‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bills Advance in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana

Legislative proposals that aim to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected are on track to becoming law in three southern states. Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia are all on course to pass the bills, which would make abortion almost completely illegal and protect the most vulnerable in our society – the unborn. Full Story… Read More

The violent results of the ‘Christians hate gays’ lie

American culture has adopted a dangerous habit of equating disagreement with hatred. Allegations of hate and bigotry have become tools that people resort to when their facts and logic run dry. Full Story Here Christian Post May 13, 2019 12:10 pm Support Us

Are yoga and mindfulness in schools religious?

(The Conversation) — Yoga and mindfulness could become the fourth “R” of public education. But up for debate is whether the “R” in this case stands for relaxation or religion. The post Are yoga and mindfulness in schools religious? appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 13, 2019 11:55 am… Read More

Shambhala International fights to survive in face of sex scandal

BOULDER, Colo. (RNS) — In order to address outstanding debt, the board is looking into selling Marpa House, a beloved property used as an intentional living community for about 40 people. The post Shambhala International fights to survive in face of sex scandal appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May… Read More

Is it a sin to want to die and go to Heaven?

While desiring to be at home with the Lord in Heaven is not a sin, it’s important for Christians to walk by faith and trust in God’s promises amid earthly pain and suffering, theologian John Piper said. Full Story Here Christian Post May 13, 2019 11:55 am Support Us

The English Reformation Study Tour: Register Now

In the early sixteenth century, many people sought to stop the spread of the gospel in England. But bold believers stood firm, and their legacy of faithfulness endures. We invite you to explore this rich history along with Drs. Steven Lawson and Stephen Nichols on The English Reformation Study Tour. From September 29 to October… Read More

All God Promises to Be for You

The Bible repeatedly calls God’s people to rejoice, but what exactly are we supposed to find our joy in? Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 13, 2019 8:40 am Support Us

Does God Turn His Face Away from Christians?

Does God turn His face away from Christians? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, W. Robert Godfrey explains why we sometimes feel that God is distant. To get real-time answers to your biblical and theological questions, just Ask.Ligonier.org. Read the Transcript Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs May 13, 2019 8:40 am Support Us

The English Reformation Study Tour: Register Now

In the early sixteenth century, many people sought to stop the spread of the gospel in England. But bold believers stood firm, and their legacy of faithfulness endures. We invite you to explore this rich history along with Drs. Steven Lawson and Stephen Nichols on The English Reformation Study Tour. From September 29 to October… Read More

7 most common questions about church revitalization

As the awareness of our resources has become widely disseminated, we get a lot of questions about revitalization. I thought you might enjoy seeing the seven most frequently asked questions. Full Story Here Christian Post May 13, 2019 7:55 am Support Us

The lost office of pastor  

All too many view clergy as 20-minute motivational speakers or the ones who baptize, marry, or bury loved ones. Yet the office of pastor extends far beyond ceremonies and even the pulpit. Full Story Here Christian Post May 13, 2019 6:10 am Support Us

How should churches respond to porn use among Christians?

As pornography use is becoming more common and acceptable in today’s culture, many practicing Christians today feel trapped in a shameful dependency they know is direct disobedience to the will of God. Full Story Here Christian Post May 13, 2019 5:55 am Support Us

How the government might take your kids

Imagine if tomorrow, a judge in the most liberal state in the country announced children no longer belong to their parents, they’re no longer under their parents’ authority. Full Story Here Christian Post May 13, 2019 5:40 am Support Us

The Weight of Shame

Shame—we all feel it, or at least we should. We are all sinful, and our sin brings shame. Although shame has all but disappeared from our culture’s vocabulary and is largely ignored by many in the church, it exists nonetheless and must be recognized and reckoned with. If we are honest with ourselves, and more… Read More

Leviticus 18; Psalm 22; Ecclesiastes 1; 1 Timothy 3

Leviticus 18; Psalm 22; Ecclesiastes 1; 1 Timothy 3 THE BEGINNING OF THE SO-CALLED “HOLINESS CODE” (Lev. 18) is full of interest. We should take note of at least four things: (1) Just because this is the first time that some prohibitions have been articulated in the Bible does not necessarily mean that this is… Read More

Numbers 22; Psalms 62-63; Isaiah 11-12; James 5

Numbers 22; Psalms 62-63; Isaiah 11-12; James 5 RECENTLY I WAS PHONED BY A MAN who told me he wanted to put me on a retainer as his private theologian. Then, when he phoned or wrote again, I would try to answer his questions. I did not bother asking what figure he had in mind.… Read More

It’s Absurd and Seems Reckless, but It’s True

Six new baby kittens were born on our Iowa farm a few weeks ago, down in the shed, next to an old TV set that hasn’t worked in years. I like to think of our newborn kittens as accidental therapists. I’m often in need of a mood adjustment, so I come out to the shed… Read More

Making Room for Widows and Orphans

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:17, Psalm 68:4-6, James 1:27, 1 Timothy 5:3-16, John 14:15-18 The first day I met Gus, he screamed at me. I had lived a quiet life up until that point, and I had never heard screaming like this before. I myself have screamed at swim meets, at being tickled, while riding on… Read More

Is It Sinful to Want to Die?

Pain surrounds us in this world, and for those in Christ, the exact opposite awaits us after we die. Is it sinful to want to die and be with Jesus? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 12, 2019 7:10 pm Support Us

Walk with Me Through a Midlife Crisis: How God Kept Me from Quitting

In 2007, John MacArthur and I were on a panel together discussing discouragement. I gave an example of a “midlife crisis” with this story: There is something to men in midlife crisis. I remember one time, I was 40, sitting on the steps halfway through vacation sobbing. Noël comes down the steps. She asked, “What’s… Read More

We must stop telling women to avoid motherhood

Have you noticed that, for many in our culture, motherhood is not something to celebrate but something to avoid at all costs? Full Story Here Christian Post May 12, 2019 11:55 am Support Us

Contemplating the loss of Rachel Held Evans

The past week began with a tremendous loss. The funny, generous, and spirited Rachel Held Evans passed at the heartbreaking age of 37. Held Evans was an influential Christian author and speaker who challenged traditional thinking in evangelical spaces. Today on Beliefs we’re listening to stories about her influence, her magic, and her impact on… Read More

100 million women ‘missing’ worldwide trapped in sex slavery: report

As many as 100 million women and girls are “missing and unaccounted for” — mostly in Asia and Africa — as the quantitative impact of sex-selective abortions, sex slavery and horrific abuses against women is shown in available data, a new report has found.   Full Story Here Christian Post May 12, 2019 8:40 am… Read More

The true enemy of all revivals

Over the past few years my heart has been quite troubled by the fact that it seems to be the common practice of many pastors and preachers of our day to discuss the possibility of revival, but revival never seems to come. Full Story Here Christian Post May 12, 2019 8:10 am Support Us

Stepmother’s Day: It’s your day too

Some call you step-mom, but I see you as someone who saw more than a man to love, you saw his children, and his former wife as parts of a beautiful life you could share. Full Story Here Christian Post May 12, 2019 7:55 am Support Us

Encourage future mothers on Mother’s Day

Christians should be the first, not only to honor current mothers, but also to celebrate and encourage future mothers. Full Story Here Christian Post May 12, 2019 7:55 am Support Us

A Note to All of You on Mother’s Day

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30 (NIV) We know this day is a complex one full of many emotions and experiences, so we are praying for each of you today as you remember, celebrate, grieve, enjoy (and sometimes, all of the above)… Read More

Weekly Truth

Memorizing Scripture is one of the best ways to carry God-breathed truth, instruction, and reproof wherever we go. In this study of hospitality we will memorize Romans 15:5–7, a passage that focuses on glorifying God and living in harmony with one another. We will start by memorizing verses 5–6. May the God of endurance and… Read More

You Are Not Special, But You Are His

As I recently prepared to celebrate my 51st Easter, it occurred to me that one of the most important journeys I have taken during my life in Christ has been to close the distance between a John 3:16 spirituality and a Galatians 2:20 spirituality. Most of us are familiar with these two passages: For God… Read More

Democratic state legislators surprise on life

At the state level, more than 85 Democratic state legislators have voted for legislation to protect life this year alone. Full Story Here Christian Post May 11, 2019 1:25 pm Support Us

On the Elder Aimilianos

This interview is with my Archbishop, whom I have come to love and enjoy. His own story is quite interesting. A descendant of Prince Golitzin (one of the Russian royal families) and a child of the Church, his studies at Oxford in Patristics brought him up against a wall of questions and doubts. His doctoral… Read More

Offer Ends Today: Save 50% on Crucial Questions Booklets

Can I trust the Bible? How can I be sure I’m saved? Does prayer really change things? Part of growing as a Christian is wrestling with questions like these. Dr. R.C. Sproul’s freshly designed Crucial Questions series aims to help you answer them. Each booklet focuses on a single question, communicating a core truth of… Read More

“Barriers Removed”

Up until last Friday we had an eight-foot hedge bordering our front garden, considerably and progressively obscuring the view from our kitchen window. We had arranged to have two men come to take two feet off the top of the hedge, making it easier to trim. Almost as soon as the men began the job… Read More

How Should I Pray?

How should I pray? Who and what should I pray for? Do my prayers please God? If you want to answer these questions, then immerse yourself in the Psalms. This book is filled with prayers inspired by God Himself, and as you meditate on it, you should begin to see your own prayers become richer… Read More

How to Know What God Is Saying to You Right Now

Our lives can feel so loud. The ring of the phone and ding of social media notifications, outspoken newscasters and oven timers, horns honking and music blaring, the demands that seem to come from every corner. In the middle of it all, how can we know and hear God’s voice today? I’m sitting at a… Read More

Grace Day

Take this day as an opportunity to catch up on your reading, pray, and rest in the presence of the Lord. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. —Romans 12:13 NIV Full Story Here She Reads Truth May 10, 2019 10:11 pm Support Us

Photos of the Week

(RNS) — This week’s gallery includes the start of Ramadan, a centuries-old ploughing ceremony in Thailand, and more. The post Photos of the Week appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 10, 2019 8:26 pm Support Us

A Vindication of Politics

The latest installment in an ongoing interview series with senior editor Mark Bauerlein. In this episode, Mark is joined by Matthew Wright to discuss Wright’s new book A Vindication of Politics: On the Common Good and Human Flourishing . Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts May 10, 2019 6:11 pm Support Us

As Catholic-Jewish relations cool in Chicago, they warm in Rome

(RNS) — As Catholics in Rome reached out to Jews, Louis Farrakhan took the pulpit of a Catholic Church in Chicago. The post As Catholic-Jewish relations cool in Chicago, they warm in Rome appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 10, 2019 4:41 pm Support Us

The black Muslim female fashion trailblazers who came before model Halima Aden

(The Conversation) — Clothing has played a central role in constructing a unique black Muslim identity since at least the mid-20th century. The post The black Muslim female fashion trailblazers who came before model Halima Aden appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 10, 2019 3:11 pm Support Us

The (national) fall and (local) rise of pro-life Democrats

(RNS) — The evisceration of pro-life Democrats from Congress is all but complete, but on the local level Democratic parties are increasingly committed to a diversity of opinion on abortion. The post The (national) fall and (local) rise of pro-life Democrats appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 10, 2019… Read More

Generation Z

The latest installment in an ongoing interview series with senior editor Mark Bauerlein. In this episode, Mark is joined by Braeden Sorbo to discuss Gen Z. Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts May 10, 2019 2:56 pm Support Us

For houses of worship, interfaith collaboration is the future of security

(RNS) — Faith leaders across the country are putting their heads together to help protect their congregations. And to do so, they’re increasingly crossing denominational lines. The post For houses of worship, interfaith collaboration is the future of security appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 10, 2019 2:11 pm… Read More

Is religious kitsch offensive? The answer is in the eye of the beholder

(RNS) — The line between well-intentioned kitsch and bad taste, experts in religious artwork say, can be blurry. The post Is religious kitsch offensive? The answer is in the eye of the beholder appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 10, 2019 1:41 pm Support Us

In a rural corner of Britain, a farm reconnects Judaism with the land

(RNS) — At Sadeh, a farm in Kent, Talia Chain and her small staff are reconnecting Judaism with its agricultural roots and biblical principles of growing food. The post In a rural corner of Britain, a farm reconnects Judaism with the land appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 10,… Read More

How Do We Fight The Good Fight Of Faith? (Follow These Steps)

We are called to fight the good fight of faith. Following Jesus isn’t easy. It is a fight. It is … Read moreHow Do We Fight The Good Fight Of Faith? (Follow These Steps) The post How Do We Fight The Good Fight Of Faith? (Follow These Steps) appeared first on The Blazing Center. Full… Read More

Ready for Birthright Africa?

As the Beatles sang: “Once there was a way to get back homeward…” The post Ready for Birthright Africa? appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 10, 2019 10:41 am Support Us

This Mother’s Day, give Mormon women the gift of Heavenly Mother

“Experiences with Heavenly Mother in prayer and in poetry are an important part of me accepting and gradually coming to love myself,” says guest blogger Mette Harrison. The post This Mother’s Day, give Mormon women the gift of Heavenly Mother appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 10, 2019 9:41… Read More

Farrakhan says he doesn’t hate Jewish people

CHICAGO (AP) — Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan said Thursday that despite assertions by Facebook when it banned him from its platform, he is not a hater of Jewish people, a misogynist nor a homophobe. The post Farrakhan says he doesn’t hate Jewish people appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here… Read More

Mature Joy Will Free You from Fear

Joy in the Christian life isn’t just a happy-go-lucky high, but a dynamic experience with God that even accommodates deep sorrow. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 10, 2019 8:56 am Support Us

What Is the Best Way to Describe Repentance to an Unbeliever?

When we repent of our sins, we turn away from them and turn toward the Lord. From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson helps us explain the concept of repentance to our unbelieving friends. To get real-time answers to your biblical and theological questions, just Ask.Ligonier.org. Read the Transcript Full Story Here Ligoner… Read More

Honor Your Father and Mother

No more of parental rules,” declares Calvin (from the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes) as he and Hobbes strut north to be masters of their fate in the frozen Yukon. “Good riddance to those grown-up ghouls!” Life will be grand, so Calvin thinks, because there he won’t need to put up with—much less honor—his parents.… Read More

All of Me Sings Praise to My Creator

Spring is lingering and taking the long way home this year. Everywhere I look, flowers show off their beauty without even trying — bougainvillea vines, poppies, daisies, lilies. Even the hills on the sides of the freeways sing their yellow hues wholeheartedly. Every street is lined with trees crowned with blossoms — branches of pinks,… Read More

$5 Friday: Apologetics, Regeneration, & Preaching

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as apologetics, the names of God, preaching, regeneration, suffering, parenting, Charles Spurgeon, 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 May 9, 2019 10:11 pm Support… Read More

Making Room for Your Betrayers

Scripture Reading: Exodus 23:4–5, Matthew 18:15–20, Luke 6:27–36, John 18:15–18, John 21:15–19, Colossians 3:12–13 This is a true story. I invited my enemy to dinner on purpose. There was no applause or great relief or gratefulness on her part. After all, she didn’t know she was my enemy. She didn’t know the words she’d said… Read More

Should We Expect Revival or More Social Decay?

Scripture tells us that the last days will bring an upsurge of evil in the world. Does that mean we should stop expecting revivals to take place? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 9, 2019 7:41 pm Support Us

Do Everything Without Grumbling

“Do all things without grumbling” (Philippians 2:14). It’s remarkably easy to breeze by this command without really hearing those two intrusive words: all things. Do all things without grumbling? Yes, all things: Wake up with a sore throat, receive criticism, pay a parking ticket, shovel spring snow, host houseguests, discipline your children, change a flat… Read More

Did Jerry Falwell’s personal photos violate Christian sexual codes?

(RNS) — Many schools, such as Liberty University, have honor codes that spell out Christian standards for sexual conduct. Nude photos are not among them. The post Did Jerry Falwell’s personal photos violate Christian sexual codes? appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 9, 2019 4:11 pm Support Us

Will grace prevail as Tennessee execution looms?

(RNS) — The daughter of Don Johnson has taken up his case not only to save his life, but to set herself free from the violence that has kept her prisoner. The post Will grace prevail as Tennessee execution looms? appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 9, 2019 1:56… Read More

Anti-abortion billboards come down in Kenya, but the debate over legalization continues

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — An advertising company took a church’s paid messages down after abortion-rights protesters marched on the offices of local officials. The post Anti-abortion billboards come down in Kenya, but the debate over legalization continues appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 9, 2019 11:56 am Support Us

New Vatican Law Requires Priests, Nuns to Report Sex Abuse and Cover-Ups

All Catholic priests and nuns worldwide are now required to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors as part of a sweeping new law implemented Thursday by Pope Francis. The law also includes whistle-blower protections for reporters. Full Story Here Christian Headlines May 9, 2019 11:55 am Support Us

How Jean Vanier broke my heart and saved my life

(RNS) — Confronted by love and grace — the undeserved gift we cannot earn or merit, but that is given to all equally — the natural impulse is to pay it forward. To take a small risk or a leap of faith; to extend love to someone else. And to learn, as Vanier discovered, that a single… Read More

Chinese Officials Warn: Christianity Causes ‘Enormous Harm’ to Society

Government leaders in China’s third most-populous province held a seminar last month to warn communist officials of the “enormous harm” Christianity poses on China’s security, according to China Aid, which promotes religious freedom within the country. Full Story Here Christian Headlines May 9, 2019 9:41 am Support Us

Harsh punishments under Shariah are modern interpretations of an ancient tradition

(The Conversation_ — Islamic jurists have condemned sodomy, but they have also celebrated homoeroticism, that is, erotic love between members of the same sex. The post Harsh punishments under Shariah are modern interpretations of an ancient tradition appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 9, 2019 9:26 am Support Us

Vatican law: Priests, nuns must report sex abuse, cover-up

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities. The post Vatican law: Priests, nuns must report sex abuse, cover-up appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News… Read More

Religion Communication Congress 2020 tackles complex themes

An impressive lineup of speakers and workshops to be featured For over half a century, Religion Communication Congresses have offered a forum where professional religion communicators from a wide range of faith traditions gather to network and learn cutting edge strategies and skills through hands-on opportunities, academic and applied research, practical workshops, and thoughtful plenaries.… Read More

The Attributes of God: Life-Changing Truths To Savor

Why is it important to study and reflect upon the attributes of God? In The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. … Read moreThe Attributes of God: Life-Changing Truths To Savor The post The Attributes of God: Life-Changing Truths To Savor appeared first on The Blazing Center. Full Story Here The Blazing Center May 9, 2019… Read More

An Overview of the Nineteenth Century

Here’s an excerpt from An Overview of the Nineteenth Century, Nicholas R. Needham’s contribution to the May issue of Tabletalk: In many ways, not just politically, but morally, culturally, and even spiritually, the nineteenth century was dominated by the French Revolution of 1789 and its aftermath. The French Revolution introduced a new force into world… Read More

Cooking Up a Legacy in the Kitchen

The second you walked into my Grandma Cora’s house you could smell the fragrance of onions, ginger, and garlic sautéing. She would swirl pancit noodles in her big pot and you could hear the music of the carrots and celery dancing as she added a splash of soy sauce. No matter what time of day… Read More

Making Room for the Self-Righteous

Scripture Reading: Romans 2:1-11, Romans 3:9-23, Luke 15:11-32, Luke 18:9-14, Matthew 7:1-5, Matthew 23:37-39 As a teenager I was a pretty lousy prodigal. The youngest of three daughters, I had the benefit of watching my sisters’ rebellious moments backfire, and so I learned quickly that the best way to stay in my parents’ good graces… Read More

Do You Have Your Attention?

One of your most valuable assets is your attention. What sights get before our human eyes, and what words get into our human ears, influence us image-bearers of God and bring deep and lasting impact in the world. Including how we spend our money. In a previous generation, the largest companies sold oil and gasoline.… Read More

Rozella Haydée White on how ‘revolutionary’ relationships can heal the world

(RNS) — Rozella Haydée White talked to RNS about the work people need to do before healing is possible and why self-care isn’t selfish.  The post Rozella Haydée White on how ‘revolutionary’ relationships can heal the world appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 8, 2019 2:26 pm Support Us

Swept up in Muslim genocide crisis, Hindu Rohingyas are stuck in Bangladesh

(RNS) — When the Bangladesh government prepared to return 2,000 Muslim refugees to Myanmar, Hindu Rohingya were hopeful they would be sent back, too. But no one came for them. The post Swept up in Muslim genocide crisis, Hindu Rohingyas are stuck in Bangladesh appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News… Read More

With her life on hold, an immigrant woman marks two years in sanctuary

GREENSBORO, N.C. (RNS) — Juana Luz Tobar Ortega will mark her two-year anniversary in sanctuary later this month. A new film documents her struggle. The post With her life on hold, an immigrant woman marks two years in sanctuary appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 8, 2019 12:41 pm… Read More

Will Catholic voters make Joe Biden the next president?

(RNS) — If Biden can articulate a vision that honors the dignity of work and affirms America’s immigrant character, Catholic voters could make him the first Catholic president since JFK. The post Will Catholic voters make Joe Biden the next president? appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 8, 2019 10:56… Read More

The hidden sweetness in Amy Schumer’s new boy’s name

Amy Schumer’s new baby boy has an interesting middle name. There is a message there about synagogue life. The post The hidden sweetness in Amy Schumer’s new boy’s name appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 8, 2019 9:26 am Support Us

Why We Can’t Choose God

In this brief clip from his teaching series Knowing Christ, R.C. Sproul explains why we can’t choose God, even though we have free will. Transcript I was interviewed yesterday for a series of programs that were being presented about Reformed theology, and the person who was running this program asked me what the basic issue… Read More

Offer Ends Soon: Save 50% on Crucial Questions Booklets

Can I trust the Bible? How can I be sure I’m saved? Does prayer really change things? Part of growing as a Christian is wrestling with questions like these. Dr. R.C. Sproul’s freshly designed Crucial Questions series aims to help you answer them. Each booklet focuses on a single question, communicating a core truth of… Read More

Singing the Lord’s Song in a Foreign Land

Derek Kidner once remarked of Psalm 137 that “Every line of it is alive with pain.” The psalmist starts weeping in verse 1 and continues lamenting on through to verse 9 and the call for ultimate justice against those who raised their hand against God’s people. This is not a Psalm of joy, not a… Read More

We’ll Thank You for It

For twenty-two years, I have listened to my dad end his prayers with the phrase, And we’ll thank You for it, amen. After respectfully bringing his requests to the Lord, he always closed with that phrase. Whether his familiar voice settled around the family dining table or floated to my back-row seat in the church… Read More

Making Room for the Poor

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 15:11, Proverbs 22:9, 1 Samuel 2:7-8, James 2:1-13, 1 John 3:17-20, 1 Timothy 6:17-19 We dragged a queen-sized mattress from the guest room, which could only mean one thing: showtime. Growing up, my brother and I crafted our best gymnastics routines under the forest green glow of our bonus room. Standing in… Read More

How Does the Gospel Speak to Self-Hate?

The Bible has a lot to say about the issue of self-hate. Where should we begin if we’re talking to a non-Christian who struggles in this area? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 7, 2019 7:26 pm Support Us

The Light We Never Saw by Day

Their smiles haunted me for weeks. They lingered in my mind as I lay in bed. These men had suffered the loss of all things, literally — disowned by their families, beaten by their enemies, threatened everywhere they went. All because they believed the same truths I believed. Had I lived and served in their… Read More

Ninety Percent of Orthodoxy Is Just Showing Up

Sometime back, I was asked about “being present.” The question was rooted in the problem of a “wandering mind.” My answer was simple and straight-forward: “You are always present. It comes with having a body.” We speak of the mind “wandering,” and it is a colorful metaphor, but it’s not true. The “mind” hasn’t gone… Read More

How Do We Fight The Good Fight Of Faith?

Following Jesus isn’t easy. It is a fight. It is war. It is a long, hard battle that requires endurance. … Read moreHow Do We Fight The Good Fight Of Faith? The post How Do We Fight The Good Fight Of Faith? appeared first on The Blazing Center. Full Story Here The Blazing Center May… Read More

The Holiness of Christ

“Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8) Peter’s reaction to this miraculous catch of fish is very interesting. He was a businessman, an entrepreneur. He might have said: “Jesus, fifty percent of my business is Yours. You do not have to go out on the boat with us every… Read More

James 4:13–16: Is God Sovereign over Evil?

We do God no favors by excusing him from being sovereign over evil. But we can steal confidence from his children that nothing happens to them without a purpose. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 7, 2019 7:41 am Support Us

Why Reformation Bible College Exists

Reformation Bible College (RBC) is unique, and its mission is urgent: “Above all, know God.” It fills a needed gap among institutions of higher education. Firmly established upon and governed by theological convictions, RBC is unabashedly a Christian college. There are two main types of Christian colleges: liberal arts colleges and Bible colleges. RBC has… Read More

Eight Ways to Fireproof Your Marriage

A few years ago, I told my husband I felt that someday we would be called to work with couples. I presented it as a heads-up, almost as a warning: prepare yourself. Since then, I’ve wondered what that call might look like. Is it the book I compiled, The Heart of Marriage? Is it the… Read More

Making Room for Your Neighbor

Scripture Reading: Luke 10:25-37, Mark 12:28-34, Romans 13:8-10, Galatians 6:2 I’m embarrassed to admit how often I don’t love my neighbor. One of my neighbors is a man who regularly stands on a corner near my house. Pangs of guilt shoot through my heart every time I shift my eyes away from him as I… Read More

He Stayed at Home to Save the World: Andrew Fuller (1754–1815)

You won’t read it in the secular history books or hear it on the nightly news, but judged by almost any standard, the modern missionary movement — begun with William Carey’s departure to India in 1793 — is the most important historical development in the last two hundred years. Stephen Neill, in the conclusion to… Read More

How Would You Describe the Majesty of God?

The attributes of God—His holiness, His glory, His perfection—leave us in awe and wonder. In this Q&A video from one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Stephen Nichols considers what God has revealed about Himself. To get real-time answers to your biblical and theological questions, just Ask.Ligonier.org. Read the Transcript Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs May… Read More

Final Day: Save up to 50% on Reformation Study Bibles

Give your loved ones more ways to grasp God’s Word with their own copy of the Reformation Study Bible. Our weeklong sale ends today, so shop now and save on a variety of editions and cover styles to suit every age and stage of the Christian life. Edited by Dr. R.C. Sproul, this study Bible is… Read More

The Holiness of Christ

“Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8) Peter’s reaction to this miraculous catch of fish is very interesting. He was a businessman, an entrepreneur. He might have said: “Jesus, fifty percent of my business is Yours. You do not have to go out on the boat with us every… Read More

Seven Ways to Heal From a Toxic Mom

Mother’s Day is the most celebrated Hallmark holiday. But for those of us with difficult moms, we feel the added stress of a mother wound. I was often afraid of my mom. I frequently cried because of the painful words she’d sling at me. At night, I’d pull up my blankets and stay very quiet… Read More

Making Room for Others

Scripture Reading: Acts 15:6-21, Romans 12:3-8, Galatians 3:27-29 One evening I was invited to a friend’s house to pray. The agenda was simple enough: eat snacks and mingle, settle in to spend time alone in prayer, then encourage each other. I’m not always comfortable with group events, and nine times out of ten I’ll choose… Read More

The Most Innocent Way to Hell

My dear Globdrop, You lament how little progress you have to report over these recent weeks. Your man has not tumbled downhill as quickly as you had hoped. The fly has avoided old webs, and this discourages you. You swear, however, that the numbers sitting on my desk tell but half-truths: a full calendar, not… Read More

Will You Pray for Awakening? Download Your Free Prayer Guide

We live in a world that needs awakening. Millions of people do not know Jesus Christ. The church itself needs renewed zeal for the truth, for spiritual growth, and for missions. Scripture reveals how this awakening comes about: by a powerful movement of the Spirit of God. It also tells us that when just two… Read More

Gathering across the Miles

Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they may ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.Matthew 18:19-20 (NASB) My church encourages members to join small groups, believing that… 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 we will memorize the second half of the key verse for this plan. “On that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you.” —John… Read More

Grab Hold of God: The Importance of Wrestling in Prayer

I struggle with knowing how to pray. Should I trust that everything is in God’s hands and rest knowing he will do the best thing for me? Or should I cry out to God earnestly to change the situation, giving him reasons to answer my prayer? Wrestling with God or resting in him. Which is… Read More

James 4:13–16 : Your Life Is a Mist

Planning becomes sinful when we presume whatever we schedule will come to pass. Preface all of life with “If the Lord wills.” Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 4, 2019 9:55 am Support Us

What Is True Wisdom?

Have you ever met someone who knows a lot of information, but doesn’t use it well? Maybe they recite facts to make others feel inferior. Or perhaps they relish the opportunity to prove you wrong in a debate. Scripture warns about this tendency: “Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes?… Read More

The One Thing You Need to Battle Distraction and Fatigue

I’ve been feeling it again. That low-grade ache of discontentment. That inner restlessness, nagging, gnawing, something softly knocking. That unnamed longing for something more even on the good days when I finally catch my breath, catch up on laundry, or make it to bedtime without being called a mean, mean mommy. I don’t know why… 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. 25 But I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the end he will stand on the dust. 26 Even after my skin has been destroyed, yet I will see God in my… Read More

The Hill We All Must Die On: Four Questions to Ask About Atonement

The doctrine of penal substitution is under attack today — and that’s an understatement. From voices outside of evangelical theology to those within, the historic Reformation view of the cross is claimed to be a “modern” invention from the cultural West. Others criticize the doctrine as sanctioning violence, privileging divine retributive justice over God’s love,… Read More

Judicial Supremacy

The latest installment in an ongoing interview series with senior editor Mark Bauerlein. In this episode, Mark is joined by Carson Holloway to discuss the proper role of the judicial branch in American political life. Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts May 3, 2019 3:25 pm Support Us

You Belong Here – And It’s Beautiful

Among the most uncomfortable feelings is that of “not belonging.” It is one of the forms of shame, for, when we do not belong or are “out of place,” we feel exposed and inherently vulnerable. It is not a feeling that we sustain for any length of time without engaging in behaviors designed to make… Read More

What Book or Resource Would You Recommend to a New Believer?

How can new Christians learn more about the faith? What books should they read? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson gives his recommendations. To get real-time answers to your biblical and theological questions, just Ask.Ligonier.org. Read the Transcript Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs May 3, 2019 9:55 am Support Us

2019 Atlanta Conference Media Now Available

You can now stream all of the messages from Saturday’s Atlanta Conference for free on Ligonier.org, the Ligonier app, and YouTube. SESSIONS God’s Word to Us by H.B. Charles Jr. God in Three Persons by Anthony Carter Made in His Image by H.B. Charles Jr. The Center of Our Creed by Anthony Carter The Unbroken… Read More

4 Ways To Keep Your Pastor From Quitting

Note: This post was written in partnership with The Good Book Company. However, I’m writing it from my own personal … Read more4 Ways To Keep Your Pastor From Quitting The post 4 Ways To Keep Your Pastor From Quitting appeared first on The Blazing Center. Full Story Here The Blazing Center May 3, 2019… Read More

John Calvin’s Definition of Piety

Piety (pietas) is one of the major themes of John Calvin’s theology. His theology is, as John T. McNeill says, “his piety described at length.” He was determined to confine theology within the limits of piety. For Calvin, theology first of all deals with knowledge—knowledge of God and of ourselves—but there is no true knowledge… Read More

Here’s to Ten-Second Miracles All Around Us

My husband and I ran into one of our favorite coffee shops last week, desperate for a caffeine fix. I expected to leave with a vanilla cold press in hand; I did not expect to be reminded that God does miracles in His time, in His space. I really did not expect to find this… Read More

$5 Friday: Martin Luther, Guilt, & Forgivenss

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as Martin Luther, the Holy Spirit, the Beatitudes, guilt, forgiveness, the Trinity, 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 May 2, 2019 10:40 pm Support… Read More

Jesus Brings Us Home

Scripture Reading: John 14:1-6, Hebrews 11:1-2, Hebrews 11:13-16, Revelation 21:1-8, Revelation 21:22-27, Revelation 22:1-5, Revelation 22:20 Nothing reveals my inner control freak like letting a friend take over the GPS while I drive. Accustomed to seeing each upcoming turn on Google maps, I assault my passenger-navigator with questions: When is my next turn? How much… Read More

Does God Direct All the Details of My Life?

God’s sovereign control is complete, not partial. He governs every aspect of nature, every aspect of history, and every aspect of personal life. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 2, 2019 7:41 pm Support Us

Knowing God Makes All the Difference

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are simply natural and those who have supernatural life in them. Some were born only once; others have been born again. Many do not trust and treasure Jesus as Lord and Savior. A precious few do. For now, it can be difficult to distinguish… Read More

“Secrets”

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The New Testament Canon, A New Teaching Series from Michael Kruger

Critics of Christianity tend to rehearse the same narrative about the New Testament. It goes something like this: “Jesus was a great teacher who lived a very long time ago. A few people told stories about him, and over the centuries, those stories became embellished with myths and legends. A biased church council later decided… Read More

Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, May 2019

The May issue of Tabletalk provides an overview of church history in the nineteenth century. To this day, the personalities and events of the nineteenth century continue to exercise a strong influence on the visible church both in the United States and around the world. New evangelistic measures that were introduced in the nineteenth century,… Read More

Loving Each Other Well by Praying Together

One of the ways we love one another well is to pray for each other. On this National Day of Prayer, we want to link arms to pray for and with each other, to become one voice in unity. We are always better when we do things together, and this applies to prayer too! We… Read More

Jesus Is Our Returning Savior

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:35-58, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Corrie Ten Boom’s memoir The Hiding Place chronicles the Nazi occupation of Holland during WWII. Under constant watch, Corrie and her family decided to form an underground network of resistance, hiding Jewish men, women, and children in homes across Holland, including their own. They knew the day… Read More

Love Not Sleep

Laziness does not seize control of our lives overnight. It takes a few inches each day, singing its sweet and familiar song, A little sleep, a little slumber,      a little folding of the hands to rest . . . (Proverbs 24:33) Notice how little creeps in undetected. What’s wrong with a little extra rest? The… Read More

The Garden of Eden, Legalism, and Antinomianism

In this brief clip from our 2017 National Conference, Sinclair Ferguson discusses the relationship between Satan’s lie in the garden and legalism and antinomianism. Transcript So here in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2, there is a portrayal of Yahweh the Covenant God who reveals Himself to Moses, who Moses understands is the same covenant God.… Read More

2019 London Conference: Early-Bird Ends in 48 Hours

Jesus is the light of the world, and as Christians, His light shines through us. Register now for The Light of the World, our first London Conference, and save with an early-bird discount. You’ll receive two days of teaching and encouragement from Drs. Alistair Begg, Sinclair Ferguson, Albert Mohler, Burk Parsons, and Michael Reeves. Sessions:… Read More

The Design and Scope of the Atonement

In an age wherein the ground of theology has been saturated by the torrential downpour of existential thinking, it seems almost suicidal, like facing the open floodgates riding a raft made of balsa wood, to appeal to a seventeenth-century theologian to address a pressing theological issue. Nothing evokes more snorts from the snouts of anti-rational… Read More

Finding Courage When You’re Not Momming Well

I remember when we first got the diagnosis three years ago. The school my fourth-grade son attended said he wasn’t trying hard enough. Suspecting dyslexia, I took him to a testing facility that specialized in diagnosing learning disabilities. Many hours of testing and $1,400 later, we had a diagnosis I wasn’t prepared for. No, he… Read More

For the Forgotten, Unwanted, Ugly, and Alone

I know the feeling of walking into a room and your presence going unnoticed. I know what it’s like to have friends walk away, siblings drift apart, and job promotions pass you by. I’ve been trapped in the torturous cycle of beauty comparison and house envy. So often, I feel like I am on the… Read More

Jesus Is the Firstfruits of the Resurrection

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-28, Colossians 3:1-17 I spent much of my twenties running a high school theatre department. We had so much fun. There are few things that bond people together like putting on a show with limited time and resources. One year we produced a spoof on Shakespeare. There was one line, shouted… Read More

What Does It Mean to Live ‘in the Flesh’?

Over ninety times, Paul speaks of “the flesh.” So what does this word mean to the apostle? Pastor John forms a definition from two key passages. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog April 30, 2019 7:25 pm Support Us

Start Asking God for More: Four Reasons We Pray Less

Praying has always been hard for Christians. I once heard John Stott say that prayer was his greatest struggle in the Christian life, and I suspect he wasn’t alone. I’m also convinced that right now in the evangelical world we pray less than we used to. Why might that be? In my lifetime (I’m 52),… Read More

Holiday Thoughts (2)

“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well- pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be]… Read More

10 Great Opportunities Conflict Provides

I hate conflict. I hate strife of any kind. I hate arguments. I wasn’t in the debate club in high … Read more10 Great Opportunities Conflict Provides The post 10 Great Opportunities Conflict Provides appeared first on The Blazing Center. Full Story Here The Blazing Center April 30, 2019 11:55 am Support Us

James 1:12–15: Does God Ever Tempt Me to Sin?

God’s sovereignty means he reigns over every trial. And his love means that he intends them all for our good and his glory. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog April 30, 2019 7:25 am Support Us

The Canons of Dort and the Gift of Faith

This year is the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dort. In fact, last Monday marked the exact date, 400 years ago, that the canons were officially approved. If you want to know more about the history and theology of Dort, I have a new book entitled Grace Defined and Defended: What a 400-Year-Old Confession… Read More

Hope Will Not Put You to Shame

My head had pulsed for thirteen days straight. And it wasn’t just a regular headache like the ones I was used to. It was a thirteen-day migraine, and nothing seemed to be working. On day one, two, and three, I tried over-the-counter painkillers. On day four, I went to my family doctor. He prescribed me… Read More

Jesus Is Our Mediator

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 8:1-6, 1 Timothy 2:1-6, Jude 1:20-25 The cross looms large over all of history. Its shadow is cast in all directions—forward and backward, before and behind. Every narrative in Scripture is draped in the gospel. Think back to the moment the children of Israel decided to worship a golden calf at the… Read More

The Doctor May Ask You: Making Urgent Medical Decisions for Loved Ones

She groaned at the touch of her abdomen, and in dismay I withdrew my hand. The CT scan showed that her intestines had blackened. Speckles of air signaled rents in her intestinal wall through which bacteria seeped into her bloodstream. Those same bacteria now dragged her blood pressure dangerously low. I felt a knot tighten… Read More

God Help Me: A Powerful Prayer For Hard Times

Three simple, yet utterly profound words: God help me. It’s not a complicated prayer. There is no fancy, “spiritual” language … Read moreGod Help Me: A Powerful Prayer For Hard Times The post God Help Me: A Powerful Prayer For Hard Times appeared first on The Blazing Center. Full Story Here The Blazing Center April… Read More

You Don’t Have to Apologize for Your Pain

I’d answered my phone joking. “Did you lock yourself in the chicken coop again?” It wouldn’t be the first time she’d gone out in the morning to feed the chickens and collect eggs to find the latch had locked her in. “I fell, I’m hurt . . . I think I broke my back.” Strangled and… Read More

Jesus Is Our Righteous King

Scripture Reading: Acts 2:22-36, Colossians 1:9-23 “Is He coming? Where is He?” My daughter craned her neck, trying to see from our spot in the very last row of the very old church we sat in on Good Friday. “What?” I whispered. “Jesus! Is He here? Is that the cross? Are those His bloody clothes?”… Read More

Is Cremation Okay If I Give My Body to Science?

We testify to the hope of resurrection when we choose burial over cremation. But if we first donate our body to science, is cremation okay then? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog April 28, 2019 7:25 pm Support Us

Pray for Holy Tears: Responding to Abominations in the Culture

We do not know how many holy tears are being shed by the people of God in America in response to “all the abominations that are committed in it” (Ezekiel 9:4). Therefore, this article is not a censure, but a plea — a plea for holy tears, along with whatever holy anger we can tearfully… Read More

Pascha 1928 – Letter from a Soviet Prison

Serge Schmemann, son of Fr. Alexander Schmemann, in his wonderful little book, Echoes of a Native Land, records a letter written from one of his family members of an earlier generation, who spent several years in the prisons of the Soviets and died there. The letter, written on the night of Pascha in 1928 is to… Read More