Pleasure Will Set Him Free from Sexual Sin: Augustine (354–430)

Augustine’s influence in the Western world is simply staggering. Benjamin Warfield argued that through his writings Augustine “entered both the Church and the world as a revolutionary force, and not merely created an epoch in the history of the Church, but . . . determined the course of its history in the West up to… Read More

The Ladder of Your Daily Life

Perhaps the most prominent ladder in our culture is the one associated with careers. It is an image of the American road to success. We begin at or near the bottom and, step by step, make our way towards the top. It is a metaphor that works well with our modern notions of hard work,… Read More

Ex-NFL Player Planting Church in Growing Minnesota Metro Area

A former professional football player has planted a church in Minnesota, hoping to established an evangelical witness to a population increasing thanks to new economic opportunities. Full Story Here Christian Post March 19, 2018 3:20 pm Support Us

Kentucky considers law on student prayer

(RNS) — ‘A Day of Prayer for Kentucky’s Students’ would be voluntary, state lawmakers say. Full Story Here Religion News March 19, 2018 2:51 pm Support Us

13-Year-Old Rape Survivor Chooses Life for Her Baby

A young girl who was the victim of rape made the courageous decision to keep the child she conceived. Now, years later, she is so glad she chose life. Full Story Here Christian Headlines March 19, 2018 12:50 pm Support Us

New opportunity to participate in National Fund for Sacred Places

The National Fund for Sacred Places, the only grant source dedicated to supporting building projects for historic houses of worship, is accepting Letters of Intent through April 17. This year marks the third such opportunity to tap a pool of over $10 million for restoration and renovation projects that enhance the ability of sacred places… Read More

Russian President Vladimir Putin Re-Elected, Wins by a Landslide

New President-elect Vladimir Putin will go on to lead Russia for yet another six years, a new term secured with a landslide victory after the elections on Sunday, March 18. Putin’s next term will mark over 20 years of rule over the country, and at a time when Russian relations with the West has been… Read More

‘Longmire’ Updates: Will There Be a Season 7?

Months after “Longmire’s” final season was aired on Netflix, fans of the Western crime drama are still hoping that it will find a new home soon. Full Story Here Christian Post March 19, 2018 11:18 am Support Us

Trump Inauguration Bible Heads to Museum

One of the two Bibles Donald Trump used to take the oath of office is joining others used by American presidents at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Full Story Here Christian Headlines March 19, 2018 9:20 am Support Us

The Internet Is Making Us Angry, Thoughtless, and Less Truthful

The internet is killing us. It hasn’t been a swift death, like something inflicted by a trained, Jason Bourne-like assassin. Rather, it’s been happening slowly, over the last 15 years or so. Death by inches. Or comments. It’s the tired cliche of the frog being boiled slowly to death… …except we’re the ones who keep… Read More

Death Is No Loss

Death is no loss. Whatever you leave behind can’t ever compare with entering into the joy of your master. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 19, 2018 6:21 am Support Us

Do You Really Love Jesus?

Coming to Jesus is more than just believing the truth. When you meet Jesus, you find a treasure more precious than this world could ever offer. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 19, 2018 6:21 am Support Us

Exodus 30; John 9; Proverbs 6; Galatians 5

Exodus 30; John 9; Proverbs 6; Galatians 5 AS THE FEEDING OF THE FIVE THOUSAND precipitates the bread of life discourse, so Jesus’ healing of the congenitally blind man in John 9 precipitates some briefer comments on the nature of spiritual blindness and sight. Some of the authorities were finding it difficult to believe that… Read More

The Word-less “Church”

Many American churches are in a mess. Theologically they are indifferent, confused, or dangerously wrong. Liturgically they are the captives of superficial fads. Morally they live lives indistinguishable from the world. They often have a lot of people, money, and activities. But are they really churches, or have they degenerated into peculiar clubs? What has… Read More

When You’re Outside–Or Inside–the Clique

After moving to the sparsely landscaped Albuquerque, New Mexico, I discovered the most vibrant group of friends within a local church’s Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group. When the day dawned on our second year in that arid desert town, I eagerly anticipated joining MOPS once again and connecting with those same awash-with-life mamas. The morning… Read More

Building the Tabernacle

Scripture Reading: Exodus 36:1-38, Matthew 27:50-51, Hebrews 9:23-28 “God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called.” This is a popular saying among Christians that, like most popular sayings, is both true and not true. It’s true in the sense that God has a generous track record of calling unlikely, untrained individuals. Shepherds, prostitutes, and… Read More

My Midlife Crisis — and Counsel for Yours

Some men may avoid a midlife crisis, but many of us will face one. Pastor John describes his own midlife crisis, and how God carried him through. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 18, 2018 6:19 pm Support Us

Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope’s letter

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The so-called “Lettergate” scandal has embarrassed the Vatican’s communications operations and fueled the growing chasm between supporters of Francis’ pastoral-focused papacy and conservatives who long for the doctrine-minded tenure of Benedict. Full Story Here Religion News March 18, 2018 5:19 am Support Us

Sunday Scripture

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord.“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33 NIV Engraved on Our Heart When I married my husband, I married into the… Read More

Weekly Truth

Scripture is God-breathed and true. When we memorize it, we carry the gospel with us wherever we go. This week’s verse is the Lord’s own description of Himself to His people. “The LORD is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in faithful love and truth, maintaining faithful love to a thousand… Read More

Did God Write the Story You Didn’t Want?

Have you ever looked around at your life and assumed that nothing is ever going to get better? That the hard things will just get harder and the good things might disappear? That there’s no point in hoping anymore because it will only lead to disappointment? I have. When my husband left our family nine… Read More

Psalm 127:3–5: How to Rest in Parenting

Rest in parenting will not come from getting our children to nap during the day and sleep during the night. It comes from going to Jesus with your burdens. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 17, 2018 6:34 am Support Us

Streets deserted, airport closes for Bali’s Day of Silence

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Aside from no Facebook, Instagram or instant messaging apps, television and radio broadcasts cease and Balinese stay indoors, covering the windows and not even turning on a light, for the day of reflection that is the most sacred in Balinese Hinduism. Full Story Here Religion News March 17, 2018 5:19 am… Read More

“A Dangerous and Precarious World?”

First of all, I must thank all those who sent messages of good wishes during my recent illness. Much appreciated. We have been horrified at the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, by poisoning  using what is called a ‘nerve gas’. There are a few different kinds of ‘nerve gases’, but all… Read More

Photos of the Week

(RNS) — This week’s picks for our weekly gallery of religion photos from around the world. Full Story Here Religion News March 17, 2018 4:20 am Support Us

Truth Worth Remembering

There’s so much I carry in my head. Most of it would seem useless to many people. But I can tell you exactly which stores have two seats in the cart and how prices of diapers on Amazon compare to prices at Costco. I remember my son’s fire truck pajamas need to be washed because… Read More

Grace Day

Use today to pray, rest, and reflect on this week’s reading, giving thanks for the grace that is ours in Christ. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord… Read More

The Sins of a Nation

Can a nation ever sin? If so, how can it be forgiven? The stories and prophetic writings of the Old Testament are replete with examples of national sin. There are certainly stories of God dealing with individuals, but, on the whole, His attention seems to be directed to Israel and other nations as a whole.… Read More

The Mass They Made: What Catholics Believe About Worship

Many Protestants do not know what happens in a typical Catholic Mass. As the Catholic faithful enter the building, they cross the threshold, symbolizing leaving the world and entering God’s house. They immediately encounter the baptistry, symbolizing that entrance into Christ and his Church is through the sacrament of baptism; indeed, they believe that is… Read More

I’m a millennial Catholic activist — that shouldn’t sound strange

(RNS) — At a time when statistically many millennials have left the church behind because they no longer feel welcomed, I reaffirmed my decision … to stay Catholic and to work for a church that fully promotes justice. Full Story Here Religion News March 16, 2018 2:34 pm Support Us

Her Faith Now Lives in Me: The Gift of a God-Fearing Grandma

The kids that used to drive her crazy were mostly grown. She now helped raise her granddaughter and attempted to share Jesus with ladies in Appalachian Ohio who did not know her Savior. I remember when I used to find her in the living room, before the sun rose, on her knees, her Bible open,… Read More

German interior minister questions Islam’s place in country

BERLIN (AP) — Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Friday’s Bild newspaper that “Germany is characterized by Christianity. … My message is Muslims must live with us, not parallel to or against us.” Full Story Here Religion News March 16, 2018 7:19 am Support Us

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Jesus

Whenever you meet God in his word, keep your eyes open for Jesus. Don’t come away without learning more about who he is. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 16, 2018 6:49 am Support Us

The Moment of Truth: Its Reality

During the trial of Jesus, Pontius Pilate asked a question that has resounded through the ages: “What is truth?” That is the key question for today, when the idea of absolute truth is increasingly and soundly rejected in our culture. To help us understand what’s at stake, we’re examining the conversation between Jesus and Pilate… Read More

In the Beginning, Just Start

We’re celebrating long-time (in)courage contributor Jen Schmidt as she prepares to release her first book, the next to sit on the (in)courage bookshelf of publications! So today, we’re giving you a glimpse inside Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation. Enjoy! *** As I think back on where my legacy of… Read More

$5 Friday: English Reformation, Justification, & Prayer

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as prayer, Scripture, justification, apologetics, English Reformation, Jonathan Edwards, the atonement, 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 March 15, 2018 10:19 pm Support Us

Offerings to Build the Tabernacle

Scripture Reading: Exodus 35:1-35, John 10:17-18, Romans 12:1 Our giving can feel empty sometimes, can’t it? Perhaps it’s because we have been wounded by frenzied sermons on giving or the pulsing belief that if we’re not giving everything, we’re disobeying the demand of a greedy God. Giving can feel like a form of karma; we… Read More

Sex-Abuse Allegations and the Egalitarian Myth

For fifty years, our culture has denied that men have any unique responsibility to care for and protect women. It was a myth, and it isn’t working. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 15, 2018 6:50 pm Support Us

The Path to Short-Lived Greatness

What greatness do you really value? If you’ve been a Christian very long, you know the right answer — Jesus’s answer (Matthew 23:11). But if you’re ruthlessly honest, who would you list as “the greatest among you”? The greatness you value is not necessarily what you can articulate to others, or preach from your pulpit… Read More

Am I not a theologian too?

(RNS) — Why don’t more of us study and think of theological giants like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his chief of staff, the Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, as theologians? Full Story Here Religion News March 15, 2018 2:34 pm Support Us

Christian School Takes Different Approach to Gun Violence Walkout

While thousands of students in the U.S. walked out of schools this week in honor of those killed in the shooting at Parkland, Florida, another school in Virginia used the walkout for a memorial and prayer time. Full Story Here Christian Headlines March 15, 2018 11:25 am Support Us

San Diego bishop calls border wall prototypes ‘grotesque’

(RNS) — As President Trump traveled to San Diego to tour border wall prototypes, local Catholic Bishop Robert McElroy lambasted the project as a sure way to divide people and cultures. Full Story Here Religion News March 15, 2018 11:04 am Support Us

Announcing the Open Book Podcast: Season One Featuring R.C. Sproul

Which books most influenced R.C. Sproul’s life and ministry? Open Book is a new weekly podcast about the power of books and the people they’ve shaped. In season one, host Stephen Nichols shares never-before-heard moments with R.C. Sproul in his home library. Episode one is now available. “With his hallmark humor and insight, R.C. shares… Read More

Alleged leader of mosque bombing could be threatening figure

CLARENCE, Ill. (AP) — A former sheriff’s deputy and purported ringleader in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque emerges in court documents as a sometimes-threatening figure with anti-government views who also wrote books and attracted others into his shadowy group. Full Story Here Religion News March 15, 2018 8:04 am Support Us

Stop Trashing The Gospel With The Phrase “Cheap Grace”

I can’t tell you how much I hate the phrase “cheap grace”. More than I hate bro-country music (sorry Florida-Georgia Line). More than I hate those online quizzes which “predict” your perfect spouse based on the type of fruit you like. More than I hate the Star Wars prequels. Those things are trivial. The words… Read More

Vatican doctors photo of Benedict’s praise for Francis

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The letter was cited by Monsignor Dario Vigano, chief of communications, to rebut critics of Francis who question his theological and philosophical heft and say he represents a rupture from Benedict’s doctrine-minded papacy. Full Story Here Religion News March 15, 2018 5:05 am Support Us

Reformed Theology in Latin America

Here’s an excerpt from Reformed Theology in Latin America, Miguel Núñez’s contribution to the March issue of Tabletalk: God planted a new vision in my mind to come back to Santo Domingo and plant a church to reach this population and then to use the converted group to reach those with less means, who are… Read More

Here’s to Getting Ready

While the warmth and coziness of Christmas can be conveyed with music, baked goods, twinkling lights, wishes of goodwill and good cheer, the candlelight service on December 24th, and the smell of pine and cinnamon… capturing the “magic” of Easter is a little more elusive. In my family, we didn’t hold Easter traditions as tightly… Read More

Moses’ Radiant Face

Scripture Reading: Exodus 34:1-35, John 14:8-11, 2 Corinthians 3:12-18 I do not own an ice scraper. After all, I have lived in the South my whole life, which means I hold a deep-hearted commitment to sunshine and reject temperatures below 32 degrees. Still, every winter the roads in Tennessee will occasionally ice over and the… Read More

My Little Daughter: A Father’s Glimpse into the Heart of God

Few events have changed me like having a daughter. We first had twin boys, and then our first daughter came along more than four years later, with a strange and wonderful effect on this father’s heart — and perhaps it feels all the more significant because I did not expect it. When God made two… Read More

Hallelujah! Mormon women’s garments just got a lot better

Mormon sisters, if you have ever dared to dream of a Goldilocks Garment that would neither dwarf you with its saggy enormity nor confine your bosoms to a relentless straitjacket, you might try this new stretch cotton version. Full Story Here Religion News March 14, 2018 1:49 pm Support Us

Young people to talk with Pope Francis about future of the church

(RNS) — By meeting next week with 300 young people from around the world, Pope Francis shows he understands that a bunch of old, celibate bishops are not going to come up with solutions for the Catholic Church’s failure to attract or keep young people. Full Story Here Religion News March 14, 2018 11:35 am… Read More

God, guns and Gen Z

(RNS) — You don’t have to be clairvoyant to predict that those ‘In God We Trust’ signs will drive more Florida students into the nonbelievers’ camp. Full Story Here Religion News March 14, 2018 9:34 am Support Us

Attention turns to affiliations of mosque-bombing suspects

CHICAGO (AP) — Last year, three men allegedly chose to travel some 500 miles (805 kilometers) from a rural farming town in central Illinois to bomb a mosque in suburban Minneapolis. Why? One suspect reportedly said they hoped to scare Muslims into leaving the U.S. Full Story Here Religion News March 14, 2018 4:35 am… Read More

Does James 2:24 Deny Justification by Faith Alone?

This question is not critical only today, but it was in the eye of the storm we call the Protestant Reformation that swept through and divided the Christian church in the sixteenth century. Martin Luther declared his position: Justification is by faith alone, our works add nothing to our justification whatsoever, and we have no… Read More

Poured into My Lap

I was there to give. To serve. It was our first leadership meeting of the year after a brief hiatus, during which I’d had my first child. Bleary-eyed and utterly befuddled by the newness of parenting, I questioned the wisdom of my participation on the leadership team. The challenges of being a mother had caused… Read More

Deal of a Lifetime

You won’t find a better deal than what you can in following Jesus. Don’t trade temporary pleasures for imperishable joy. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 14, 2018 1:35 am Support Us

The Lord’s Glory

Scripture Reading: Exodus 33:1-23, Genesis 3:8-10, Numbers 6:22-26 What is your Promised Land? We all have one deep inside us. The roadmap of our hearts leads us there, to the place where our treasure is found—the place where our hope, wonder, and worship reside. God had promised to rescue the Israelites from slavery in Egypt… Read More

Why Is the Abortion Industry Run by Women?

“Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.” So goes the ancient pagan proverb in a flash of what could almost be Solomonic wisdom. Think of the destructive insanity of the demon-possessed boy in Mark 9. He is writhing on the ground, foaming at the mouth, and perpetually throwing himself into the… Read More

Are You Pretending to Be Happy?

Walk through any bookstore in America, and you might think we have the corner on happiness. Cover after cover promises some secret to new or deeper contentment, each selling tens of thousands of copies. Habits, relationships, food, forgiveness, work, exercise, minimalism — you can choose from a thousand different recipes for happiness. Whether people are… Read More

Maryland City Blocks Church from Opening Second Location

ADF Church Alliance member, Redemption Community Church, is facing roadblocks to its plan to build a “come one, come all” non-profit coffee shop in the inner city. Full Story Here Christian Headlines March 13, 2018 12:19 pm Support Us

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Screenwriter Explains Why She Omitted Christian Themes

Madeleine L’Engle’s popular children’s book A Wrinkle in Time was recently made into a movie. The book contains many Christian themes and also includes several Bible verses and references to Jesus, but the film’s screenwriter decided to leave all of that out. Full Story Here Christian Headlines March 13, 2018 10:19 am Support Us

Mystery as Reality

C.S. Lewis once discussed the question of how angels (and such things) could pass through a wall. His response was intriguing: he suggested that they could do so not because they were less substantial, but because they were more substantial. Just as a rock is more substantial than water or air, so, he posited, an angel… Read More

How To Wait For The Lord When Life Feels Like Garbage

Life has felt pretty crappy lately. Now let me just say that, in the grand scheme of things, my life is pretty much cupcakes and bounce houses. In a world filled with Boko Haram, school shootings, cancer, and a thousand other heart-wrenching tragedies, my life is pretty cushy. Nevertheless, it still feels…hard. For the last… Read More

Psalm 127:1–2: God Gives His Beloved Sleep

Jesus is not a fanatic CEO that needs you to render him anxious toil. He is a King that loves to give his beloved sleep. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 13, 2018 6:35 am Support Us

What I Learned on My Week Long Digital Fast

I just finished a week long digital fast. Parts of it were difficult, and other parts were surprisingly easy, but most of all it was refreshing to be away from my screens and away from the internet as much as possible. As part of my pastoral ministry class at RTS I assigned a digital fast… Read More

Resisting the Spirit of the Age

Here’s an excerpt from Resisting the Spirit of the Age, Matthew P.W. Roberts’ contribution to the March issue of Tabletalk: We live in an age that believes it has outgrown religion. Today’s secularists believe that they have set themselves free from the delusions of invented deities, and that the march of human freedom is now… Read More

Is Jesus Really “Enough” for Me?

Can I confess something to you? It’s not going to be pretty. I am embarrassed to admit this, but here I go: I don’t always live like I truly believe that “Jesus is enough.” I say that I believe it. But I don’t always live those words. That sobering reality brought me to my knees… Read More

The Gold Calf

Scripture Reading: Exodus 32:1-35, 1 Kings 12:26-28 I love browsing through my childhood photographs with my daughters. It brings me such joy to watch their facial expressions as they grapple with the realization that their Mommy was once a little girl just like them. We compare hairstyles, shoes, and favorite poses. I share the stories… Read More

You Must Fight Hard for Peace

The dove is a nearly universal symbol of peace. And a very appropriate one. Doves are beautiful, gentle, faithful creatures. They’re also, well, flighty creatures. It doesn’t take much to send a dove fluttering away. A harsh word, a rash gesture, and off she goes. If you want a dove to stay around, you have… Read More

2018 National Conference Media Now Available

Stream all of the messages from last week’s 2018 National Conference for free on and YouTube. Main Sessions Revive Us, O Lord by Sinclair Ferguson Cut to the Heart: Awakening in Scripture by Steven Lawson Refined by Fire: Awakening & Suffering by Joni Eareckson Tada The Power of God’s Word: Awakening through God’s Word by… Read More

Why I’m Not An Organ Donor

Last fall’s story of A.J. Burgess, a 2-year-old boy unable to receive a life-saving kidney… Full Story Here Religion Dispatches March 12, 2018 2:19 pm Support Us

God Called Me to the Middle East — in a Dream

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, located between Saudi Arabia and Oman. The government graciously allows Christians from other countries to establish churches there, and to worship freely. And God has led us to plant an English-speaking international church in this strategic city. This started with a dream — literally, while… Read More

Why Controversy Is Sometimes Necessary

I recently watched as a young mother acted quickly and decisively to end a squabble among two preschool boys. She acted righteously and quite effectively, and then she turned to her two charges and set down the law: “It is never right to fight.” Sorry, Mom, I understand what you were trying to do, but… Read More

Hope When We’re Living a Hard Story

I’ll celebrate my daughter’s birthday tomorrow. This might seem like a fairly ordinary occurrence. But it’s not to me. Because this is the girl God gave us after almost a decade of infertility. You can read our story here, but the short version is we met when Lovelle was twenty, she became ours at twenty-one,… Read More

Wealth That Won’t Ever Pass Away

In Christ, you have access to a joy that will never fade and will never expire. Your search for enduring happiness ends with him. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 12, 2018 1:34 am Support Us

The Skilled Workers

Exodus 31:1-34, Jeremiah 31:31-34, 2 Corinthians 3:1-3 The thick wooden needles click as I methodically run the silvery blue yarn end over end. Knot after knot, I’m learning to knit. My mom recently took up the craft, so I asked her to teach me. The older I get, the more I begin to realize all… Read More

Internet Trolls in Church Clothes: How to Comment the Truth in Love

They wander from mountain to mountain, website to website, article to article, contributing their unsolicited thoughts on pieces that their comments betray they have hardly read. They “criticize much, and meditate little.” Seated on their homemade bench, they adorn themselves in silver wigs and dark robes as they usher out humorless stares. They are the… Read More

Sunday Scripture

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but… Read More

Weekly Truth

Scripture is God-breathed and true. When we memorize it, we carry the gospel with us wherever we go. This week’s verse reminds us of the significance of the detailed instructions God gave for building the tabernacle. “They are to make a sanctuary for me so that I may dwell among them.” —Exodus 25:8 Save the… Read More

Should Non-Christians Lead Worship?

It’s an old dilemma: a church music ministry has a need, and a local unbelieving musician is available. But is this a match made in heaven, or a manifestation of . . . somewhere else? At first, the biblical answer seems obvious. Growing up in church, I was startled by the stories of God killing people — Ananias… Read More

Stories of God’s Grace: Meet Lowell

The Lord is at work redeeming and sanctifying a people for Himself. We are grateful for the opportunity to share this story of God’s grace with you. “The tears were streaming, and I simply fell on my knees before Him, and I said, ‘Lord, make me a Christian. Change my heart. Take this away and… Read More

2018 National Conference: Day 3 Highlights

Today we concluded our 31st annual National Conference. Our speakers included Sinclair Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Miguel Núñez, Burk Parsons, and Derek Thomas. Registration for our 2019 National Conference is now open. Save 50% until March 17, 2018. Register today. Look back on the conversation by following #ligcon on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to… Read More

Announcing Our 2019 National Conference

Register by Saturday, March 17 to secure our lowest registration rate for the conference. Secure your spot today and save 50%. God is holy, and we’re not. In fact, He’s so holy, His unmediated presence is lethal. Even angels hide their faces and cry, “Holy, holy, holy!” And yet, this holy God has redeemed a people for… Read More

2018 National Conference: Day 2 Highlights

Yesterday was the second day of our 31st annual National Conference. Our speakers included Rosaria Butterfield, Sinclair Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Tim Keesee, Steven Lawson, Albert Mohler, Stephen Nichols, Miguel Núñez, Burk Parsons, and Derek Thomas. You can join the conversation by following #ligcon on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to also like our official… Read More

When You Don’t Have Any Answers

Facebook is a terrible way to learn a friend has died. A heavy feeling settled in my chest as my newsfeed swarmed with strangers writing messages to Julie about shared memories. When I saw the first “RIP,” I crumpled into a mess of tears. Julie and I met in the radiation waiting room at MD… Read More

Grace Day

Use today to pray, rest, and reflect on this week’s reading, giving thanks for the grace that is ours in Christ. But because he remains forever, he holds his priesthood permanently. Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, since he always lives to intercede for them.—Hebrews 7:24-25 The… Read More

Beware of Running Too Hard: Letter to My 30-Year-Old Self

When I was 30, the Joni book was an international bestseller, the Joni movie was enjoying a nationwide release, and I had moved to California to start Joni and Friends. Notice anything? A little Joni-heavy, don’t you think? In 1979, when I moved to California from our farm in Maryland, I was in for a… Read More

Philippians 2:4: Look to the Interests of Others

Although Satan tries to persuade us otherwise, believing God when he tells us to look to others’ interests doesn’t force us to look away from our own joy. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 9, 2018 6:34 pm Support Us

“Incapacited due to Influenza”

Dear friends Please excuse the lack of a blog post this week. I have a very severe dose of ‘flu. Kind regards to all, Full Story Here Right With God Blog March 9, 2018 10:34 am Support Us

Bible Verses To Conquer Fear And Know God’s Peace

I don’t know a single person who isn’t tempted to fear from time to time. We can be tempted to fear for our kids and grandkids. I recently said to my wife, “I thought when our kids were grown and out of the house, all our worries would be over. But now they are even… Read More

The Mystery of “Mystery”

Few words can be more misleading to the modern ear than the Orthodox use of the word “mystery.” It’s a fine New Testament word and is (technically) the proper name for the sacraments in Orthodoxy (though we most often say ‘sacrament’ in English). Its root meaning is that of something “hidden.” In our culture’s language,… Read More

2018 National Conference: Day 1 Highlights

Yesterday marked the beginning of our 31st annual National Conference. Close to 5,000 attendees from around world joined us for three days of teaching and fellowship. Our speakers included Kevin DeYoung, Sinclair Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, Albert Mohler, Stephen Nichols, Miguel Núñez, Burk Parsons, Joni Eareckson Tada, Derek Thomas, and John Tweeddale. We ended… Read More

Let’s Be the One to Go First

I sat next to the wall, unable to sing. My eyes followed the lyrics on the screen while I formed the words with my mouth, but nothing came out. I clapped my hands when everyone else clapped theirs, and I bowed my head when the person on stage prayed. But all I could think about… Read More

The Incense Altar

Scripture Reading: Exodus 30:1-38, 2 Corinthians 2:14-16, 1 John 2:24-27 For years now, my mother has worn patchouli. It smells like the woods, with a tinge of smoke and a hint of something floral. Even days after she’s visited Nashville, her invisible signature lingers on the pillow where she slept, on the scarf she borrowed,… Read More

How to Defy the Devil

Your main weapon in the fight for holiness is the Bible. God will help you, but he intends to strengthen you through his word. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 8, 2018 6:35 pm Support Us

When I Am Afraid

What fears creep into your heart most often? Are you worried you might never get married? Or if you’re married, that your marriage may never get better? Are you afraid of failing at work or losing your job? Do you have fears about your health, what illness you might have or how you might die?… Read More

How To Conquer Fear And Know God’s Peace

I don’t know a single person who isn’t tempted to fear from time to time. We can be tempted to fear for our kids and grandkids. I recently said to my wife, “I thought when our kids were grown and out of the house, all our worries would be over. But now they are even… Read More

Training Children in Worship

Here’s an excerpt from Training Children in Worship, Daniel Hyde’s’ contribution to the March issue of Tabletalk: Christian parents, do you realize the most important thing you can ever train your child to do in this life is to worship the triune God of grace? Because of this, I want to encourage you to include… Read More

When You Need Someone: Emotional Wounds and God’s Love For You

We all need someone. This is a beautiful, lonely, hard, and easy truth. Beautiful if you have someone. Lonely if you don’t. Hard for the times you’d rather not need. Easy for the times when someone you need needs you, too. As my second book Whispers of Rest was published, you might’ve seen me with… Read More

Instructions for Consecration

Scripture Reading: Exodus 29:1-46, Psalm 132:12-16, Hebrews 7:23-28 I once spent a summer cleaning bathrooms at a Christian youth camp. A few other girls and I made up the cleaning crew and we followed the same routine every day with every bathroom. My adolescent self was amazed to discover that no matter how well we… Read More

What God Says to Your Tears

For centuries, Christians have called this world a “valley of tears.” Yes, Christ has come. Yes, he is risen. And yes, he will come again. But still we mourn and ache and weep — and walk alongside those who mourn and ache and weep. We plod through the valley with hearts heavy laden, grieving for… Read More

What Is the Covenant of Redemption?

A persistent tradition claims that upon being mocked by a skeptic with regard to his doctrine of creation, Saint Augustine was cynically asked, “What was God doing before He created the world? Augustine’s alleged reply was: “Creating hell for curious souls.” The reply was, of course, tongue-in-cheek. The Bible doesn’t speak of such a special… Read More

The Moment of Truth: Its Rejection

Today, it is often said, “I have my truth, and you have your truth.” Our generation likes to deny absolute truth, saying that something can be true for one person but not true for someone else. This view is not new. In John 18, our Lord stood trial before Pilate. It was the day before… Read More

When Following Jesus Means Giving Yourself Away

My fingers trembled as they clutched the mouse. My Facebook feed showed a post by a young mom who pleaded for someone to give her a second chance to raise her child. She asked for a kidney. She had a son. I have sons. She had type O+ blood. I have type O+ blood. The… Read More

Recommended Reads: With Love, Mom

I was one of two girls, as was my mother, so I assumed my first child would be a daughter. It’s what I knew. One day in the middle of my first pregnancy I actually exclaimed, “Wait! What if it’s a boy?” It took weeks for the idea to occur to me. My mother-in-law, who… Read More

Instructions for the Priestly Garments

Scripture Reading: Exodus 28:1-29; Ezekiel 44:15-19, 23-29; 1 Peter 2:4-5 I’m not married, and I’m not getting married any time soon, but I think about my wedding dress a lot. Not in a weird way. And from what I’ve gathered from my married friends, I know that if I do get married someday, I won’t… Read More

Naked and Ashamed: Dealing with It

The Scriptures record that Adam was ashamed and hid. It’s a primal response. Shame is experienced as a burning sense of exposure and vulnerability. It begs to be clothed upon and hidden. It is possible to say that human beings have been playing “dress-up” ever since. This can be understood in a literal manner as… Read More

Enabled to Love

Here’s an excerpt from Enabled to Love, Burk Parsons’ contribution to the March issue of Tabletalk: In Matthew’s gospel, we read that one of the Pharisees, a lawyer, confronted Jesus with a question in order to put Jesus to the test. He asked: “ ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And he said to… Read More

First Look & Free Chapters from the New Book: Just Open the Door

I raced around my house like it was the final lap of the Indy 500. “Kids, I want the counters spotless. Grab that laundry from the sofa. Stuff all clothes in your closet.” My outside voice bellowed up the stairs. “You better get off your phones right now. Seriously, I need your help this instant… Read More

The Lampstand Oil

Scripture Reading: Exodus 27:1-21, Zechariah 4:1-14, Revelation 11:1-4   In my grandmother’s home, there is no set time for meals. All waking hours are considered appropriate for the one all-day meal of grazing. If you are spotted without a plate in your hands, she furrows her brow and inquires with concern if you need someone to… Read More