‘Dragon Ball Super’ To End Soon And Remain On Indefinite Hiatus

After it was revealed that “Dragon Ball Super” is ending in spring, many fans expressed their dismay with impassioned reactions on social media. But why is the series suddenly going on break in what many see at the height of its popularity? Full Story Here Christian Post January 22, 2018 11:17 am Support Us

Texas Judge Says God Told Him Suspected Sex Trafficker Was Not Guilty

A judge in Comal County, Texas, could face disciplinary action after he was accused of trying to influence a trial by telling jurors that God told him a woman accused of trafficking her teenage niece was innocent. Full Story Here Christian Post January 22, 2018 11:02 am Support Us

‘Skullgirls’ Relaunches on Mobile as Developer Goes Indie

“Skullgirls” has come out, again, for mobile with, a new version. This time, Autumn Games has parted ways with their previous publisher and will be continuing on as an independent developer. Full Story Here Christian Post January 22, 2018 10:32 am Support Us

Nike Reveals PG-2 PlayStation Colorway Shoes

Nike and PlayStation have come together to feature four-time NBA All-star Paul George and his new line of basketball shoes. The Nike PG-2 PlayStation colorway, which has been announced on Saturday, Jan. 20, is now making waves as a surprise collaboration between the two companies. Full Story Here Christian Post January 22, 2018 10:32 am… Read More

Franklin Graham Defends President Trump on MSNBC

Reverend Franklin Graham appeared on MSNBC Live with Alex Witt over the weekend to discuss the government shutdown, DACA, and the accusations that President Trump paid $130,000 to a former porn star to cover up an affair. Full Story Here Christian Headlines January 22, 2018 10:08 am Support Us

Disabled by Design: My Abundant Life Without Arms

Take a step back for a moment and imagine that you were born without arms. You have to do everyday tasks with your feet. You write with your feet. You eat with your feet. You put gas in your car by lying down on the ground to lift the nozzle with your feet. You pay… Read More

Author of Books on Presidents’ Faith Says Trump Misunderstands Evangelicals

Author Stephen Mansfield, who has written about the faith of former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, says the current occupant of the Oval Office has captured the “fundamental gripes” of evangelicals but misunderstands just how divided they are these days. Full Story Here Christian Headlines January 22, 2018 8:32 am Support Us

Pastor Found Dead in Tamil Nadu, India

The body of a pastor in southern India was found hung from the thatched roof of his house early Saturday morning (Jan. 20), a week after he complained to police about opposition from Hindu extremists, sources said. Full Story Here Christian Headlines January 22, 2018 7:32 am Support Us

Glimpses of God in Everyday Life

God intends for us to enjoy him in his gifts. Don’t miss the Giver in the everyday stuff of life. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog January 22, 2018 6:47 am Support Us

Youth-Driven Culture

Maybe it began earlier than the 1950s and ’60s, but those decades seem to mark the rise of the fascination with youth in American culture. The famous line that celebrates all things young, often wrongly attributed to James Dean, declares, “Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse behind.” Popular music, that telling barometer… Read More

Life is Precious

Life is precious. Every human life. After all, a person’s a person, no matter how small. At 18 days, the baby’s heart begins to beat. At 21 days, it pumps its own blood with its own blood type through its own circulatory system. At 28 days, its eyes, ears, and respiratory system begin to form.… Read More

Waiting for Comets

I’m tap tap tapping on my keyboard inside the Starbucks at Target when a dad carrying two infant carriers, one in each hand like barbells, comes in to sit at the table next to me. The carriers are draped with matching sky-blue blankets, and I smile knowing it’s likely twin boys snugged under them. Since I’m… Read More

Genesis 23; Matthew 22; Nehemiah 12; Acts 22

Genesis 23; Matthew 22; Nehemiah 12; Acts 22 THE CLOSING VERSES OF Matthew 22 (Matt. 22:41-46) contain one of the most intriguing exchanges in the Gospels. After successfully fending off a series of tricky questions designed rather more to trap him or demean him than to elicit the wise answers he actually gives, Jesus poses… Read More

Jesus Is Our Access to God

Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:1-46, Psalm 110, Hebrews 10:11-14 Don’t get me wrong. I really do love my job, but I am not a morning person. Just the other day, I woke to the sound of my phone’s beeping alarm. Ugh. That was my first response. But as my feet hit the ground, something seemed off.… Read More

Where Dead Men Lie: Letter to a Would-Be Adulterer

Dear Husband, If you value your life, if you cherish your manliness and honor, if you love your family and your God, listen to his voice. As she whispers in your ear, as her lips yield the sweetest honey, as her speech soothes and excites, listen to his words instead. Drown her lies in wisdom.… Read More

The Mystery of Providence

  The entire mystery of the economy of our salvation consists in the self-emptying and abasement of the Son of God – St. Cyril of Alexandria +++ Among the most troublesome thoughts to my modern mind are those surrounding God’s providence. A popular morning prayer from the Elders of Optina reads: O Lord, grant that… Read More

Sunday Scripture

Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken. My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock. My refuge is in God. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before… Read More

Weekly Truth

Scripture is God-breathed and true. When we memorize it, we carry the good news of the gospel of Jesus with us wherever we go. In this week’s verse, Jesus tells us why He stepped down from eternity to live among us. The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and… Read More

The Secret Small Churches Know Best

Most Christian churches in America are small. In 2012, the National Congregations Study found that the median Sunday morning attendance for churches in the United States was 75 people. The study also found that 43% of American churches had fewer than 50 regular participants, 67% had fewer than 100 regular participants, and 87% had fewer… Read More

R.C. Sproul’s Final Sermon: A Great Salvation

Dr. R.C. Sproul (1939—2017) preached his final sermon on November 26, 2017, at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida. The title of the sermon was “A Great Salvation” from Hebrews 2:1-4. He concluded that sermon with these words: “I pray with all my heart that God will awaken each one of us today to the… Read More

So Be It

In the heat of a South Carolina August, I arrived at my new home with too many boxes of clothes and hopeful aspirations for the year ahead. I felt like someone had turned me inside out, jittery from iced coffee, nervousness, and excitement. That night, as I snuggled into a new bed in a new… Read More

Grace Day

Use this day to pray, rest, and reflect on this week’s reading, giving thanks for the grace that is ours in Christ. “I—I am the LORD.Besides me, there is no Savior.I alone declared, saved, and proclaimed—and not some foreign god among you.So you are my witnesses”—this is the LORD’s declaration—“and I am God.”– Isaiah 43:11-12… Read More

Why We Should Escape Social Media (And Why We Don’t)

Yet another former Facebook exec has issued a warning about how his previous employer has conditioned us with bad habits, poisoned our civic lives, fleeced our sanity, and sabotaged our relationships. This time it’s Chamath Palihapitiya, age 41, now a venture capitalist and co-owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. Fake and Brittle Palihapitiya explained… Read More

Swimming Bacteria Defy Darwin’s Theory

Tiny biological motors that give bacteria the power to swim possess a complexity that baffles scientists and undercuts Darwin’s theory of evolution. Full Story Here Christian Headlines January 19, 2018 2:32 pm Support Us

President Trump is First President to Address National March for Life

“I’m honored and really proud to be the first president to stand with you to address the 45th march for life,” declared President Trump during his live addressto the March for Life in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 19th, 2018. Full Story Here Christian Headlines January 19, 2018 12:32 pm Support Us

A Prayer You Can Pray on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

This Sunday, Christians around the world will mourn the innocent lives lost since Roe v. Wade was decided. It’s Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, and it’s an opportunity for us to act on our beliefs in new and bold ways. Full Story Here Christian Headlines January 19, 2018 8:33 am Support Us

Family and Friends Show Us More of God

Even the strongest person, the most tenderhearted person, the kindest person can’t compare to God. But they can point us to his perfections. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog January 19, 2018 6:32 am Support Us

R.C. Sproul’s Warning Concerning Prayer

I need to sound a warning. In our day, many people have rediscovered the power of prayer. This is a good thing; there’s nothing more thrilling in the Christian life than to pray specifically, to express a desire, to make a request or a petition to God, and then see Him answer that request specifically… Read More

We Are His Masterpiece

As we wait in line at the checkout, I look over all the magazine covers staring back at me. “Perfect makeover plan, best new hair looks, hottest beauty tips, best fat burners, flawless makeup.” All the tips and tricks you can imagine, displayed right there in front of me. I start thinking about my curly, sometimes… Read More

$5 Friday: Scripture, Baptism, & Providence

Our weekly $5 Friday sale has returned. This week’s resources include such topics as worship, heaven, church history, Scripture, covenants, providence, baptism, and more. Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET. View today’s $5 Friday sale items. Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs January 18, 2018 10:48 pm Support Us

Jesus Is King

Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:1-46, Ezekiel 16:10-13, Zechariah 9:9 Only Jesus knew the gravity of what the crowd was asking when they shouted “Hosanna!” that day. It was a shout of adoration but it was also a plea, because the word “Hosanna” literally means, “Come save us now!” And this is exactly what He would do.… Read More

Forgive Us Our What? Three Ways We Say the Lord’s Prayer

Do you know the most famous prayer on the planet? The prayer the most people on the street could recite portions of if asked? The prayer hundreds of millions of Christians of every stripe pray regularly and tens of millions of non-Christians have heard enough to repeat? “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.… Read More

Does God’s Happiness Depend on Mine?

When one sinner repents, God and his angels rejoice in heaven. Does that mean that God’s happiness depends on ours? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog January 18, 2018 5:18 pm Support Us

New Poll Shows Encouraging Pro-life Trends

More than 60 percent of respondents said they were in favor of a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Full Story Here Christian Headlines January 18, 2018 11:47 am Support Us

Alabama is One Step Closer to Eliminating Marriage Licenses

When the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, some Alabama Probate judges refused to issue any marriage licenses at all so they wouldn’t violate their conscience or run afoul of the law. Now, the state of Alabama is one step closer to issuing marriage licenses to no one. Full Story Here Christian Headlines January… Read More

Everyone Wants to Be More Productive

Whether you are a student or a professional, working from home or raising a family, everyone wants to be more productive. Some of us have even made resolutions to do so in 2018. But do we know what we’re aiming for? Do we know what it means to be “productive” and how to make it… Read More

Our Chaotic Culture Is A Gospel Opportunity

If you pay attention to the headlines or the Twitter and Facebook buzz, you’ve probably picked up on something: we Americans disagree with one another. A lot. And about some very fundamental issues. Whether it’s struggles between pro-life and abortion advocates, the legalization of marijuana, or wedding cakes and religious liberty issues, our debates become… Read More

The God Whom We Are to Fear

Here’s an excerpt from The God Whom We Are to Fear, K. Scott Oliphint’s contribution to the January issue of Tabletalk: Christians need not fear God because they fear eternal punishment; Christ has taken that fear away. We need not fear God because we fear He will go back on His promises, or will, in… Read More

Life Is Hard

I approached my door and tried to focus. Brown paper bags littered my sidewalk. Bags stuffed with manna. Food, toiletries, diapers, gift cards, and unsigned notes overflowed from grocery bags left for my family. Approaching a year without a paycheck, trying to keep our business afloat, paying our employees first, and avoiding foreclosure on our… Read More

Jesus Came to Serve

Scripture Reading: Matthew 19:1-30, Matthew 20:1-34, Deuteronomy 6:4, 2 Peter 3:10-13 I am very hopeful that my one-day husband’s last name will begin with a letter in the first half of the alphabet. You see, while I love my last name with my whole heart, it begins with a “W,” which means the line for… Read More

Longing for Intimacy: Four Promises for Same-Sex-Attracted Christians

I am a husband, a father, and a pastor. And for as long as I can remember, I have experienced same-sex attractions (SSA). Although I have always been physically and romantically attracted to women, I also have never been without deep emotional and sexual attractions to men. Many in our culture would like to label… Read More

Do President Trump’s Business Holdings Present a Conflict of Interest?

A recent report from Public Citizen, a liberal/progressive watchdog group, uncovered 64 instances of Foreign Governments, Federal Government Departments, Republican Candidates, and others using properties belonging to the Trump Organization. Full Story Here Christian Headlines January 17, 2018 11:02 am Support Us

Want to Know What a Culture Values? Read a Children’s Book

Have you ever heard the saying, “You are what you eat”? The same rule applies to the stuff that you mentally digest, which means it’s equally true to say, “You are what you read.” Full Story Here Christian Headlines January 17, 2018 7:17 am Support Us

Love Is About Delighting — Not Doing

More than doing things for God, Christianity is about delighting in God. God wants you to take joy in him before you do things for him. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog January 17, 2018 6:18 am Support Us

A Calvinist Evangelist?

If I have heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: “A Calvinist evangelist? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Calvinism undermines evangelism.” This accusation has been repeated so many times that few make the effort to argue it. Instead, it is simply assumed. Never mind that some of the church’s greatest evangelists have been Calvinists.… Read More

Recommended Reads: Get Out of the Middle of the Road

In my mid-twenties, I had the opportunity to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, and to this day I count that experience as one of my favorite adventures of all time. My ride went exactly according to plan — a few miles along the coastline, a steep uphill climb leading to the bridge, a cruise… Read More

Trusting God in the Midst of Change

I should have been thrilled. My husband had just gently told me that he felt called to a new life and ministry, and that it also meant moving across the country to get his education. He had his sights set on Colorado, where I’d spent vacations and family reunions. I adored the beautiful mountain vistas,… Read More

Jesus’ Glory and Power

Scripture Reading: Matthew 17:1-27, Matthew 18:1-35, 1 Kings 8:10-13, Jeremiah 23:1-4 “Lord,” he said, “have mercy.” This was the plea of a father made on behalf of his demon-possessed son. It is a request we have all cried out at one time or another, in different languages and circumstances. In big and small ways, we… Read More

Do You Want the Friends You Need?

He is often the subject of whispering. “Oh, here he comes — better get your Bibles out.” “No wonder no one invites him out to lunch; he can never just have a normal conversation.” “I can’t enjoy the game without being asked a million questions about my walk with the Lord and struggles with sin.”… Read More

What Value Is the Old Testament to the Christian Life?

All Scripture is profitable — not just the pages of the New Testament. But how should Christians read the Old Testament in light of Christ’s coming? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog January 16, 2018 5:17 pm Support Us

Good News, New from John MacArthur and Reformation Trust

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White House Announces Religious Freedom Day

White House Announces Religious Freedom Day On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump publicly proclaimed January 16 as the national day of religious freedom. He called on Americans to celebrate the day, so as to “remind us of our shared heritage of religious liberty.” The president’s announcement addressed both religious freedom internationally and within the United… Read More

Bolivia: Christians Fear New Law May Land Them in Jail

Bolivia: Christians Fear New Law May Land Them in Jail Evangelicals in Bolivia say they are “deeply worried” about Bolivia’s new Penal Code, which could sentence evangelicals to up to 12 years in prison. Christians are concerned the Penal Code, which Bolivian President Evo Morales is expected to approve, could lead to a ban on… Read More

Wisconsin School District Settles Lawsuit with Transgender Student

Wisconsin School District Settles Lawsuit with Transgender Student The Kenosha Unified School Board recently voted to settle a lawsuit brought by a recent transgender graduate who had sued the district for alleged acts of discrimination. The plaintiff, Ash Whitaker, and his attorneys will receive $800,000 as part of the settlement, with $650,000 of the total… Read More

What Qualities Would We Want In The Perfect President?

What if this country could have the perfect President? What would that person be like? What qualities would he or she need to be the best President this nation has ever seen? He or she would first of all need to be experienced and extremely wise. This person would need to be a powerful leader,… Read More

God’s Good Pleasure in Election

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Happy First Birthday, Craving Connection!

One year ago, we released our very first book. One year ago, Craving Connection: 30 Challenges for Real-life Engagement was launched into the world, landing on bookstore shelves and family rooms and in book clubs and women’s church circles. You shared your excitement with us (and we had SO MUCH FUN celebrating together!): Photos by… Read More

Jesus Is the Messiah

Scripture Reading: Matthew 15:1-39, Matthew 16:1-28, Zechariah 12:10, 2 Peter 1:16-18 I am very good at proclaiming things: I’m going to run a marathon!I’m going to take music lessons!I’m going to write one poem a day! But these are things that are easier said than done; therefore, I say them, but do not really do… Read More

Lord, Revive My First Love

In 1677, twenty-seven-year-old Henry Scougal wrote this to a friend: “The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love” (The Life of God in the Soul of Man, 20). It is among the most penetrating sentences in the English language (or any language). It is a devastating… Read More

Philippians 1:27–28: Four Traits of a Life Worth Living

Our hope for Look at the Book is to help you learn to read the Bible for yourself. This month, we are featuring study questions for you to consider before you watch the lab below. While the world gropes in the dark for significance, our God has told us how to live the worthy life.… Read More

Will You Pray for Awakening? Download Your Free Prayer Guide

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The Despair of Modernity – It Might Not Be All Bad

It is a commonplace in the Fathers to describe despair or sadness as the result of failing to get what we want. It sounds quite simple, but it cuts to the very heart of our sadness. There is a melancholy of our age that is born from the expectations of modernity. The mantra of progress… Read More

Jesus Doesn’t Give A Standing Ovation To Sexual Assault

Note: Normally, I don’t write about topics like this, but this is really important. I talk about sexual assault, so if that triggers terrible memories or feelings in you, you may want to consider not reading this.  We are living in strange times. Really, really strange times. Disturbing times, actually. Last week, megachurch pastor Andy… Read More

A Catechism on the Heart

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Be a Doris

Doris was our pastor’s wife in the early 1980s. When I called her house — often looking for my mom — it was from our old rotary phone in the kitchen. It was the kind of phone with a twirly cord that could stretch the length of a room. Doris didn’t know who was calling, of course, because in the 1980s,… Read More

Delight Is Our Duty

[embedded content] Editor’s Note: “This clip is from “What Is It Like to Enjoy God?,” a message John Piper preached to thousands of college students at Passion in Atlanta on January 2, 2018. ” Audio Transcript I love this story and you will enjoy it because you like love stories. It’s about me and my… Read More

Jesus Is the Son of God

Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:53-58, Matthew 14:1-36, Deuteronomy 8:3, Isaiah 43:10-13 “Have courage! It is I.” When we read these words in Matthew 14:27, from the viewpoint of our modern context, it’s easy to miss their significance. It’s easy to dismiss them as a much needed encouragement, and little more. The disciples, after all, are frightened.… Read More

Does God Love the Non-Elect?

Audio Transcript You may remember that on Friday we talked about whether non-Christians can honor God. That was a helpful episode. I commend it to you — episode number 1145. Today’s question naturally flows from it, and it comes to us in the form of a follow-up email from a listener named Daniel. “Hello, Pastor… Read More

Providence Is No Excuse: Exposing a Reformed White Supremacist

It is essential to your own future that you shall learn the history of the past truly. –Robert Lewis Dabney History teaches us that proper thought does not necessarily lead to proper action — even when those thoughts align with God’s. In numerous glaring instances, humans have been subjugated to brutal oppression by those who,… Read More

Before You Believed, You Belonged

When it comes to weighty matters in the Bible, let’s be like Mary. “Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). First, she took note of important things and put them in a safe place — her heart. Second, her thoughts “conferred” about them. That’s what “ponder” means, and what… Read More

Sunday Scripture

Once again, for the third time, the Lord called Samuel. He got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli understood that the Lord was calling the boy. He told Samuel, “Go and lie down. If he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel… Read More

Weekly Truth

Scripture is God-breathed and true. When we memorize it, we carry the good news of the gospel of Jesus with us wherever we go. This week we will memorize a verse from Matthew that powerfully summarizes what Jesus came to do, and why. “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’… Read More

Hope in Growth Under the Surface

I’m no gardener, but this past October I planted tulip bulbs in the ground and shared more from the batch with some dear friends. As winter approached, I bought amaryllis bulbs, planted two in pots, and gave away still more. I wasn’t looking for a new hobby, and I don’t revel working in the dirt.… Read More

The God of the Holocene Epoch Is Dead: Religion’s Fatal Flaw

The “world religions” suffer from their provenance. They are, one and all, children of the naively hopeful Holocene Epoch. Our species was born around 200,000 years ago, right at the end of the horrific Pleistocene, when, for two and half million years, the planet was roiled by glaciation and rampaging volcanic eruptions. It almost wiped… Read More

Dear Timothy Keller: The “Evangelical” Problem isn’t Pollsters

In response to the public identity crisis voiced by some white evangelicals since Donald Trump’s victory and Roy Moore’s loss—elections in which roughly 80% of white evangelical voters supported each candidate despite multiple sexual assault accusations against each—Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, took to the New Yorker to… Read More

Grace Day

Use this day to pray, rest, and reflect on this week’s reading, giving thanks for the grace that is ours in Christ. On that day the deaf will hearthe words of a document,and out of a deep darknessthe eyes of the blind will see.The humble will have joyafter joy in the Lord,and the poor people… Read More

Challenging the Religious Left: RD on the Radio

RD’s Peter Laarman discussed his year-end piece, THE YEAR IN RELIGION: A RAY OF HOPE AMID THE USUAL FECKLESSNESS with State of Belief radio host, Welton Gaddy. Who’s getting it wrong? Who’s getting it right? Who’s “converting” whom? Listen now to find out. Full Story Here Religion Dispatches January 12, 2018 9:39 pm Support Us

New World A-Coming: How Black Religion Helped Shape Racial Identity

What inspired you to write New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity During the Great Migration? I have been fascinated by the black new religious movements of the Great Migration era since I read Arthur Huff Fauset’s 1944 Black Gods of the Metropolis: Negro Religious Cults of the Urban North as an undergraduate. There… Read More

The Year in Religion: A Ray of Hope Amid the Usual Fecklessness

Taking my cue from the revised pater noster commended by His Holiness, I begin by asking that God not let me fall into the powerful temptation to superimpose my own characteristic gloom on the news at hand. It’s always a challenge for me not to play Diogenes, but I must try. At the very least,… Read More

Reports of the Death of ISIS Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

When the Iraqi government announced the end of ISIS control over its territory on December 9, 2017, there were a few celebrations in Baghdad. December 10 was proclaimed a public holiday, and a military parade marched down the main streets. But that was about it. The event was scarcely reported elsewhere. In the New York… Read More

When the Church’s LGBTIQ Loss is the World’s Gain

The panoply of pioneers gathered at the Rolling the Stone Away conference included two white Presbyterian women Selisse Berry and Jane Adams Spahr, whose unique contributions demonstrate what happens to some people when their churches reject them for ministry. The world wins. Selisse Berry founded Out & Equal Workplace Advocates in 1996, now “the world’s… Read More

How Have Catholics Changed Since Luther?

June 15, 1520. Almost three years have passed since Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses to the church door in Wittenberg. The flame that his seemingly innocuous act sparked has continued to grow stronger. Pope Leo X is at his wits’ end. On this day, the pope releases his papal encyclical Exsurge Domine. Like a… Read More

Philippians 1:27–28: What Does “Gospel” Mean?

Our hope for Look at the Book is to help you learn to read the Bible for yourself. This month, we are featuring study questions for you to consider before you watch the lab below. We hear the word “gospel” used all the time. But what does it actually mean? In the lab, John Piper… Read More

Clergy May Soon Find Taxes Soaring As Result of an Under-the-Radar Ruling

Relatively little fanfare accompanied U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb’s ruling in October that a tax exemption for clergy housing dating back to 1954 violates the First Amendment. Crabb confirmed her ruling in the case Gaylor v. Mnuchin this past Wednesday, declaring unconstitutional a provision of the tax code that’s made it possible for clergy to… Read More

How Religion Shaped American Jewish Masculinity

What inspired you to write Masculinity and the Making of American Judaism? There’s a story I tell near the beginning of the book: I was in the midst of researching and writing the book, and a group of leaders of Jewish men’s groups invited me to speak. They were full of questions about masculinity, about men… Read More

The Top 10 (Non-Religious) Religious Films of 2017

Cinema and religion are never far apart—both bring light to darkened places. Sometimes the illumination comes from bright souls gathered together to confront dark forces. Sometimes it’s the light of bonfires lit to root out (perceived) monsters. Sometimes the light beckons to us from outside the window, or at the end of a tunnel, showing… Read More

Raw Power Is Just What The Religious Left Needs

Of all the religion-and-politics takes on Doug Jones’ victory over Roy Moore—and there are many—one of the most obscure sticks out the most. It comes in the midst of a discussion by independent journalist Al Giordano of get out the vote efforts in southern Alabama: The Mobile NAACP crunched the numbers and showed local pastoral… Read More

Rolling the Stone Away: LGBTQI Elders Meet the Next Generation of Christian Activists at a Watershed Conference

Five hundred years after Martin Luther’s reform, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people, and allies celebrated fifty years of valiant efforts to make churches Christian—that is, welcoming, inclusive, and just. The “Rolling the Stone Away: Generations of Love and Justice” conference, October 30-November 2, 2017, in St. Louis gathered 250 people who reviewed the struggles… Read More

Religious Freedom Historian John Ragosta on “Religious Freedom”

To listen to the Christian Right, which has been busy seeking religious exemptions from laws governing reproductive rights and LGBTQ rights, one might think that armies of secularists are swarming like locusts over the land, seeking to snuff out the light of religious freedom and ultimately, of faith itself. Others starkly cast the Christian Right’s campaign… Read More

Will 2018 Be the Year of Catholic Health Care Dominance?

The news that two major Catholic health care systems, Ascension and Providence St. Joseph Health, are considering a merger that would create a nearly 200-hospital behemoth spanning 27 states raises questions about the expanded imposition of Catholic ethical norms on the health care system in the coming year. In addition to the Ascension-Providence merger, two… Read More

#ItsNotUs: Being Evangelical Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

The defenders of “respectable” evangelicalism were out in force in 2017. In newspapers, magazines, and National Public Radio programs, they delivered a consistent message. That group of Trump-loving, Roy-Moore-supporting evangelicals? “It’s not us.” As a historian of evangelicalism, I find it troubling that a group of media-savvy evangelicals is poised to dictate the terms of… Read More

Moving Day: A Note from the Publisher

After three and one-half years at USC, Religion Dispatches is moving on! We’ve enjoyed hosting the website, and the Knight Program in Media and Religion has benefited from the collaboration. We’re very proud of the work we produced together, especially covering American Christianities, public theology and LGBTQI issues. Evan Derkacz and Lisa Webster deserve special… Read More

“The Song of Songs”

The book in the bible which we call “The Song of Solomon” opens with the words, “The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s”.  when we consider the huge number of songs that have been written since the beginning of the world, surely the title, “The Song of Songs” is rather ‘over the top’. I do… Read More

2017 Around the World: Progress and Persecution For LGBT People

Journalist Masha Gessen dubbed 2017 “the year Russian LGBT persecution defied belief.” Pink News called 2017 “the year of the homophobic purge” featuring “brutal crackdowns across the world.” The Daily Xtra’s year-end recap focused more on the good news, saying that “LGBT movements around the world” made “impressive gains,” noting advances in marriage equality in… Read More

When Chaos Ruled the World – Part II

The imagery of a cosmic battle with chaos described in part one, is properly the foundation for the Christian life. “Chaos” is a metaphor for so much that threatens God’s good creation and makes war against His saints. It is also an understanding that is almost completely lost in the modern world. We generally fail… Read More

What Is It Like to Enjoy God?

“If you lay gold in the dust, and gold of Ophir among the stones of the torrent-bed, then the Almighty will be your gold and your precious silver. For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty and lift up your face to God.” These are the words of Eliphaz in Job 22:24–26, spoken to… Read More

What Does it Mean to Fear God?

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The Gift Only You Can Give

While teaching a writing class, I notice a young woman sitting in the back with her eyes intently focused on her paper. The pencil in her hand deftly moves across the page, back and forth, alternating between long sweeping motions and quick short movements. I casually walk around the room, but when I come near… Read More

What Creation Can’t Stop Saying

[embedded content] Audio Transcript The heavens are telling the glory of God (see Psalm 19:1). So, sunrises. Or what did the disciples mean at the beginning of John? “We beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father” (John 1:14). And my answer to both of those is the same. The sun… Read More

Jesus Speaks in Parables

Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:1-52, 1 Corinthians 5:6-7 Until last year, I had never seen the movie Star Wars. This was the cinematic equivalent of blasphemy for my in-laws, my friends—pretty much everyone else in the world, really. Star Wars is part of our cultural lexicon, but when you’ve never seen it, most references to it… Read More

What the Devil Doesn’t Want You to Know

Here is a truth the devil really doesn’t want you to know: the commands of God are not burdensome (1 John 5:3). The devil wants you to believe God’s commands are torturously burdensome and the death of your happiness. The devil wants you to believe that God is withholding joy from you in the limitations… Read More

Do Non-Christians Ever Please God?

Audio Transcript Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome back to the Ask Pastor John podcast with longtime pastor and author John Piper. We finish the week with a question from a listener named Nancy. “Dear Pastor John, thank you for this podcast. Here’s my question. Can an unbeliever please God? If not, what are we to… Read More

Waiting for God to Text Back

Impatience. It is easy to feel, especially on the internet. Click a link, skim an article, and get to the point. Crawling internet speeds, lagging download times, and long-form writing frustrates our efforts to speed-read and move on. Our cravings for fast easily creep into our faith and into our churches. We pray and wait,… Read More

Loving Those Who Hate Us

Our heads bowed, our eyes closed. One final prayer and then the singing school our family attends each summer would come to an end. But I was startled by the minister’s words. After all, I’d never heard the phrase “hate my guts” used in prayer, much less in one at such a large, public assembly.… Read More

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

Scripture Reading: Matthew 12:1-50, Leviticus 19:9-10, Isaiah 42:1-4 Recently, at a dinner with friends, I noticed the person sitting next to me skip the pork tenderloin and serve himself an extra spoonful of brussels sprouts. This made no sense to me. “Are you a vegetarian?” I asked, hoping to avoid a pitch to join the fold.… Read More

God Laughs Out Loud to Quiet Our Fears

How horrible, and wonderful, it is when God laughs out loud. His laughter isn’t just side-splitting; it’s world-splitting. His enemies cower in fear. His friends rise in comfort. His laughter warns cosmic traitors of their impending doom, while reminding weak saints that their best is yet to come. Laughter Speaks Laughter, for God and for… Read More

Jesus Gives Rest

Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:1-30, Isaiah 29:18-19, 1 John 5:3-4 It’s one of those moments so deeply seared onto my heart that I still glance at the memories and wince. I was in a Jamaican infirmary, tasked with offering some measure of comfort to the sick and dying housed there. Their beds were jammed together, packing… Read More

God Alone Has Aseity

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The Importance of What We Do in Secret

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Packing Tape

Piles of boxes, packed and taped. Untaped and unpacked and folded flat, again and again. Saved carefully for next time, because I know there will be a next time. Organizing, rearranging, re-planning our lives. I’m up all night with my old pal Worry. Or is it Hope who sits beside me? Tonight I tuck into… Read More

What God Can Do in Daily Devotions

[embedded content] Audio Transcript You just got up early, before anybody else is moving around — except you can hear your wife stirring. Teenager’s probably not up, but school is coming, so he might be dragging himself out. And you’re reading your Bible in your favorite quiet, secluded place. You’re reading about God, and about… Read More

I Long to See You: What Apple Will Never Replace

Have smartphones and social media really done anything to strengthen your most important relationships? Your experience may not be mine (I’m sure for many it’s not), but I’m finding our recent advances in technology have not made for more meaningful communication with my family and closest friends. If anything, they have siphoned off something of… Read More

When Chaos Ruled the World – Part I

In the ancient civilizations of the Near East there were strange stories about the place of chaos in the beginning of all things – and the chaos is specifically located in water. It seems odd to me that people who largely lived in arid countries should imagine the world beginning as a watery chaos –… Read More

Announcing Ask Ligonier: A Place for Answers

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How To Have More Faith This Year

I don’t know about you, but I want to grow more and more in my faith this year. I’m so grateful that over the years God has helped me grow in faith, but I believe it’s his will for all his children to grow more and more. Here are some suggestions to strengthen your faith… Read More

Jesus Sends the Twelve

Scripture Reading: Matthew 10:1-42, Acts 1:13, James 2:1-7 Have you ever received a gift with no strings attached? Many of us may recall the joy of receiving Christmas presents as a child. When you’re young there are no expectations of repayment; the gift is freely given, and certainly, freely taken. Do you also know what… Read More

Events Roundup—1.8.18

New York, New York An “Impossible” UnityJanuary 12–14 Communion & Liberation presents the New York Encounter 2018, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in midtown Manhattan. More information can be found here.  Art Opening: Bible Road RevisitedThursday, January 18 First Things invites you to attend the opening of “Bible Road Revisited,” an art exhibit featuring the photography of Sam… Read More

First Things Junior Fellows Program 2018

Graduating college seniors and recent graduates are invited to apply for the First Things junior fellows program. The junior fellows work closely with the editors to produce the magazine and its website. The one-year, full-time fellowship (which can be extended to a second year) includes housing and a modest stipend. Please send a resume, a 250-word description… Read More

The Institute for Expository Preaching with Steven Lawson

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If Sermon Podcasts Are The Problem, We’ve Got A Much Bigger Problem

I recently read an interesting/odd article on Christianity Today, in which the author argued that churches who make their sermons available via podcast actually hurt themselves. The meat of the argument is that when a sermon can be consumed apart from the entire Sunday experience, it cheapens the Sunday experience and can encourage people that… Read More

The Doctrines of Grace: By His Grace and for His Glory

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Family News Update from (in)courage

At the tail end of a very hot June nearly ten years ago, I flew to Arkansas and ate fried okra for the first time. I ate fried okra, chicken fried steak, and drank cherry Coke sitting in a mahogany corner booth in the company of two women I didn’t yet know would become cornerstones… Read More

Jesus Forgives

Scripture Reading: Matthew 9:1-38, Numbers 19:11-21, Hosea 2:19-20 I committed an embarrassing crime in my favorite pair of boots. With double-knotted laces and heels worn from hopscotch, those shoes supported me during some of my best moments, from resting on foot pedals during piano recitals to walking across the stage to accept awards for reading… Read More

Sunday Scripture

He put a new song in my mouth,a hymn of praise to our God.Many will see and fear the Lordand put their trust in him. Psalm 40:3 (NIV) Extreme Makeover: Heart Edition I love a good home improvement show. I also love the 90’s sitcom called Home Improvement. Sadly that show is no longer on the… Read More

Weekly Truth

Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:17 Scripture is God-breathed and true. When we memorize it, we carry the gospel with us wherever we go. This week we will memorize the key verse for the Gospel of Matthew: From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near.” – Matthew 4:17 Save the… Read More

Our So-Crazy-They-Just-Might-Work Ideas

Sun sliced through the window of our third-story vintage (aka old and falling apart) Chicago apartment and I thought again about this idea I had entertained over the past several months. I missed living overseas, teaching, and interacting with other cultures. What if I emailed the nearby college and asked about volunteering in one of… Read More

Grace Day

Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 29:11 Use this day to pray, rest, and reflect on this week’s reading, giving thanks for the grace that is ours in Christ. Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to you.… Read More

“A Good New Year”

Two days ago I was purchasing a newspaper, and as I took my change from the shop assistant, I said, “Thank you, and have a good new year”. His response was, “Well, I hope it is better than the last one”. Then I remembered, from a previous conversation, that he had had some considerable sadness in… Read More

Faith & Repentance

When the gospel is proclaimed, it seems at first sight that two different, even alternative, responses are called for. Sometimes the summons is, “Repent!” Thus, “John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, ‘Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’” (Matt. 3:1–2). Again, Peter urged the hearers whose consciences had been… Read More

A Word of Truth Just for You {and a BIG GIVEAWAY!}

It’s the fifth day of the new year . . . anyone else already feeling a tad overwhelmed? (Hand raised high right here!) We love a new year, a new page on the calendar, new dreams, fresh starts, fresh energy and gumption and God-given resolve to make this year, this new set of 365 days mean something… Read More

Jesus Heals

Scripture Reading: Matthew 8:1-34, 2 Samuel 22:16, Isaiah 53:4-5 Reading Matthew 8 reminds me of Sunday School. Every story—six of them in just 34 verses—is familiar, conjuring up memories of flannel boards and coloring pages from my elementary school days. Jesus heals a leper, He calms a storm, He casts out the demons into pigs… Read More

Theophany – The Waters Were Afraid

When I was seven years old, I “went forward” one Sunday morning in response to a preacher’s invitation. I wasn’t at all certain what was going on, but I mostly thought that I was “choosing sides.” Later that week, the preacher came and visited my home. He met privately with me and plied me with… Read More

Jesus Preaches the Sermon on the Mount, Part 2

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:1-34, Matthew 7:1-29, 1 Chronicles 29:11-13, 1 John 2:28-29 Pull up a chair, girls. We’re going to have a conversation about intimacy. Yep—“husband and wife” intimacy. It may very well make you blush, but I promise to keep it PG, and I promise it’s all part of a very important point. The… Read More

What Is the Gospel?

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Starting the Year with Open Hands

Until recently, I didn’t know my way around a hardware store. I was an occasional visitor, stopping in only when mulch was on a super sale or we had a plumbing crisis. Last year when I packed away our Christmas decorations, though, I simultaneously embarked on Project Sell-Our-House. Our family of six had crammed into… Read More

First Things RSS Feed – First Thoughts

First Things RSS Feed – First ThoughtsFirst Things RSS Feed ImageThe Fall of Gender NeutralityMelodies for AdventA Reader’s Resolution for 2018Justice Kennedy and “Masterpiece Cakeshop”Failure of FatherhoodThe Decline and Fall of Catholic SchoolsReformation!The Truth About DogsEvents Roundup—10.19.17The Revolt Against the Masses https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts A blog devoted to sharing initial thoughts on topics, and daily ramblings, First… Read More

Jesus Preaches the Sermon on the Mount, Part 1

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:1-48, Romans 12:9-21, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 On Sunday mornings I show up greedy for the sublime. I hope our circus tricks of dressing up, shaking hands, and passing the plate will conjure the ineffable glory of God—maybe we can lure Him to approve of us if the children’s faces are clean! We… Read More

Can We Have Hope When We “Ruin” Our Lives?

I received a heartbreaking message yesterday. A mother told me about her son who had committed a crime and is currently serving a prison sentence until 2020. Even though her son now knows Jesus, the nature of his crime has consequences that will extend long beyond when he is released from prison. Because of this,… Read More

AN INCREDIBLE INVITATION FROM THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess 5.16-18 Happy New Year everyone! Last week I wrote a post on the first exhortation in this verse, rejoice always. What better way to start the year than talking about the… Read More

Grasping Eternity in the Everyday

My best yes is a whisper brushing up against eternity. I’m asking God to quicken my heart to the things He has but un-rush me in rest. I’m finally seeing I can have both. Passion and peace, dwelling together. My best yes is contentment with my ordinary and a vision for God’s Kingdom at my fingertips. Close enough to… Read More

Jesus’ Ministry Begins

Scripture Reading: Matthew 3:1-17, Matthew 4:1-25, Isaiah 40:3, Malachi 4:1-6 I recently visited the eye doctor. While waiting for the exam, I looked at the framed diploma on the wall assuring me that this doctor had gone to medical school and successfully received her degree in ophthalmology. Can you imagine if instead of an ophthalmology… Read More

At the Name of Jesus

On the eighth day after His birth, the eternal Son of God, in accordance with the Law, would have been circumcised and given His name. The name He received was quite common. It is the same Hebrew name as “Joshua.” It means, “God saves.” No other name is spoken as often with such tenderness and… Read More