Recommended Reads: Be the Gift

There are only so many full orbits around the sun, and who makes time to lie in bed and listen to rain thrumming on roofs or to take someone for strawberry ice cream sundaes and linger down at the bridge, the river running underneath like the present running through your hands? And there are glads… Read More

Thanksgiving Celebration and Lament

Nearly thirty years ago, I married into a family that celebrated Thanksgiving Day with All-American fervor, featuring a day-long gathering and a loaded table. As the new bride, I was eager to prove that I had what it took to be the holiday hostess. Having done my research, I had planned all the best sides,… Read More

‘Valkyria Chronicles 4’ to Launch on Major Consoles Next Year

Sega recently announced that the fourth main installment of “Valkyria Chronicles” was underway and would be released on major gaming consoles Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Full Story Here Christian Post November 22, 2017 1:32 am Support Us

Beauty That Outlasts Looks

Your physical beauty will fade sooner than you hope. But the beauty God loves isn’t based on outward appearance. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 22, 2017 12:47 am Support Us

The Wedding Banquet

In this study of the Parables of Jesus, we are reading many of the stories Jesus used to teach hearers about how to live as His followers. Each day we’ll read parables in their immediate context, focusing on a different category of parables each week. Then we will work through a series of questions to… Read More

What Is Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving is an American holiday that stretches all the way back to a time long before America became a nation. The Pilgrims landed in 1620. They faced brutal conditions and were woefully unprepared. Roughly half of them died in that first year. Then they had a successful harvest of corn. In November of 1621 they… Read More

‘Fortnite’ Battle Royale Update: Rocket Rides Stay, Silent SMGs Added

“Fortnite’s” free-to-play Battle Royale mode may have looked like a quick add-on at first. The new gameplay mode has taken a whole new direction of its own, however, and by the fourth developer update, Epic Games is already handing out new guns and quickly integrating player feedback. Full Story Here Christian Post November 21, 2017… Read More

The Strength You Need for Today

The strength you want most may not be the strength you need most, because the weakness you feel may not be the real source of your weakness. When we begin to feel weak or exhausted, it may be that we’re physically worn out — from work, from relationships, from parenting, from life. We all have… Read More

How Do You Structure Your Prayer Life?

On any given day, innumerable needs surround us that all call for prayer. So how do we navigate these endless needs and decide what to pray for? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 21, 2017 6:02 pm Support Us

Shameful GOP Tax Plan Taxes Reality

Okay, we’re off to the races on what the White House and GOP Congressional leadership… Full Story Here Religion Dispatches November 21, 2017 1:47 pm Support Us

Museum of the Bible Opens amid Artifacts Controversy

The Museum of the Bible officially opened it’s doors on Friday, November 7th, in Washington D.C, amidst an ongoing fury of debate over the authenticity of the artifacts on display there. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 21, 2017 1:45 pm Support Us

Sacrifice and Worship

In the 1970’s, the BBC did a series, “The Long Search,” in which Ronald Eyre explored various religions. To my mind, it remains the best such series I’ve seen. When it came to Christianity, the series wisely presented three separate treatments: the Orthodox, the Catholics and Protestants. In its program on Orthodoxy, Eyre traveled to… Read More

Why Are We Drawn to Horror?

What inspired you to write Why Horror Seduces? The book is based on years of… Full Story Here Religion Dispatches November 21, 2017 11:49 am Support Us

The Pathway from Porn to Adultery: Letter to a Would-Be Adulterer

Dear Husband, You know why I am writing to you. In our last conversation, you shared the pattern of your sinful thoughts, and how it often leads you to look at pornography. We agreed together on the importance of having dominion over our imaginations and putting on the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5). Viewing pornography… Read More

The Greatness of Giving Thanks

There are 13 letters from Paul in the New Testament, and in 9 of them he explicitly gives thanks for the recipients of the letter (Rom. 1:8; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; Eph. 1:15-16; Phil. 1:3-5; Col. 1:3-5; 1 Thess. 1:2-3; 2 Thess. 1:3-4; 2 Tim. 1:3-5; Phm. 4-5). The only exceptions are 2 Corinthians (where he… Read More

The Danger of Gossip

Here’s an excerpt from The Danger of Gossip, Jared Wilson’s contribution to the November issue of Tabletalk: The Lord loves a straight shooter. How do I know this? Because this is the embodiment of the wisdom imparted in Proverbs, including this helpful little gem: “Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far… Read More

How To Live In A World That’s Shaking, Cracking and Crumbling

Do you ever feel like the world is cracking and beginning to crumble?  ISIS, changing sexual morals, disintegrating families, escalating crime, drugs, suicides….I don’t need to elaborate.  The world is shaking.  It’s passing away.  But believers in Jesus need not fear or be depressed, for God has given us an unshakeable kingdom. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom… Read More

Why We’re Giving Thanks for Friendship All Over Again

This entire year on (in)courage, we’ve been focusing on the subject of friendship. You’ve shared your stories and we’ve shared ours. We’ve mostly laughed together but also shed a few tears. You’ve told us about your friendship successes and your friendship break-ups. Through blog posts, videos, books, Bible studies (both online and in-person) and (in)real… Read More

The Vineyard Workers

In this study of the Parables of Jesus, we are reading many of the stories Jesus used to teach hearers about how to live as His followers. Each day we’ll read parables in their immediate context, focusing on a different category of parables each week. Then we will work through a series of questions to… Read More

The Most Repeated Command in the Bible

What do you think is the most repeated command in the Bible? It’s not any of the prohibitions or warnings. It’s not about sex, or money, or power. The most repeated command in the Bible will probably surprise you: Be happy. God tells us more than anything else, in different ways, to “praise the Lord,”… Read More

‘Touched by an Angel’ Star Della Reese Dies at 86

Della Reese, well- known TV actress and gospel-influenced singer who found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama “Touched by an Angel,” has died at age 86. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 20, 2017 2:56 pm Support Us

Moms Everywhere are Hardwired to Respond to Their Baby’s Cries

Researchers have discovered why babies’ cries affect their mothers differently than everyone else, including their fathers: Moms’ brains are hardwired to respond to their infants’ wails in certain ways. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 20, 2017 2:26 pm Support Us

Free Speech Win for Pro-life Students in California

A pro-life student group at Fresno State University won its fight this month against a professor who told a student she had no free speech rights on a college campus. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 20, 2017 2:02 pm Support Us

Texas Defends Dismemberment Abortion Ban

Lawyers argue state has a compelling interest to ensure a humane death for unborn children. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 20, 2017 1:45 pm Support Us

School District Ends Voluntary Lunchtime Bible Class

A Michigan school district has cancelled a lunchtime Bible class after receiving a warning from the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists (MACRA). Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 20, 2017 1:26 pm Support Us

LAPD is Investigating over 20 Hollywood Sex Crime Cases

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating nearly two dozen cases of alleged criminal sexual misconduct involving many in the entertainment industry. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 20, 2017 11:32 am Support Us

One Week Only: Download Saints of Zion for Free

This Thanksgiving, download R.C. Sproul and Jeff Lippencott’s Saints of Zion album for free. Drawn from years of theological reflection and application, this collection of sacred music offers biblical truth through beautiful choral and orchestral arrangements. Suitable for congregational singing as well as private devotion, these hymns are meant to encourage and equip the saints… Read More

John Kerry Accuses Israel of Failing to Work for Peace

Former Secretary of State John Kerry has said that he doesn’t believe the nation of Israel truly wants to achieve peace with their Palestinian neighbor. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 20, 2017 9:27 am Support Us

Blessed Even in the Worst: How to Give Thanks in Every Circumstance

A couple of years ago, social media revolted against the hashtag #blessed. It often seemed to be employed to brag about expensive vacations or impressive accomplishments under the guise of humility. But home décor stores do not seem to have gotten the message. They have shelves stocked with all kinds of signs and accessories so… Read More

If the Lord Marks Iniquity, Who Should Stand?

The Psalmist asked the question: “If the Lord marks iniquity, who should stand?” This query is obviously rhetorical. The only answer, indeed the obvious answer is no one. The question is stated in a conditional form. It merely considers the dire consequences that follow if the Lord marks iniquity. We breathe a sigh of relief… Read More

His Hands and Feet

Christ has no hands and feet here on this earth. He has us. We are called to serve one another. He has us to do good and bless others. He has us so His compassion and love can flow through us and be visible to those who need it. There are times when something happens… Read More

God Wants Your Delight — Not Just Your Decision

You give glory to whatever captures your heart most. And whatever makes you most happy reveals what really has your heart. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 20, 2017 12:32 am Support Us

Lost and Found

In this study of the Parables of Jesus, we are reading many of the stories Jesus used to teach hearers about how to live as His followers. Each day we’ll read parables in their immediate context, focusing on a different category of parables each week. Then we will work through a series of questions to… Read More

The Heart of John Owen’s Hedonism

Why do we at Desiring God put such an emphasis on the affections? The very name Desiring God foregrounds desire. The vision of life that we champion is called Christian Hedonism, which connotes a life devoted to maximizing pleasure. Yes, pleasure — the kind that lasts forevermore at God’s right hand (Psalm 16:11). Indeed, pleasures… Read More

Does God Decree Events He Doesn’t Want to Happen?

If nothing happens outside of God’s control, then why is this world filled with events that clearly oppose God’s revealed will? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 19, 2017 5:47 pm Support Us

Social Media Highlights (11/19/17)

Here are highlights from our various social media accounts over the past week. If we believe something earnestly, does that make it true? Today, @RCSproul challenges the prevailing the idea of our time—relativism. https://t.co/fqAcrISZ91 — Renewing Your Mind (@RYMRadio) November 13, 2017 When we stand in judgment of the Word of God we are putting… Read More

Sunday Scripture

“Be careful that you don’t forget the Lord your God by failing to keep his commands, ordinances, and statutes that I am giving you today. When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you… Read More

Weekly Truth

Memorizing Scripture is one of the best ways to carry God-breathed truth, instruction, and reproof wherever we go. This week we will memorize the key verse for The Parables of Jesus reading plan—a verse that remind us that the truths Jesus spoke through parables have been true since the beginning of time. I will open… Read More

How (Not) to Stay Lukewarm

I thought I was a Christian for years. I swore I had a relationship with God. I believed I could die at any moment and be welcomed into heaven. I wasn’t. I didn’t. I wouldn’t. I did not have a category for someone thinking they were a follower of Christ and not actually being one.… Read More

God Upholds Marriages

One of the privileges of my position is that I get the opportunity to conduct marriages. Yesterday, once again, I enjoyed that privilege. Two lovely young people, male and female,  made the most amazing promises regarding their future together. These promises were made in the context of a service of worship because they wanted to… Read More

The Latest Debate in Micro-Chipping: Olympic Athletes

To combat the doping problem that commonly surrounds the Olympic Games, Mike Miller is considering the benefits of micro-chipping athletes. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 18, 2017 4:46 am Support Us

‘Whiteness’ Now a Part of College Curriculum?

Racial tension has not completely disappeared from our society, inspiring collegiate educators to increase “white awareness” by instilling collegiate coursework, and hosting “white fragility” lectures. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 18, 2017 4:46 am Support Us

What Role Do Good Works Play in Salvation?

Human good works play a tremendously important role. There can be no salvation whatsoever without good works, and your good works are crucial to your salvation. Now, how can a Protestant make a statement like that? First of all, good works are absolutely crucial and are, indeed, necessary for salvation because God requires good works… Read More

An Unexpected Feast: When Grief Meets Gratitude

We dipped into hearty bowls of butternut squash soup garnished with sprigs of fresh parsley. We passed platters of golden roasted turkey, Nana’s green bean casserole, and homemade crescent rolls. My dear friend added a plate of her family’s special Salvadoran pupusas to the mix, while my famous pumpkin tiramisu chilled in the refrigerator for… 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. “No servant can serve two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”–… Read More

Every Day Might Be His Last: Drinking from God in the Drought of Suffering

Prolonged suffering is like sweltering heat. For my family, the drought began in a dark ultrasound room that foreshadowed the grief to come. At first, the news was vague — there might be some congenital birth defects. But over the next eleven weeks, foreboding fears materialized and our dreams withered and died. Our twin sons… Read More

Beware These 7 Gospel-Distortions

Editor’s note: Though this article was written primarily for women in ministry, there are truths here that go beyond gender or calling. We hope you’re able to heed these warnings—and embrace God’s truth—in place of the counterfeit gospels that surround us today. The author, Kristen Wetherell, is a writer, Bible teacher, and the content manager… Read More

ISIS Threatens to Attack Vatican on Christmas

The Islamic State has threatened to attack the Vatican on Christmas, in what they are calling a “Christmas blood” attack. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 17, 2017 1:46 pm Support Us

‘Whiteness’ Now a Part of College Curriculum?

Racial tension has not completely disappeared from our society, inspiring collegiate educators to increase “white awareness” by instilling collegiate coursework, and hosting “white fragility” lectures. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 17, 2017 11:56 am Support Us

The Latest Debate in Micro-Chipping: Olympic Athletes

To combat the doping problem that commonly surrounds the Olympic Games, Mike Miller is considering the benefits of micro-chipping athletes. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 17, 2017 9:55 am Support Us

The Bible Belongs to Every Age

In 1734 and 1735, Jonathan Edwards and the congregation at Northampton experienced a revival. So did many other churches in the Connecticut River Valley in the colonies of Connecticut and Massachusetts. In the fall of 1733, Edwards preached some hard-hitting sermons. One of them, preached in November 1733, has been titled “The Kind of Preaching People… Read More

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

I could feel it coming on — an overwhelming sense of heart-pounding panic, difficulty breathing, dizziness. There wasn’t any one thing that set me off, just a long train of emotional rail-cars carrying the cargo of daily demands, losses, and this impending feeling of doom in our world. I could hear the newscasters on the television in the… Read More

The Greatest Gift God Can Give

If you make much of yourself, you distract others from what matters most. But when God makes much of himself, he gives us what we need most. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 17, 2017 12:47 am Support Us

$5 Friday: Worldview, Apologetics, & Grace

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as worldview, church history, assurance, Romans, apologetics, creation, grace, 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 November 16, 2017 10:33 pm Support Us

The Master’s Return

In this study of the Parables of Jesus, we are reading many of the stories Jesus used to teach hearers about how to live as His followers. Each day we’ll read parables in their immediate context, focusing on a different category of parables each week. Then we will work through a series of questions to… Read More

The Blessing of a Bad Reputation

How important to you is people’s approval? How important to you is faithfully obeying God? Sometimes we’re forced to sacrifice one in order to have or do the other. The last time you faced this choice, which did you choose? Was your choice an anomaly, or did it follow a pattern of previous choices? A… Read More

Why Does God Hide?

God hides. God makes Himself known. God hides. This pattern runs throughout the Scriptures. A holy hide-and-seek, the pattern is not accidental nor unintentional. It is rooted in the very nature of things in the Christian life. Christianity whose God is not hidden is not Christianity at all. But why is this so? In a… Read More

How Do I Glorify God in My Job?

Most of us spend at least forty hours a week at work. So how do we leverage our time there to bring honor and praise to God? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 16, 2017 5:48 pm Support Us

The Whole Christ: A New Teaching Series from Sinclair Ferguson

Since we’re saved by grace alone, does the law of God have a place in the life of a Christian? This perennial question must be answered correctly if we are to be faithful followers of Christ. In this new video teaching series, The Whole Christ, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson expands on his book and illustrates the… Read More

The Power of Common Words

In this brief clip from his teaching series Learning to Love the Psalms, W. Robert Godfrey encourages us to pay attention to the common words in Scripture as he explains the usage of “hand” in Psalm 77. Transcript One of the things that good to do when you’re looking at the Psalms is to look… Read More

The Dishonest Manager

In this study of the Parables of Jesus, we are reading many of the stories Jesus used to teach hearers about how to live as His followers. Each day we’ll read parables in their immediate context, focusing on a different category of parables each week. Then we will work through a series of questions to… Read More

1 John 1:5–10: How Do I Walk in the Light?

Walking in the light is a matter of life and death for the Christian. If we don’t walk in the light now, we won’t later. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 16, 2017 4:33 am Support Us

Becoming a Titus 2 Woman

Here’s an excerpt from Becoming a Titus 2 Woman, Susan Hunt’s contribution to the November issue of Tabletalk: The gospel mandate in Titus 2:3–5 captivated my heart and imagination thirty years ago. Now, at age seventy-seven, I still wonder—have I become a Titus 2 woman yet? My inclination is to answer by evaluating my performance.… Read More

When Prayer Doesn’t Feel Like Enough

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to adopt. My dream has been to open our hearts and our home to a child who needs a forever family. I’ve started the process several times, too, but each time I sensed that my husband wasn’t quite as enthusiastic about adoption as I was, so… Read More

The Main Ingredient in Personal Growth

Grow in grace. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better three-word caption for the Christian life. It stems from a single text at the end of Peter’s second letter: Take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge… Read More

Amid calls to step down, Moore finds refuge with his base

JACKSON, Ala. (AP) — Taking the pulpit at a Baptist revival at a south Alabama church, Republican Roy Moore quoted lengthy Bible passages and made only passing reference to the allegations against him of sexual misconduct with teenagers. Full Story Here Religion News V2 November 15, 2017 3:38 pm Support Us

One year later: Is Trump the most pro-life president in modern history?

(RNS) — Pro-life views are now deeply tied to a man who is associated with sexism, racism and narcissism, and this will be how today’s young people will think of pro-lifers for decades to come, writes Charles C. Camosy. Full Story Here Religion News V2 November 15, 2017 3:13 pm Support Us

Living with HIV and AIDS, and unwelcome in Zimbabwe’s churches

HARARE, Zimbabwe (RNS) — ‘The church knew we were in a gay relationship, but preachers used to indirectly attack us each time they stood to preach,’ said Liberty Siziba, whose partner died of AIDS. Full Story Here Religion News V2 November 15, 2017 2:40 pm Support Us

Kairos prison ministry announces participation in the 2017 #GivingTuesday movement to raise funds for prison ministry growth

Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (“Kairos”), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has joined the #GivingTuesday movement to help raise funds to expand operations.  Kairos is a Christian faith based ministry which addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women, youth, and their families. To continue operations and address the needs of the many requests they receive… Read More

Thousands pack Texas church shooting family funeral service

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Church member John Holcombe, among the massacre’s few survivors, invited the public to attend the funeral of his pregnant wife, three of her children, his parents, a brother and Marc’s 18-month-old daughter. Full Story Here Religion News V2 November 15, 2017 1:40 pm Support Us

Notre Dame, contraception and a better conversation about sex

(RNS) — In a surprising reversal, Notre Dame decided last week that allowing its health insurer to provide free contraceptives to female students and workers does not, after all, impinge on its religious liberty. So how sincere was the legal argument to begin with? Full Story Here Religion News V2 November 15, 2017 12:09 pm… Read More

New York Cardinal endorses new web resource for pastoral care of same-sex attracted persons

A new website aimed at offering an array of resources for persons involved in the pastoral care of men and women who experience same-sex attractions (SSA) has been launched by Courage & EnCourage International, the Catholic Church’s officially recognized ministry in the field. Full Story Here Religion News V2 November 15, 2017 10:54 am Support Us

Colorado Christian Baker Receives Support from Gay Community

Jack Phillips, the Christian bakery-owner from Colorado whose case will be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court next month, is not only receiving support from many Christians, but also from many in the gay community. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 15, 2017 9:32 am Support Us

How To Survive An Encounter With A Cage-Stage Calvinist

Cage-Stage Calvinist – (Noun) – A person, often a young male, who has just been converted to Calvinist theology.  Encountering a cage-stage Calvinist in the wild can be a truly a terrifying experience that leaves you literally shaking in your cargo shorts and on the verge of accidental defecation. If you don’t know the proper survival… Read More

The Necessity of Effectively Communicating to Children

Like many, I have watched my fair share of films over the years, and the vast majority have been quite forgettable. There are a small number that I enjoyed enough to purchase in order to watch them again. But there are very, very few that were so powerful in one way or another that they… Read More

Who Does God Love Most?

God must love whatever is most valuable in the universe — otherwise, he’d be an idolater. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 15, 2017 12:32 am Support Us

Recommended Reads: A “Come as You Are” Hospitality

My husband and I had been living in our new home in our new city for about two months, but we still had not met our next-door neighbors. A huge bush covered the side of their house, so we rarely ever saw them enter or leave their home. One evening Jeremy and I were sitting… Read More

A Thanksgiving Hallelujah

We’d been married 205 days when my body failed my first (un)born. We’d been apart for 148 of those days. My soldier left in the fall, in the brilliance of the dying leaves. He left, and I was pregnant and blissfully naive in the way you can only be when you have yet to suffer… Read More

The Ten Minas

In this study of the Parables of Jesus, we are reading many of the stories Jesus used to teach hearers about how to live as His followers. Each day we’ll read parables in their immediate context, focusing on a different category of parables each week. Then we will work through a series of questions to understand the… Read More

Begin to Hope Again

“I’ve come to see that part of my calling here is simply to be a person of hope.” Our car bounced down a dirt road in a small Middle Eastern town, seven of us packed into a five-seat sedan. A dim moonlight lit the blues and oranges of ramshackle gates guarding small properties. The town… Read More

How Do I Process Personal Criticism?

Aim to be humble rather than defensive when it comes to criticism. Only then will we be able to listen to their words and change if we’re wrong. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 14, 2017 5:48 pm Support Us

Christian players frustrated by criticism for anthem protest

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eric Reid and other Christian players who support Colin Kaepernick’s social justice movement want believers on the opposite side of the controversial anthem protest to ask themselves a simple but powerful question: What would Jesus do? Full Story Here Religion News V2 November 14, 2017 3:26 pm Support Us

Roy Moore, Christocrat

(RNS) — For Christocrats, the sovereignty of God transcends the supremacy of the Constitution. Full Story Here Religion News V2 November 14, 2017 11:13 am Support Us

Liturgical Press launches a new imprint: Liturgical Press Academic

Solidifying its commitment to serving the academic community with high-quality theological and spiritual resources, Liturgical Press is proud to announce a new imprint: Liturgical Press Academic. Starting in January 2018, all books that were published under Pueblo Books or Michael Glazier Books will be published as Liturgical Press Academic. Full Story Here Religion News V2… Read More

Workshops at spring 2018 convention to help Religion Communicators polish skills

Fifteen professional development workshops during the 2018 Religion Communicators Council National Convention will help faith-based communicators enhance their management, storytelling and interpretive skills. The meeting runs April 5-7 in Atlanta. Full Story Here Religion News V2 November 14, 2017 7:24 am Support Us

Following Leaders

Here’s an excerpt from Following Leaders, Harry Reeder’s contribution to the November issue of Tabletalk: Salvation is free. Discipleship costs. Leadership costs a lot more. Praise God, Jesus has freely provided all we need to be saved from our sins. Yet, He warns us that once we become His disciples, we immediately become targets of… Read More

How To View God’s Weak, Flawed and Messy People

If you spend any time in a church, you’ll discover a conglomeration of flawed and imperfect folks, with plenty of weaknesses and shortcomings. It’s easy to look at our brothers and sisters and see their warts and blemishes. Yet the perfect One, the holy One, the One without a single imperfection doesn’t look on his… Read More

The Rhythm of Thanksgiving

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 As my child was born I fought against nature and attempted to hold her in. This is not how the baby books tell you to approach labor. Quite the opposite, actually. I was supposed… Read More

The Wheat and the Weeds

In this study of the Parables of Jesus, we are reading many of the stories Jesus used to teach hearers about how to live as His followers. Each day we’ll read parables in their immediate context, focusing on a different category of parables each week. Then we will work through a series of questions to understand the… Read More

The Priceless Gift of Christian Unity

Without God’s word, we cannot assess the gift of brotherhood as highly as we ought. When I was asked to speak at a gathering of Bethlehem Baptist Church celebrating one hundred years of ministry between four pastors and their wives, I turned to Psalm 133. Two couples have served more than thirty years each, and… Read More

Let’s talk about… Calvin, for a change

Both wings of the Protestant Reformation produced heirs with complex histories, and mixed expressions, including participation in and execution of murderous conflicts such as the Thirty Years’ War. Full Story Here Religion News V2 November 13, 2017 5:37 pm Support Us

Giving God His Place in Preaching

Holiday Thought “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7) Those called to preach have a treasure to bring to their people, but they must realise that they themselves are vessels of clay. This is very important because… Read More

Catholic cardinal condemns ‘forces of division’ and fear

(AP) — “The forces of division prey on our fear of the unfamiliar, the different. But fear is not of God,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, in an address to the bishops’ fall meeting in Baltimore. Full Story Here Religion News V2 November 13, 2017 3:24 pm Support Us

A suggestion for younger evangelicals: Lose the label

(RNS) — ‘Given the baggage it’s taken on, the term is probably not salvageable. The effort to redeem it is probably not worth the cost in time and energy,’ writes Tom Krattenmaker. Full Story Here Religion News V2 November 13, 2017 2:43 pm Support Us

Are Mormons the new conscience of the GOP?

High-profile Mormons from Mitt Romney to Jeff Flake have publicly denounced the actions of fellow Republicans like Roy Moore and Pres. Trump. But their engagement is selective. Full Story Here Religion News V2 November 13, 2017 2:38 pm Support Us

Catholic bishops take on racism in society and the church

(RNS) — “Christ wishes to break down the walls created by the evils of racism,” Bishop George Murry of Youngstown told the U.S. Catholic bishops who are in Baltimore for their annual November meeting. Full Story Here Religion News V2 November 13, 2017 1:58 pm Support Us

Trump Team is Drafting Middle East Peace Plan

Seeking what he calls “the ultimate deal,” President Trump and his advisors are drafting a Middle East peace plan to end the bitter land dispute between Israel and the Palestinians. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 13, 2017 1:33 pm Support Us

My Biggest Mistake as a Mother

Years ago, I was asked, “If you could parent your daughters all over again, what would you do differently?” Mistakes and failures flooded my mind, but in a moment I had my answer. I wish I had trusted God more. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 37:3: “Trust in the Lord, and do good.”… Read More

Indian Christians Accused of Kidnapping, Forced Conversion

A court allowed seven Christian children in India to return to their families a week after Hindu radicals falsely accused their chaperones of kidnapping them to forcibly convert them. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 13, 2017 9:32 am Support Us

Doing Spiritual Warfare Without All The Weirdness

People tend to talk about spiritual warfare in one of two ways: Not at all because it feels weird to talk about demons and the Devil and unseen realms. Plus, we believe God is sovereign and that he restrains Satan and that making oil crosses above doorways isn’t necessary. Constantly because Satan is everywhere and… Read More

What Does “coram Deo” Mean?

I remember Mama standing in front of me, her hands poised on her hips, her eyes glaring with hot coals of fire and saying in stentorian tones, “Just what is the big idea, young man?” Instinctively I knew my mother was not asking me an abstract question about theory. Her question was not a question… Read More

How Do You Get into Heaven?

God graciously and fully justifies us by faith alone. But justifying faith always shows itself through the fruit of love. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 13, 2017 12:47 am Support Us

When We Feel Overwhelmed by All the Needs

I recently read a magazine article about a human trafficking bust and couldn’t get the story out of my mind. All the next day my life felt too small, too safe. Guilt and shame over what I could be doing overwhelmed me. Have you ever felt that way? Whenever I hear about any injustice, natural… Read More

Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

I will open my mouth in parables;I will declare things kept secretfrom the foundation of the world.—Matthew 13:35 The Prodigal Son. The Good Samaritan. The Pearl of Great Price. You’ve heard the stories, but do you know them in their original context? In this 3-week study of the Parables of Jesus, we will read through many… Read More

Why Are So Many So Silent? The Insider Movement in America

“When I return home next month, there is a good chance they will kill me before I can come back to America.” He had only been a believer for a year. “I could not help but tell my family and friends about the new life I found in Jesus. Several people disowned me outright. One… Read More

Why Does Gossip Feel So Good?

Spreading damaging reports about others feels so good and comes so naturally. But why is this impulse so natural? And how do we fight it? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 12, 2017 5:48 pm Support Us