5 Facts about the Dunkirk Evacuation

Joe Carter | Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Last week, film director Christopher Nolan’s movie Dunkirk opened in theaters across the U.S. The film tells the true story of Operation Dynamo, a heroic effort to save Allied troops who were stranded on a beach in France and surrounded by the German army during World War… Read More

Minnesota Transgender 'Toolkit': 'Segregate' Students Who Object to Transgender Kids in Bathrooms

(Photo: REUTERS/LUCY NICHOLSON)The University of California, Irvine installed a gender-neutral bathroom amid the growing issue concerning the liberties of transgender students in U.S. schools. An advisory council within the Minnesota Department of Education has voted in favor of implementing a new transgender “toolkit” that instructs public and charter schools to “segregate” students who object to… Read More

Did Justin Bieber Cancel His World Tour to Start a Church?

Did Justin Bieber Cancel His World Tour to Start a Church? Pop star Justin Bieber continues to make headlines for his Christian faith. There are even rumors circulating that Bieber is ceasing his world tour in order to focus his attention on starting a church. The New Zealand Herald reports on this possible new development:… Read More

Is the Catholic Church a capsizing ship?

(RNS) — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recently likened the Catholic Church to a capsizing ship. Benedict’s use of the phrase came in an elegant tribute to Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Germany, who died recently. In it, Benedict praised Meisner’s faith and “conviction, that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when sometimes the boat… Read More

No More Abortions: Indiana Planned Parenthood Closes Doors

No More Abortions: Indiana Planned Parenthood Closes Doors An Indiana Planned Parenthood abortion clinic has been forced to close its doors after it lost its admitting privileges to nearby hospitals. According to LifeNews.com, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Merrillville, Indiana lost its only doctor who held admitting privileges with local hospitals. Indiana law requires that… Read More

Christian Leaders: Jared Kushner is a 'Great Gift to the Evangelical Community'

Christian Leaders: Jared Kushner is a ‘Great Gift to the Evangelical Community’ Some influential evangelicals are defending President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner as he faces questions about his communication with Russian officials. Kushner is being questioned by the United States Senate committee over whether he met with Russian officials during the 2016… Read More

'The Flash' Spoilers at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

At this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, “The Flash” stars and producers unveiled the actor who will portray next season’s big bad The Thinker. Facebook/CWTheFlash”The Flash” season 4 premieres this fall. “The Flash” panel came as one of the segments for Warner Bros.’ festivities. This year, Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh,… Read More

Takata Airbag Recall Sparks Class Action Lawsuit Against Car Manufacturers

Jul 25, 2017 | 12:36 PM Toyota, Honda, and Mazda are among the car manufacturers caught in a class-action lawsuit over the defective Takata airbag scandal. The move to replace the faulty airbags of 100 million vehicles is the biggest recall in automotive history. ToyotaThe 2016 Toyota Tacoma in the Inferno variant. The open class… Read More

Marvel Cinematic Universe Panel at San Diego Comic-Con Reveals What Franchise Has in Store for Fans

Jul 25, 2017 | 12:41 PM The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) went all out at the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) this weekend with first-look footage of their upcoming films — “Black Panther,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” Marvel Studios shared some juicy clips that are sure to make fans drool. Facebook/CaptainMarvelOfficialPromotional picture for “Captain… Read More

926-Pound Mako Shark Caught in New Jersey Breaks Record

A 926-pound Mako shark was caught by cruisers aboard the fishing boat called Jenny Lee last Saturday, July 22. The almost 1000-pound sea predator that was caught appears to have broken a New Jersey record. Reuters/Hugh GentryA 926-pound shark was caught in New Jersey, breaking the city record. NJ reported that Matt Lockett, Nick Rondinella, Bill… Read More

'Counting On' News: Jana Duggar Accidentally Confirms Jinger Vuolo's Pregnancy?

Jana Duggar may have accidentally confirmed the rumors that her younger sister, Jinger, is expecting a baby. Meanwhile, many fans feel bad for Jana for being always in charge of taking care of her younger siblings. Facebook/CountingOnA promotional image for TLC’s “Counting On.” Rumors of Jinger and husband Jeremy Vuolo expecting have been going around.… Read More

Samuel Rodriguez Condemns Trump Admin for Arresting Evangelical Pastor Facing Deportation

(Photo: The Christian Post/Sonny Hong)Rev. Samuel Rodriguez on the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission panel on “Hobby Lobby and the Future of Religious Liberty,” at the Southern Baptist Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, June 9, 2014. Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is calling on the Trump administration to release a Guatemalan-born evangelical pastor who was detained during his appointment… Read More

Reading the Bible Will Change You

The goal of Bible reading is not only that we would see God, but that we would also enjoy him. But more than that, we don’t just want to see and savor God’s glory privately within us — we want it to conform us to that glory, so that others can see and experience God’s glory… Read More

Abductions of two priests in Congo a growing concern

(RNS) — The abduction of two Roman Catholic priests in Congo is raising concern over the number of hostages held by local militias in the troubled country. The Rev. Charles Kipasa, left, and the Rev. Jean Pierre Akilimali. Photo courtesy of Facebook Earlier this month, the Rev. Charles Kapasa and the Rev. Jean Pierre Akilimali were… Read More

Will Texas Really Be Able to Undermine Marriage Equality?

While most of us (including your faithful RD staffers) were prepping the grill for a long weekend celebrating this country’s problematic patriotism, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday issued an ominous anti-gay ruling that is positively stunning in its misreading of the legal basis for nationwide marriage equality. The Washington Post‘s Dale Carpenter meticulously catalogued just… Read More

'Lucifer' Season 3 Spoilers: Who Gave Back Lucifer's Wings?

Facebook/LuciferonFOXA still image from a preview trailer of “Lucifer” Season 3, as featured on the FOX series’ official Facebook page. “Lucifer” season 3 has a sizzle reel out for the San Diego Comic-Con, and fans are wondering just what is up with Lucifer’s brand new pair of wings. The cast sat down and shared a… Read More

Verizon Accused of Throttling Video Streaming, Slowing Down Netflix, YouTube

Reuters/Mike BlakeThe Netflix logo is shown on an iPad. Users on Verizon Wireless have reported that Netflix’s speed test tool looks to cap out at 10 Mbps. Verizon subscribers have noticed something off with their Verizon Wireless service. Speed tests on Fast.com, provided by Netflix, show that downloads are being capped at 10 Mbps, while… Read More

My Human Identity Transcends Gender

The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of The Christian Post or its editors. Dr. Gary L. Welton is assistant dean for institutional assessment, professor of psychology at Grove City College. Adolescence was tough on me. I was a total geek, in an era before that was cool. I… Read More

'Destiny 2' Beta News: Bungie Extends Deadline; See Until When

Twitter/@BungiePromotional still of the “Destiny 2” open beta gameplay. “Destiny 2” developer Bungie has decided to extend the open beta deadline. Last week, the early access and open beta for “Destiny 2” started for console players. It was supposedly going to end on Sunday, July 23, at 9 p.m. Pacific time or 12 a.m. EDT… Read More

Floyd Mayweather Promises That Fight With Conor McGregor Won't 'Be a Dull Fight'

Reuters/USA Today SportsJul 12, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor stare each other down during a world tour press conference. Floyd Mayweather, the holder of an unblemished 49-0 professional boxing record, promised to take the fight straight to Ultimate Fighting Championship star Conor McGregor when they face off in the ring on… Read More

Kid Rock for Senate: Is Musician's Michigan Senate Campaign Real?

Kid Rock gunning for a seat in the United States Senate is as ridiculous as it is real. Following the success of Donald Trump’s campaign, the provocative musician announced his plans for a possible senatorial bid. REUTERS/Harrison McClaryKid Rock is officially running for Senate. Robert Ritchie, or Bobby as he asks people to call him,… Read More

Catholic Nuns Show Bishops How it’s Done on ObamaCare

In the end, it would be a fitting sort of justice if it were the Catholic nuns who saved the Affordable Care Act. After all, it was only through the efforts of Sister Nancy Keehan of the Catholic Health Association and Sister Simone Campbell of the social justice lobby Network that the ACA passed in the… Read More

Radical Muslim Gives Life to Christ after Attending Christian Church Service

Radical Muslim Gives Life to Christ after Attending Christian Church Service Most of the stories coming out of the Middle East are disheartening, but every once in awhile, a story will remind us that God is still at work. Recently, a Christian persecution watchdog group reported on the miraculous conversion of a Muslim extremist in… Read More

Radical Muslim Gives Life to Christ after Attending Christian Church Service

Radical Muslim Gives Life to Christ after Attending Christian Church Service Most of the stories coming out of the Middle East are disheartening, but every once in awhile, a story will remind us that God is still at work. Recently, a Christian persecution watchdog group reported on the miraculous conversion of a Muslim extremist in… Read More

'Overwatch' Rumors: Two New Game Modes Coming With 'Summer Games' Event?

Playoverwatch.com, Overwatch’s official website’Summer Games’ is rumored to be the next event that will go live inside ‘Overwatch’ Following the release of the latest hero Doomfist, “Overwatch’s” developers are expected to hold another in-game event. While confirmation is still lacking at this point, recent rumors have hinted that the next event that could go live… Read More

Discovery Channel's 'Shark Week' 2017 Schedule: Specials to Watch Out For

Facebook/Discovery Channel South East AsiaDiscovery Channel’s “Shark Week” 2017 began last July 23 and concludes on July 30. The annual “Shark Week” programming of Discovery Channel may have kicked off last Sunday, but it is never too late for those who failed to see the already aired specials as the channel still has more features… Read More

'Monster Hunter: World's' 14 Weapon Types To Be Detailed Further Very Soon

Capcom Unity’Monster Hunter: World” will be released early next year “Monster Hunter: World” will feature a number of enormous foes players will be tasked with taking down. And in order to do so, they will have to familiarize themselves with the different weapons available. The good news for fans is that they should be able… Read More

The Christian model for the Temple Mount conflict

If you want to understand the Palestinian mini-uprising that followed installation of metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount by Israeli authorities, you need only look 500 yards west, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The place where Jesus was laid to rest sets the rules for holy sites claimed by competing… Read More

Richard Dawkins Event Cancelled Because of 'Islamophobia'

Richard Dawkins Event Cancelled Because of ‘Islamophobia’ A public radio station recently cancelled an event with Richard Dawkins because of his comments about Islam. Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist, and outspoken atheist, was scheduled to appear at a live discussion and book signing hosted by KPFA in Berkley, California. The station pulled the plug on the… Read More

Evangelical leaders rally around Kushner amid Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Evangelical leaders are rallying around White House senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner as he meets with congressional leaders investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election. A host of Christian leaders, from South Carolina Pastor Mark Burns to Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., have been taking to Twitter and releasing… Read More

Philippians 1:6: We Will Finish for He Is Faithful

The great Artist who began his masterpiece in us will complete what he started. In this lab, John Piper reminds us that Christians will make it to the end because God is faithful to bring them home. Principle for Bible Reading Identify the Pronoun A pronoun is a word that substitutes for a noun (a… Read More

When we agree on principles but still disagree

Often in our divided world we disagree with someone about a principle. Person A says that what matters is reproductive freedom and B says that what matters is protecting the unborn. Person C says that what matters is protecting American security and D says that what matters is hospitality to refugees from tortured lands. Principles… Read More

When we agree on principles but still disagree

Often in our divided world we disagree with someone about a principle. Person A says that what matters is reproductive freedom and B says that what matters is protecting the unborn. Person C says that what matters is protecting American security and D says that what matters is hospitality to refugees from tortured lands. Principles… Read More

Judges 8; Acts 12; Jeremiah 21; Mark 7

Judges 8; Acts 12; Jeremiah 21; Mark 7 IN MANY WAYS, Gideon was a great man. Cautious when the Lord first called him, he took the first steps of obedience at night (Judg. 6). Then, filled with the Spirit of God (Judg. 6:34), and convinced by two extraordinary signs that God was with him (Judge.… Read More

The Church in Europe

Sign In or Create Account About Blog Cart Search Home Learn Resources Ways to Learn Topics, Scriptures, Teachers Daily Video Collections Teaching Series Articles Questions Answered Conferences Devotionals Sermons Resource Highlights What Is Reformed Theology?Series Is the Church Full of Hypocrites?Article Israel Rejects the GospelSermon The Insanity of LutherMedia resource Is the Reformation Over?Article Doctrine… Read More

When You’re Craving Something More

I checked my email as soon as I woke up. Made breakfast, ate, looked at my phone, and checked it again. Fifteen minutes later, I decided to read my Bible and my devotional. And when I was finished, I sat down at my desk and checked email again. Ran a few errands, and while waiting in… Read More

Joy Is Never Optional

[embedded content] Audio Transcript God commands all people, everywhere and in all times, to pursue their maximum pleasure. And by maximum I mean two senses: qualitatively and in duration. So he commands every human being to pursue 24/7 with all your heart and all your soul, all your might, all your strength, pleasure — maximum… Read More

Remembering Haddon Robinson

Over the weekend I heard the news that Haddon Robinson–seminary professor, seminary president, and one of the most influential preachers of the last 50 years– had passed away. The 86 year-old author and teacher died on July 22, 2017, leaving behind his wife, Bonnie, of 66 years. Dr. Robinson’s conversion story is worth reading and… Read More

Kentucky-Fried Christianity: Governor Matt Bevin Wants to Pray Away Violence in Louisville

Over the past few weeks, a conflict has unfolded in Kentucky, revealing a split in American Christian conceptions of the individual and the individual’s role in society. Kentucky’s evangelical governor Matt Bevin recently proposed to eradicate violence in Louisville’s poorer, largely African-American west side by calling for faithful Christians to volunteer and assemble in “small… Read More

Drone Warfare, Divine Omniscience, and the Unspeakable Power of the Photographic Image

Lawyer-approved CIA torture, “renditions” to other state torturers, mechanized assassination-by-drone (with many thousands of innocents collaterally killed), bloody and chaotic regime change premised on falsified intelligence, the moral injury suffered by soldiers in America’s interminable twilight wars, what the liberators saw in the Nazi death camps, the ongoing legacy of American lynching: these are all… Read More

In the Garden

Scripture Reading: Psalm 5:1-3, Matthew 26:36-46, John 10:25-30, Hebrews 10:19-25, James 4:8 C. Austin Miles was a pharmacist by trade, but the darkroom was home to his truer loves: photography and Bible-reading. He’d sit and read Scripture while waiting for film to develop, his well-worn Bible illuminated by the room’s familiar glow. On such a day… Read More

Catholic Archbishop Takes On Jesuit Magazine’s Slam on “Ecumenism of Hate”; and More in Global LGBT Recap

Earlier this month, the Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica published an article on the political alliance between conservative evangelicals and Catholics in the U.S., calling it an “ecumenism of hate.” From the Jesuit-run America magazine: U.S. politics have become increasingly colored by an apocalyptic world view, promoted by certain fundamentalist Christians, that fosters hatred, fear… Read More

GOP isn’t Pro-Life After All

The GOP’s morally indefensible position on maternity care shows the hollowness of the party’s claim to be “pro-life.” It also shows a way forward on abortion for Democrats. Texas Rep. Peter Olson this week became the latest Republican to assert that it was perfectly fine for the party’s overhaul of the Affordable Care Act to… Read More

Founder of Liberal Mosque in Germany Under Guard After Death Threats; And More in Global LGBT Recap

A dozen UN agencies issued a joint statement calling for an end to discrimination in health care settings; the statement includes sex, sexual orientation and gender identity among the marginalized and stigmatized groups that are vulnerable to discrimination. In Antigua for the World Congress of Families’ recent anti-LGBT Caribbean regional conference, Focus on the Family’s Glenn… Read More

Martyrdom, Racist Violence, and the Role of Art: Kara Walker’s Religious Turn

In her most recent exhibit, “The Ecstasy of St. Kara,” the American artist Kara Walker made a turn toward religion, both in terms of imagery and in the understanding of art’s religious function. A response both to the unbroken American tradition of state violence against black citizens as well as to the backlash against the “Black Lives Matter”… Read More

Vatican Fires Shot at US Religious Right, Calls Out “Religious Liberty” Industry and “Evangelical-Catholic Alliance”

An article being described as “explosive,” written by two allies of Pope Francis in a Vatican-reviewed publication, is taking on the “spurious alliance between politics and religious fundamentalism” in the United States. Antonio Spadaro and Marcelo Figueroa call out the dominionist groups “composed mainly of whites from the deep American South” for their rejection of the… Read More

The Book of Diana: Wonder Woman as Theological Text

From Greek philosophers to womanist theologians, western thinkers have struggled to make sense of the problem of evil and divine vindication in light of the reality of human-induced suffering. As I sat and watched Wonder Woman just one day after its big debut, I could not help but think that the entire film was a modern-day attempt to… Read More

Malta Adopts Marriage Equality Over Objections of Catholics and Evangelicals; And More in Global LGBT Recap

The parliament of Malta, an officially Catholic country, approved marriage equality legislation with a single dissenting vote.  The lone dissenter bucked his Nationalist Party’s leadership, reports AP: Nationalist lawmaker Edwin Vassallo cited his Catholic faith and its incompatibility with what he called a “morally unacceptable” law. “As a Christian politician I cannot leave my conscience… Read More

RD’s Haroon Moghul on Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Listen to RD senior correspondent Haroon Moghul discuss his new memoir How to Be a Muslim with Terry Gross on Fresh Air. For more, read RD’s 10Q with Haroon. Full Story Here Religion Dispatches July 24, 2017 4:57 pm Support Us

The Southern Baptists’ “All Lives Matter” Approach to Racial Reconciliation Is Spiritual Malpractice

When the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting “went off the rails” last month following the voting body’s initial refusal to take up a resolution condemning white supremacy and the alt-right, the conservative denomination’s leadership was quick to claim that the issue was semantics, not any reluctance to condemn racism. But the language of the resolution that did pass (by a… Read More

The ‘Splainer: Why is Jerusalem’s Temple Mount so disputed?

The ‘Splainer (as in “You’ve got some ‘splaining to do”) is an occasional online feature in which RNS staff give you everything you need to know about current events to hold your own at the water cooler. (RNS) — Jerusalem’s Temple Mount is the holiest site in the world for Jews and the third holiest… Read More

A Militant Church

On this episode of the First Things Podcast: Editor Rusty Reno and literary editor Matthew Schmitz talk to associate editor Julia Yost about a recent article in the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica. According to the authors, both of whom are advisers to Pope Francis, American Evangelicals and Catholics are warmongers and apocalyptic cultists bent… Read More

The Bad Religion at the Heart of GOP Healthcare Policy

Even as Mitch McConnell’s last-ditch and putatively face-saving “repeal, then replace” maneuver fails, it’s important to remember that the anti-Obamacare gospel remains firmly in place among True Believers. VP Mike Pence, a “real Christian” in contradistinction to our Sinner in Chief, made the gospel teaching really clear in his speech to the National Retail Federation meeting,… Read More

Peter Berger, Sociology’s Defender of God (1929-2017)

Years ago when I was co-directing the Berkeley-Harvard program in comparative religion our conference in Cambridge had divided into two camps, the ethical relativists and the ethical absolutists. Peter Berger was on the side of the absolutists. The discussion came to the case of sati, the practice in India of widow-burning, where the grieving widow… Read More

Will Tim Tebow Get a Major League Contract?

Will Tim Tebow Get a Major League Contract? Christian athlete and celebrity Tim Tebow is reportedly doing well in his career in baseball with New York Mets minor league affiliate the St. Lucie Mets. According to The Stream, Tebow currently has a .313 batting average, which is nearly 100 points better than what his batting… Read More

Al-Shabaab Militants Kill Seven Christian Men in Eastern Kenya

Al-Shabaab Militants Kill Seven Christian Men in Eastern Kenya International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that in early July, al-Shabaab militants led a series of attacks in Kenya’s Lamu County. Between July 5 and July 8 2017, militants raided three villages, Pandanguo, Jima, and Poromoko, killing three police officers as well as seven Christian men:… Read More

New Canon for Pastoral Care named for Episcopal Diocese of Long Island

Bishop Provenzano today announced the appointment of the Rev. Canon Patricia S. Mitchell as Canon for Pastoral Care of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. Cn. Mitchell will support and provide resources to clergy and lay leadership, support and supervise vocational deacons on behalf of the diocesan bishop, and provide direct pastoral support for retired… Read More

The Clenched Fist of Truthiness: Why Religion Won’t Fix This

The NRA released a terrifying recruitment video the other day, unsettling even by their standards, issuing all but a call to arms to battle protestors, liberals, and anyone else standing in the way of the Trump agenda. The Washington Post‘s Peter Holley describes it: In the ad, [conservative commentator Dana] Loesch accuses “their” ex-president of… Read More

Israelis and Palestinians Engage in Worst Clash in Years: 8 are Killed

Israelis and Palestinians Engage in Worst Clash in Years: 8 are Killed Israelis and Palestinians clashed over the weekend in what is being called the worst display of Israeli-Palestinian violence in years. The Christian Post reports that at least seven people were killed in a conflict which occurred in Jerusalem as well as at the… Read More

Beware of criminalizing physicians and parents for their religious traditions

(RNS) — Michigan lawmakers recently passed a series of laws that outlaw performing female genital mutilation. These laws build upon, and stiffen penalties of, a federal law that bans any nonmedical procedure performed on the genitals of a female minor. On the surface this criminalization seems reasonable, if not blatantly obvious and morally appropriate. The new laws,… Read More

Pope prays for ill baby Charlie Gard and parents

Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) LONDON (AP) — Pope Francis is praying for Charlie Gard, the critically ill baby who is hospitalized in Britain, and the 11-month-old boy’s parents. The Vatican also said in… Read More

Evangelical Trump supporters hark back to the good old days that weren’t

(RNS) — I am constantly asked why in last year’s presidential election 81 percent of white conservative Christians voted for Donald Trump, a thrice-married, self-proclaimed womanizer whose personal behavior, religious practices and lifestyle are far different than the majority of evangelical churchgoers. The answer is not hard to find. Trump’s winning mantra — “Make America… Read More

What American Flag-Worship Looks Like to a New Citizen

At the Celebrate Freedom concert in Washington, DC, earlier this month Donald Trump told the crowd that, “In America, we don’t worship government, we worship God.” The telling liturgical response from the gathered congregation was a chant of “USA! USA!” Indeed. Three weeks after I first moved to the United States with my family, and one week… Read More

Get Your Soul Back

When was the last time you heard someone express concern for their soul? When was the last time you listened earnestly as a friend lamented a psychological or emotional struggle? The reason for the difference is simple: we have become a “soul-less” psychologized society. The classical concern for the soul has been replaced by an overwhelming… Read More

For the Love of God, Bono, Please Stop Touring

I thought she was joking. “I had to find someone who wouldn’t annoy me the whole time. Consider this your fair warning—this will be a spiritual experience for me.” A friend called me a couple of weeks ago with an extra ticket to see U2 ’s Joshua Tree tour. I remembered liking some of their… Read More

Parents Lose Legal Battle–Charlie Gard to be Taken off Life Support

Parents Lose Legal Battle–Charlie Gard to be Taken off Life Support After a prolonged fight to save their sick baby’s life, Charlie Gard’s parents have been forced to end the heartbreaking struggle. A recent brain scan conducted by Dr. Michio Hirano on 11-month-old Charlie who suffers from a rare mitochondrial disease, has revealed that Charlie… Read More

Twin Suicide Bombings in Afghanistan, Pakistan Kill at Least 36

Twin Suicide Bombings in Afghanistan, Pakistan Kill at Least 36 A suicide bomber killed 24 people and injured 42 others on Monday after ramming his car loaded with explosives into a bus in the Afghan capital. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to news reports. “The bomber attacked at one of the busiest times… Read More

Mormon single mom on survival, hope, and how a community carried her

Tracy McKay, author of “The Burning Point.” Photo by Melanie Aubrey Beus. One of my favorite voices in the Mormon Bloggernacle is Tracy McKay, who writes for By Common Consent and also at her own site, Dandelion Mama. Through the years, Tracy has blogged about her powerful story of spousal drug addiction, and a difficult… Read More

Pretty Girls Like Trap Church: A Movement at 2 Chainz’s Atlanta Pink House

Last week in Atlanta, Georgia, an unassuming house on 1530 Howell Mill Road that had been painted bright pink in promotion of rapper 2 Chainz’s latest album, “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music,” was whitewashed back to its original eggshell hue. For the past several weeks, the Pink Trap House installation had been a lot of things… Read More

3 Reasons Catholic Bishops Are Holding Their Tongues on GOP Health Care Debacle

When President Obama proposed requiring health plans to cover common contraceptives without charge, the Catholic bishops howled like the world was coming to an end. Dire warnings about the future of religious liberty were issued on a regular basis by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, then-head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who personally went to… Read More

Is Love a Choice?

[embedded content] When I talk about Christian fellowship as a means of perseverance, the fellowship I have in mind is this mutual bond. And I think the word mutual would be the English counterpart, if koinonia could be an adjective. The mutual bond that Christians have with Christ involves us — involves every person in… Read More

American Civil Religion is Dead, Long Live American Civil Religion

Dan Schultz gets it exactly right: Democrats don’t need to learn to speak the language of faith in order to win. Predictably, Dan’s analysis—in two recent pieces here in RD—provoked consternation among certain folks who have a stake in promoting a progressive religious voice in the public square (I heard from some who were seriously provoked). While I’m very… Read More

Satan, Contributor to Teen Vogue‘s New “Sodomy” Section?

You want to know, of course, whether the editors of Teen Vogue really did make a pact with Satan to promote sodomy. We’ll get to that, I promise. There are a few important things that have to be said first. In case you missed this latest episode of U.S. religious debate, the facts are pretty… Read More

How Trump’s Assertion of “Power to Pardon” Tramples the American Sacred

President Trump’s claim that he possesses “complete power to pardon”—to render others and even himself immune from prosecution with a mere proclamation—points to a tension at the very heart of American politics and law, the very heart of widely shared American “civil religion.” To pardon is an exceptional power of the sovereign, in the sense… Read More

Transgender Students Can Now Use Restroom of Their Choice in New Jersey

Transgender Students Can Now Use Restroom of Their Choice in New Jersey New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill directing public schools to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and other facilities which correspond to their gender identity. The Christian Post reports that the new bill requires the commissioner of education to… Read More

Chainsaw-wielding Man Injures 5 in Switzerland: Manhunt Underway

Chainsaw-wielding Man Injures 5 in Switzerland: Manhunt Underway A northern Switzerland town is on high alert today after a chainsaw-wielding man injured several people. CNN.com reports that the attack occurred around 10:30 a.m. local time in the usually peaceful town of Schaffhausen, which is located on Switzerland’s northern border with Germany. Five people were reportedly… Read More

Charlie Gard’s parents end legal fight to take him to U.S. for treatment

LONDON (USA Today) — A five-month legal battle to get permission to take terminally ill baby Charlie Gard to the United States for experimental treatment ended Monday (July 24) after his parents told a British court they were withdrawing their legal challenge. Grant Armstrong, a lawyer representing Chris Gard, 32, and Connie Yates, 31, told Britain’s High Court that… Read More

Stop Sending Out Good Vibes

“Sending positive vibes your way.” Some mean it harmlessly. They are just repeating others. Others say it to communicate something spiritual without sounding religious. Still others hope to convey some form of optimism in light of a friend’s grim circumstances. Fresh out of college and newly married, I remember sitting in a cubicle surrounded by… Read More

The Most Ominous Promises Jeff Sessions Just Made to ADF Attorneys

It took a few days and a series of FOIA requests, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ remarks at a closed-press meeting with Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys on Tuesday have finally been made public. The Federalist published the remarks in full, while BuzzFeed News reporter Dominic Holden obtained confirmation from ADF that this was indeed the speech Sessions delivered… Read More

Judges 7; Acts 11; Jeremiah 20; Mark 6

Judges 7; Acts 11; Jeremiah 20; Mark 6 WHAT IS STRIKING ABOUT Acts 11: 1-18 is the amount of space devoted to retelling the narrative already laid out in some detail in Acts 10, often in the very same words. Isn’t this a rather extravagant use of the space on a scroll? But Luke sees… Read More

God Still Uses Clay Pots

Sign In or Create Account About Blog Cart Search Home Learn Resources Ways to Learn Topics, Scriptures, Teachers Daily Video Collections Teaching Series Articles Questions Answered Conferences Devotionals Sermons Resource Highlights What Is Reformed Theology?Series Is the Church Full of Hypocrites?Article Israel Rejects the GospelSermon The Insanity of LutherMedia resource Is the Reformation Over?Article Doctrine… Read More

Little Girl Receives New Chance at Life after Grandmother Donates Kidney

Little Girl Receives New Chance at Life after Grandmother Donates Kidney A little girl from Alabama who has a rare kidney disease has been given a new chance at life after her grandmother donated one of her kidneys. ABC News reports that two-year-old Wryn Graydon was diagnosed with congenital nephrotic syndrome at the age of… Read More

What 8 Christian Leaders Had to Say on Transgenderism

Veronica Neffinger | Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com The issue of gender identity and transgenderism is at the forefront of our culture today, and it is also affecting the church. The issue of transgenderism came to a head recently with the debate over transgender bathrooms. This led to many Christian leaders weighing in on not only the issue… Read More

Trump to GOP: Doing Nothing on Healthcare Isn’t an Option

Trump to GOP: Doing Nothing on Healthcare Isn’t an Option In a matter of days, Republican senators have flipped from plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, to repeal only, to wait and see what happens. President Donald Trump has just one message for them: Inaction isn’t an option. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., found… Read More

Living Wholeheartedly Today

We’re cleaning out the garage and moving boxes up to the attic so I’ve been tasked with sorting through them. I get sidetracked with a box of photo albums from the old days when we actually got pictures developed and took the time to paste the best ones in books instead of just scrolling through… Read More

When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58, 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 20:11-15 James Black was a Sunday school teacher in Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. In addition to his love of teaching the gospel, Black had a heart for young people from difficult backgrounds. One such teen was Bessie, a 14-year-old daughter of an… Read More

Why the Coming Kingdom of Christ Is Really Bad News

Audio Transcript We address pushbacks and concerns on the podcast, like this one: “Hello, Pastor John, I’m a joyful graduate of Bethlehem College and Seminary. I was also able to fly back this year to attend the pastors’ conference. I’ve been blessed by God’s work in your ministry for years and find myself consistently in… Read More

Can Technology Delete Death?

Few prophets of the technological revolution are more respected than Ray Kurzweil, and his answer is Yes. One day, soon enough, science will deliver us from physical death, from the awful reality of mortality, and from the snubbing out of our conscious existence on earth. Human evolution now demands such steps, Kurzweil says. “Our bodies… Read More

Social Media Highlights (7/23/17)

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Houses of worship do some soul searching as their neighborhoods change

NASHVILLE (USA Today) — A nearly 90-year-old church now stands across the street from a new luxury apartment complex, illustrating how redevelopment has altered its neighborhood. It also shows that places of worship, like First Baptist Church East Nashville, are not immune to the changes in their communities. The church’s predominately black congregation once mirrored the… Read More

Judges 6; Acts 10; Jeremiah 19; Mark 5

Judges 6; Acts 10; Jeremiah 19; Mark 5 THE ACCOUNT OF THE CONVERSION of Cornelius occupies much space in the book of Acts. As the Gospel moves outward from its Jewish confines, each step is carefully charted. First it was the Samaritans, a mixed race with a peculiar view of Scripture. (They accepted only Torah,… Read More

Sunday Scripture

Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your Word. I am but a pilgrim here on earth: How I need a map — and your commands are my chart and guide. I long for your instructions more than I can tell.Psalm 119:18-20 TLB Imagining the Family Circle Wider He sat to my left at… Read More

Weekly Truth

Memorizing Scripture is one of the best ways to carry God-breathed truth, instruction, and reproof wherever we go. As we travel through these early American hymns together, let’s memorize this key verse about celebrating the Lord for His glorious works. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things.Let this be known throughout the… Read More

Put God Back in the Golden Rule

Our world is awash with sound bites of moralistic advice, some straight out of a fortune cookie. Recently on a train, I noticed two large posters advertising an insurance company. One said, “Offering all you have makes life deep beyond measure,” and the other, “Living for others unlocks all the joy you’ll ever need.” It… Read More

Is Hell Just a Metaphor?

[embedded content] Audio Transcript The final wrath of God will be terrible, indescribable pain forever and ever and ever. As you consider the word pictures the New Testament uses for hell, don’t commit the folly of saying, “Oh, those are just symbols. Fire and brimstone, that’s symbolic language.” The reason I say, “Don’t commit the… Read More

The Beautiful Faith of Fearless Submission

Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external —the braiding of hair and the putting on of… Read More

Kentucky could become first state without an abortion clinic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Both sides in the abortion fight raging in Kentucky agree on one thing: The stakes are as high as ever in a state that could become the first in the nation without an abortion clinic. Political pressure has intensified since the Kentucky GOP took control of state government and moved quickly… Read More

Judges 5; Acts 9; Jeremiah 18; Mark 4

Judges 5; Acts 9; Jeremiah 18; Mark 4 WHAT WAS PAUL’S PERSPECTIVE before he was converted (Acts 9)? Elsewhere (Acts 22:2; Acts 23:6; Phil. 3:4-6) he tells us that he was a strict Pharisee, brought up (apparently) in Jerusalem, taught by one of the most renowned rabbis of the day. For him, the notion of… Read More

A Plea to Preachers

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Who Rules the World?

The question in the title is a very important one for every thinking person, especially at the present time. Things are changing very fast, and there is growing tension between the powerful nations of the world. This is not a new thing. What is new is the emergence of North Korea as a potential nuclear… Read More

Refreshing Summer

This summer began a new season for me as the Lord called me out of a full-time role in youth ministry into a season of rest. I admittedly fought the initial invitation to “Follow me to a place of rest” with quite a bit of resistance. “I can’t rest now. There’s so much to do!… Read More

Grace Day

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Destroy Her with Discontent

My dear Lilith, It’s lovely to hear from you, darling! I’m very glad you wrote to me. Screwtape, poor thing, does his best — but he doesn’t understand the feminine perspective. Of course, that doesn’t stop him from acting as if he knows everything, and if I’ve told him once, I’ve told him a thousand… Read More

What 8 Christian Leaders Had to Say on Transgenderism

Veronica Neffinger | Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com The issue of gender identity and transgenderism is at the forefront of our culture today, and it is also affecting the church. The issue of transgenderism came to a head recently with the debate over transgender bathrooms. This led to many Christian leaders weighing in on not only the issue… Read More

How San Francisco’s Summer of Love sparked today’s religious movements

SAN FRANCISCO (RNS) — Over the past few months, the Bay Area has been waxing nostalgic over the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” the 1967 season when “hippies” and tens of thousands of seekers, drifters and runaways poured into the city’s suddenly chaotic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. To many Americans, the psychedelic counterculture of the… Read More

Suicide Bomber Kills Eight People in Maiduguri, Nigeria

Suicide Bomber Kills Eight People in Maiduguri, Nigeria A female suicide bomber on July 17 killed at least eight people when she detonated explosives at a mosque in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri. The bombing is the latest in a spate of attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram this month that have killed… Read More

Trump to GOP: Doing Nothing on Healthcare Isn’t an Option

Trump to GOP: Doing Nothing on Healthcare Isn’t an Option In a matter of days, Republican senators have flipped from plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, to repeal only, to wait and see what happens. President Donald Trump has just one message for them: Inaction isn’t an option. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., found… Read More

Students Sue School for Hushing Pro-life Speech

Students Sue School for Hushing Pro-life Speech Two students have filed a lawsuit against their Pennsylvania school district for the right to operate a pro-life club according to their proposed mission statement. The lawsuit, filed July 11, came after the district refused to back down from requiring the club’s policies meet unprecedented standards. Elizabeth Castro… Read More

Hawaii Pro-life Centers Sue over Abortion Promotion Law

Hawaii Pro-life Centers Sue over Abortion Promotion Law Two pro-life pregnancy resource centers in Hawaii filed suit against a new law requiring them to promote abortion. The law, signed by Gov. David Ige on July 11, requires pregnancy resource centers to post signs telling women about the state’s “family planning services.” “Hawaii has public programs… Read More

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Resigns

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Resigns Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, has resigned after a tumultuous six-month tenure in that position. CNN.com reports that Spicer’s resignation came following the appointment of Trump campaign fundraiser Anthony Scaramucci to the position of White House Communications director. Spicer strongly opposed Scaramucci’s appointment. “It’s been an… Read More

Does God Predestine Sin?

[embedded content] Audio Transcript So we want a handle on how to manage this paradox or mystery, that God forbids things he brings about, and God commands things that he hinders from happening — that in one sense something is the will of God and in another sense that same something is not the will… Read More

Study: Conservative College Students Fear Backlash for Political Beliefs

Study: Conservative College Students Fear Backlash for Political Beliefs A new study shows that conservative students are more wary of being vocal about their beliefs on college campuses than liberal students. The study, from Heterodox Academy, says in its analysis that conservative and moderate students are more fearful about speaking up about politics than their liberal… Read More

A pastor renders unto Caesar

The following memo came into my hands the other day. — MS To: Pastoral Team From: Bob Re: White House Visit Hi, guys. I want to bring you up to date on our latest visit to the White House. You probably saw that we once again laid hands on the President and, you know, I think… Read More

Little Girl Receives New Chance at Life after Grandmother Donates Kidney

Little Girl Receives New Chance at Life after Grandmother Donates Kidney A little girl from Alabama who has a rare kidney disease has been given a new chance at life after her grandmother donated one of her kidneys. ABC News reports that two-year-old Wryn Graydon was diagnosed with congenital nephrotic syndrome at the age of… Read More

How religious progressives can be more effective

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (RNS) — Religious progressives made their displeasure with the Senate Republicans’ health care bill clear. From the Presbyterian Church: “Draconian cuts to health care are an unacceptable threat to God’s people.” From the Church of Christ: “Drastic Medicaid cuts will only create more chaos and pain for those already facing challenges. What would… Read More

Good Works of Churches Often Go Unnoticed

Good Works of Churches Often Go Unnoticed At least half of Americans realize that churches feed and clothe the poor but far fewer are aware of other social services that congregations provide, a new study shows. LifeWay Research found that 60 percent of Americans know of churches that have fed the hungry in the last… Read More

Muslims hold protest street prayers near Jerusalem shrine

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Muslims prayed Friday in the streets near a contested shrine in Jerusalem’s Old City, kneeling on mats spread on cobble stone to protest the installation of metal detectors at the holy site. The prayers largely ended peacefully. In three areas near the Old City, Israeli forces fired tear gas to… Read More

Living Under Authority

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Living Under Authority

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Judges 4; Acts 8; Jeremiah 17; Mark 3

Judges 4; Acts 8; Jeremiah 17; Mark 3 THE CONVERSION OF THE Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-40) marks an important extension of the Gospel across several barriers. We need to understand who he was. He was “an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians” (Acts 8:27). Candace was a… Read More

Beyond the Rough Edges

The deer have been enjoying our flower garden this summer. I guess just as I think the roses are amazingly beautiful, they can’t resist their yummy taste. I was looking out the window and I saw one single rose left behind, so I went outside to bring it in. As I got closer to the… Read More

Why I Love the Evening Service (And You Can Too)

My whole life I’ve gone to church Sunday morning and Sunday evening. My parents took us to church and Sunday school on Sunday morning, and they always took us back on Sunday evening. We even went when the Bears were in the Super Bowl. The crowd was much smaller than Sunday morning, but there were… Read More

$5 Friday: Baptism, the Cross, & Heaven

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Jesus Paid It All

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:18, Mark 10:45, 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 Peter 1:18-21, Revelation 5:11-14 Whenever I imagine the writing of a hymn, I picture a Victorian-era man with mutton chops and mussed up hair, scribbling by the flickering light of a lantern. His fingers are smudged with ink as he prays and pens… Read More

Glorifying God in Unshakable Grief

Audio Transcript Pastor John, here’s a heavy email we recently received from a woman who prefers that her name not be used online. “Dear Pastor John, my brother-in-law recently passed away at age 32 in a tragic accident. We stood by his bedside for two months, hopeful that he would recover, but now recognize that… Read More

Passive Christianity Is Dead Christianity

What do you want? What do you desire? What is your ambition? Do you really want to know? Look at your behavior. You do what you want. This is a devastatingly simple psychology of motivation. But it’s what the Bible teaches: James: Faith without works is dead. Don’t tell me you have faith if the… Read More

Resources for Your Pastoral Search Committee

University Reformed Church will soon be forming a pastoral search committee to look for the church’s next senior pastor. The process can be daunting, but it can also be a spiritually unifying and edifying time for the committee and for the congregation. Thankfully, there are a number of resources out there to help churches set… Read More

A Buddhist prayer festival fills a remote Tibetan village with color

A nun recites mantras in front of a small altar with offerings. The offerings, in the form of seven bowls of water with flowers, represent the seven lakes surrounding Mount Meru, the center of the Buddhist universe. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu permalink The Pure Land prayer festival takes place in and around a huge… Read More

Good works of churches often go unnoticed

Which, if any, of the following areas of service have you heard local Christian churches or their members doing in the last 6 months? Graphic courtesy of LifeWay Research (RNS) — At least half of Americans realize that churches feed and clothe the poor but far fewer are aware of other social services that congregations… Read More

Does it matter to me that McCain and I now share a diagnosis? Maybe.

(RNS) — Likely you’ve seen the news. The medical information released about Sen. John McCain first described a nonspecific eye problem, then a nonspecific surgery and hospitalization. And now comes the acknowledgment that doctors found a tumor in his head. And that it is glioblastoma — GBM. That’s not good news. As I discovered after… Read More

Mormon bishops’ interview policy opens the door for sexual abuse

A guest post by Mette Harrison Yet again, a Mormon bishop is in trouble because of sexual abuse. Erik Wayne Hughes of Mapleton, Utah has been charged with 20 counts of forcible sexual abuse of minors, among other charges. Two now-adult men have come forward to say they remember being drugged and sexually abused by… Read More

Minister leaves Southern Baptist Convention to shed light on racism

(USA Today) A black Oklahoma State University lecturer says he is renouncing his ordination as a Southern Baptist minister because of the racism he sees within the country’s largest Protestant denomination. Other black Southern Baptist leaders acknowledged the sentiment Lawrence Ware expressed in his New York Times column, published Monday (July 17). But they say staying a part of the Nashville, Tenn.-based Southern… Read More

South Sudan Faces Extreme Famine: 20 Million Starving to Death

South Sudan Faces Extreme Famine: 20 Million Starving to Death Thousands in South Sudan are starving as the country faces a massive hunger crisis. The United Nations released estimates in February, saying that 100,000 South Sudanese were starving and that 5 million more people, or about 42 percent of the population, have limited access to… Read More

South Sudan Faces Extreme Famine: 20 Million Starving to Death

South Sudan Faces Extreme Famine: 20 Million Starving to Death Thousands in South Sudan are starving as the country faces a massive hunger crisis. The United Nations released estimates in February, saying that 100,000 South Sudanese were starving and that 5 million more people, or about 42 percent of the population, have limited access to… Read More

10 Things Christian Leaders Had to Say on the Issue of Gay Marriage

Veronica Neffinger | Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com Gay marriage is a hotly debated topic in our society today and also in the church. It was fiercely debated in individual states, and even though the Supreme Court legalized it nationwide in 2015, the debate continues. Christians in positions of authority who are respected and followed by many have… Read More

Arizona Senate candidate under attack for being Muslim

(USA Today) — She’s a challenger to U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake. A native of Little Rock, Ark. A Phoenix attorney and civil rights activist. An independent turned Democrat. A 19-year resident of Arizona who wants to represent “the state where I found my home, family and dreams.” And, as it turns out, a few nightmares.… Read More

The Greatness of a Lesser World

Be an ordinary person – Fr. Thomas Hopko’s Maxim #18 Nothing could be more “cozy” than Tolkien’s description of the Shire. Many think the Shire is an idealization of rural England, and, no doubt, it certainly resembles it. Though the English do not seem to live in holes, they, nevertheless, do like their gardens. And… Read More

Philippians 1:6: The Most Important Day of Your Life

A day is drawing near that will swallow up all other days. In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that all days lead unfailingly to the day of Christ. Principle for Bible Reading Word Searches Word searches are important for deep study of the Bible. To conduct one, search for a particular word throughout the… Read More

‘Jet-set monk’ is back in Thailand after extradition from US

BANGKOK (AP) — A former monk known for a jet-setting lifestyle was back in Thailand on Thursday after he was extradited from the United States, where he fled to escape charges including statutory rape and fraud. Wirapol Sukphol, 37, appeared on a YouTube video showing the orange-robed monk aboard a private jet. He wore aviator… Read More

A look at why a Saudi woman’s miniskirt sparked an outcry

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A short video of a Saudi woman walking around in a miniskirt and crop top sparked an outcry after going viral, leading to the woman being detained for several hours.The woman was eventually released without charge, but the incident and the online debate it ignited point to the tension… Read More

Judges 3; Acts 7; Jeremiah 16; Mark 2

Judges 3; Acts 7; Jeremiah 16; Mark 2 THE OLD TESTAMENT historical psalms offer plenty of examples in which writers review the shared history of the Israelites for some special theological or ethical purpose. Something similar occurs when 1 and 2 Chronicles retell 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings, so as to… Read More

Dealing with Disappointment

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The Definitive Statistical Pastoral Ranking Guide

If you’re a sports fan, you know that in the past decade teams have begun relying heavily on advanced metrics to determine how good players are. Instead of relying on simple things like batting average, home runs, and steals, they rely on things like OPS (on base percentage + slugging) and VORP (value over replacement… Read More

37 Things I Learned in 37 years of ministry (Part 4)

A few weeks ago I began to share 37 things I learned over 37 years of pastoral ministry. I believe these lessons are important not only for pastors but for all believers. You can read the first 3 posts here, here and here. Today we’ll hit 7 more things I learned and am still learning…… Read More

Good Theology Can Be a Really Bad Thing

I’m in seminary, which means I’m going into debt, digging through old books, and spending too much time writing papers. My studies have led to one conclusion: there are times when good theology is a really bad thing. Don’t get me wrong. It’s never bad for your beliefs to line up with Scripture. The Bible… Read More

Jaquelle Crowe Wants To Be Covered In Rib Sauce

It’s time for another episode of “Only The Good Stuff”! Author Jaquelle Crowe and I sit down and have an uproarious conversation about a host of things. We discuss: Her weird passion for American fast food Her summer bucket list (which includes Rib Fest) Dates (the fruit, not the Josh Harris kind) And a lot more…… Read More

How Exactly Are We Supposed To Every Thought Captive?

Our thoughts are with us at all hours of the day. Even as we first wake up, our thoughts are what greets us first, aren’t they? Immediately, we are told in our minds that we are too tired for what is ahead for the day, and so we groan. We have a job to go… Read More

Holidays Are Wonderful, But Mud Pies Are Good Too

In the Reformed blogosphere, the following C.S. Lewis quote ends up in about 30% of all posts: It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who… Read More

How a Dead Irish Philosopher Reminded Me Why I Love America

After the 2016 election season, I was exhausted with all things political. Hamilton made me rediscover my love for American history, and I spent much of the election season reading through some absolutely stellar political works from America’s founding (The Federalist Papers included, of course). I am conservative by conviction, admittedly, and I was left… Read More

Tempted To Worry? Call These 4 Words To Mind

I don’t like to fly. When I do, I almost always wind up thinking of worst-case scenarios. What if I’m in the bathroom and the tail section breaks off? What would it feel like to be launched into the atmosphere? Once a pilot sat across the aisle from me. He was in uniform and riding… Read More

Russell Moore Will NOT Be Retiring To Margaritaville

It’s time for another episode of “Only The Good Stuff”! President of the ERLC Russell Moore and I sit down and have an uproarious conversation about a host of things. We discuss: The book of Jermiah The very best Batman The Marvel universe and why it’s so confusing Jimmy Buffett And a lot more… Big thanks… Read More

We Did Church

When I was a kid, our pastor had a message he shared during the children’s story about once a year. He’d remind us that the building we were in — the pews and the pulpit, the classrooms and the choir loft — wasn’t the church. He’d explain that the people made the church, and then… Read More

Unforgiven: The Eternal Tragedy of the Lost

[embedded content] Audio Transcript The wrath of God, when you consider it as his final application of justice and punishment at the end of the age is eternal. It has no end. It has no end. In Daniel 12:2, God promises many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake —… Read More

Count Your Blessings

Scripture Reading: Psalm 40:4-5, Psalm 107:23-31, Psalm 136:1-26, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 No doubt many things got started in 1892. One of the many was the hymn-writing career of Johnson Oatman, Jr. He wrote 5,000 hymns during his lifetime, a handful widely regarded as standards: “Higher Ground,” “No, Not One!,” and “Count Your Many Blessings.” That final… Read More

Michigan doctor to stay in jail in genital mutilation case

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area doctor charged with performing genital mutilation on girls from a Muslim sect will remain in jail while she awaits trial after a judge on Wednesday expressed concern that she might try to flee the country. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman took note of the roughly three dozen people who were… Read More

The Most Controversial Claim Jesus Made

Of all the controversial claims Jesus made, one may be more incendiary in our day than all the rest: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). In our pluralistic age, these feel like little more than fighting words. But have we… Read More

Christian network kicks off new politics show with Sean Spicer as guest

(RNS) The Christian Broadcasting Network, founded by televangelist and Donald Trump supporter Pat Robertson, is launching a new online talk show focused on politics. Called “Faith Nation” — a spin on CBS’ long-running “Face the Nation” — the show premiered on Facebook Live on Wednesday (July 19) with presidential press secretary Sean Spicer as its first… Read More

10 Things Christian Leaders Had to Say on the Issue of Gay Marriage

Veronica Neffinger | Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com Gay marriage is a hotly debated topic in our society today and also in the church. It was fiercely debated in individual states, and even though the Supreme Court legalized it nationwide in 2015, the debate continues. Christians in positions of authority who are respected and followed by many have… Read More

Eternity Echoes in Every Marriage

[embedded content] Audio Transcript Marriage exists as the doing of God and as the display of God. There is no other institution like it. Nothing even comes close to this design as a display of God: his love, his son, his covenant. Nothing comes close. Genesis 2:24: “Therefore, a man shall leave his father and… Read More

Christian Florist Appeals Case to Supreme Court

Christian Florist Appeals Case to Supreme Court A Christian florist, known as the “Christian grandma florist” has appealed her case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Christian Post reports that Barronelle Stutzman, who owns Arlene’s Flowers in Washington state, stepped into controversy when she refused to make bouquets for a same-sex wedding. Earlier this year,… Read More

How Much Longer Do We Have?

His flushed little face and dark brown eyes beamed. He stood there with his hands awkwardly by his side, slightly leaning forward as the familiar chorus filled the backyard. “Happy birthday to you!” Something about his grin and stance made it clear he knew it was his party. As I carefully placed the cake in… Read More

Judges 2; Acts 6; Jeremiah 15; Mark 1

Judges 2; Acts 6; Jeremiah 15; Mark 1 FROM A READING OF JUDGES 1-2, it appears that after the initial Israelite victories, the pace of conquest varied considerably. In many cases tribes were responsible for bringing their own territories under control. With the passage of time, however, it seems to have become unstated policy, as… Read More

Those Who Are Truly Forgiven, Truly Forgive

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The Storm

The sky was emotional on that early July night last year. Like a mirror for my day. The great expanse started calm and peaceful, content with its place. Visiting family back home in Montana, I started my day with a pedicure with my cousin and we caught up on life and love, teaching and moving.… Read More

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 12:5-6, Isaiah 18:3, Isaiah 42:10-12, Matthew 28:19-20, Luke 2:8-20 John Wesley Work, Jr. was a Nashville man, through and through. He attended Fisk University where his father taught, and he majored in history and Latin. He stayed on there as a professor, eventually becoming chair of his department and then president of a… Read More

“My Life Feels Pointless”

Audio Transcript How do we continue on when this life feels pointless, like when we are treading water and it feels like we’re just passing time until this life is over? It’s a raw and honest question from Fred, an older gentleman, who does not give us his exact age. Fred wrote us to say… Read More

Do You Know How to Rebuke?

When was the last time someone sat you down to tell you that you were wrong? These have been some of the most memorable and important conversations in my life, the conversations when someone I loved — father, mother, mentor, pastor, roommate, friend, wife — had the compassion and courage to tell me when I… Read More

R.C. Sproul Through the Years

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