotten? Will you wait for Him to act when it seems like you’ll never see the results?”
Dare to Hope in God: How to Lament Well – “The Bible is filled with this song of sorrow. Over a third of the Psalms are laments. The book of Lamentations weeps over the destruction of Jerusalem. Jesus lamented in the final hours of his life.”
Snitching on Christians Now Pays Big Money in China – “For more than a year, Chinese authorities have tried to gain more control of faith practices.”
Friday, April 5, 2019
Good Friday Message: 4 Powerful Reflections on the Cross – Here are four good points about the cross and Good Friday.
The #1 Productivity Killer in Your Life – and Why It Will Always Win – “Instead of worrying that the urgency of life will ruin our productivity, we need to be careful not to let the urgency of productivity ruin our life.”
5 Pieces of Evidence the Holy Spirit Has Control of Your Life – “There’s a difference between living a ‘good Christian life’ and allowing the Spirit of God to transform you from the inside out.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Christianity Isn’t Cussing Less and Giving More – “Religion can’t transform you from a hypocrite to a true believer. Only the gospel can. But if you embrace the gospel, I can guarantee you, nothing will ever be the same.”
How to Find Joy When You’ve Lost It – “Psalm 30 reveals David as a man who ultimately triumphs in joy, and through joy. But it was not always that way, all of the time. In his journey from sorrow to joy, we see why the Holy Spirit preserved this song for us.”
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Let’s Stay Grateful for Our Friends – “We’re greatly grateful for the friends you’ve woven into our lives and stories—the brothers and sisters who pursue, pray, play with us, and offer a redemptive presence in every season of life.”
‘Exciting’ Artifacts Found in Jerusalem Point to the Truth of the Bible – “The artifacts, which will be described in the Israel Exploration Journal, date back to Jerusalem’s First Temple Period. They were found in a large public building destroyed in the sixth century BCE, likely by fire. The Babylonians conquered Jerusalem in 586 BCE.”
Redefining Jesus to Meet Our Expectations and Our Culture’s Preferences – “Our human nature wants to make Jesus Christ palatable to our modern culture rather than allowing him to shine forth before the world as a crucified and risen Savior.”
The Growing Danger of Spiritual Entitlement – “Entitlement is the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment. It is the feeling that you have the right to do or have what you want without having to work for it. Entitlement is rampant in the society but it is also creeping into the church as the consumer culture infects the minds and hearts of everyday Christ-followers.”
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Who is the King of Your Heart? “Before you answer, remember that your heart has already revealed the answer to your children, your spouse, to those who are closest to you. It is not enough to say that Jesus is your king. Your heart must live this out.”
Why ‘Count It All Joy’ Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Grieve – “It’s not wrong to feel. It’s OK, even good, to cry. Jesus wept at Lazarus’ tomb! He didn’t simply shed a couple of tears and move on. He was deeply moved in His spirit, and He mourned along with the other Jews at the graveside.”