6 reasons some church members resist growth

The confrontation was probably one of my more sobering moments as a pastor. The woman, a long-term church member, used the classic moment right before I preached to tell me God had spoken to her. He told her under no uncertain terms I was supposed to leave the church. Full Story Here Christian Post January… Read More

Babies made-to-order: America’s fast-food embryo industry

For most of human history, the mystery of life’s beginnings were tucked away inside the womb, safe from prying eyes and meddling hands. But in the last few decades, new technologies have changed all that. Full Story Here Christian Post January 20, 2019 7:10 am Support Us

2 Chronicles 26; Revelation 13; Zechariah 9; John 12

2 Chronicles 26; Revelation 13; Zechariah 9; John 12 IT TURNS OUT THAT SATAN HAS two unholy beasts to assist him, one that comes out of the sea (Rev. 13:1–10), and the other out of the earth (Rev. 13:11–18). Together they constitute an unholy triumvirate that in some ways apes the Trinity. Admittedly, many of… Read More

Genesis 21; Matthew 20; Nehemiah 10; Acts 20

Genesis 21; Matthew 20; Nehemiah 10; Acts 20 IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, Lord Acton wrote that all power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The founding fathers of the American Republic would not have disagreed. That is one of the reasons why they constructed a government with checks and balances — they did not want… Read More

When a Powerful Message Is Hidden in a Tangled Mess

If I’m honest, it may have been a simple case of avoidance. “Deconstructing Christmas decorations is my favorite thing to do,” said no one ever. So, it made perfect sense that that moment was the ideal time to kick off a new year’s initiative, right? Organizing and decluttering closets and drawers suddenly became just as… 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 a verse about the relationship between God and believers. “Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32 Save the image below as a lock… Read More

Most pro-life, least pro-life states ranked: report

Arizona is the most pro-life state in the United States, while Washington state is the most pro-choice, according to a report released by Americans United for Life. Full Story Here Christian Post January 19, 2019 8:10 am Support Us

Spacewalking with Andy and Beto

I appreciate Andy Stanley’s call to the highest, and understand first-hand the extravagance of God’s grace, but also comprehend why Proverbs 22:28 warns that we should not move the “ancient boundary which your fathers have set.” Full Story Here Christian Post January 19, 2019 6:57 am Support Us

The highest praises of God

I really feel the biggest enemy of those who are successful is personal pride, in not always giving God the rightful glory. Full Story Here Christian Post January 19, 2019 6:57 am Support Us

Seals and Crofts: Remembering a musical plea for life

This month marks the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which made abortion-on-demand the law of the land. It also marks the 45th anniversary of what is arguably the most courageous act in pop culture history. Full Story Here Christian Post January 19, 2019 6:57 am Support Us

“Passing on the Great Gift”

We have passed the time of year when we give and receive gifts. Any gifts we received, we accepted with thanks, and we held on to them, whether they were suitable or not. It would be a terrible insult to the giver, if we ‘off-loaded’ a gift we received on to someone else, for whatever… Read More

Is There Such a Thing as Holy War?

The Israelites stood on the brink of the Promised Land. But after leading them through the wilderness for forty years, Moses died. It was his successor Joshua who led them into Canaan, to the battle of Jericho, and what lay beyond. God reassured Joshua that He would be with him in the conquest of the… Read More

2 Chronicles 25; Revelation 12; Zechariah 8; John 11

2 Chronicles 25; Revelation 12; Zechariah 8; John 11 THE VISION OF REVELATION 12 provides the ultimate cause of the ongoing tribulations of the people of God. That cause is nothing less than the rage of Satan. The woman in this chapter is not Mary, but a figure representing the people of God. From her… Read More

In Case You’re on Day One and Already Feel Like Quitting

Every January 1st, I become an idealist. Rarely do I want to be like the rest of the world, so last year I signed up for the gym on December 30th. This will be the year! I told myself as I paid for a gym membership at the front counter. This will be the year I suddenly transform… 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. 14 How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? 15 And how… Read More

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 celebrations from the Kumbh Mela festival in India, animal blessings for the feast of Saint Anthony, and more. The post Photos of the Week appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here… Read More

Does She Spark Joy? Sorting Through Marie Kondo

I didn’t seek out Marie Kondo, but I can’t seem to escape her. My news feeds, my Netflix previews, even at my women’s ministry meeting at church, there she is. It’s as if everyone is announcing that she has been raised up for such a time as this. Her mission? The decluttering of our households.… Read More

At March for Life, crowd cheers for anti-abortion gains — and Trump

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise appearance at the event, striding on stage with his wife, Karen. The post At March for Life, crowd cheers for anti-abortion gains — and Trump appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January 18, 2019 4:40 pm Support Us

A grim anniversary for Dietrich Bonhoeffer marks what might have been

(RNS) — Eighty years ago, the anti-Nazi activist Dietrich Bonhoeffer traveled back to Germany. Had he survived World War II, he might have become a global leader in fostering respect between Christians and Jews. The post A grim anniversary for Dietrich Bonhoeffer marks what might have been appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story… Read More

Greeks bridle at historic deal to split Orthodox church from state

ATHENS, Greece (RNS) — Next month, the country’s parliament is expected to vote on an agreement to make the Greek state neutral toward religion, ending the primacy of Greek Orthodoxy in the country’s constitution. The post Greeks bridle at historic deal to split Orthodox church from state appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story… Read More

How staying in dialogue allowed us to stay in the Women’s March

(RNS) — After asking tough questions and receiving honest answers from the Women’s March leaders, I now plan to take part in the march this weekend. The post How staying in dialogue allowed us to stay in the Women’s March appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January 18, 2019 12:40… Read More

Words As Icons

Creation has a sacramental purpose: it reveals God. For from the first making of the world, those things of God which the eye is unable to see, that is, his eternal power and existence, are fully made clear, he having given the knowledge of them through the things which he has made (Rom. 1:20) This… Read More

Joy at the March for Life

The latest installment in an ongoing interview series with senior editor Mark Bauerlein. In this episode, Mark is joined by Kathryn Jean Lopez to discuss the March for Life 2019 and the state of the pro-life movement today. Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts January 18, 2019 11:40 am Support Us

AME Church announces death of Senior Bishop McKinley Young

The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church acknowledging and surrendering to the will of God announces that the Right Reverend McKinley Young, the Senior Bishop and the 109th Elected and Consecrated Bishop, made his transition to the church triumphant on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Elected in 1992, Senior Bishop Young served the… Read More

Wounded By a Pastor’s Fall, The Journey Megachurch Gets Back on Its Path

In 2016, Darrin Patrick, who was also a vice president of the Acts 29 church planting network, was fired from The Journey for what church officials said was misconduct, including “inappropriate meetings, conversations, and phone calls with two women” and a pattern of sinful conduct, including lying, abuse of power and lack of self-control. Full… Read More

Trump’s evangelical base has shrunk

At least for now. The post Trump’s evangelical base has shrunk appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January 18, 2019 6:55 am Support Us

Don’t Live for Lesser Things

Every new day presents countless ways to distract ourselves from what matters most. But Jesus has a mission for us that’s more satisfying than living for lesser things. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog January 18, 2019 6:10 am Support Us

Christians Need Not Fear Scientific Inquiry

There is a sense in which the Christian should be the most passionate scientist of all because he should be rigorously open to truth wherever it is found. He should not be afraid that a new discovery of something that is true will destroy his foundation for truth. If our foundation for truth is true,… Read More

We’re So Excited: Announcing the Women of Courage Online Bible Study!

There is nothing we love more than sharing stories that explore the intersections of real life and God’s promises. We love leaning in close to hear a sister whisper about the hard parts of her story and how she’s seen God pour out grace in unexpected ways. We love growing together as a community who understands that… Read More

Teachings on Humility

Scripture Reading: Luke 14:1-35, Proverbs 25:6-7, Romans 12:16 I am uncomfortable writing about pride and humility, precisely because I have too much of one and not nearly enough of the other. I dare say I’m not alone, either. I did a little bit of cultural research when I started writing this, because I wanted to see… Read More

Grace, Prayer, & the Work of Christ

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as the work of Christ, Charles Spurgeon, depravity, the atonement, Roman Catholicism, grace, prayer, and more. Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET. View today’s $5 Friday sale items. Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs January 17, 2019 10:25… Read More

Grooming the Next Generation: Did Gillette Miss a Spot?

The American Psychological Association recently contributed its thoughts on traditional masculinity, telling us that it’s mainly a semi-harmful social construct. This week, Gillette has added its two cents on “toxic” masculinity in a now-viral advertisement. The main point: men must hold other men accountable “in ways big and small,” especially as it pertains to sexual… Read More

Rare autobiography of Muslim slave goes online via Library of Congress

(RNS) – The only known existing autobiography of a slave written in Arabic in America is now freely available to researchers and the public online. The post Rare autobiography of Muslim slave goes online via Library of Congress appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January 17, 2019 2:25 pm Support… Read More

DeMoss takes his leave but says ‘I’m rooting for them all’

(RNS) — Mark DeMoss talked about surviving cancer, his concerns about incivility and why he’ll never write a tell-all book. The post DeMoss takes his leave but says ‘I’m rooting for them all’ appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January 17, 2019 2:25 pm Support Us

Why this rabbi loved Mary Oliver

Her poetry speaks to our souls — whatever faith or non-faith we are. The post Why this rabbi loved Mary Oliver appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January 17, 2019 1:55 pm Support Us

Howard Thurman, mentor to King who preached nonviolence, featured in documentary

(RNS) — King is said to have carried in his travels the 1949 book ‘Jesus and the Disinherited,’ Thurman’s explanation of his theology to uplift the oppressed. The post Howard Thurman, mentor to King who preached nonviolence, featured in documentary appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January 17, 2019 12:55… Read More

Five reasons the pope’s clergy sex abuse meeting in Rome will fail

(RNS) — Besides a lack of time to prepare and impossible expectations, even Francis’ greatest strength, his pastoral sense, is working against him. The post Five reasons the pope’s clergy sex abuse meeting in Rome will fail appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January 17, 2019 12:25 pm Support Us

Liberty University CIO Implicated in Trump Poll-Rigging According to WSJ

Michael Cohen, former lawyer to President Trump, allegedly hired an IT firm owned by Liberty University’s Chief Information Officer John Gauger to tip online polls ahead of the 2016 election in President Trump’s favor, the Wall Street Journal reports. Full Story Here Christian Headlines January 17, 2019 11:10 am Support Us

Wounded by a pastor’s fall, The Journey megachurch gets back on its path

ST. LOUIS (RNS) — Since elders fired the founder, Darrin Patrick, the church has improved accountability and promoted more women, but its salvation may have been its faith in a down-to-earth approach to building community. The post Wounded by a pastor’s fall, The Journey megachurch gets back on its path appeared first on Religion News… Read More

Are You Open to Spiritual Gifts? Exposing the Least Biblical Position

It is a strange quirk of the contemporary church that arguably the most common way of handling the charismatic gifts, at least in the West, is the only one that simply cannot be defended from Scripture. For now, I will leave aside the question of whether the distinction between “miraculous” and “other” gifts would have… Read More

Dementia and religion: Inside a church’s Alzheimer’s caregiver support group

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (RNS) — When they shared how they can be angry or wonder why God gave them this situation, a facilitator reminded the group: ‘Job also questioned God.’ The post Dementia and religion: Inside a church’s Alzheimer’s caregiver support group appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January 17, 2019… Read More

Dementia and religion: Do’s and don’ts

(RNS) — Here are some basic do’s and don’ts from experts on how congregations and individuals can help and not hurt people with dementia and their caregivers. The post Dementia and religion: Do’s and don’ts appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January 17, 2019 9:10 am Support Us

The Piety of Dort

Here’s an excerpt from The Piety of Dort, Joel Beeke’s contribution to the January issue of Tabletalk: Calvin, Calvinism, and, by extension, the premier Reformed confession that codifies a cogent summary of the Reformed doctrine of salvation—the Canons of Dort––are often regarded by the uninformed as cold, harsh, and sterile. Such people view ideas such… Read More

16 Truths About Digital Time and Real Friends

In his new book, Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal, Ben Sasse has a terrific chapter on setting tech limits. “At our house,” he writes, “after a healthy wrestling match about the dangerous ways social media tries to pull us away from the communities we care about the most, we put… Read More

The Resolution that Really Matters

“New year, new you!” “Out with the old, in with the new!” “We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.” “What is the one word that will change your life this year?” Both our social media feeds and our brains brim with thoughts this January about… Read More

The Narrow Way

Scripture Reading: Luke 13:1-35, Deuteronomy 32:10-14, Psalm 137:1-9 In Andrew Peterson’s beloved Christmas album Behold the Lamb of God, he sings the song, “Deliver Us,” based on Jesus’s lament for Jerusalem in Luke chapter 13. He sings, hauntingly, Jerusalem, Jerusalem How often I have longedTo gather you beneath my gentle wings. Even typing these words brings… Read More

Liar, Lunatic, or Reliable: Why I Love the Apostle Paul

I have lived with the apostle Paul for over sixty years — admired him, envied him, feared him, pounded on him, memorized him, written poems about him, wept over his sufferings, soared with him, sunk to the brink of death with him, spent eight years preaching through his longest letter, imitated him. Ha — imitated… Read More

James MacDonald on ‘indefinite sabbatical’ from Harvest amid renewed criticism

CHICAGO (RNS) — The move comes as its elders announced a ‘peacemaking process that seeks both reconciliation and change where needed’ in an update posted Wednesday (Jan. 16) on the Harvest Bible Chapel website. The post James MacDonald on ‘indefinite sabbatical’ from Harvest amid renewed criticism appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here… Read More

DeMoss, PR exec with ‘all-access pass’ to evangelical history, closing firm

(RNS) — After nearly 30 years, DeMoss, the nation’s largest PR agency serving faith-based organizations and causes, is closing its doors. The post DeMoss, PR exec with ‘all-access pass’ to evangelical history, closing firm appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January 16, 2019 12:40 pm Support Us

Trump’s Wounded Knee jab evokes dark history of suppressing indigenous religions

(The Conversation) — A tweet aimed at Elizabeth Warren is the latest statement to draw criticism of the president’s inaccurate portrayal of Native American history. The post Trump’s Wounded Knee jab evokes dark history of suppressing indigenous religions appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January 16, 2019 11:56 am Support… Read More

Jewish women divided over Women’s March face difficult choices

RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — Jewish women across the country are struggling to figure out whether to support a movement whose goals — electing Democratic leaders and building a more inclusive society — they too embrace, but whose leadership has been accused of anti-Semitism. The post Jewish women divided over Women’s March face difficult choices appeared first on Religion… Read More

California May Teach Kindergarteners There Are 15 Genders

Kindergarteners and other elementary-aged students in California’s public schools will be taught to reject “gender stereotypes” – such as about clothing, colors and toys – and to accept transgenderism as normative if proposed health guidelines are approved. Full Story Here Christian Headlines January 16, 2019 11:40 am Support Us

Kenyan faith leaders condemn Nairobi attack as al-Shabab takes responsibility

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Muslim and Christian clerics urged Kenyans to forge ahead together despite the militant Islamist group’s attempt to use religion to put a wedge between them. The post Kenyan faith leaders condemn Nairobi attack as al-Shabab takes responsibility appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January 16, 2019… Read More

Dementia and religion: Songs and stuffed animals instead of sermons

RICHLANDTOWN, Pa. (RNS) — ‘Spirit Alive,’ a multisensory worship service for people with mid- to late-stage dementia, features a chaplain leading songs, holding up colorful pictures and passing out soft toys. The post Dementia and religion: Songs and stuffed animals instead of sermons appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January… Read More

Persecution in world’s two most-populous countries escalates to troubling levels

Global org releases annual list of worst religious persecution offenders WASHINGTON — The 2019 Open Doors World Watch List reveals disturbing revelations for the world’s two most populous countries—India and China—which have seen a dramatic increase in the persecution against Christians. As they are each home to more than a billion people, even an incremental rise… Read More

2019 National Conference: Last Day to Save

This is the last day to save $60 when you register for our 2019 National Conference. Register by midnight ET to secure your discount. Our beloved founder, R.C. Sproul, was best known for his teaching on the holiness of God. “God is holy . . . and we’re not,” he would remind us. And he… Read More

Dementia and Religion: ‘What If I Forget about God?’

When geropsychologist Benjamin Mast evaluates dementia clients at his University of Louisville research lab, there’s a question some people of faith ask him: “What if I forget about God?” Full Story Here Christian Headlines January 16, 2019 8:25 am Support Us

Faith makes for a good night’s sleep, study says

(RNS) — Those who trust in the Lord, a new paper in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion holds, are less stressed and sleep longer. The post Faith makes for a good night’s sleep, study says appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January 16, 2019 7:55 am Support… Read More

How To Pray: An In-Depth Guide To Meeting With God

Did anyone ever teach you how to pray? Probably not. After all, prayer is one of those things that we tend to learn by watching. If you grew up in a Christian home like me, you learned how to pray primarily by watching your parents and then doing what they did. (I’m sure my parents… Read More

Bailey Smith’s 15 minutes of notoriety

When he said that God doesn’t hear the prayer of a Jew. The post Bailey Smith’s 15 minutes of notoriety appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News January 16, 2019 7:25 am Support Us

Is Christ Enough for You?

In the letter he wrote to the Colossians, Paul had to deal with a false teaching that scholars often refer to as “the heresy of Colossae.” This designation is due to the unique character of the teaching and the fact that it seems to have flourished only in that region. It was a combination of… Read More

Sabbath-ing Reminds Us That Jesus Is Our Rest

2018 was supposed to be my year of rest. I knew it back in January when I asked Him what my word for the year was. He whispered it urgently, Rest. Like Sarah of old, I wanted to laugh inside, to hide. Rest? How? But as always, He knows just what we need. And deep inside, deeper… Read More

God Delights in Delighting Us

One day, my kid will figure out I don’t really know how to do magic. He will see that the watch I swiftly and erratically move from one hand to the other so close to his face that he has to close his eyes doesn’t disappear but is thrown behind him. He will notice that… Read More

Acknowledging Christ

Scripture Reading: Luke 12:1-59, 1 Kings 10:4-10, Psalm 88:1-7 More often than not, there are times when anxiety feels like my closest friend. It greets me in the morning, my heart rate rising with the sun. It follows me to the mirror, to the breakfast table, to the car, to work. It is the shadow I… Read More

Why Is God Withholding Marriage from Me?

How can single people who desire marriage keep those desires in proper perspective? Pastor John offers six ways to cultivate godly desire. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog January 15, 2019 6:55 pm Support Us

The Strongest Men Are Gentle

Lennie is famous for his lack of gentleness. One of John Steinbeck’s lead characters in Of Mice and Men, Lennie is a giant of a man, strong as an ox, with a mild mental disability. He has big muscles and a big heart. He loves petting soft things, but doesn’t know his own strength. First,… Read More

A journalist, a Mormon apostle and a data expert discuss lessons of Watergate

WASHINGTON (RNS) — If an odd collection, the panelists were quick to show that Watergate tested them all similarly, by calling deeply on their respective expertise — journalism, data and faith. The post A journalist, a Mormon apostle and a data expert discuss lessons of Watergate appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here… Read More

An Unrepentant Secularism

Perhaps the greatest tragedy of life in a secularized world is the freedom from failure. The mantra of progress ignores every secular failure as an abiding ill of an earlier age yet to be vanquished. Thus, its every failure is an excuse to double-down on the same insanity that failed the first time. The secular… Read More

First Things Junior Fellows Program 2019

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

The Dutch Reformed in North America

Here’s an excerpt from The Dutch Reformed in North America, Daniel R. Hyde’s contribution to the January issue of Tabletalk: I did not grow up in the Dutch Reformed church. My background is quite eclectic—baptized Roman Catholic, converted in the Foursquare Church, educated in an Assemblies of God college, and serving as a former youth… Read More

On Weighing the Risks and Plans that Fail

If you see a small creature scampering in the woods or along a path during winter, you can bet the little guy has weighed the pros and cons of being seen. In my own corner of the Colorado pines, I don’t often see chipmunks this time of year. Painted black stripe across his back, the… Read More

True Blessedness

Scripture Reading: Luke 11:1-54, Isaiah 55:6-7, Romans 8:14-17 I was home alone one evening when someone started knocking at my door. We have a rather unwelcoming “No Solicitation” sign posted on our door, and it was past the time for a postal delivery. And yet, the knocking persisted. Generally, I don’t answer the door when I’m… Read More

May She Be My Delight: A Prayer for Every Husband

Barely able to bend over anymore, his love made him into an amateur gardener. Every morning, 90-year-old Roy braced himself against a tree to stab at the roots of a neighboring tree that threatened to destroy his wife’s grave. Though gone for over a decade now, he spoke of her and cared for her like… Read More

How Do I Counsel a Reformed Mother Who Is Married to a Roman Catholic?

How should a Reformed wife respond to her Roman Catholic husband? In this Q&A video from our 2017 National Conference, John MacArthur gives advice on living with an unconverted spouse. Get answers to your biblical and theological questions online as they arise at Ask.Ligonier.org. Read the Transcript Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs January 14, 2019 2:25… Read More

Make Your Life Count: The Greatest Missions Letter Ever Written

One day soon, people from every nation will bring God praise and glory. But they won’t encounter everlasting hope until God’s people go and send. Piper preached this message on January 4, 2019, at the CROSS Conference in Louisville, where thousands gathered to discern their call to the nations. Watch Now Full Story Here DG… Read More

3 Surprising Reasons To Love The Wrath Of God

Do you love the wrath of God? That sounds like a somewhat deranged question, right? I mean, when was the last time you had a conversation about how beautiful the wrath of God is? I don’t think I’ve ever had that conversation. Or when was the last time you sang a worship song that focused… Read More

Accepting “No” as God’s Will

I am astonished that, in the light of the clear biblical record, anyone would have the audacity to suggest that it is wrong for the afflicted in body or soul to couch their prayers for deliverance in terms of “If it be thy will….” We are told that when affliction comes, God always wills healing,… Read More

Let’s Change the Questions We Are Asking

“What’s wrong with me?” I asked myself in a frustrated and condemning tone. I had forgotten an appointment and missed an important call that morning, so that same question had popped into my head more than once. But it wasn’t just a question, it was an assumption, a label of defect I slapped on myself… Read More

The Son Reveals the Father

Scripture Reading: Luke 10:1-42, Psalm 16:1-11, Romans 10:14-17 I was born in the 1980s—before digital cameras, before text messages or Instagram or any other instantaneous method of sharing photos of newborns existed. My dad used to take pictures of me and physically mail them to his parents. According to family legend, when my grandmother opened the… Read More

Are Calvinists Inconsistent with Romans 9?

God sends the wicked to hell because they deserve it. God welcomes the humble to heaven because Christ secured it. This isn’t inconsistent. This is the gospel. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog January 13, 2019 6:40 pm Support Us

Practice Defeating Your Distractions

Distraction is not defeated in a few fell blows, but by many small, habitual ones. Therefore, I will not promise to provide you in a thousand words a magical sword that can slay the Dread Dragon Distraction in three or four simple hacks. I have discovered no such sword and do not believe one exists.… Read More

Finding Hope in All the Pages of Our Stories

While she was still in Korea, our daughter went to a weekly playgroup with other kids like her, who were in the process of being adopted. When we came to bring her home, the adoption agency that had become part of her regular community gave us a little photo book with a cheerful yellow cover… 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 captures the disciples’ response to Jesus when He calmed the storm. They were fearful and amazed, asking one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the waves, and they obey… Read More

When Shame Keeps You Away

Some of us are unsure of God’s full acceptance. We suspect he’s disappointed with our best efforts. We live with low-grade guilt, feeling like we’ve never really pleased him — that he’d always like to see us doing a bit better. Perhaps we’re equally uncertain about full acceptance from God’s people. A secret sin or… Read More

Christian Fellowship

A few days ago I had reason to go into town, and was making my way through a big department store when, happily, I met a christian whom I had not seen for some time. We talked only for about fifteen minutes, but when we parted my heart rejoiced, and I thanked God for these… Read More

Did the Blood of Animal Sacrifices Take Away Sins?

Animal sacrifices were a vital part of Old Testament rituals. But why did God command them? Could the blood of these animals actually atone for people’s sins? In today’s message from his video teaching series Dust to Glory, R.C. Sproul explains that these sacrifices were not arbitrary rituals but rather had profound meaning and symbolism.… Read More

When Our Faith Is Worked Out in the Wilderness

2018 is done! Hallelujah! I am not going to lie. I am so glad it is over. 2018 hit me hard in every way imaginable — relationally, physically, emotionally, mentally, financially, and spiritually. There were moments when I honestly believed it would take me out. It was probably the most traumatic year of my life.… 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. 28 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,and he brought them out of their distress.29 He stilled the storm to a whisper,and the waves of the sea[a] were hushed.30 They… Read More

What Is the Opposite of Homosexuality? Why Marriage Is Not My Mission

At 33 years old, Bill became a Christian after pursuing same-sex relationships for eleven years. As a new believer, he was very open to marrying a woman and even starting a family. However, now thirty years later, he remains unmarried and has found godly contentment as a single man. Bill leads a full life of… Read More

Why Should I Become a Formal Church Member?

When you commit yourself to Jesus Christ, you also commit yourself to His church. From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson explains why church membership is of supreme importance. Get answers to your biblical and theological questions online as they arise at Ask.Ligonier.org. Read the Transcript Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs January 11,… Read More

The Disputed Teachings of Vatican II

The latest installment in an ongoing interview series with senior editor Mark Bauerlein. In this episode, Mark is joined by Father Thomas Guarino to discuss Guarino’s book The Disputed Teachings of Vatican II: Continuity and Reversal in Catholic Doctrine. Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts January 11, 2019 11:28 am Support Us

Don’t Adjust Your Conscience to Fit the Culture

Most of us are familiar with Martin Luther’s heroic statement at the Diet of Worms when he was called upon to recant. “Unless I am convinced by sacred Scripture, or by evident reason, I cannot recant, for my conscience is held captive by the Word of God, and to act against conscience is neither right… Read More

Plan Your Goals Rooted In His Truth

We are just barely into this brand new year, and I am sure you have been hearing all kinds of things about resolutions. I know I have. So, it has me wondering how all the resolution-makers and goal-setters are doing? Maybe they are still on track. Maybe they are already wondering what they were thinking… Read More

In His Name

Scripture Reading: Luke 9:28–62, Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:18 Have you ever watched kids wait for the bus? Our kids wait at the end of a long driveway, and somehow that distance makes them think they are surely out of my eyeshot. They imagine themselves in a Lord of the Flies world, where no adult can… Read More

$5 Friday: Assurance, Grace, & Scripture

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as grace, assurance, the Trinity, William Tyndale, prayer, the end times, joy, and more. Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET. View today’s $5 Friday sale items. Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs January 10, 2019 10:41 pm Support… Read More

Wise Men Still Bring Gifts: Our Extraordinary Christmas in Egypt

Egyptian Christians are experiencing new freedom, protection, and encouragement from their civil government for the first time in decades. A long-standing law prohibiting the construction of churches has been overturned. Christians have been newly appointed to gubernatorial positions in the government. Church leaders are in new dialogue with a national government previously distinguished by its… Read More

Lionel Trilling and the Great Tradition

The latest installment in an ongoing podcast series with editor R. R. Reno, featuring Michael Aeschliman on the legacy of Lionel Trilling. Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts January 10, 2019 11:25 am Support Us

God Loves Me – Here’s Why I’m Absolutely Sure

Despite the fact that I’ve been a Christian for 25 years, there are times when I still wonder if God loves me. I know, I know. The fact that God loves me is basically Christianity 101. After all, the one Bible verse everyone knows is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he… Read More

Five Main Points of Doctrine

Here’s an excerpt from Five Main Points of Doctrine, Cornelis P. Venema’s contribution to the January issue of Tabletalk: The year of our Lord 2018–19 marks the four-hundredth anniversary of the meeting of the Synod of Dort in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. The synod was convened in order to settle the ongoing controversy in the Dutch… Read More

New Year’s Rebel-utions

Stowed away in the attic for decades, dust floats from the diary that I kept from ages fourteen to eighteen. Paging through memories of old, I’m instantly transported to pivotal successes that were so quickly forgotten, while years of insecurity surfaced in a heartbeat. I need to lose weight and stop snacking. I need to get… Read More

Take Up Your Cross

Scripture Reading: Luke 9:1-27, Acts 13:44-52, Romans 10:1-15 In the quiet following the large-scale, miraculous feeding of the five thousand, Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do the crowds say that I am?… Who do you say that I am?” (Luke 9:20). Everyone had their own version of who Jesus was. Many, like Herod, were curious but… Read More

Date Differently This Year: Four Resolutions for Better Relationships

It takes extraordinary courage to change how you date. It’s not easy to reset boundaries, communicate better, flee sexual immorality, confess failures, and end the relationship that needs to end. But you will never regret making the right changes. There were moments through high school and college when I knew with crystal clarity that things… Read More

2019 National Conference: One Week to Save

For just one more week, save $60 when you register for our National Conference in March. This discount ends January 16, so register now and save. Our beloved founder, R.C. Sproul, was best known for his teaching on the holiness of God. “God is holy . . . and we’re not,” he would remind us.… Read More

Events Roundup—1.9.19

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Offer Ends Today: Get Six Bonus Months of Tabletalk Magazine

Tabletalk magazine has helped growing Christians live biblically informed lives for decades. Our daily devotionals can bring structure to your Bible study this year, and each month’s articles from trusted teachers will address biblical, theological, and practical themes to strengthen and encourage you. When you subscribe or renew today for two years, you’ll get six… Read More

An Unnecessary Existence

In Dostoevsky’s The Demons, the character, Kirillov, is insanely fascinated with freedom. He cannot bear the fact that he did not choose his own existence. Life is a “given.” In what must be seen as a parable of the radical thought of the 19th century, Kirillov determines to kill himself, the only act of true… Read More

The Privileges that Are Ours

The letter to the Hebrews, as our studies throughout the year have shown, is full of Old Testament language and ritual. Running throughout it is an ongoing sense that as believers we are on the move, on a pilgrimage through the wilderness. This motif echoes in our ears as we turn the pages. We are… Read More

Ride with Your Hands Up

Elizabeth and I were headed to Disney World — just the two of us — when it hit me: I’m going to have to ride Tower of Terror. Our previous visits to Disney had been in the company of a larger group, and I would always offer to go find snacks and cool beverages while… Read More

Parables and Miracles

Scripture Reading: Luke 8:1-56, Psalm 107:28-32, Acts 28:25-28 Jesus used parables to teach both the crowds and His disciples. Typically, He first spoke the parable in the hearing of all, and then in private explained it to His disciples. But even the disciples were curious about this, and so they asked Jesus, “Why are you speaking… Read More

When Does Bible Neglect Become Sinful?

When does diminishing time in God’s word become sinful? Pastor John identifies five symptoms of Bible neglect. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog January 8, 2019 6:41 pm Support Us

Emotions Make Terrible Gods: Taking Control of Our Feelings

“You cannot tell me how to feel,” the little girl shouted mid-tantrum. “I’m not telling you how to feel,” retorted the parent. “I am telling you how to behave. And how you are behaving is completely out of line.” Although the volume made the episode observable from almost anywhere in the store, it was the… Read More

Are Your Resolutions All About You?

If you’re anything like me, you love the holiday season, but you also love when the season ends. When the anticipation of December — traditions and family and festivities of all kinds — gives way to the hope and promise of January. We return to the rhythm of life renewed for the daily routine. The… Read More

How to Conquer the Fear of Man

From as far back as I can remember, I have struggled with the fear of man. I had a great Dad, but when it came to baseball, I just could never be as good as he had been. He’d been a catcher, and had even tried out for a major league team. So I became… Read More

The Reason for Dort

Here’s an excerpt from The Reason for Dort, W. Robert Godfrey’s contribution to the January issue of Tabletalk: Jude in his epistle teaches that while the faith was given to the church by the Apostles, the church through the ages will have to defend that faith over and over again (Jude 3). Paul opposed the… Read More

Firsthand Faith

Years ago, I was so certain about my faith. I could spit out answers to questions by mining a verse. I had ideas about what a “real” Christian looked like, and based on behavior, I felt like a reasonable judgment could be made regarding salvation. Never mind that Scripture teaches that only God knows the… Read More

Much Forgiveness, Much Love

Scripture Reading: Luke 7:1-50, 1 Kings 17:17-24, Psalm 23:1-6 This year, as part of our celebratory Christmas decorations, we set up a fantastic black-and-cream toy train under the tree. Once a day, I would let the kids play with it for a few minutes. They would sit on their tiny knees, leaning forward and exclaiming while… Read More

Freedom in Christ

The Psalmist declared, “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Ps. 119:97). Why would anyone love the law of God? Why would we love that which constantly tells us what miserable wretches we are, daily points out all our shortcomings, relentlessly reminds us of all our death-deserving sins, and… Read More

When You Want This to Be Your Best Year Yet

Last January I took a good, hard look at my life and myself. I sat down and made not just a list of goals but also wrote detailed steps to meet those goals. I was determined not to let another year slip by without making progress on some big parts of my life that, let’s… Read More

Lord of the Sabbath

Scripture Reading: Luke 6:1-49, 1 Samuel 21:1-6, James 2:1-7 Have you ever missed the party while it was happening? Looking back, you realized, Oh man, that was it! The magic was happening right in front of me and I didn’t see it! I find myself in this situation again and again. Hiking on a mountain but… 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

Prayer as a Desperate Reach Toward Hope

What a privilege it is to pray, to audaciously summon a force beyond our personal capacity to move heaven to earth. As a child, I thought of praying only as a bedtime or pre-meal recitation of reverence and gratitude. This one was for meals: God is great, and God is good,And we thank Him for… 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 part of Mary’s song of praise in expectation of giving birth to Jesus. My soul praises the greatness of the Lord,and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior… Luke 1:46b–47 Save the… Read More

Disowned for Jesus: What I Lost and Found in Christ

When I left Islam to follow Jesus, I didn’t know what it would cost me. I hadn’t realized what it would take to deny myself, lay my life down, and take up my cross (Matthew 16:24). I wasn’t aware that even the precious relationships of my family should not come between me and following Christ… Read More

Theophany – Showing the World to be the World

I was standing beside the Jordan River, somewhere along its trek through Israel. I was with a group of pilgrims led by Met. Kallistos Ware gathered for the Great Blessing of the Waters. Somehow, it seemed that I was the only priest who had brought an epitrachelion (stole), so I loaned it to the Metropolitan… Read More

Purifying through Trial

One of the privileges I had in a previous employment was the opportunity I often had, of working with gold, a metal of great beauty, and easy to work with. Because gold is such an expensive material, use was made of every tiny bit. Even left-overs from other jobs were easily purified. In fact the… Read More

Why Don’t Jews Eat Pork?

When we read through the Old Testament, we encounter some strange and foreign information in places—very specific rules on what to eat and what to wear, how to bathe and how to worship. They weren’t even permitted to eat bacon. At first glance, these rules could seem trivial. But when two priests didn’t follow them… Read More

You Have Permission to Be Sad

It’s okay to be sad. When airport runs are nearly done, and the tree is crisp with dead needles, it’s okay to be sad. When the hallways are silent and the night is still, it’s okay to miss the scurry of little toes and cheerful giggles. When the rush of church services and the hustle… 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. 2 I will say[a] concerning the Lord, who is my refuge and my fortress,my God in whom I trust:3 He himself will rescue you from the bird trap,from the destructive plague.4 He will… Read More

Recovering the Moral Imagination

The latest installment in an ongoing interview series with senior editor Mark Bauerlein. In this episode, Mark is joined by Robert Jackson of Great Hearts Academies to discuss classical education.  Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts January 4, 2019 2:41 pm Support Us

Who Is Your Favorite Woman of the Reformation and Why?

Most Christians have heard of Martin Luther and John Calvin. But who were the women of the Reformation? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, W. Robert Godfrey introduces us to one of these devoted women, Jeanne d’Albret. Get answers to your biblical and theological questions online as they arise at Ask.Ligonier.org. Read the Transcript… Read More

Burdened and Weary? Cast ALL Your Cares On Him

Over the past five years, God has taught me a painful, yet incredibly precious lesson: the ONLY way you can experience peace and be free from anxiety is to cast ALL your cares on him. All your cares. Not some. Not most. Not the most pressing ones. All of them. As it says in 1… Read More

Does Christology Matter?

“We all unanimously teach that our Lord Jesus Christ is to us one and the same Son, the self-same perfect in Godhead, the self-same perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man … acknowledged in two natures, unconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably … the properties of each nature being preserved.” So wrote the church fathers in… Read More