Am I Less Human If I’m Sexually Unfulfilled?

You don’t need sex to be happy. Jesus never married, never had a romantic relationship, never had sex, and he was the most complete man to ever live. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog July 15, 2018 6:25 pm Support Us

Transgender Referrals for Kids as Young as 6 Hit Record High in Scotland

The number of children, some as young as six, being referred under the guidance promoting transsexualism at schools after they express confusion over their “gender identity” has reached a record high in Scotland, according to a report. Full Story Here Christian Post July 15, 2018 5:25 pm Support Us

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 key verse for 2 Corinthians.   But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all… Read More

Paramilitaries Kill Two Student Protesters During Nicaragua Church Siege

Pro-government gunmen killed two students and injured dozens more before over 200 students and others from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua protesting against President Daniel Ortega were freed from a besieged church in the Central American country. Full Story Here Christian Post July 15, 2018 8:25 am Support Us

5 MORE Unbiblical Statements That Christians Believe

About three years ago, I wrote an article titled 9 Unbiblical Statements That Christians Believe, and it really struck a nerve with people. Sadly, the list doesn’t stop with just nine of these unbiblical statements. There are many of them that are cultural teachings and spiritual sounding clichés that have snuck into the Church, got… Read More

How to Pray for Revival

This month has seen some huge judicial victories for God’s people here in America. Yet I sometimes wonder: have we forgotten the victory that must precede all the others? I fear that we often do forget. Full Story Here Christian Post July 15, 2018 7:40 am Support Us

AME Church Launches Partnership With Black Banks to Improve Black Wealth

The African Methodist Episcopal Church recently announced an innovative economic partnership with Black-owned banks across the country aimed at increasing wealth in the black community through business development and homeownership. Full Story Here Christian Post July 15, 2018 7:25 am Support Us

What We Need Most When Life Is a Hot Mess

My weather app says our local temperature will hit 100 degrees today. This comes after a long stretch without rain and several consecutive days in the upper nineties. Did I mention? Exactly one week ago our air-conditioning unit quit. Holy 100 degrees. Jesus, come quickly. I’m home with three pre-teen children in a house that… Read More

Joshua 22; Acts 2; Jeremiah 11; Matthew 25

Joshua 22; Acts 2; Jeremiah 11; Matthew 25 ACTS 2 IS SOMETIMES CALLED the birthday of the church. This can be misleading. There is a sense in which the old covenant community can rightly be designated church (Acts 7:38 — “assembly” in NIV). Nevertheless there is a new departure that begins on this day, a… Read More

Your Morning Will Come: Trusting God in the Darkest Nights

We took our 2-year-old daughter to the hospital for what we thought would be an ordinary visit. I threw in my bag the two books I had been reading that day. One was by a Christian leader diagnosed at age 39 with a rare form of incurable cancer. The other was a book on Romans… Read More

Guarding the Heart of the Church

What would be your reaction to me saying that the Church is being defiled? I mean, given all that is happening with what many have come to acknowledge as an ill-advised relationship between particular segments of the Church and politics, and the moral and ethical compromise born of that relationship, wouldn’t you say so? Or… Read More

Device Addiction Is Killing Face Time

There was an uncommon addition to Apple’s updates this year — a tool to help users curb their phone addiction. Even Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) acknowledges it: Device addiction is a consuming problem that has deep mental health implications. Full Story Here Christian Post July 14, 2018 7:25 am Support Us

Top 7 Findings in Barna’s 2018 State of the Bible

Nearly half of American adults engage with the Bible apart from reading to hearing it during a church service, Barna’s annual State of the Bible survey has found. Here are its top seven findings. Full Story Here Christian Post July 14, 2018 7:25 am Support Us

How to Kill a Revival

My heart sank. With great sadness I said what was on my heart to say. “Pastor, please tell your people that this deeply grieves the Spirit of God. That no man or woman should ever expect God to fit into their schedule.” Full Story Here Christian Post July 14, 2018 7:25 am Support Us

Why This Supreme Court Nominee Matters

For years the Left used its control of the federal courts to assume powers rightly left to the states. Full Story Here Christian Post July 14, 2018 7:25 am Support Us

The Bible’s Meaning Never Changes

God’s word alone will stand forever. From age to age, country to country, and reader to reader, God’s truth, as revealed in Scripture, remains the same. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog July 14, 2018 6:55 am Support Us

Photos of the Week

(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes images from the United States, Serbia, India and more. The post Photos of the Week appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News July 14, 2018 4:40 am Support Us

Out-of-the-House Hospitality

“Welcome in!” The cheerful words startled me. I had spent the morning living in my head while working on a writing project, trying to find just the right combination of letters and sentences and paragraphs. I hadn’t heard another human voice for several hours. But as I walked through the front door of a local… Read More

Beauty That’s Hidden in Plain Sight

I stand in the Louvre Museum along with a few hundred tourists. All of our necks are craned to see one of the most famous paintings in the world: the Mona Lisa. Dozens of mobile phones and cameras are lifted high in the air to capture Leonardo da Vinci’s treasured work, and behind the bulletproof… 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. Sow righteousness for yourselvesand reap faithful love;break up your unplowed ground.It is time to seek the LORDuntil he comes and sends righteousnesson you like the rain.—Hosea 10:12 The post Grace Day appeared first… Read More

How to Leave Porn Behind

My older sister sat across from me at the Taco Bell and listened carefully. She knew I was lying, but she was too concerned to be angry. As she questioned me about the double life I had been living, which had been unwillingly exposed to my family and friends, she calmly heard my mistruths and… Read More

More #MeToo lessons as a Buddhist ‘king’ falls

(RNS) — For some American Buddhists, the allegations of sexual misconduct by Mipham Rinpoche this week came as a shock. But no one is exempt from psychological suffering, a fact that might make it less shameful for spiritual mentors to get clinical treatment if it were more commonly understood. The post More #MeToo lessons as… Read More

A pigeon, ‘Episcobaby’ and ‘Flat Jesus’ walk into a church convention

(RNS) — As the Episcopal Church’s 79th General Convention ends, many will remember the nine-day meeting as much for the memes as for the motions that passed. The post A pigeon, ‘Episcobaby’ and ‘Flat Jesus’ walk into a church convention appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News July 13, 2018 2:41 pm… Read More

Revisiting Jimmy Carter’s truth-telling sermon to Americans

(The Conversation) — At at time when hypernationalism and xenophobia are increasing in the world, Jimmy Carter’s speech — a theological meditation that cautioned against excess, offers a counterexample. The post Revisiting Jimmy Carter’s truth-telling sermon to Americans appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News July 13, 2018 10:41 am Support Us

The Fate of Classical Music

The latest installment in an ongoing interview series with senior editor Mark Bauerlein. In this episode, Andrew Balio, principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, joins Mark to discuss the state of classical music in America today. Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts July 13, 2018 9:55 am Support Us

Episcopal convention approves a ‘pastoral solution’ on same-sex marriage

AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) — Same-sex couples will now be able to marry in their home parish even if their local bishop has moral objections to gay marriage, Episcopal Church leaders decided on Friday. The post Episcopal convention approves a ‘pastoral solution’ on same-sex marriage appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News… Read More

The Surprising Success — and Faith — of ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’

Over the weekend, the film, having expanded to 893 screens across the country, topped the $10 million mark at the box office, passing “RBG,” a documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to become the highest-grossing documentary of the year, according to Aspiration Entertainment. Full Story Here Christian Headlines July 13, 2018 7:10 am… Read More

Why God Sanctifies Us Slowly

If God changed us in an instant, we wouldn’t have to depend on him every single day for mercy to keep us going. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog July 13, 2018 6:40 am Support Us

Passing Down the Truth

I learned a vital spiritual lesson while participating in a track meet during my college years. I was running in the 4×400-meter relay at the Orange County Invitational. As a baseball player moonlighting in track and field, I wasn’t the fastest runner on our team. So, I ran the second leg. Our strategy was simple.… Read More

FREE Printable: Summer Hospitality Bucket List

A summer bucket list. We’ve all seen them floating around Pinterest, right? Most summer bucket lists include road trip destinations not to be missed, recipes to try, stargazing tips, ideas for outdoor fun, and general encouragement to enjoy every moment of a beautiful and brief season. Well, we have a little bucket list of our… Read More

Finally, Rejoice

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:1-13, John 15:1-8, Colossians 1:9-12 Think about the words you would use to describe the Church today. When Paul wrote his letters to the Corinthian church, he didn’t know what the Church today would look like. Designations like Catholic and Protestant, Reformed and Arminian, even conservative and liberal, didn’t exist. And yet,… Read More

$5 Friday: Faith, Repentance, & God’s Glory

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as repentance, the atonement, William Tyndale, God’s law, money, eternal security, faith, God’s glory, 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 July 12, 2018 10:10… Read More

The Christian Debate over Sexual Identity

Sam Allberry, who has been attracted to the same sex his whole life, gives an insider’s take on the current debates over sexual identity. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog July 12, 2018 6:10 pm Support Us

Don’t Underestimate the Enemies of Your Soul

Spiritual warfare is not a metaphor. It would be more accurate to say that human warfare is a metaphor — and an expression — of the even more real and pervasive spiritual war being waged all around us. And unless we engage it seriously, we will not be serious players in it, and may be… Read More

Why Catholics and Jews dominate at the Supreme Court

(RNS) — Historically, it has taken a while for Catholics and Jews to earn seats on the top court, which used to be composed entirely of Protestants. The post Why Catholics and Jews dominate at the Supreme Court appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News July 12, 2018 4:41 pm Support Us

Tyndale House Publishers announces custom Bible program

Cover Expressions will allow customers to create customized Bible covers to celebrate life’s most important events CAROL STREAM, ILL. – Tyndale House Publishers has announced Cover Expressions (www.coverexpressions.com), an innovative Bible program that will afford consumers the ability to create customized Bible covers to celebrate life’s most important events. Comments Jeff Johnson, President and COO of… Read More

400-Year-Old Bible Discovered In Church’s Cabinet

Officials at an Anglican church in New Zealand were shocked to discover they had been housing a 400-year-old Bible in a cabinet – and they still don’t know how it got there. Full Story Here Christian Headlines July 12, 2018 11:55 am Support Us

School Warns Christian Man Not to Distribute Bibles on Street

An Illinois school district responded to complaints from an atheist organization by warning a Christian citizen he must stop distributing Bibles to students outside on a street. Full Story Here Christian Headlines July 12, 2018 11:55 am Support Us

German Catholics’ confusing attempt to allow Communion for Protestants

(RNS) — New guidelines intended to allow German Protestants to receive Catholic Eucharist with their Catholic spouses has left the country’s Catholics caught between its majority’s desire for a relaxation of the rules and the limits to change in the world’s largest church. The post German Catholics’ confusing attempt to allow Communion for Protestants appeared… Read More

Announcing Our 2018 Regional Conference in Lancaster

The Apostle Paul suffered rejection, beatings, imprisonment, and ultimately death as he fulfilled his ministry. Given the extent of his suffering, it would have been easy for him to get discouraged. Yet this is not what we see in his writings. Confident in the sufficiency of Christ, Paul found joy even in his trials. Writing… Read More

I Am Not My Enneagram

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be an epic Enneagram bashing post in which I rant and rave about how it’s somehow unbiblical and leading you down a path of apostasy/opioid addiction. If you benefit from Enneagram test, bully for you (that phrase needs to come back). (Note: If you’re unfamiliar, the Enneagram test is… Read More

The Birth of Modern Protestant Missions

Here’s an excerpt from The Birth of Modern Protestant Missions, Michael A.G. Haykin’s contribution to the July issue of Tabletalk: “Such a man as Carey is more to me than bishop or archbishop: he is an apostle.” This was the estimate that the evangelical Anglican John Newton once expressed about the Baptist missionary William Carey… Read More

Savoring the Moment

There’s nothing like a fresh, cold snow cone on a hot, Texas day. I’m not talking about those snow cones with pre-made syrup. A good snow cone — the kind I could eat ten of — has that homemade, freshly squeezed juice that fills the cup to the brim and, if you’re lucky, is stuffed full… Read More

Sufficient Grace

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:1-21, Mark 14:32-36, Philippians 4:10-13 It was just a common cold, then an infection, and then another infection from the antibiotics the doctors had given me to fight the first infection. Then, after being in bed for a week, my lower back started to hurt. To add insult to injury, I… Read More

Christian film producers plan movie about Thai cave rescue

NEW YORK (AP) — The producers behind Christian films like “God’s Not Dead” are already in Thailand with plans to develop a movie about the 18-day saga of the soccer team trapped in a flooded cave. The post Christian film producers plan movie about Thai cave rescue appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story… Read More

The Purest Act of Pleasure: Why God Delights in Election

Unconditional election is God’s decision to choose a people for himself, a bride, from out of all the God-ignoring sinners on earth. God will begin with a whore and make himself a splendid spouse. This bride is the object of his eternal love. She will be pulled from the brothel of sin. It’s all “unconditional”… Read More

Supreme Court nominee dishes out mac and cheese to homeless

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh stood outside Catholic Charities in downtown Washington, D.C., where he spent an hour dishing out mac and cheese to a long line of people. The post Supreme Court nominee dishes out mac and cheese to homeless appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News July 11, 2018… Read More

Inside the sacred danger of Thailand’s caves

(The Conversation) In Thailand, caves like the one the soccer team was trapped in are said to be ruled by nature spirits who offer their followers something that Buddhism cannot: assistance with love, money, and other things monks do not provide. At the same time, the spirits pose a danger if slighted. The post Inside… Read More

Catholic-heavy Supreme Court moves right as the church moves left

(RNS) — The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would drive the ideology of the Catholics on the court further to the right and exacerbate the already heightened angst about the institution’s ever more conservative Catholic majority. The post Catholic-heavy Supreme Court moves right as the church moves left appeared first on Religion… Read More

Beyond Narcissism – To Behold the Face of God

Perhaps the most difficult personalities encountered in anyone’s life are those that can clinically be labeled “narcissistic.” It refers to a very describable disorder that can be diagnosed but treated only with difficulty. The narcissist is critically handicapped when it comes to recognizing and respecting boundaries. They want to run your life (and will). Everything… Read More

After shuttering 700 churches, Rwanda proposes stricter clergy guidelines

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — After closing more than 700 churches and some mosques in March, Rwandan government officials have moved to institute guidelines for how faith groups operate in the majority-Christian East African country. The post After shuttering 700 churches, Rwanda proposes stricter clergy guidelines appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News… Read More

Why has the Enneagram become so popular among Christians?

Why the uptick in interest in the Enneagram, especially among Christians? Next week, I’m attending an international conference to find out. The post Why has the Enneagram become so popular among Christians? appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News July 11, 2018 11:11 am Support Us

What’s in a Name? Episcopalians Move to Change Their Words for God

For some watching (and blogging and tweeting) the debate on the floor of the Episcopal Church’s triennial General Convention this week, it sounded as if someone were trying to give God a sex change. Full Story Here Christian Headlines July 11, 2018 8:25 am Support Us

Five Reasons Not to Be Anxious

The remedy for every anxiety is not one-time deliverance. The remedy for every turmoil is continual trust in the Deliverer. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog July 11, 2018 6:40 am Support Us

The Suffering and the Glory of Psalm 22

Psalm 22 begins with the most anguished cry in human history: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” These are the words that Jesus took on His lips at the depth of His suffering on the cross. His suffering was unique at that point as He offered Himself up for the sins of… Read More

Speaking Life Instead of Perfection

As a young mother, I felt incompetent — especially when I was around other mothers who looked so awake, confident, and relaxed as they casually cradled their babies and chatted happily at church, in my neighborhood, and at the store. “All of those women are so happy!” I fretted.“Why don’t I feel that way? Am… Read More

Stop Apologizing for Who You Are

Sometimes, the first thing I do when I come downstairs in the morning is apologize for sleeping “so late.” It is after 7:00am, I suppose. I’m a night owl by design. My body’s ideal schedule would be sleeping from 1am-10am, like a teenager on a Saturday. I come by this desire naturally; it’s literally in my… Read More

Holiday Thoughts (1)

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” Psalm 46: 10,11.” “Be still”: be at peace, stop worrying, re-ground yourself in the truth, that God is God”.… Read More

Paul’s Sufferings for Christ

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 11:1-33, John 3:29, Revelation 19:7-8 Strong. It’s not a word I would typically use to describe myself in the classic sense. I’m rather small and hold limited muscle on my frame. I don’t exercise intensely, and frankly, I prefer rest and relaxation to exercise and exertion. What’s true of me physically is mirrored… Read More

Does God Want Me to Be Happy or Holy?

Does God want us to be happy or holy? John Piper explains how holiness and happiness are not at odds, but work together. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog July 10, 2018 6:25 pm Support Us

Ligonier Ministries: Now on Roku

We are pleased to announce that the Ligonier app is now available on Roku. This new channel offers many resources, all committed to the historic Christian faith and the great truths of the Reformation. Teachers in the app include R.C. Sproul, Alistair Begg, Sinclair Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, John MacArthur, Albert Mohler, Stephen… Read More

Honduran woman vows to fight for asylum from Utah church

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Seeing other immigrant parents separated from their children at the border makes her even more reticent to return home and face a possible split from her daughters if she tried to seek U.S. asylum again. The post Honduran woman vows to fight for asylum from Utah church appeared first on Religion… Read More

What’s in a name? Episcopalians move to change their words for God

AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) — The Episcopal General Convention, meeting in Texas since July 3, is discussing changes to the church’s Book of Common Prayer aimed at stripping away some of the masculine descriptions of God in favor of more ‘expansive’ language. The post What’s in a name? Episcopalians move to change their words for God… Read More

Here are 5 Things to Know about Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump has announced his nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Here is what you should know about the latest nominee for associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States: Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: U.S. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh looks on as U.S. President Donald Trump introduces him as his nominee… Read More

Faith leaders on Kavanaugh nomination: Defender or destroyer of religious liberty?

WASHINGTON (RNS) — As debates over faith and culture continue, secularists worry Kavanaugh could be a ‘disaster’ for the principle of church-state separation, while some conservatives think he will be a staunch defender of religious liberties. The post Faith leaders on Kavanaugh nomination: Defender or destroyer of religious liberty? appeared first on Religion News Service.… Read More

Martin Luther letter critical of Jews is up for auction

BOSTON (AP) — “For these Jews are not Jews, but devils incarnate who curse our Lord,” Luther wrote. The post Martin Luther letter critical of Jews is up for auction appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News July 10, 2018 12:40 pm Support Us

Internet search study finds link between anti-Muslim hate and radicalization

(RNS) — It found pro-ISIS sympathy is most prevalent in communities with high levels of anti-Muslim sentiment. The post Internet search study finds link between anti-Muslim hate and radicalization appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News July 10, 2018 12:11 pm Support Us

Christian Leaders Applaud Kavanaugh Nomination

Christian leaders and groups were mostly positive in their reaction to President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the IU.S. Supreme Court, although it wasn’t unanimous. Full Story Here Christian Headlines July 10, 2018 9:55 am Support Us

Why I Love Teaching Kids, And How Darth Vader Became A Christian

I love kids. Of course I loved my own kids when they were little (and still do, though they’re not quite as cute now) and now I love my grandchildren. But I love all kids. Guess that’s how God made me. They’re adorable. Sweet. Funny. In the 70’s I taught middle school art for a… Read More

Call to pause: Evangelical women hit pause on the culture war

As President Trump makes his intentions on with the U.S. Supreme Court clear, a most surprising voice of dissent is emerging. A rising chorus of leading Evangelical women is asking America to stop the Senate from rushing to confirmation and hit pause on the Culture Wars. What may at first blush sound counter-intuitive, decades of… Read More

OCP releases brand new Liturgy.com

A revolutionary website created to assist in planning music and preparing liturgy PORTLAND, Ore. – Since its inception in 2002, Liturgy.com has revolutionized the way parishes prepare liturgies. It began as a music planner, designed to assist parish ministry throughout the liturgical year. Now 16 years later, the website has undergone a complete overhaul. “When… Read More

Read to Discover Meaning, Not Create It

Those who come to a text without humility will only leave with their opinions. Those who come to the Bible to learn will leave with God’s truth. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog July 10, 2018 6:40 am Support Us

Should I ‘Let Go and Let God’?

In this brief clip from an Ask R.C. event in 2014, R.C. Sproul debunks the idea that Christians are sanctified by ‘letting go and letting God.’ Transcript Question: Dr. Sproul, could you please comment on the significance of ordinary means in our lives, particularly in light of the view that some people espouse that we just need to sit back… Read More

What Is a Disciple?

Here’s an excerpt from What Is a Disciple?, Anthony Carter’s contribution to the June issue of Tabletalk: The Bible reminds us that the early followers of Jesus Christ were first called Christians as the testimony and witness of the faith came to the city of Antioch (Acts 11:25). Though it initially was likely a term… Read More

$5 Friday: Guilt, Forgiveness, & Grace

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as creation, guilt, providence, Martin Luther, forgiveness, ethics, end times, 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 July 10, 2018 3:11 am Support Us

Our King-Servant-Anointed Conqueror: Jesus

Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights. (Isa. 42:1) For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was… Read More

Listen to Today’s Fresh Playlist on RefNet

RefNet is streaming trustworthy biblical preaching and teaching, Scripture reading, audiobooks, music, and more twenty-four hours every day. And we’ve just added The World and Everything in It weekdays at 8:00 a.m. Since launching RefNet, we have reached people in 185 countries around the world, and growing Christians regularly share with us that it has… Read More

Will You Pray for Awakening? Download Your Free Prayer Guide

We live in a world that needs awakening. What is awakening? It is a powerful movement of the Spirit of God to convert many people to Christ and to renew in His church a zeal for His truth, for spiritual growth, and for missions. This was R.C. Sproul’s passion, and in the final years of… Read More

Should We Qualify Our Prayers with “If It Be Your Will”?

To my great distress, I sometimes hear people say, in their zeal for fervency and efficacy in prayer, that we should never qualify our prayer requests with the words “if it be Your will.” Some will even say that to attach those words, those conditional terms, to our prayers is an act of unbelief. We… Read More

Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, July 2018

The July issue provides an overview of the history of the church during the eighteenth century. Few centuries have been as influential on modern evangelical Protestantism as the eighteenth century. While political revolutions were taking place in America and Europe, spiritual renewal was occurring throughout the church. Open-air preachers such as George Whitefield and John and… Read More

Discerning Entertainment

My maternal grandfather, James Robson Featherstone (1915–1995), was born in Wallsend, England, and immigrated to America when he was thirteen years old. A talented singer, he rose to prominence during the big band era in Chicago in the early 1940s. He lived his life among the rich and famous, cut many records, played poker with… Read More

Which Comes First: Repentance or Faith?

In this brief clip from his teaching series The Whole Christ, Sinclair Ferguson addresses the relationship between repentance and faith. Transcript Now, how do you put together all these statements? Is there a contradiction here? No, there is no contradiction here. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the figure of speech known as hendiadys.… Read More

Jonathan Edwards and the First Great Awakening

Here’s an excerpt from Jonathan Edwards and the First Great Awakening, Stephen Nichols’ contribution to the July issue of Tabletalk: On May 10, 1716, Jonathan Edwards wrote a letter to one of his ten sisters, Mary. Written when he was twelve years old, it is the earliest known letter by Edwards. The very first paragraph… Read More

$5 Friday: Calvinism, Evangelism, & Providence

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as evangelism, justification, the Gospel of John, assurance, prayer, providence, Calvinism, 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 July 10, 2018 3:11 am Support Us

Divine Sovereignty

The sovereignty of God is not a secondary doctrine that is relegated to an obscure corner in the Bible. Rather, this truth is the very bedrock doctrine of all Scripture. This is the Mount Everest of biblical teaching, the towering truth that transcends all theology. From its opening verse, the Bible asserts in no uncertain… Read More

What Is the Unpardonable Sin?

“Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” (Mark 3:28–29). I cannot tell you how many times in my teaching career very distraught Christians have come… Read More

The Eighteenth Century

Here’s an excerpt from The Eighteenth Century, Nicholas R. Needham’s contribution to the July issue of Tabletalk: The eighteenth century was a century of paradox. On the one hand, it was the era of the Enlightenment, with all its philosophical questioning (at best) and skeptical rejection (at worst) of the Christian faith. On the other… Read More

A Prayer for the Weary Ones

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on… Read More

To the Woman I Didn’t Want to Sit Next to on the Airplane

The smell of coffee beans and cinnamon rolls wafted through the crowded terminal. Passengers congregated like impatient sardines near the gate waiting for the airline employee to announce their boarding group. The flight was assigned seating so I was happy to wait till the last minute to start breathing recycled air. I was thrilled to… Read More

A Seasonal Shift

The hydrangeas in my front yard have bloomed bright white over the past few weeks, but they did not turn all at once. Even now, as I flip the calendar page to July and my children splash in a plastic kiddie pool, a few straggling flowers remain green, not yet ready to embrace the summertime.… Read More

When God’s Way Doesn’t Feel Perfect

When I think of hollyhocks, I think of my beloved Nana. We would walk by Lake Erie together, and with her kitchen shears, we’d cut them down. The raspberry-colored ones were both our favorite. They looked like a flower that had been scorched by the sun. Then we’d walk back to her house, our arms… Read More

Lord, Help Me Not Forget

God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.Hebrews 6:10 (NIV) “He will not forget your work . . .” Six words my weary heart needed. After a week of crushing demands and behind-the-scenes sacrifices, I needed Jesus to… Read More

Running after His Glory in the Darkness

We rolled out of camp bunk beds early that Saturday for our date with God’s glory. The air was brisk, but the sun greeted us with a promise of warmth. I joined my friends at the starting line for the Shadow of the Giants trail race. “Three, two, one, go!” the race director bellowed, his… Read More

A Question We All Need to Ask

While scrolling through Facebook recently I came across a post from a twenty-year-old young lady, a former student of mine from the Classical Conversations program where I teach tenth graders once a week. Although I didn’t know the young man she wrote about, I could tell he was a dear friend of hers who had… Read More

Let’s Never Stop Being Awkward

I’ve had a week filled with awkward. It happens. First, I went to a women’s event where I hardly knew anyone. I stood in the foyer picking at a plate of pasta while my heart almost pounded out of my chest. I attempted to make small talk. I went to the bathroom three times in… Read More

It’s True: You Have Something to Offer

You are talented. Before you shake your head, deny those words, and click the little red X on this page, let me ask you a question. Do you remember the parable of the three servants who were given different amounts of talents? I’ve been thinking about it recently, this story Jesus tells in Matthew 25. The… Read More

Moving Toward Hope When the Road Is Long

After winding down a long twisty road with a wall of rock on one side and a steep drop-off on the other, I came to a dark tunnel that led straight into the heart of a mountain. I couldn’t see the light at the end, just the yellow lines in the middle, telling me to… Read More

Paul’s Apostolic Authority

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 10:1-18, Jeremiah 9:23-24, Ephesians 2:8-9 Many of us who engage with social media have seen it: folks emboldened by relative anonymity in the virtual world of the internet, or by the perceived distance from those with whom they interact. On social media a person can have a mouthful of opinionated vitriol… Read More

How I caused an earthquake in Israel

JERUSALEM (RNS) — A funny thing happened on the way to Jerusalem this past Shabbat. The post How I caused an earthquake in Israel appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News July 9, 2018 7:56 pm Support Us

5 faith facts on Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh

(RNS) — President Trump has announced Brett Kavanaugh, 53, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit as his Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement late last month. The post 5 faith facts on Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh appeared first on Religion News Service.… Read More

Trump names religious liberty ‘warrior’ Brett Kavanaugh to high court

(RNS) — President Trump has nominated U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be his Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, setting the stage for a heated confirmation battle that will likely focus on his views regarding both law and religion. The post Trump names religious liberty ‘warrior’ Brett Kavanaugh to high… Read More

Let Precious Moments Pass You By

We sat alone, not a soul for miles. From a ridge in the cliff, we overlooked Lake Superior as waves beat against rock. We breathed the fresh air of solitude. I remember going back and forth with friends, Should I record it? What if she wanted to watch it later? What if she wanted to… Read More

Killings of Catholic priests in Africa raise fears that peacemakers are targets

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Following the killings of several priests in the Central African Republic, Catholic officials worry that clergy are being targeted by armed groups for their peacemaking efforts. The post Killings of Catholic priests in Africa raise fears that peacemakers are targets appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News… Read More

Politics and the Princes of This World

The tenth chapter of Daniel records the prophet’s final vision, one that contains a very interesting tale: Now on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, that is, the Tigris, I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose… Read More

Trump’s Possible Supreme Court Nominees: The Faith Factor

The three judges have been on the legal world’s radar since they appeared in November on a White House list of potential Supreme Court nominees. And they are all “really incredible people in so many different ways, academically and in every other way,” according to President Trump. The president is expected to nominate one of… Read More

None of Our Misery Is Meaningless

Satan tries to convince us that our suffering is meaningless. But God says that every millisecond of his children’s suffering is adding to their reward. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog July 9, 2018 6:40 am Support Us

It’s True: You Have Something to Offer

You are talented. Before you shake your head, deny those words, and click the little red X on this page, let me ask you a question. Do you remember the parable of the three servants who were given different amounts of talents? I’ve been thinking about it recently, this story Jesus tells in Matthew 25. The… Read More

Motivations for Giving

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15, Psalm 126:1-6, Hosea 10:12 “Jesus talked about money more than any other topic!” Growing up, my dad issued this statement every time he spoke about stewardship. I have no idea if he was actually right—I have never tallied up the passages myself—but he was certainly on to something. Jesus was,… Read More

When God Isn’t There

God’s absence makes us uncomfortable. I titled a book When God Isn’t There, and people kept asking me, “When God isn’t there? Don’t you know God’s always there!” It isn’t easy to think about God being absent, but if we avoid the tension created by God’s absence and presence, we forfeit joy. I’ve learned to… Read More

When God Isn’t There

God’s absence makes us uncomfortable. I titled a book When God Isn’t There, and people kept asking me, “When God isn’t there? Don’t you know God’s always there!” It isn’t easy to think about God being absent, but if we avoid the tension created by God’s absence and presence, we forfeit joy. I’ve learned to… Read More

Let’s Never Stop Being Awkward

I’ve had a week filled with awkward. It happens. First, I went to a women’s event where I hardly knew anyone. I stood in the foyer picking at a plate of pasta while my heart almost pounded out of my chest. I attempted to make small talk. I went to the bathroom three times in… 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 a summary of the gospel of Jesus. He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.—2 Corinthians… Read More

Even This: Trusting God in Your Darkest Day

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” –Isaiah 55:8–9 God doesn’t promise to protect you from all harm here and now. He loves you… Read More

Read Every Book with Humility

Pride opens the Bible and reads without reading. Humility opens the Bible and asks God to give insight. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog July 7, 2018 6:40 am Support Us

A Seasonal Shift

The hydrangeas in my front yard have bloomed bright white over the past few weeks, but they did not turn all at once. Even now, as I flip the calendar page to July and my children splash in a plastic kiddie pool, a few straggling flowers remain green, not yet ready to embrace the summertime.… Read More

A Question We All Need to Ask

While scrolling through Facebook recently I came across a post from a twenty-year-old young lady, a former student of mine from the Classical Conversations program where I teach tenth graders once a week. Although I didn’t know the young man she wrote about, I could tell he was a dear friend of hers who had… 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. Because of the LORD’s faithful lovewe do not perish,for his mercies never end.They are new every morning;great is your faithfulness!I say, “The LORD is my portion,therefore I will put my hope in him.”—Lamentations… Read More

Spiritual Growth Is Not an Accident

We have a small garden at our home. Usually we enjoy looking at it through our kitchen window in the summer. But we haven’t enjoyed it much lately because among the perennials and annuals we’ve planted, a fair amount of weeds are growing. Why? Because I haven’t tended the garden for a number of weeks.… Read More

Three Biblical Commands We Often Treat As Suggestions

Glossing over some commands that scripture lays out for us can seem to be a natural byproduct of life. There are plenty of ways we fall short of many commands in scripture (even in my own life). I often come across three categories of discipleship where I see a struggle for obedience in my own… Read More

Jesus Died for Her Beauty

God’s plan for all of history is to take a sinful people and transform them into a beautiful bride. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog July 6, 2018 6:25 am Support Us

Running after His Glory in the Darkness

We rolled out of camp bunk beds early that Saturday for our date with God’s glory. The air was brisk, but the sun greeted us with a promise of warmth. I joined my friends at the starting line for the Shadow of the Giants trail race. “Three, two, one, go!” the race director bellowed, his… Read More

The Collection

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:1-24, John 1:1-3, Philippians 2:4-11 I like to think I’m a generous person. I happily give to people and causes that matter to me. My family supports campus ministers, international children’s relief organizations, and our local church. We donate stuff we don’t want or use anymore. We pat ourselves on the… Read More

Does John Piper Add (Joy) to the Gospel?

We don’t receive Jesus in a saving way when we receive him as a ticket out of hell. He’s not a ticket. He’s a treasure — the greatest treasure. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog July 5, 2018 6:27 pm Support Us

Men Under Fire: Why We Need Fellow Soldiers

She hardly knew what else to call it. Though more articulate than most, she could find no better word than homosexual. Jonathan loved David “as his own soul” (1 Samuel 18:3). Jonathan’s love for David surpassed that of a woman (2 Samuel 1:26). Jonathan gladly stripped himself of his position and his armor and gave… Read More

Movements Come and Go, the Church Remains

I just finished Greg Thornbury’s outstanding biography of Larry Norman, Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music?, which I highly recommend. If you have any interest in the history of Christian music, are puzzled as to how the Newsboys are still in existence 52 years after their inception, or wonder why most Christian… Read More

When God’s Way Doesn’t Feel Perfect

When I think of hollyhocks, I think of my beloved Nana. We would walk by Lake Erie together, and with her kitchen shears, we’d cut them down. The raspberry-colored ones were both our favorite. They looked like a flower that had been scorched by the sun. Then we’d walk back to her house, our arms… Read More

Joy and Repentance

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 7:2-16, Lamentations 3:19-24, Acts 3:19-20 Have you ever been confronted by somebody when you knew you were in the wrong? As a counselor, there have been many times when I’ve witnessed a spouse calling out their partner for some glaring, painful sin. When this happens, I’ve consistently seen one of two… Read More

The Doctrines of Graciousness: Five More Points for Young Calvinists

The cage-stage Calvinist. Oh that we didn’t need this term! But sadly, though understandably, we do. In the resurgence of Reformed theology in recent years, especially among young adults, the term has arisen for good reasons. Sometimes it can seem like the safest thing to do with a new Calvinist is lock him in a… Read More

Church Won’t Save You

Belonging to a particular group won’t save anyone. God deals with individual hearts, and he requires faith and repentance from each of us. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog July 4, 2018 6:25 am Support Us

Lord, Help Me Not Forget

God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.Hebrews 6:10 (NIV) “He will not forget your work . . .” Six words my weary heart needed. After a week of crushing demands and behind-the-scenes sacrifices, I needed Jesus to… Read More

God’s Ministers

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:3-7:1, Ezekiel 37:26-28, Philippians 2:12-13 Salt and light, stewards and servants—these are among the descriptors used to define the people of God. Like so much about faith, they feel like square pegs that refuse to be shoved into the round holes of the world’s expectations. And yet, these are more than… Read More

Universalism Distorts the Grace of God

When everyone gets grace, no one actually gets grace. Michael McClymond explains how universalism expels the biblical view of grace. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog July 3, 2018 6:10 pm Support Us

Oh the Places You Might Go: Watching the Fourth from Far Away

I have spent the last six July Fourths in the Middle East. Here I have planted and am pastoring a church in the northern part of the United Arab Emirates. Before moving, I worked for seven years in Washington D.C. and can wax nostalgic when I think about the fun we had each year when… Read More

The Golden Rule of Bible Reading

It is considered rude when we interrupt someone while they are speaking and tell them what they really mean. We must not do this to authors either. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog July 3, 2018 6:40 am Support Us

Why I’m Glad God Got Me Painting Again

I have loved art for as long as I can remember. When I was in elementary school the nuns would let me have a couple hours in the library alone just to draw. I still remember drawing a large cardinal which I copied from a photo. My parents encouraged me – my dad always liked… Read More

To the Woman I Didn’t Want to Sit Next to on the Airplane

The smell of coffee beans and cinnamon rolls wafted through the crowded terminal. Passengers congregated like impatient sardines near the gate waiting for the airline employee to announce their boarding group. The flight was assigned seating so I was happy to wait till the last minute to start breathing recycled air. I was thrilled to… Read More

Our Future After Death

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:1-6:2, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Titus 2:11-14 Last summer, we ventured out west where we spent about a week sleeping in a tent with our five children. Driving from Washington back home to Tennessee, we passed the base of Mt. Rainer, the Grand Tetons, and other increasingly brave and out-of-the-way places. As… Read More

The Peaceable Kingdom in a World at War

The English philosopher, Thomas Hobbes, described the world as composed of autonomous, competing self-interests. We are at war with one another, a reality, he said, that can only be controlled through external force. The state serves as the enforcer of a negotiated peace agreement, a social contract, in which we legitimize its use of force… Read More

A Prayer for the Weary Ones

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on… Read More

“Holiday Time”

I hope to go on holiday before the next post, but, if circumstances permit, I will try to post some holiday thoughts. Life in the modern world is stressful, so it is wonderful to look forward to two or three stress-free weeks at this time of year. We have good authority for laying aside our… Read More

The Light of the Gospel

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:1-18, Romans 6:5-7, 2 Timothy 4:3 My husband and I have a saying in our home, “Fidelity (or faithfulness) to the Word of God and not to an outcome.” We say it to one another and to others often, because the truth is we are often more interested in controlling the… Read More

How to Pray When It’s Hard to Hear God

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.Psalm 17:6 (NIV) The question popped out of the blue as I tucked ten-year-old Josh in bed. It’s funny how creative conversations somehow happen at lights-out. “How do you hear God talk to you?” Josh asked… 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 emphasizes our unity with Christ in both joy and sorrow. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.—2 Corinthians 1:5 Save the image below as… Read More

Opening up Home and Heart on a Weary Day

It had been a busy few months, complete with training sessions, meetings, and thousands of air miles. Conference calls with coworkers in different time zones punctuated my solidly booked schedule, and I struggled to keep it all together. But this day was to be different. In sharp contrast to the countless task-filled days before it,… 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. “Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For the LORD your God is the one who will go with you; he will not leave you or abandon you.”—Deuteronomy 31:6… Read More

Reno’s Books

The latest installment in an ongoing interview series with senior editor Mark Bauerlein, featuring First Things editor R. R. Reno on the books that formed him in youth. Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts June 29, 2018 1:55 pm Support Us

What Mama Hens Taught Me about God

I live on a small family farm. For some reason God finds ways to teach me about Himself through our chickens — maybe because someone once told me chickens were a lot like humans and I thought they were dumb. Maybe because I never understood the term pecking order until I saw it was a… Read More

Living Letters

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:1-18, Jeremiah 31:31-34, 1 John 3:2 As someone whose greatest love language is words of affirmation, handwritten letters are a huge deal to me. My mom put a note in my lunchbox every day when I was growing up. My friends and family wrote letters to me before I left to… Read More