Exodus 7; Luke 10; Job 24; 1 Corinthians 11

Exodus 7; Luke 10; Job 24; 1 Corinthians 11 THE STORY IS TOLD of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, one of the most influential preachers of the twentieth century. When he was dying of cancer, one of his friends and former associates asked him, in effect, “How are you managing to bear up? You have been accustomed… Read More

Exodus 36; John 15; Proverbs 12; Ephesians 5

Exodus 36; John 15; Proverbs 12; Ephesians 5 GOD’S LOVE IS SPOKEN of in a variety of ways in the Bible. In some passages God’s love is directed toward his elect. He loves them and not others (e.g., Deut. 4:37; 7:7-8; Mal. 1:2). But if we think of the love of God as invariably restricted… Read More

Eliphaz’s Third Speech and Job’s Reply

Scripture Reading: Job 22:1-20, Job 23:1-17, Job 24:1-25, Romans 8:1-2, Galatians 6:7-10 In Eliphaz’s third and final speech, he accuses Job of wickedness. Grasping for a reason behind his friend’s suffering, Eliphaz must believe his friend has done something to deserve this. If he hadn’t, surely God would not have allowed this amount of suffering… Read More

Does the Old Testament Alienate the Disabled?

In the Old Testament, the disabled were excluded from the holy place. In the New Testament, Jesus touched and healed the disabled. Why the difference? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 24, 2019 7:25 pm Support Us

AG Barr’s Russia investigation report letter: 3 key points

Attorney General William Barr described the main findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Here are three key findings in Mueller’s report, according to Barr. Full Story Here Christian Post March 24, 2019 5:40 pm Support Us

Why more Jesus stuff?

I’ve also seen every Jesus movie and miniseries ever made, and there have been dozens. So why a new TV show about Jesus? Why another devotional? Full Story Here Christian Post March 24, 2019 2:10 pm Support Us

Visiting Savannah: What to see and do

Leaving Savannah is difficult because visitors become enchanted with Georgia’s oldest city. Full Story Here Christian Post March 24, 2019 12:55 pm Support Us

Seeking to be refined by your problems

Rather than our problems defining us, we should let God refine our hearts through our problems. Full Story Here Christian Post March 24, 2019 7:40 am Support Us

What’s Under Your Dirt?

We were sitting in Panera Bread talking over broccoli cheddar cheese soup (of course) when she got a text that changed the course of our conversation. She put her hands behind her head and leaned back, not in a relaxing way but in a fidgeting way. Her face got flushed, and she squirmed in her… Read More

Exodus 6; Luke 9; Job 23; 1 Corinthians 10

Exodus 6; Luke 9; Job 23; 1 Corinthians 10 ONE OF THE TASKS IMPOSED ON those who wish to read the canonical Gospels sensitively is to see how the various units are linked. Casual readers remember individual stories about Jesus from their Sunday school days, but do not always reflect on the links that weld… Read More

Weekly Truth

Scripture is God-breathed and true. When we memorize it, we carry the gospel with us wherever we go. Over the next three weeks, we will memorize Job 19:25–27. This week we will memorize the key verse for this plan, Job 19:25. 25 But I know that my Redeemer lives,and at the end he will stand… Read More

God Works Through the Weak

“You want me to do what?” It was all I could muster. For some reason, I didn’t immediately say no. Being asked to speak at my college fellowship group felt like being asked to fill in for Billy Graham at one of his crusades. The mere thought made my palms sweat. The butterflies in my… Read More

Your Business Is God’s Business (Why Your Work Matters to God)

What you do for a living matters to God. While God wants some of us to become pastors, He does not want all of His kids to become pastors. He wants some of us to be involved in the business world. By serving Him in business, we can be ministers of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)… Read More

“Growing in Grace”

We use the expression, “Growing in Grace” quite frequently in christian fellowship, but often we do not have a clear idea of what it means. In fact it is something that is very difficult to define. We read that,”Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man”(Luke 12: 25). We will… Read More

Filtering photos, posting happy moments: Time to get real

Authenticity has never been the norm, in our day or in Bible days. Oh, we say we like it when people are “real,” but we tend to promote less-than-truthful versions of ourselves. Full Story Here Christian Post March 23, 2019 1:25 pm Support Us

‘It’s a complete lottery’: How Sweden condemns Christians to their death 

For many years, Swedish authorities have been deporting Christians to countries where Christians are persecuted and killed. A new report showed that most Afghan citizens had their asylum applications rejected, even though their pastors in almost all cases insisted that their faith is genuine. Full Story Here Christian Post March 23, 2019 1:10 pm Support… Read More

Fortnite and the generation of doom

If you’re a parent or grandparent of a middle schooler, I don’t need to define Fortnite—the video game sensation. For the rest of you, it’s the latest in an onslaught of worries facing parents, educators, and medical professionals. Full Story Here Christian Post March 23, 2019 12:55 pm Support Us

A warning from a former Marxist

I was attracted to Marxism at a very early age.  It was more than simply early teenage rebellion. Full Story Here Christian Post March 23, 2019 9:40 am Support Us

Media mum on genocide in Nigeria

Over the past week, Senior Colson Fellow Glenn Sunshine has taken to Facebook to do something that much of the mainstream media—to its discredit—has neglected to do: alerting people to what is happening to Christians in places like Nigeria. Full Story Here Christian Post March 23, 2019 9:40 am Support Us

Photos of the Week

(RNS) — This week’s gallery includes celebrations such as Purim, Nowruz, and Spring Equinox, among other events. The post Photos of the Week appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 23, 2019 6:26 am Support Us

Announcing Our 2020 National Conference: Made in the Image of God

Why is human life so valuable? Because God created us in His own image. As God’s image bearers, we are called to reflect His character. Knowing that others are made in His image too, we are called to cherish all human life—even the lives of our enemies. Yet in this sinful world, people rob God… Read More

True and False Worship

When King Josiah was refurbishing the temple, he discovered something among the rubble: a lost scroll of God’s law. But this was no cause for celebration. Instead, Josiah was horrified to learn that the people were breaking God’s law—and that God wasn’t pleased. In today’s message from his video teaching series Dust to Glory, R.C.… Read More

Contributor Spotlight: Pull Up a Chair with Becky and Kaitlyn

We really can’t say it enough. (in)courage exists because of YOU! You, dear reader, who pulls your seat up to this table. Every time you read a post, we know that you are trusting us with both your time and your heart. We don’t take your investment for granted! It’s because you are so dear… Read More

Grace Day

Use this day to pray, rest, and reflect on this week’s reading. Each Saturday, we will read a section from God’s response to Job in chapter 38. “Have you traveled to the sources of the seaor walked in the depths of the oceans?Have the gates of death been revealed to you?Have you seen the gates… Read More

What Might God Do While You Wait?

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?      How long will you hide your face from me?How long must I take counsel in my soul      and have sorrow in my heart all the day? (Psalm 13:1–2) Does David strike a chord with you as he cries out in desperation? Is God permitting an agonizing… Read More

Quaker songwriter Carrie Newcomer’s most intimate album yet

Carrie Newcomer’s latest album, “Point of Arrival,” drops today, and it’s a treasure trove of spiritual wisdom about the art of letting go. The post Quaker songwriter Carrie Newcomer’s most intimate album yet appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 22, 2019 3:40 pm Support Us

Using holograms and AI to preserve firsthand stories of the Holocaust

DALLAS (RNS) — Holocaust survivors themselves have been the most effective way to bring the Holocaust’s horrors home. New technology now makes it possible to capture their stories in perpetuity. The post Using holograms and AI to preserve firsthand stories of the Holocaust appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March… Read More

Boy, 5, fatally crushed by granite table top at Texas church

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is still trying to determine how a five year old boy managed to topple over a ceramic table top that crushed him to death as he played at a church in Houston, Texas on Thursday night. Full Story Here Christian Post March 22, 2019 2:25 pm Support Us

How fan fiction gave millennials power over their spirituality

(RNS) — The internet has transformed our consumption of texts — even sacred texts — into malleable pieces that can be reimagined, reinvented and owned in a new way. The post How fan fiction gave millennials power over their spirituality appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 22, 2019 2:10… Read More

Six Reasons Why Experts Are Arguing for and against the Electoral College

Democratic Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called for the end of the Electoral College at a town hall meeting on Monday. She said, “Every vote matters, and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College.” This left many people wondering what… Read More

Michigan deal bars LGBT discrimination in state adoptions

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — As of 2015, Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services were on average doing 25 to 30 percent of the state’s foster care adoptions. The post Michigan deal bars LGBT discrimination in state adoptions appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 22, 2019 1:40 pm Support Us

Dual deity worship

This woman had a philosophy that is becoming more common in this age; she believed that the Kingdom of Darkness and the Kingdom of Light are nearly equals and that they somehow work together. Full Story Here Christian Post March 22, 2019 12:40 pm Support Us

The Tyranny of Experts

The latest installment in an ongoing interview series with senior editor Mark Bauerlein. In this episode, Mark is joined by Salvatore Babones to discuss William Jennings Bryan, the populist tradition in American history, Donald Trump, and Babones’s latest book: The New Authoritarianism . Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts March 22, 2019 11:56 am Support… Read More

Moms Are Influencing Children for Christ. Dads? Not So Much, Survey Finds

Christians are far more likely to say their mothers had a bigger influence on their faith than did their fathers, according to a new Barna study that examines the roles that moms and dads play in the development of children. Full Story Here Christian Headlines March 22, 2019 11:25 am Support Us

Faith groups seek afterlife for shuttered churches in Canada

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (RNS) — Faith groups are the second largest landholders in all of Canada, according to the National Trust. As many as a third of its houses of worship may shut down in the next decade, according to a new report. The post Faith groups seek afterlife for shuttered churches in Canada appeared first… Read More

An open letter to Democrats about AIPAC

If Democrats want to alienate supporters of Israel, they are doing a great job. The post An open letter to Democrats about AIPAC appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 22, 2019 8:26 am Support Us

What Is an “Ordinary Means of Grace” Ministry?

What are the “ordinary means of grace”? From our 2017 National Conference, several of our Teaching Fellows discuss the importance of Scripture reading, prayer, the Lord’s Supper, and baptism. When you have biblical and theological questions, just Ask.Ligonier.org. Read the Transcript Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs March 22, 2019 7:40 am Support Us

2019 National Conference Media Now Available

You can now stream all of the messages from last week’s 2019 National Conference for free on Ligonier.org, the Ligonier app, and YouTube. MAIN SESSIONS Understanding beyond Measure by Stephen Nichols Sanctified in Truth by Steven Lawson The Sanctity of Life by Albert Mohler From Everlasting to Everlasting by Michael Reeves Who Is Like the… Read More

An Apology for Apologetics

My professor of apologetics in seminary told stories of odd reactions he received when he would tell people what he did for a living. The best story involved a bank loan officer. When he told the loan officer that he was a professor of apologetics, she replied, “That’s wonderful.” Then she added, “These days, we… Read More

Open Your Door with Joy

Over the past few months, we’ve spent time and words zeroing in on what it means to practice true hospitality — the kind that Jesus models for us all and invites us to as well. We had a book club all about it, we’ve shared videos from our friends as they learn what hospitality looks… Read More

$5 Friday: Creation, the Psalms, & Apologetics

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as creation, George Whitefield, the Psalms, John Calvin, apologetics, Roman Catholicism, the names of God, 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 March 21, 2019… Read More

Zophar’s Second Speech and Job’s Reply

Scripture Reading: Job 20:1-29, Job 21:1-34, Psalm 37:34-36, 2 Peter 3:9-13 “Why do bad things happen to good people?” This is a question we’ve all asked at some point in our lives. And up until this point in our reading of Job, it’s been the essential question. In other words, how else could Job’s excruciating circumstances… Read More

Why Does God Choose Some and Not Others?

God could have chosen all to inherit eternal life, but he didn’t. So why would God choose some and not choose others? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 21, 2019 7:10 pm Support Us

Only the Humble See Heaven

Why is humility so important to God? I mean, it’s really, really important to him. Listen to the kinds of things Jesus said: Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave. (Matthew 20:26–27) Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and… Read More

Unification Church succession case threatens protections for minority religions

(RNS) — If an obscure D.C. court decision about the movement known as ‘the Moonies’ goes unchallenged, it could weaken religious freedom protections for all Americans. The post Unification Church succession case threatens protections for minority religions appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 21, 2019 4:10 pm Support Us

Christian financial planner praised by Robert Jeffress facing Ponzi scheme charges

DALLAS (RNS) — Neil ‘Doc’ Gallagher, a Christian radio house and financial planner, claimed he cared for his clients’ spiritual well-being and their finances. But federal officials say Gallagher, who was arrested in March, ran a Ponzi scheme. The post Christian financial planner praised by Robert Jeffress facing Ponzi scheme charges appeared first on Religion… Read More

Teen Boy Undressing in Girls’ Locker Room Sparks Title IX Complaint

An attorney filed a Title IX complaint last week on behalf of a 15-year-old female high school student who says her rights were violated when the school allowed a biological male to dress and undress in the girls’ locker room. Full Story Here Christian Headlines March 21, 2019 1:55 pm Support Us

‘Nones’ now as big as evangelicals, Catholics in the US

(RNS) — “Nones have been on the march for a long time now,” Ryan Burge said. The post ‘Nones’ now as big as evangelicals, Catholics in the US appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 21, 2019 1:10 pm Support Us

Making ourselves a ‘pontifex’ in the mode of Pope Francis

(RNS) — After meeting with the pope, an evangelical pastor dedicated to multifaith understanding reflected on their shared lessons about peacemaking. The post Making ourselves a ‘pontifex’ in the mode of Pope Francis appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 21, 2019 12:40 pm Support Us

Chinese Christians Cry after Receiving Their First Bible

A video showing Chinese Christians shouting for joy and even crying after receiving their first Bibles has sparked a range of emotions from believers in the United States. Full Story Here Christian Headlines March 21, 2019 11:40 am Support Us

Taking stock of the clergy sexual abuse crisis: Protecting children

(RNS) — Reading the constant barrage of news stories about abuse in the Catholic Church makes one wonder if any of the reforms is doing any good. The post Taking stock of the clergy sexual abuse crisis: Protecting children appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 21, 2019 11:11 am… Read More

12-Hour Tabletalk Sale: 12 Months for $12

When you’re trying to understand and apply God’s Word, just reach for Tabletalk magazine. Each issue includes a wealth of daily devotionals and theological articles, along with exclusive online content to supplement your study and help you dig deeper. Now is the time to subscribe and make sure you have this helpful resource on hand.… Read More

How Can I Pray for My Children?

Here’s an excerpt from How Can I Pray for My Children?, Burk Parsons’ contribution to the March issue of Tabletalk: Prayer for our children comes naturally when we understand that God has created us as dependent creatures ourselves, made to depend on the Lord. God fashioned our hearts with an insatiable desire to commune with… Read More

Doing Less for God

A poor man inspires this little story, one you’ve probably heard. It’s called the Mexican Fisherman Story*, and it’s a parable about simplicity, about gaining more by doing less — indeed, about doing less for God. Thus, it’s about living at God’s perfect pace, not just during Lent — now under way — but always.… Read More

Bildad’s Second Speech and Job’s Reply

Scripture Reading: Job 18:1-21, Job 19:1-29, Isaiah 50:7-10, John 3:17-18 In the wake of Bildad’s second speech (Job 18)—a terrifying description of the darkness, entrapment, and utter destruction awaiting the wicked—Job lamented. He returned his focus once again to how God had destroyed him in every way. He mourned his lost hope and the feeling of… Read More

Beto O’Rourke Backs 3rd-Trimester Abortion: ‘I Trust’ the Woman

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said Monday he supports third-trimester abortions, adding that it’s a decision that should be left up to the woman. Speaking in Ohio, O’Rourke fielded a question from a voter who is presumably pro-life. Full Story Here Christian Headlines March 20, 2019 6:55 pm Support Us

‘Just Have More Faith’: How Bad Theology Hurts the Suffering

Why does God answer yes to some prayers and no to others? Why does God miraculously heal some people and not others? Why does disaster strike one city and not another? I’ve been pondering these questions since Hurricane Florence devastated much of Eastern North Carolina last year. I live in the center of the state,… Read More

Notre Dame to feature film that exposes Planned Parenthood 

World-renowned Catholic university hosts historic pro-life event INDIANAPOLIS — Notre Dame’s pro-life supporters are taking a stand for life this week on campus, hosting an unprecedented event at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Browning Cinema at the prestigious DeBartolo Performing Arts Center: an UNPLANNED movie conversation with Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood… Read More

LifeWay Christian Resources to close all stores in 2019

(RNS) — LifeWay Christian Resources announced Wednesday (March 20) it will close all of its brick-and-mortar stores this year. The post LifeWay Christian Resources to close all stores in 2019 appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 20, 2019 1:56 pm Support Us

Most US Christians find Trump signing Bibles inappropriate: poll

(RNS) — A Morning Consult poll shows 65 percent of Christians in the U.S. found the president signing Bibles to be inappropriate. The post Most US Christians find Trump signing Bibles inappropriate: poll appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 20, 2019 12:26 pm Support Us

Prayer postcards spark debate over faith and privacy in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — More than 350 churches in Nashville decided to pray for every resident of the Bible Belt city by name for 30 days. Then they sent out postcards telling people they had been prayed for. Some residents appreciated being prayed for. But others saw the prayers as an invasion of privacy. The… Read More

Jewish cemetery vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti in Massachusetts

BOSTON (RNS) — At least 30 gravestones were desecrated with swastikas and anti-Semitic messages at the Hebrew Cemetery in Fall River, Mass., over the weekend. The post Jewish cemetery vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti in Massachusetts appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 20, 2019 11:26 am Support Us

Does Twitter need to become a public utility?

(RNS) — If Twitter really wants to be a neutral space for debate, it can’t choose between Silicon Valley’s progressive ideology and the religious commitments of Pope Francis. The post Does Twitter need to become a public utility? appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 20, 2019 10:11 am Support… Read More

When Icons Became Windows

Some thirty years ago I was doing doctoral work at Duke University under Geoffrey Wainwright. I was drawn to Wainwright on account of his commitment to liturgical tradition and practice as the ground of theology. A course that became a turning point in my studies was on the nature of language in theology. Like all… Read More

Immigration officials accused of targeting faith leader and religious groups

(RNS) — A November 2018 clash between government agents and protestors at the U.S.-Mexican border, officials say, has prompted investigation that has caught up clergy and other faith-based activists. The post Immigration officials accused of targeting faith leader and religious groups appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 20, 2019… Read More

You Are Never More Justified Than the Moment You First Believed

In this brief clip from his teaching series The Whole Christ, Sinclair Ferguson explains that our sanctification does not add to our justification. Transcript I remember myself, as a very young Christian, being taught that every day I should have my quiet time. And if I didn’t have my quiet time before I went out, I would… Read More

10 Promises Of God To Fuel Your Faith In God

I am so incredibly grateful for the promises of God. They encourage me when I’m weak, strengthen me when I’m … Read more10 Promises Of God To Fuel Your Faith In God The post 10 Promises Of God To Fuel Your Faith In God appeared first on The Blazing Center. Full Story Here The Blazing… Read More

The Scandal and Sweetness of John 3:16

John 3:16 has become so familiar that we no longer find its words astonishing. But this remarkable verse reveals amazing truth that should delight us every time we hear it. A Remarkable Claim Jesus boldly asserts that God loves the world. God, the maker of heaven and earth, is self-sufficient and needs nothing outside of… Read More

The Weight of Perseverance

We finally made time for coffee. I stood in line next to my friend, smiling because it had been months since we had some time together, smiling because I had a break, smiling because it was a cold winter day and a cookie was in my very near future. It felt great. She asked what… Read More

Eliphaz’s Second Speech and Job’s Reply

Scripture Reading: Job 15:1-35, Job 16:1-22, Job 17:1-16, Romans 12:9-15, James 5:8-11 How many times has some very well-meaning person tried to assuage your heartache with words, saying something along the lines of this: “God will comfort you and see you through this. He always does.” Or this: “Just hang in there. Evil people always get… Read More

More than half of U.S. Mormons approve of Trump—but not among women

It’s not surprising that more than half of U.S. Mormons approve of Trump, but the age and gender divides within the faith are sharper than expected. The post More than half of U.S. Mormons approve of Trump—but not among women appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 19, 2019 2:11… Read More

Boko Haram Militants Terrify Residents in Attacks in Northeast Nigeria

After burning a church building in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state on Thursday (March 14), Boko Haram terrorists yesterday evening attacked a Christian-majority town in neighboring Adamawa state, sources said. Full Story Here Christian Headlines March 19, 2019 12:41 pm Support Us

Pompeo: All faiths will have ‘something to say’ on forthcoming peace plan

(RNS) — The U.S. secretary of state’s remarks came Monday (March 18) during a controversial phone briefing as he was leaving for a five-day trip to Beirut, Jerusalem and Kuwait City. The post Pompeo: All faiths will have ‘something to say’ on forthcoming peace plan appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion… Read More

White evangelical support for Trump comes from churchgoers, not EINOs

(RNS) — A common rebuttal to stats showing the loyalty of Trump’s base is that these voters are EINOs (Evangelicals in Name Only). A new Pew report tells a different story. The post White evangelical support for Trump comes from churchgoers, not EINOs appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March… Read More

When the Gospel Is at Stake, We Can’t Be Silent

Will you journey with me back to a critical moment in the history of God’s people? It was the opening decades of the seventeenth century. Less than a hundred years earlier, the Protestant Reformation had begun to sweep through Europe. The rediscovery of salvation by grace alone through faith alone had revived a moribund church… Read More

Clergy housing allowance is constitutional, appeals court rules

(RNS) — The Freedom From Religion Foundation argued that the allowance gives ministers a religious benefit, but the court determined in a unanimous ruling that it did not overly entangle church and state. The post Clergy housing allowance is constitutional, appeals court rules appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March… Read More

Rabbis express concern about excesses of Purim celebrations

JERUSALEM (RNS) — For many Jews, the holiday of Purim has become too commercialized, and alcohol, according to one rabbi, ‘has become the star of the holiday.’ The post Rabbis express concern about excesses of Purim celebrations appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 19, 2019 8:56 am Support Us

Dartmouth physicist, known for doubting skeptics, wins 2019 Templeton Prize

(RNS) — Gleiser, the first Latin American to win the award honoring contributions to “affirming life’s spiritual dimension,” describes himself as an agnostic but is an avowed critic of atheism. The post Dartmouth physicist, known for doubting skeptics, wins 2019 Templeton Prize appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 19,… Read More

The Rise and Progress of the Soul in the Valley of Vision

I first purchased The Valley of Vision from my church’s book table while I was in seminary. I’ll never forget laying in my bed and praying these beautiful prayers as my own. It was a deeply spiritual experience, in the best sense of that phrase. Sense that night in my dorm room at seminary, I’ve… Read More

What Does “Amen” Mean?

Here’s an excerpt from What Does “Amen” Mean?, Jared Oliphint’s contribution to the March issue of Tabletalk: “As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be: World without end. Amen, amen.” From the earliest days of Christianity, Christians have sung a version of this hymn, the Gloria Patri. That repeated word at… Read More

When Letting Go Means Finding Joy

I’ve been madly cleaning out my closet this week. The Marie Kondo bug has hit hard, and I’ve really taken to heart her challenge to get rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy.” I’m not usually the type of person to whip into a cleaning frenzy. The thought of reaching into the abyss of my… Read More

Job Challenges the Advice of His Friends

Scripture Reading: Job 13:1-28, Job 14:1-22, Psalm 71:19-21, John 5:24-25 Where does Job’s hope lie, and where does our own? Pause for a moment to reflect back on one of your darkest times. Perhaps you tossed and turned for sleepless nights, futilely attempting to unravel the tangled web created by bad decisions. Perhaps you agonized over… Read More

The Story of Marriage in Seven Verses

Recently I married an unusually mature couple. Both groom and bride were in their late thirties. They had waited with admirable patience. Both were established in life and in faith, and they knew where they each stood: together on God’s word. Few couples, if any, that I’ve married have demonstrated such clear, solid, stable footing… Read More

ECFA suspends Chicago-area megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel

CHICAGO (RNS) — The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has suspended Harvest Bible Chapel, the Chicago-area megachurch that recently fired its founding pastor, James MacDonald, amid allegations of financial impropriety and domineering behavior. The post ECFA suspends Chicago-area megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News March 18,… Read More

Events Roundup—3.18.19

New York, New York Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts March 18, 2019 11:25 am Support Us

After Identity Politics

The latest installment in an ongoing interview series with senior editor Mark Bauerlein. In this episode, Mark is joined by Mark Lilla to discuss identitarianism in America and his book The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics.   Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts March 18, 2019 9:12 am Support Us

Based on Acts 16:31, Can We Ask God to Save Our Household?

From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson explains why we should pray for the Lord to work in the hearts of unbelieving family members. Just Ask.Ligonier.org to get clear and trustworthy answers to your biblical and theological questions. Read the Transcript Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs March 18, 2019 7:40 am Support Us

The Source and Sustainer of New Life

I dream of being a gardener. You know, one of those green-thumb, botanical life-givers who not only knows how to put plants in the soil and make them grow but who also knows how to keep them alive. Maybe even one of those people who can look at a single leaf and quickly rattle off… Read More

TULIP and The Doctrines of Grace

The central truth of God’s saving grace is succinctly stated in the assertion, “Salvation is of the Lord.” This strong declaration means that every aspect of man’s salvation is from God and is entirely dependent upon God. The only contribution that we make is the sin that was laid upon Jesus Christ at the cross.… Read More

Zophar’s First Speech and Job’s Reply

Scripture Reading: Job 11:1-20, Job 12:1-25, Proverbs 4:18, 1 Peter 2:21-25 Here’s a question: Can anything good come out of the mouths of Job’s friends? I don’t know about you, but I occasionally find myself thinking (dismissively), “Yes, but one of Job’s friends said that.” The subtext is that we can safely skim over what they… Read More

Can a Husband Lust After His Wife?

What is right in the marriage bed is right in the mind, but husbands should strive to serve their wives, not use them, in both. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 17, 2019 6:40 pm Support Us

The Harlot, the Virgin, and the Bride: How God Makes Us Sexually Whole

Few stains cling so stubbornly to the soul as sexual sin. Memories linger. Distorted desires rise up unbidden. Old temptations find your new address and come knocking. Even those without a dark sexual past know something of sexual brokenness. Married or single, seasoned saint or new believer, former adulterer or lifelong virgin — none of… Read More

When You Feel Overlooked or Forgotten

My neighborhood is bursting with color right now. Our next door neighbor has a gorgeous dogwood tree full of pink and white flowers, one that delights me each spring with its blossoms (and disappoints me when they inevitably fall to the ground). The rose bush outside Adrienne’s bedroom window has tiny buds and shoots all over… 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 Job’s initial response to his suffering. Naked I came from my mother’s womb,and naked I will leave this life.The LORD gives, and the LORD takes away.Blessed be the name of the LORD.… Read More

The Sufferer I Want to Be: Why I Love the Apostle Paul

The apostle Paul did not let his suffering for Christ turn him against Christ or away from his mission. Paul suffered greatly and in many ways, but consider, for now, just these three: “Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods.… Read More

Truth, Lies and Icons

As verbal beings, we live in a world of icons. We experience the world in an iconic fashion. A major difficulty for us is that we have lost the vocabulary of iconic reality. We have substituted the language of photography. The dissonance between reality and our photographic assumptions has led us to doubt both. Man… Read More

2019 National Conference: Day 3 Highlights

Today we concluded our thirty-second annual National Conference. Our speakers included Sinclair Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, Stephen Nichols, Burk Parsons, and Derek Thomas. Registration for our 2020 National Conference is now open. Secure your spot today and save 50%. Look back on the conversation by following #ligcon on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure… Read More

“Hear, and your soul shall live”

Sometimes, in robust discussion, one person says to another, “I hear what you are saying”. This of course does not simply mean that the other person is speaking loud enough to be heard, but that the first clearly understands the point the other is making. In life in general it is very important that we… Read More

Announcing Our 2020 National Conference: Made in the Image of God

Why is human life so valuable? Because God created us in His own image. As God’s image bearers, we are called to reflect His character. Knowing that others are made in His image too, we are called to cherish all human life—even the lives of our enemies. Yet in this sinful world, people rob God… Read More

2019 National Conference: Day 2 Highlights

Yesterday was the second day of our thirty-second annual National Conference. Our speakers included Joel Beeke, Ligon Duncan, Sinclair Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Pepe Mendoza, Stephen Nichols, Miguel Núñez, Burk Parsons, Michael Reeves, Derek Thomas, and several members of the Reformation Bible College faculty. You can join the conversation by following #ligcon on Twitter and… Read More

Prune Today, Bloom Tomorrow

I saw the most gorgeous tree the other day at my kids’ school. She stopped me in my tracks with her huge blooms that were fuchsia on the outside and blush pink on the inside. Just a few weeks ago, this very tree was naked, seemingly dead and dry. Now, she sang of new life… Read More

Who Was the Weeping Prophet?

Jeremiah was given an unenviable task: to pronounce God’s judgment upon His people. Like many prophets before him, he learned what it is to be despised for teaching God’s Word. But as the last prophet of Judah before the exile, he faced unique challenges. In today’s message from his video teaching series Dust to Glory,… Read More

Grace Day

Use this day to pray, rest, and reflect on this week’s reading. Each Saturday, we will read a section from God’s response to Job in chapter 38. “Where were you when I established the earth?Tell me, if you have understanding.Who fixed its dimensions? Certainly you know!Who stretched a measuring line across it?What supports its foundations?Or… Read More

When You Do Not Know What to Do

When was the last time a trial came so swiftly and forcefully that you did not know what to do? My wife has lived in chronic pain for eight years. Recently, however, she woke up one morning with new health concerns that brought another hard, confusing, and frightening reality — a heavy one laid on… Read More

Jesus Is Not a Weekend Thing

How can we distinguish between doing Christian things like worship and actually being a Christian who worships? How can we tell if we are faking it? Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 15, 2019 7:41 am Support Us

2019 National Conference: Day 1 Highlights

Yesterday marked the beginning of our thirty-second annual National Conference. Close to five thousand attendees from around the world joined us for three days of teaching and fellowship. Our speakers included Sinclair Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, Sugel Michelén, Albert Mohler, Stephen Nichols, and Michael Reeves. You can join the conversation by following #ligcon… Read More

Dreaming Takes Courage

Once upon a time, I did not know how to dream. I realized my deficiency when after a year of being saturated with “dream” prompts, props, and protocol, along with inspiring talks and encouraging oration, I still could not muster a dream. That was when I realized I had never really dreamed. Instead of dreaming,… Read More

$5 Friday: Parenting, the Gospel, & Providence

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as parenting, William Tyndale, the Psalms, Ecclesiastes, the gospel, providence, 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 March 14, 2019 10:40 pm Support Us

Bildad’s First Speech and Job’s Reply

Scripture Reading: Job 8:1-22, Job 9:1-35, Job 10:1-22, Nahum 1:3, Romans 3:23-26  One of my kids got into trouble last week, and it was that kind of interesting trouble all the other kids love to talk about. Juicy trouble is everyone’s favorite kind of trouble. So his siblings talked, and he was furious at the humiliating… Read More

Leave Behind the Weariness of Bitterness

The gears of God’s justice sometimes grind slowly — so slowly that we may not even notice them turning during our brief sojourn on earth. We even begin to wonder if they’re really turning at all. Asaph writes, “Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But . . .”… Read More

Starting Soon: Livestream Our 2019 National Conference

Our National Conference has reached capacity once again, but anyone can join us online. The main sessions will be streamed in real time on Facebook Live and YouTube. Catch the first session with Stephen Nichols at 8:30 a.m. ET. We’ll also be adding the messages to the Ligonier app throughout the conference. Simply download the… Read More

Do I Need to Follow a Pattern While Praying?

Here’s an excerpt from Do I Need to Follow a Pattern While Praying?, Robert Rothwell’s contribution to the March issue of Tabletalk: I find prayer difficult. It’s not that I don’t want to pray; rather, I find prayer to be a hard practice. My mind is prone to wander while I pray. Sometimes my prayers… Read More

When You Feel Unsteady and Need Help During Your Season of Change

I grinned country-mile wide as my friend, Jen, told me about her neighborhood’s propensity for playing practical jokes on one another. The entire gang good-naturedly gave as well as they got, and one time they got Jen and her family especially good. The shenanigans were discovered on a late summer evening when Jen, her husband,… Read More

Job’s Reply to Eliphaz

Scripture Reading: Job 6:1-30, Job 7:1-21, Romans 8:18–25 One of my favorite lecture series from my first seminary experience (I’ve recently begun a second seminary adventure at the “mature” age of 55!) was about having a “high view” of God. We had lively discussions in class regarding how, in our modern era’s quest to make the… Read More

Am I Sitting Under Healthy Preaching?

Organic? Free-range? Many of us are learning to consider the long-term effects of what we’re eating. What consequences will the hormones pumped into the chickens and cows produce for me and my family over time? How harmless is it to consume a “genetically modified organism”? Such questions, of course, can be overdone, but for many,… Read More

God Alone Has Aseity

In this brief clip from his teaching series Moses and the Burning Bush, R.C. Sproul explains that God alone exists by His own power. Transcript We have the idea of self-existence or what we call in theology the concept of aseity. When I see that word on a blackboard or when I see it in a… Read More

Do Pets Go to Heaven?

Only humans are made in God’s image, and only humans can be redeemed. So do we have any biblical basis for saying our pets will be in heaven? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 13, 2019 7:55 am Support Us

We Don’t Need Actors in the Pulpit

The pulpit isn’t a place to put on a show, but to rejoice in the riches of revelation as you draw others to encounter God. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 13, 2019 6:40 am Support Us

The Holiness of God and the Sinfulness of Man

One word that crystallizes the essence of the Christian faith is the word grace. One of the great mottos of the Protestant Reformation was the Latin phrase sola gratia—by grace alone. This phrase wasn’t invented by the sixteenth-century Reformers. Its roots are in the theology of Augustine of Hippo, who used it to call attention… Read More

We Belong to Each Other

Hers was the first familiar face I saw in the sea of unknown that was the airport atrium. Standing back on the soil of my “home” for the first time in a year, I felt uprooted. A week before, my friend only existed as a voice over the phone while I ached for community I… Read More

The Holiness of Slow

“You’re so busy!” was a phrase I heard often. Each time someone said it, usually accompanied by a little nervous laughter, my smile would falter for a moment before I replied. I realized that I must have been wearing stress like a badge of honor. When I walked into a room, I’d be huffing and… Read More

Eliphaz’s First Speech

Scripture Reading: Job 4:1-21, Job 5:1-27, Romans 5:1, 1 Corinthians 3:18-23 Soon after my parents divorced, Dad remarried. Then, he moved out of the city to forty-two acres of flat, cactus-dotted pastureland in Central Florida to pursue his dream of becoming a cattleman-rancher. I loved helping Dad take care of our small herd, especially a… Read More

All We Feared Now Gives Way

We all have felt the sting of death. We’ve lost loved ones to cancer. We’ve wrestled with our own weaknesses. We’ve tried to live with our failures. We’ve navigated broken relationships, and battled against the cruel consequences of sin. We know firsthand that the whole world is dying for resurrection. How has death crept into… Read More

What Is Prayer?

Here’s an excerpt from What Is Prayer?, Barry York’s contribution to the March issue of Tabletalk: Reformed Christians have a ready answer to the question, “What is prayer?” The Westminster Larger Catechism 178 asks that very question, stating in response, “Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, in the name of Christ,… Read More

I Will Be “Un-Fine” with You

We’ve spent the last two years talking about friendship, about our cravings for connection. We’ve talked about the way Jesus will never unfriend us, how He is the ultimate friend. We’ve heard from you as you bravely pursue friendship, and we’ve studied the way friendship is woven throughout the fibers of Scripture. Here’s a sample… Read More

Job’s Lament

Scripture Reading: Job 3:1-26, Philippians 3:7–11, 2 Timothy 2:8–13 I once had a surgeon tell me I wasn’t a very good patient because I tried to “gut it out,” instead of being honest about the pain I was experiencing. Apparently, it’s hard on a healer when a patient masks their symptoms; making a diagnosis can become… Read More

Why Jesus Needed the Holy Spirit

Many Christians assume that Christ was able to perform miracles because he was God. It certainly is true that he is God. However, if we argue, for example, that Christ’s divine nature necessarily and always acts through his human nature, thus enabling him to perform miracles, a serious problem emerges concerning the many texts that… Read More

The Devil Can Do Exposition, but He Can’t Preach

The pulpit isn’t a just place for a lecture or even mere teaching. Every sermon should sing with worship over the glories of God’s word. John Piper delivered this message during a breakout seminar at the Sing! 2018 Conference in Nashville. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 11, 2019 9:41 am Support Us

What Is the Greatest Challenge in the Church Today?

What is the greatest challenge in the church today? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson considers the challenges of prayerlessness, dysfunction, and more. Just Ask.Ligonier.org to get clear and trustworthy answers to your biblical and theological questions. Read the Transcript Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs March 11, 2019 8:40 am Support Us

Facing Up to God

  And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. 2 Cor. 3:18 Among the most striking of all images in St. Paul’s writing is his description of beholding the glory of God with an unveiled face. It’s… Read More

What Is Islam?

Whenever I teach on Islam, whether at seminary or in a church, I invariably get asked questions that begin like this: “What would a Muslim think about…?” My standard response is another question: “Which Muslim?” Imagine someone asking a parallel question: “What would a Christian think about such-and-such?” Well, what kind of Christian? A conservative… Read More

He Meets Us in the Middle

There’s been a stirring in my spirit since the year began. I think I subconsciously assumed that the trauma of last year would simply disappear the moment the calendar rolled over. Two months in, I’ve discovered that to not be the case. The bulk of the trauma may be over, but I am still dealing… Read More

The Setting of the Test

Scripture Reading: Job 1:1-22, Job 2:1-13, Psalm 22:1-11 Dealing honestly, wisely, and compassionately with human pain is an integral part of our job description as followers of Jesus Christ. No one gets through this life unscathed. Everyone deals with pain and suffering at some level. If someone insists she hasn’t, she’s either lying, in denial, or… Read More

How Do I Live the Authentic Christian Life?

The authentic Christian life is the obedient Christian life. Pastor John shares an acronym that helps him to walk in the power that God supplies. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 10, 2019 6:25 pm Support Us

Behold Your Queen: The Real Conflict in Captain Marvel

The most recent Marvel thriller, Captain Marvel, cannot be accused of hiding its uniform. In the lead actress’s own words, “It’s mythology, it’s story, and it’s the human experience on this large scale. And on top of it, they said they [directors and the powers that be at Disney] wanted to make, like, the biggest… Read More

Make Your Life Count: Q&A with John Piper

How do you share the gospel? Does marriage limit missions? Will I always struggle with doubt? John Piper addresses these questions and more. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog March 10, 2019 6:11 am Support Us

This Isn’t Where Your Story Ends

A few weeks ago, I walked into the living room, still groggily wiping sleep from my eyes and mentally thinking through my to-dos for the day, and immediately started blinking back tears. I planted the bulb in December, watered it through January, and kept waiting for it to bloom. An amaryllis grows in winter, when… Read More

Weekly Truth

Scripture is God-breathed and true. When we memorize it, we carry the gospel with us wherever we go. This week we will memorize the key verse for 2 Peter. His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.2… Read More

“Home-Coming”

Last week we stepped inside our front door after a long and complicated journey involving three flights and a four-hour drive home. For safety reasons, we had a night’s sleep before the drive home. We were still very tired and weary, but thankful to God for the moment we stepped inside our own home. It… Read More

Forgiveness and the Whole Adam

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;  (John17:20-21) The Elder Sophrony, together with St. Silouan, wrote about the “whole Adam.” By this, they meant all the human beings who have ever existed and those yet to come. For Silouan and Sophrony, this was… Read More

The Holy God, an Unholy People, and a Remarkable Prophet

Isaiah’s call to be a prophet was a traumatic experience. In his vision of the divine throne room, he saw angels hide their faces and heard them cry out, “Holy, holy, holy!” In that moment, he understood that God is holy and he was not, and he trembled in awe and terror. The Israelites should… Read More

When We Cannot See

My husband and I traveled our way home from an appointment one recent morning through fog. This wasn’t one of those hazy kind of fogs. This was a dense, can’t-see-the-front-of-your-vehicle kind of fog. We had a twenty-five mile trip home on a highway that cut right through beautiful farmland. Twenty-five miles of big, deep hills… Read More