Tim Tebow News: Tebow Visits Hurricane Irma Victims, Gives Inspirational Talk

Reuters/Danny Moloshok/File PhotoFormer NFL player Tim Tebow Fresh from his freshman year at the minor league with the Mets, Tim Tebow is currently busy doing his rounds as a media influencer while waiting for his return to the team in 2018. The 30-year-old former football quarterback-turned-professional baseball outfielder was spotted Thursday, Sept. 21, on Big… Read More

SNES Classic Edition News: Wireless Controller Announced By Nyko

Facebook/NintendoThe SNES Classic Edition will finally release the long-canceled ‘Star Fox 2’ game It seems Nintendo is ditching the wired controller despite insisting that it adds to the “retro feel” of the SNES Classic Edition console. A new wireless version of the controllers was recently announced by Nyko for gamers who want to have a… Read More

'Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet' Is All About The Player's Custom Character

Dimps/YoutubeScreenshot from the ‘Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet’ gameplay trailer Unlike previous games set in the world of the hit anime, “Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet” is set in the fictional video game world of “Gun Gale Online.” The focus has shifted because instead of playing as Kirito or other characters from the series, the… Read More

Syfy's 'Tremors' Cast News, Release Date: Three More Stars Added to Cast

Danielle M. Bacon/Wikimedia CommonsKevin Bacon to reprise his role in SyFy’s “Tremors” It has been months since Syfy announced its new series “Tremors,” but details about it are still few and far between. Earlier this week, however, the network confirmed the names of those who have been cast in roles so far for the upcoming… Read More

Hey, Is the World Still Here?

Yes, it would be wonderful if Jesus returned for His people this week, but it’s not going to happen. Count on it. The Second Coming will not take place this year on September 23. How can I be so sure? The Bible tells me so, and not in some ambiguous, mysterious language. Instead, Jesus told… Read More

Men's Pastor Aces Matthew McConaughey Lincoln Commercials in Retreat Promos

(Photo: Every Man Ministries)Pastor Kenny Luck. LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. — As a way to promote an upcoming men’s retreat, Pastor Kenny Luck teamed with his church’s creatives to knock out stellar video spoofs of a couple of the ethereal Matthew McConaughey Lincoln car commercials. Complete with his impersonation of McConaughey as the introspective dreamer driving… Read More

'General Hospital' Spoilers, Plot News: Ava Asks About Patient Six

By Vianne Ilagan , Christian Post Contributor | Sep 23, 2017 12:08 PM Spoilers for today’s episode of “General Hospital” tease of major revelations in and around Port Charles. It will not only find Maura West’s Ava feeding her curiosity, but it will also follow her as she pries into the case of Patient Six.… Read More

Is Congress Finally Helping Iraq's Persecuted Christians?

A bill that would to provide emergency aid for Christians and other victims of genocide in Iraq and Syria was advanced by a Senate committee vote earlier this week, and a congressman who sponsored the legislation says the lack of action by the U.S. so far is “incomprehensible.” House Resolution 390, also called the Iraq… Read More

America's Universities Have a Drinking Problem

These days, colleges expect their students to drink like fish and hook up frequently. And they’re just trying to keep a lid on it. Sort of. A few months ago, a colleague of mine spoke with a young man about life at one of most prestigious colleges in the country—the kind that’s difficult to get… Read More

UK Church Apologizes for Hosting Fashion Show 'Glorifying Satan' (Video)

(Photo: Instagram/Dilara Findikoglu)Turkish designer Dilara Findikoglu’s presented her spring/summer 2018 collection at London Fashion Week at St Andrews Anglican Church which has since apologized due to the satanic and occult theme of the show that also featured nudity, September 18, 2017. An Anglican church in London has apologized for allowing a Turkish fashion designer to… Read More

Can ‘Game of Thrones’ teach us about the meaning of life?

(The Conversation) — When the popular television series “Game of Thrones” ended last month, fans bemoaned the long wait until the final season. Speculation pegs next summer as the earliest possibility. In the meantime, posts on the dragon Viserion’s blue flames, memes on the hookup of fictional characters Jon Snow and Daenerys and chatter about… Read More

US Episcopal Church Loses Nearly 35,000 Members in 1 Year

(Photo: Reuters/Jim Urquhart)A group of deacons arrive for a church service during the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah June 28, 2015. The General Convention of the Episcopal Church is held every three years in different cities around the country. The Episcopal Church in the U.S. lost nearly 35,000 members… Read More

North Korean Defector Sends 1,000 Digital Bibles in Balloons Across Border

(Photo: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon)A North Korean flag is pictured at its embassy in Beijing January 6, 2016. A North Korean defector used 350 helium balloons to send 1,000 flash drives loaded with portions of the Bible across the border from the South Korean side, according to reports. Jung Kwang-il, founder of a group called No Chain,… Read More

Pi Introduces 'Contactless' Wireless Charging

PiStartup company Pi will release a wireless charger that can work without any direct contact with the a smartphone. Pi, a startup company, has recently introduced an upcoming product called the Pi Charger, which will allow wireless charging without direct contact between the device and the charger. Currently, even the most high technology wireless charging… Read More

3 Ways Christians Are on the Sidelines of Cultural Conversations

The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of The Christian Post or its editors. (Photo: Courtesy of Carmen LaBerge)Carmen Fowler LaBerge is president of the Presbyterian Lay Committee and host of “The Reconnect with Carmen LaBerge,” radio program. A QIdeas study conducted by Barna in 2014 reveals that most… Read More

What If You Share JESUS?

The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of The Christian Post or its editors. I love to share about Jesus — but that is a new thing for me. Years ago I would never open my mouth, or ever attempt to share Jesus. I do not have a good… Read More

No, God Did Not Prescribe the Use of Cannabis in the Bible

The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of The Christian Post or its editors. Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries. He is the author of 25 books and hosts… Read More

Steve McQueen Had a Close Call With Charles Manson and His Murderous Cult

(Photo: Greenleaf Book Group) Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Irvine, California, encountered a number of surprising details while researching legendary actor Steve McQueen’s life story, including the entertainer’s conversion to the Christian faith. But perhaps the most shocking detail was McQueen’s eerily close encounter with Charles Manson and his murderous… Read More

They Give Us Hope: WORLD Announces Winner of 2017 Hope Awards

The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of The Christian Post or its editors. Eric Metaxas is an evangelical speaker and bestselling author. The world needs hope. Which is why I’m glad WORLD Magazine has announced the winner of its Hope Awards! During the summer, I told you about… Read More

'BoJack Horseman' Renewal News: Netflix Green-Lights Season 5

Facebook/BoJackHorsemanPromo image for “BoJack Horseman” featuring the titular character voiced by Will Arnett, his friend Todd Chavez (Aaron Paul), and agent Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris). Netflix confirmed its fifth installment just a few weeks after season 4 of “BoJack Horseman” premiered. The announcement was made through the titular character’s Twitter account. Since “BoJack Horseman” is… Read More

'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' News: Devs Express Concern Over 'Fortnite's' New Mode Possibly 'Replicating' Their Game

Facebook courtesy of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS’PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ has been one of the more popular games of this year “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” also known as “PUBG,” has been one of the surprise hits of this year, drawing plenty of attention from plenty of gamers including more than a few high-profile gaming personalities. Now, the title is embroiled in… Read More

“Should I Force My Teen to Go to Church?”

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2 Samuel 19; 2 Corinthians 12; Ezekiel 26; Psalm 74

2 Samuel 19; 2 Corinthians 12; Ezekiel 26; Psalm 74 “I MUST GO ON BOASTING,” Paul writes (2 Cor. 12:1), though of course he has been doing so only in the most ironic way (see yesterday’s meditation and the one for September 21). But now he faces a new dilemma. Apparently his opponents have been… Read More

The Truth to Carry You Through Any Season

I wish I could live in a world made of summer. A world of bare toes and browned skin, a world of cold drinks and thick novels alongside the pool, a world of early sunrises and late sunsets, ice cream cones and fresh flowers, morning birdsongs and evening crickets chirping through an open window; a… Read More

Grace Day

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Burnout Begins with Bad Theology

Innumerable books and articles have been published over the last several years on the subject of burnout. But for all the millions of words that have been spent, the statistics continue to rise at an alarming pace. And behind the cold statistics is a conflagration of relationships, families, careers, lives, and souls. The reason the… Read More

Why it’s offensive to offer a lamb dinner to the Hindu god Ganesha

(The Conversation) — A recent ad from the meat industry in Australia, seeking to promote lamb as a food that people from a wide range of religious backgrounds can consume, has given offense to many Hindus in Australia and internationally. In Australia, the ad prompted a complaint by the High Commission of India. In the… Read More

Texas Officials Urge Trump to Act on FEMA Funding for Houses of Worship

Texas Officials Urge Trump to Act on FEMA Funding for Houses of Worship (RNS) — Texas officials have written to President Trump urging him to follow up on his tweeted endorsement of federal disaster relief for churches after Hurricane Harvey. “Regrettably, due to a FEMA policy whose terms predate your administration, the same churches that… Read More

Christians in Nepal Sentenced to Prison for Praying for Ill Woman are Released

Christians in Nepal Sentenced to Prison for Praying for Ill Woman are Released (Morning Star News) – Four Christians in Nepal sentenced to five years in prison on false charges of “witchcraft” and “violence” were released today after a high court annulled their convictions, church leaders said. Lali Pun, Bimkali Budha, Suk Lal Pariyar and… Read More

Fulani Fugitive from Islam in Nigeria Endures Persecution as a 'Lifestyle'

Fulani Fugitive from Islam in Nigeria Endures Persecution as a ‘Lifestyle’ (Morning Star News) – Before Boko Haram began growing into a prominent terrorist force in northeast Nigeria in 2009, its members were trying to kill a highly effective evangelist to ethnic Fulani Muslims. One Boko Haram member pretended to be a Christian in order… Read More

What the Star Wars franchise can learn from the Roman Catholic Church

(RNS) — What is Star Wars? For the first decade or so after George Lucas made what would come to be known as Episode IV (which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year), the answer to that question was easy. Star Wars was whatever Lucas said it was. But the answer became increasingly complicated as Lucasfilm licensed… Read More

The Book that Sparked Reformation : What Are the Five Solas?

In an age of corruption and false teaching, the Protestant Reformers returned to the Scriptures. There they found the way of salvation. Instead of indulgences, the Mass, relics, and other superstitions, they rediscovered the ancient way of salvation: the gospel. The five solas were their attempt to summarize biblical teaching on salvation. That God makes… Read More

The Strength of a Godly Woman: Hope in Her God

[embedded content] Audio Transcript “This is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves by submitting to their own husbands” (1 Peter 3:5). The deepest root of womanhood is hope in God. The deepest root of Christian womanhood. That’s where we start defining Christian womanhood. Hope in God. “Holy women who… Read More

Travel ban revisions may add countries, alter court challenge

WASHINGTON (USA Today) — The long and winding road to the Supreme Court for President Trump’s travel ban may require yet another detour as the White House prepares to revise or replace it. The administration is planning to add additional countries to a list of nations whose citizens’ travel to the United States would be banned or restricted, an… Read More

LDS church sets record price for a manuscript of the Book of Mormon

(RNS) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints paid the highest price ever recorded for a manuscript when it bought a handwritten printer’s copy of the Book of Mormon for $35 million. The sale was announced Wednesday (Sept. 20) by both the LDS church and the Community of Christ, the denomination that sold… Read More

Natalie Grants Asks for Prayers for Upcoming Thyroid Surgery

Natalie Grants Asks for Prayers for Upcoming Thyroid Surgery Christian singer Natalie Grant is expected to have thyroid surgery soon. The singer will have to cancel shows between mid-October and November as she recovers from the surgery, which will remove tumors from her thyroid. She said this week in a Facebook video post that doctors… Read More

Hurricane Maria Causes Devastation in Puerto Rico, St. Croix

Hurricane Maria Causes Devastation in Puerto Rico, St. Croix Hurricane Maria has flooded parts of the Dominican Republic after the storm pushed through Puerto Rico and St. Croix. Hurricane Maria has killed about 17 people. Puerto Rican officials said they were still assessing how much Maria damaged or destroyed when she hit the island Wednesday.… Read More

South Texas Faces Difficult Road in Harvey Aftermath

Spotlight Faith Groups Provide the Bulk of Disaster Recovery, in Coordination with FEMA Nationwide Vote on Gay Marriage Moves Ahead in Australia Ethnic Violence in Burma Triggers Refugee Crisis All the President’s Clergymen: A Close Look at Trump’s ‘Unprecedented’ Ties with Evangelicals In-Class Gender Flip Shocks Parents of Kindergartners Full Story Here Christian Headlines September… Read More

Mexico Workers Race to Find Survivors after Massive Earthquake

Spotlight Faith Groups Provide the Bulk of Disaster Recovery, in Coordination with FEMA Nationwide Vote on Gay Marriage Moves Ahead in Australia Ethnic Violence in Burma Triggers Refugee Crisis All the President’s Clergymen: A Close Look at Trump’s ‘Unprecedented’ Ties with Evangelicals In-Class Gender Flip Shocks Parents of Kindergartners Full Story Here Christian Headlines September… Read More

The enduring power of Mosul’s rich and diverse past

A 1932 photograph showing the minaret of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, Mosul. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. (The Conversation) — The Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, built nearly a millennium ago and one of Iraq’s most revered religious sites, was destroyed when the Islamic State detonated explosives inside it in… Read More

2 Samuel 18; 2 Corinthians 11; Ezekiel 25; Psalm 73

2 Samuel 18; 2 Corinthians 11; Ezekiel 25; Psalm 73 IN THE CONTINUING PRESSURE he felt to respond to those who were undermining his authority in Corinth, Paul finds he must “boast” while not “boasting” (see yesterday’s meditation). In 2 Corinthians 10 Paul climaxes his argument by insisting that the Christian’s only proper boasting is… Read More

How Should We Then Worship?

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The Beauty of Simple Gatherings

I was running around feeling frazzled just moments before opening my door. Dogs were barking and my family was frantically trying to get dressed and out the door. The kitchen still felt disheveled from breakfast. Dirty socks were magically appearing on the floor. Sigh. Hosting this lunch seemed like a grand idea the week before… Read More

The Cheap Way to Bless Your Pastor

This is the sort of post I can write only because my church doesn’t need to read it. My church allows for ample vacation time and more study leave than most pastors would dare to ask for. I’m blessed and extremely thankful. But many pastors are not so fortunate. So let me make a simple… Read More

$5 Friday: Guilt, Forgiveness, & Repentance

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God and Possessions

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:19-24, Proverbs 28:22, Luke 12:13-21, Ephesians 5:5, 1 Timothy 6:17-19 Look around you and consider this: it will all make a good bonfire some day. Somewhere along the line, that little catchphrase got filed in my heart. I find it equal parts jarring and comforting. Jarring because so much of what I’ve… Read More

A 14-Point Rebuttal to The Nashville Statement from a Straight Cis Christian Man

In the wake of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s “Nashville Statement,” RD published commentaries by Daniel Schultz, who called the manifesto “less of a theological statement than a Facebook post,” and Candace Chellew-Hodge, who argued that “this kind of damage has only been done to the LGBT community because we have given them the authority to do… Read More

Lying Boldly: Louise Hay and the Problem of Religious Science

The news of Louise Hay’s death took me right back to the mid-1980s and the worst of the AIDS crisis, when her books and tapes were everywhere in the homes and hospital rooms of the sick and dying. Out of respect for friends and lovers among those frightened young men, I never said what I… Read More

Why Natural Disasters Were Perfect Timing for Anti-LGBT Nashville Statement

Amid all the ruminations and critiques of the Nashville Statement, one aspect sticks out to me as particularly curious: the timing. Why did the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood choose this precise moment to trumpet evangelical Christianity’s longstanding, categorical opposition to LGBT identity? Sure, some LGBT people had been enjoying a modicum of normalization… Read More

Religious Conservatives Mobilize Internationally Against Spanish Nondiscrimination Bill; And More in Global LGBT Recap

“Anti-Gender Campaigns in Europe: Mobilizing Against Equality,” edited by Roman Kuhar, associate professor at the University of Ljubljana, and David Paternotte, lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, has been published by Rowman & Littlefield International. From the publisher’s description: This book examines how an academic concept of gender, when translated by religious organizations such… Read More

Reclaiming My Time: Maxine Waters, the Sabbath and the High Holy Days

In late July, California Rep. Maxine Waters’ “reclaiming my time” became the rallying cry heard round the world. Manifestos emerged as women and people of color discerned the ways in which time has been historically stolen from them. Memes are now a fact of life; they direct and shape how we consume information. Yet we seldom ask… Read More

What Does It Mean to ‘Abide in Christ’?

Audio Transcript Happy Friday to everyone. Today’s question comes from Kasey in Oregon. “Dear Pastor John, I have been a Christian, a Bible student, and a Bible teacher for many years. But I sometimes find myself a little puzzled and — if I’m honest — a bit disquieted by John’s teaching on ‘abiding.’ In particular,… Read More

Imitate Me: Laying Aside the Weight of False Humility

Are you humble enough to point to your own life as an example to others of godly living? I think most of us consider self-effacement and self-deprecation — admitting our sin and brokenness and pointing to others who excel us in holiness — as marks of humility. And they certainly are, when they are true.… Read More

Australian Church Nixes Straight Couple’s Wedding Over Their Marriage Equality Support; and More in Global LGBT Recap

Vitit Muntarbhorn, a Thai lawyer and diplomat, cited health problems in resigning effective October 31 as the United Nations’ first independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The creation of his position by the Human Rights Council last year was fought bitterly by anti-equality nations… Read More

Not So Fast: New Data Does Not Support Conservative Shift for Dems

It’s more or less an article of faith that religious Americans, especially white Americans, have abandoned the Democratic Party. And indeed, a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute confirms that the Republican and Democratic Parties are drifting further apart in terms of religious affiliation. In 2006, more than eight in ten Republicans identified… Read More

Steve Bannon and the Conservative “Cafeteria Catholics”

The phrase “cafeteria Catholic” first gained currency in the mid-1980s to describe—mostly disparagingly—progressive Catholics who pick and chose from church doctrine, following the precepts they like on poverty and peace while ignoring those they didn’t like on sex—particularly regarding birth control and abortion, homosexuality and divorce. Ever since then, there’s been no more damning invective… Read More

East Lansing Demonstrates How Not to Respond to Anti-LGBT “Christian” Businesses

From wedding cakes to apple cider, the nation’s best-funded Christian legal nonprofit is using “religious” foodservice vendors to undermine state and local non-discrimination laws. Typically, as I’ve previously reported here at RD, the Alliance Defending Freedom’s M.O. is to carve out special—and absolute—protections for anti-LGBT views and conduct when framed as “sincerely held religious beliefs.” But in… Read More

Feeding on the Faithful: How Supernatural Thinking Empowered the Third Reich

What inspired you to write Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich? Since I was a kid I’ve been interested in the supernatural: vampires, werewolves, horror films, and classic E.C. comics; Poe, Lovecraft, Anne Rice, and Stephen King; superheroes, like Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, or Indiana Jones, who battled Nazis. As a historian… Read More

Catholic Cardinal Slams Jesuit’s Bridge-Building Book; and More in Global LGBT Recap

Reports from several international LGBT gatherings: The Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa (IDNOWA), founded in 2016, reported on its August gathering in Accra, Ghana, which drew more than 30 delegates from 10 countries, for interfaith worship and conversations about scripture and advocacy: The brothers and sisters from ten countries in West Africa: Benin, Nigeria,… Read More

Shocked by Aung San Suu Kyi’s Insensitivity to Ethnic Cleaning? Don’t Be.

On Tuesday, September 19, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a speech in English to the international community. In the speech, she explained that her nascent democratic government was hard at work to rectify systemic nationwide problems due to decades of neglect. She also addressed the current crisis in which over… Read More

Texas officials urge Trump to act on FEMA funding for houses of worship

(RNS) — Texas officials have written to President Trump urging him to follow up on his tweeted endorsement of federal disaster relief for churches after Hurricane Harvey. “Regrettably, due to a FEMA policy whose terms predate your administration, the same churches that are playing an instrumental role in the recovery effort cannot receive disaster relief… Read More

What Happens When An American President Believes He is Above the Law?

 Americans like to talk about law as if it something real, something outside the thoughts and actions of men and women like us, even including us. This reification of law is part of a deep American faith, coexisting with other explicitly religious worldviews but no less structuring of our lives. Belief in the reality of… Read More

Why I Give Zero F*cks What Anti-Gay Christians Think

For years, I cared what anti-gay Christians thought about me. Deeply. I spent countless hours arguing the finer points of scriptural history and interpretation with them – especially the “clobber passages” – those six or seven passages that they claim unequivocally condemn homosexuality. I cared so much that I created an Whosoever, an online magazine –… Read More

Pope admits church realized sex abuse problem ‘a bit late’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday acknowledged the Catholic Church was “a bit late” in realizing the damage done by priests who rape and molest children, and said that the decades-long practice of moving pedophiles around rather than sanctioning them was to blame. Francis met Thursday for the first time with his sex… Read More

The Ex-KKK Priest and the Subtle Terrorism of the Anti-Abortion Movement

Largely lost in the coverage of the Rev. William Aitcheson, the priest serving in a Northern Virginia Catholic Church until he was revealed as a former member of the KKK, is his history of abortion clinic protests. According to the Washington Post: In 1992, Aitcheson was arrested on charges of trespassing on the property of… Read More

Caffeine starting to be sold in Brigham Young University’s cafeteria

(RNS) — Move over, caffeine-free soft drinks: Your caffeinated counterparts are now available at a prominent Mormon university. “I have been told the students are lining up,” Brigham Young University spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said of the campus cafeteria after the school announced caffeinated beverages would be available starting Thursday (Sept. 21). “It’s been very positive.… Read More

Prosperity Gospel Is Not the Only Problem with Joel Osteen’s Harvey Response

Twitter was outraged Monday. Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, housed in a former basketball arena, looked to be dry and quiet, even as thousands of Houstonians were seeking shelter from Hurricane Harvey. “Joel Osteen” started to trend on Twitter with comments about the hypocrisy of the prominent Prosperity Gospel preacher, who tweeted out that he… Read More

Do You Get ‘It’?

Grossing $117 million in it’s opening weekend, and $218.7 million in its first 10 days, the new horror movie It fast became the highest grossing September release in Hollywood history. The nightmare-to-paper thriller from Stephen King, about the child-hunting clown named Pennywise, was first an award winning novel (1986), turned TV miniseries (1990), turned R-rated… Read More

‘Miracle of the Kurds’ Author Shares Why He Supports a Forgotten People

‘Miracle of the Kurds’ Author Shares Why He Supports a Forgotten People On Monday, September 25, the Kurdish people of northern Iraq will go to the polls to vote on whether they should seek independence. While U.S. officials have expressed opposition to the measure, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu backs the effort for a Kurdish… Read More

Justice Ginsburg surprise speaker at Jewish new year service

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a surprise guest speaker Wednesday evening during services for the Jewish new year in Washington, telling worshippers she believes being Jewish helped her empathize with other minority groups. Ginsburg spoke mostly about her Jewish faith, acknowledging that the Jewish justices who have served on the… Read More

Nashville Cats Play Dumb As Backwards Preachers

Friends, I have read the Nashville Statement, and it is stupid. Like, really, really dumb. Final season of Friends dumb. Blotting out the sun dumb. So dumb that it forms less of a theological statement than a Facebook post masquerading as a creed of the church. It is so monumentally stupid that the largest button… Read More

The Ascension of Christ

Holiday Thought. “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing; Who said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing… Read More

The history of the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya

(The Conversation) — Some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims, a religious and ethnic minority community in Myanmar, have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since August this year. The United Nations has called the Rohingya the world’s most persecuted minority group and described the atrocities by Myanmar’s authorities as “ethnic cleansing,” whereby one group removes another ethnic or religious… Read More

Teen Gives Birth after Christian School Graduation Controversy

Teen Gives Birth after Christian School Graduation Controversy (RNS) — Maddi Runkles, the pregnant student who was not allowed to cross the graduation stage at her Maryland Christian school in June, has given birth to a boy. “My family and I are doing great,” Runkles said in a statement provided to The Herald-Mail in Hagerstown,… Read More

After Harvey Criticism, Joel Osteen Opens Church to Jews for High Holy Days

After Harvey Criticism, Joel Osteen Opens Church to Jews for High Holy Days (RNS) L’Shanah Tovah, y’all. Joel and Victoria Osteen, leaders of Houston’s Lakewood Church, are offering that Hebrew “happy new year” greeting to a displaced Jewish congregation. The offer comes just a few weeks after the couple were criticized for not immediately opening… Read More

Hurricane Maria Leaves All of Puerto Rico without Power

Hurricane Maria Leaves All of Puerto Rico without Power The office of emergency management in Puerto Rico confirmed that the entire U.S. territory had lost power following landfall of Hurricane Maria. Much like Texas after Hurricane Harvey, and Florida after Hurricane Irma, Maria has devastated Puerto Rico. According to ABC News, only one person has… Read More

Mitch McConnell to Introduce New Healthcare Bill in Senate Next Week

Spotlight Faith Groups Provide the Bulk of Disaster Recovery, in Coordination with FEMA Nationwide Vote on Gay Marriage Moves Ahead in Australia Ethnic Violence in Burma Triggers Refugee Crisis All the President’s Clergymen: A Close Look at Trump’s ‘Unprecedented’ Ties with Evangelicals In-Class Gender Flip Shocks Parents of Kindergartners Full Story Here Christian Headlines September… Read More

ABHMS executive director to offer call to justice at historical society event

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, who is both executive director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and its director of Public Witness and Advocacy, will offer a prophetic call to justice during American Baptist Historical Society’s “Let It Not Happen Again” event at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28 at Atlanta Administration and Conference… Read More

In Greece, the evil eye is trending

ATHENS, Greece (RNS) — Stroll down Ifestou Street in the bustling Monastiraki market, and you’ll spy ropes of necklaces, bracelets and keychains bedecked with the mati, or “eye,” the distinctive talisman with concentric blue and white circles. For years, tourists to Greece have snapped up the charms, these “all-seeing eyeballs,” which are supposed to help… Read More

The Shroud of Turin – the ticking time bomb

SPRING BRANCH, Texas – How ironic that Christianity’s most precious relic, widely held as validating Jesus’s resurrection, actually denies it. So concludes author J. Thomas Devins in his recently published book, The Illusion of Death. The Shroud is Jesus’s burial cloth. It contains a faint image of His prone, naked body complete with biblically accurate… Read More

Michigan doctor believes US ready for first Muslim governor

DETROIT (AP) — Perhaps no state has embraced the political outsider as much as Michigan, where a venture capitalist won the last two governor’s elections and a real estate baron carried the presidential vote. Now Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is putting that affinity for newcomers to the test. El-Sayed, a 32-year-old liberal doctor in Detroit, is… Read More

Philippians 1:12–14: Conquer Fear by Seeing God

In this lab, Pastor John discusses what will make the timid speak, the cowardly stand, and the weak strong: a sight of their God. Principle for Bible Reading Summarize in One Sentence It is often telling if we understand something by whether or not we can summarize it succinctly. Striving to summarize a section, a… Read More

Handling Abuse in the Church

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When You’re Afraid Your Best Days Are Behind You

Last weekend I went to my 20th high school reunion. It was an event that I’d built up to be A THING in my head, one I was both nervous about and looking forward to. It turned out to be less “A THING” and more a pleasant evening spent with a handful of people I… Read More

2 Samuel 17; 2 Corinthians 10; Ezekiel 24; Psalm 72

2 Samuel 17; 2 Corinthians 10; Ezekiel 24; Psalm 72 THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF BOASTING in Western evangelicalism. Some of it is so flagrant that it is repulsive to all serious-minded people. Much of it, however, is subtle and potentially subversive. Probably most of us are guilty of it sometimes. On first reading,… Read More

False Gospels Deserve True Fury

[embedded content] Audio Transcript “If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one that you received, let him accursed.” In other words, let him be anathema, let him be damned. So what you see immediately is that in this chapter, in this letter, in this conference based on this letter, in the… Read More

Polygamous sect leader pleads guilty to escape, fraud

FILE – This 2017 file photo provided by the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office shows Lyle Jeffs. Jeffs, a polygamous sect leader recaptured after a year on the run in a fraud case, pleaded guilty Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in an escape and food-stamp fraud cases, in federal court in Salt Lake City. Jeffs is facing… Read More

How to Fast

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:16-18, 2 Samuel 12:15-23, Psalm 51:16-17, Isaiah 58:1-12, Revelation 19:6-10 One of my pet peeves is when people in public talk really loudly on purpose. Don’t get me wrong, I like loud and extroverted people in general, but the random strangers who want to be overheard irk me. Have you ever noticed someone… Read More

Remembering the Influential Life of Rich Mullins

September 19 marked 20 years since the passing of beloved contemporary Christmas music artist Rich Mullins. Mullins died from a horrific car accident in 1997, but left a legacy of Christian worship.  Ian Kissell writes in a memorial tribute that Mullins’ music continues to impact him, though many years have passed since he first heard… Read More

We Always Have Something Good to Say

Among scores of interviews I’ve conducted over the years, one simple statement from counselor Ed Welch may be the single most memorable. Five years ago, I had a few moments with Ed to record an episode on biblical counseling for the podcast Theology Refresh. As no expert in counseling myself, or even modestly versed in… Read More

Teen gives birth after Christian school graduation controversy

(RNS) — Maddi Runkles, the pregnant student who was not allowed to cross the graduation stage at her Maryland Christian school in June, has given birth to a boy. “My family and I are doing great,” Runkles said in a statement provided to The Herald-Mail in Hagerstown, Md., by a spokesman for Students for Life… Read More

How to Kill a Church

[embedded content] Audio Transcript I’ve been pastor of the same congregation now for over twenty-two years, and do you want to know what causes trouble in the church? Absolutely nothing so much as confusing the gospel. John Stott said that “The devil disturbs the church as much by error as by evil. When he cannot… Read More

After Harvey criticism, Joel Osteen opens church to Jews for High Holy Days

(RNS) L’Shanah Tovah, y’all. Joel and Victoria Osteen, leaders of Houston’s Lakewood Church, are offering that Hebrew “happy new year” greeting to a displaced Jewish congregation. The offer comes just a few weeks after the couple were criticized for not immediately opening their stadiumlike downtown megachurch as a Hurricane Harvey shelter. “Congregation Beth Yeshurun experienced… Read More

Virginia Church Votes to Remove Robert E. Lee from Name

Virginia Church Votes to Remove Robert E. Lee from Name Vestry leaders at R.E. Lee Episcopal Church in Lexington, Virginia voted 7-5 Monday night to return the church to its original name, Grace Episcopal Church, ending a lively two-year-long debate among members of the congregation. Lee moved to Lexington after the Civil War ended to… Read More

Box of Joy expands to bring Christmas joy to impoverished kids

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Cross Catholic Outreach’s Box of Joy ministry is gearing up to put Christmas smiles on the faces of more than 60,000 children, all of whom live in dire poverty in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The Box of Joy ministry is in its fourth year, tripling and surpassing their goals… Read More

Remembering the Influential Life of Rich Mullins

Remembering the Influential Life of Rich Mullins September 19 marked 20 years since the passing of beloved contemporary Christmas music artist Rich Mullins. Mullins died from a horrific car accident in 1997, but left a legacy of Christian worship.  Ian Kissell writes in a memorial tribute that Mullins’ music continues to impact him, though many… Read More

Welcome to the Jewish Inquisition!

In the middle of my Rosh Ha Shanah preparation (and may I say to you, my loyal readers: Shanah tovah — a good and sweet new year!), I started thinking about the British comic troupe, Monty Python. One of my favorite bits:  “No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!” Least of all, the Jews. So, this is the story… Read More

Happiness Is Not Hidden in Marriage

No one in Christ ever has to wait for joy. We may have to wait for a husband or a wife, or for a job, or for physical healing or relief, or for reconciliation with family members or friends. We may have to wait for all those things and a thousand more — with no… Read More

Jesus, the Son of Man

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Major Earthquake Leaves Hundreds Dead in Mexico City

Major Earthquake Leaves Hundreds Dead in Mexico City A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City on Tuesday, leveling dozens of buildings and leaving at least 217 people dead in the aftermath. USA Today reports this is the second tremor to strike in 12 days, and resembles a similar quake which devastated the capital city in… Read More

5 Wheaton College Students Facing Felony Charges over Hazing Incident

5 Wheaton College Students Facing Felony Charges over Hazing Incident Five Wheaton College students are facing felony charges after being accused of a brutal 2016 hazing incident which left one freshman in need of serious medical attention. According to the Chicago Tribune, a DuPage County judge signed arrest warrants for James Cooksey, Kyler Kregel, Benjamin… Read More

Why Study Theology? Because You Already Have It

Who cares about studying theology? Isn’t that just for stuffy old guys or people with too much intellectual pride? Most people have the gut reaction of, “Why do I need to spend so much time studying? Why don’t I just focus on loving Jesus instead?” “…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set… Read More

God's Sovereignty and Our Responsibility

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Recommended Reads: Why We Need to Let Them In

There it was again. A soft knock on my screen door. I was hoping it wasn’t so. Of all the times to have visitors, why did it have to be now? I had chosen this day to relax. I had six kiddos under the age of nine still in their pajamas at one in the… Read More

Lessons from Molly

I walked out the back door leading to my back porch and glanced up at our light fixture. It appeared my porch light had somehow sprung a mullet. Looking closer, it was a bird’s nest unlike any nest I had ever seen. Surrounding the nest that housed three tiny eggs were cascading wisps of twigs,… Read More

2 Samuel 16; 2 Corinthians 9; Ezekiel 23; Psalms 70–71

2 Samuel 16; 2 Corinthians 9; Ezekiel 23; Psalms 70-71 SECOND CORINTHIANS 9 IS THE second of two consecutive chapters that Paul devotes to the subject of giving. (1) He resumes with a lovely delicacy (2 Cor. 9:1-5). On the one hand, he assures the Corinthians that they do not really need reminders; on the… Read More

The Model Prayer

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:9-15, Proverbs 30:8, Luke 11:2-4, James 1:13-15, 1 Peter 1:3-9 If we stacked the books, commentaries, and sermons that have been written about the Lord’s Prayer together, we might be able to build a bridge long enough to get us to the hillside where Christ first taught us how to pray. Our… Read More

The Pope, the Mafia, and the rest of us

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column originally appeared in Sightings, a publication of the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Sign up here to receive Sightings in your inbox on Mondays and Thursdays. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. This past June, the Pope spoke critically of the Mafia, and did so in… Read More

A Pilgrimage to Mt. Athos

God willing, I leave this Thursday (September 21) for a pilgrimage to Mt. Athos. I’m with a group of ten, including a couple of other priests, and my 30 year-old son. Needless to say, I’ll be “off the grid” for much of that time and unable to respond to comments. I’ll have someone taking care… Read More

What’s the Origin of Desiring God’s Slogan?

Audio Transcript Today’s question gets to the heart of what we do here at desiringGod.org. And the question comes to us from Barry in Columbus, Ohio. “Pastor John, I have a history question for you about the Desiring God slogan: ‘God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.’ How did… Read More

The World Is Against You: Fighting to Keep Our First Love

Sooner or later the hard truth settles in that this world is out to kill you. Brown rivers swell up in Houston and Bangladesh to wash away everything you own, even wash you away if you don’t watch your step. Even on a calm, pristine beach day, the ocean’s sub-currents are silently trying to grab… Read More

Scandals in the Catholic Church: Bad news and good news

(RNS) — Leaders in the Catholic Church, like leaders in any organization, hate scandals. They wish that they never happen, and when they do, they try to deal with them internally so as not to get a lot of bad publicity. The problem is that they usually make a mess of it. Any attempt by… Read More

The ’Splainer: Will the world end on Saturday?

(RNS) Short answer — no. But David Meade, a Christian and self-published author of end-of-the-world survival guides, predicts doomsday is near — very near, as in this Saturday (Sept. 23). Meade’s ideology, laid out in his book “Planet X — The 2017 Arrival,” is described by the author as “a compendium of information from every… Read More

Saints of Zion: A New Collection of Sacred Music from R.C. Sproul and Jeff Lippencott

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Virginia Church Votes to Remove Robert E. Lee from Name

Spotlight Faith Groups Provide the Bulk of Disaster Recovery, in Coordination with FEMA Nationwide Vote on Gay Marriage Moves Ahead in Australia Ethnic Violence in Burma Triggers Refugee Crisis All the President’s Clergymen: A Close Look at Trump’s ‘Unprecedented’ Ties with Evangelicals In-Class Gender Flip Shocks Parents of Kindergartners Full Story Here Christian Headlines September… Read More

Anti-Muslim hazing leads to felony charges for Wheaton football players

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Five members of a Christian college football team in suburban Chicago face felony charges in the hazing of another team member who alleges they duct-taped his hands and feet and attempted to sodomize him with an object before dumping him half-naked in an off-campus park. The DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office… Read More

'Fixer Upper' Fans Criticize Chip and Joanna Gaines' Collaboration with Target

‘Fixer Upper’ Fans Criticize Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Collaboration with Target Fans of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” are upset that Chip and Joanna Gaines will be releasing a Magnolia/Target line at Target. Some fans of the Waco couple say the couple shouldn’t collaborate with Target, a company that has received criticism itself for its… Read More

Religious Researcher Claims Rapture Begins on Saturday

Religious Researcher Claims Rapture Begins on Saturday Several videos claiming the rapture will begin on Saturday, September 23rd, have recently gone viral. According to The Huffington Post, the man behind these declarations is a Christian researcher named David Meade, who surmised the rapture would occur 33 days after last month’s solar eclipse. Meade explained his… Read More

Trump Hopes to See “Significant Progress” in Middle Eastern Peace

Spotlight Faith Groups Provide the Bulk of Disaster Recovery, in Coordination with FEMA Nationwide Vote on Gay Marriage Moves Ahead in Australia Ethnic Violence in Burma Triggers Refugee Crisis All the President’s Clergymen: A Close Look at Trump’s ‘Unprecedented’ Ties with Evangelicals In-Class Gender Flip Shocks Parents of Kindergartners Full Story Here Christian Headlines September… Read More

The apotheosis of the religious right

In a week, Alabamans will go to the polls and, indications are, make Roy Moore the odds-on favorite to become their next U.S. senator. Somewhere, and I won’t say where, Jerry Falwell, Sr. is smiling. Moore achieved national notoriety in 2002, when as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court he placed a 5,280-pound Ten… Read More

Vanderbilt ties racial justice to religion in new program

Teresa Smallwood, postdoctoral fellow and associate director of the Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative in the Divinity School. Photo courtesy of Steve Green/Vanderbilt University (RNS) — Watching the civil rights protests on television as a child, Emilie Townes asked her mother, “Why do they hate us?” Today, as dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, Townes… Read More

5 Things Christians Should Know about the Jewish New Year

5 Things Christians Should Know about the Jewish New Year As school begins again and the early whispers of fall swirl through the air, most Americans start to think of the holidays—Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. At the same time, Jewish people celebrate the beginning of a brand new year which opens with a month of… Read More

OCP releases remastered Gentle Night 40th Anniversary Edition

PORTLAND, Ore. — OCP is excited to announce the release of the Gentle Night 40th Anniversary Edition. This marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most beloved albums from the St. Louis Jesuits, and possibly the first contemporary liturgical collection to focus entirely on Advent and Christmas. First released in 1977, Gentle Night was the fourth… Read More

What Does It Mean To Be Quick To Hear And Slow To Speak?

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; James 1:19 Don’t you hate it when people disagree with you? When someone tells you you’re wrong about something? Don’t you hate that feeling when someone says, “Would you mind if I share something with you?” Or… Read More

I Envy Your Fake Life

Time for me to enter the confessional. “Forgive me father, for I have sinned. I have envied.” “Whom have you envied?” “Everyone.” “As penance, shut off your phone.” I’m not Catholic, and I don’t go to confession, but if I did I would probably have that conversation every week. Because I envy you. I hop… Read More

Philippians 1:12–14: Prosperity Preachers

In this lab, Pastor John laments that prosperity gospels rob people of the opportunity to show the world that Christ is worth suffering and dying for. Principle for Bible Reading A.P.T.A.T. John Piper utilizes specific Bible verses to give practical steps for how he walks by faith. He summarizes it in the acronym A.P.T.A.T. Admit… Read More

2 Samuel 15; 2 Corinthians 8; Ezekiel 22; Psalm 69

2 Samuel 15; 2 Corinthians 8; Ezekiel 22; Psalm 69 THE LONGEST SUSTAINED ENCOURAGEMENT in the New Testament to give money is found in 2 Corinthians 8-9. Today I shall reflect on some of the emphases in 2 Corinthians 8. (1) Paul encourages the Corinthians to give by referring to the generosity of the Macedonians,… Read More

Knowledge without Zeal

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3 Guaranteed Ways for Moms to Make Mom Friends

Sometimes I think moms need friends almost as much as they need sleep. Friends to assure us that we’re not crazy, not disqualified, and not ruining our kids. But between the carpool and the kitchen sink full of dishes AGAIN, between the spelling lists and potty training, between the cleats and the ballet shoes, it… Read More

How to Pray

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:5-8, 2 Kings 4:32-37, Isaiah 26:20, Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 1:35-38, Luke 18:9-14 My copy of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe smells like hot asphalt and recess kickball. With grass stains and dog-eared pages, the book was on my third grade required reading list, but my time spent feasting on… Read More

Great Reality Inspires Great Writing

I spoke recently to a gathering of writers. The time allotted was short, so I made only one point. But this one point is, I believe, fundamental and universal for all authentic writing. By authentic, I mean writing that sincerely intends to carry the mind and heart of the writer, and that aims to communicate… Read More

ISIS Calls for Attacks on Hurricane Relief Shelters

ISIS Calls for Attacks on Hurricane Relief Shelters The Islamic State is reportedly asking its U.S. “warriors” to make attacks on hurricane relief enters in Houston and Miami. According to a confidential document from the Department of Homeland Security’s southeast bureau, ISIS is using social media to call on its U.S. sympathizers. “To all the… Read More

Husbands, Lead by Going Low

[embedded content] Audio Transcript I’ve been married for 44 years, and I have five children ranging in age from 40 to 17. I’ve been at this a long time — trying to be a biblically responsible husband and father — and men, this is not a job you want. If God had not called you… Read More

World Powers Deliberate on How to Handle North Korea after Latest Missile Test

World Powers Deliberate on How to Handle North Korea after Latest Missile Test The United Nations Security Council slapped a new set of sanctions on North Korea earlier this week, following North Korea’s latest missile test, but those restraints are already meeting with resistance. North Korea’s UN ambassador, Han Tae Song, responded to the Council’s… Read More

Only Love Prevents Adultery: Letter to a Would-Be Adulteress

Dear Friend, Although we haven’t met, I know at least one thing about you. I know you didn’t enter your marriage thinking, “How can I ruin this? How can I bring pain to this man, and our families, and our friends?” You began your marriage hoping it would become a life-long love story, filled with… Read More

Dozens Arrested after St. Louis Protests Turn Violent

Dozens Arrested after St. Louis Protests Turn Violent What began as a peaceful protest in downtown St. Louise ended in violence on Monday, when police officers in full riot gear detained roughly 80 people after a wave of property damage swept the city. According CBS News, the protests began on Friday when a judge ruled… Read More

Emmy Awards Ceremony Blasts Trump

Spotlight Faith Groups Provide the Bulk of Disaster Recovery, in Coordination with FEMA Nationwide Vote on Gay Marriage Moves Ahead in Australia Ethnic Violence in Burma Triggers Refugee Crisis All the President’s Clergymen: A Close Look at Trump’s ‘Unprecedented’ Ties with Evangelicals In-Class Gender Flip Shocks Parents of Kindergartners Full Story Here Christian Headlines September… Read More

Raising Christian Children – St. Silouan on His Father

Most of us would be satisfied to raise children who remain faithful believers. It is not always an easy thing and every parent who has such a child should rejoice constantly. There is no method to raise a child to be a saint, for God alone gives the grace that results in the mystery of… Read More

8 Survival Tips for Long Car Rides With Kids

This past week as Irma’s projected path seemed to jump back and forth from the west to east coasts of Florida, we all spent days trying to decide if we should stay or leave, batten down the hatches or get the heck out of dodge (I’ve got some opinions about the value of incessant storm… Read More

Zurich Revolutionary: Ulrich Zwingli

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2 Samuel 14; 2 Corinthians 7; Ezekiel 21; Psalm 68

2 Samuel 14; 2 Corinthians 7; Ezekiel 21; Psalm 68 WHAT A TWISTED THING SIN IS. Its motives and machinations are convoluted and perverse. At one level the account of 2 Samuel 14 is pretty straightforward. At another, it is full of thought-provoking ironies. David adopts the worst of all possible courses. At first he… Read More

Growing into What You’re Going Through

In 7th grade, I rode the school bus with this older, towheaded kid who liked to give everyone — myself included — a hard time. I got on the bus before him each morning, so I could usually count on him throwing a remark or two my way as he passed my seat to find… Read More

Life is Short

Like many others, I was saddened to hear of Nabeel Qureshi’s death over the weekend. In only 34 years, the Muslim turned Christian apologist (who worked closely with Ravi Zacharias) left a legacy greater than his young age would suggest. I know it’s a cliche, but it’s also true: life is short. Often far too… Read More

How to Give

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:1-4, Proverbs 24:12, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10, 1 John 2:28-29 In the 1960s, an innovative surgeon began work on a procedure that would separate the right and left hemispheres of the brain in order to stop seizures in patients with epilepsy. They called it the “split brain” surgery. It was a… Read More

Whites Only? A Birmingham Letter for Wittenburg’s Door

Great, another art project. My restless peers fought over the red, purple, and green crayons to color in Joseph’s coat, and the yellow crayon to enliven the sun. I counted the minutes until I could leave. During my youth Sunday school days, I remember noticing that the kids in my youth group rarely colored in… Read More

Did Adam and Eve Sin Before the Bite?

Audio Transcript Welcome to a new week on the Ask Pastor John podcast with John Piper. First up this week is a question about the original sin committed by Adam and Eve. It’s an insightful follow-up question to something you’ve said. “Hello, Pastor John, and thanks for taking my question. My name is Alex from… Read More

Social Media Highlights (9/17/17)

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A.P.T.A.T.: A Strategy for Daily Bible Reading

How do we begin reading the Bible supernaturally? God is certainly not under our power to control or manipulate him into helping us. Nevertheless, by his own grace, God loves to help his children understand his word. So how are we to set out Bible reading so that we read and think in dependence on… Read More

2 Samuel 13; 2 Corinthians 6; Ezekiel 20; Psalms 66–67

2 Samuel 13; 2 Corinthians 6; Ezekiel 20; Psalms 66-67 THE THREAT TO DAVID’S REIGN predicted by the prophet Nathan begins with a sordid side-tale that nevertheless betrays exactly what is wrong with David’s rule (2 Sam. 13). The multiplicity of royal wives meant that there were many half brothers and half sisters. This sets… Read More

Sunday Scripture

But you, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister?For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, As I live, says the Lord,every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will give praise to God.So then, each… 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 read through the Sermon on the Mount, we are memorizing the Lord’s Prayer together. The second part of the prayer reminds us to trust God to meet our needs, and to extend forgiveness to others… Read More

Sunday Morning Is Not About Me: The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness

The Psalms reverberate with calls to worship. Israel’s songwriters prod, provoke, invite, incite, call, and even cajole God’s people to praise. “Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints” (Psalm 30:4). “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord” (Psalm 95:1). “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!” (Psalm 100:1). “Praise… Read More

2 Samuel 12; 2 Corinthians 5; Ezekiel 19; Psalms 64–65

2 Samuel 12; 2 Corinthians 5; Ezekiel 19; Psalms 64-65 IN NATHAN’S DRAMATIC CONFRONTATION with King David (2 Sam. 12), the prophet’s courage was mingled with a formidable sagacity. How else could a prophet grab the attention of an autocratic king and denounce his sin to his face, apart from this oblique approach? Certain features… Read More

“Now I Know Who the Holy Spirit Is”

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The Day I Met David and Goliath in the Walmart Parking Lot

The old man’s hands shook as he held the tattered cardboard. His tiny box tipped in the wind, nearly blown away by the gale that bit with gusto. I tried not to make eye contact but failed miserably. Despite my cynicism, the boldly-scrawled words ‘cancer’ and ‘vet’ stabbed at my heart. My old Chevy squeaked… Read More

Grace Day

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Your Letter to Your Future Spouse

I vividly remember the first time I saw the movie Titanic. The passionate love between Jack and Rose awakened something fierce in my little preteen heart. I thought little of marriage before that movie. Now it consumed my thoughts and dreams. For my friends and me, riding off into the sunset with our respective Jack… Read More

The Happiest of All People

Holiday Thought “Happy are you, O Israel: who is like unto you, O people saved by the Lord” (Deuteronomy 33:29). They are happy right now because they are a saved people: not saved from the troubles of this life, but saved from the wrath to come when every person will have to give an account… Read More

Survey: White Evangelicals Most Likely to Forgive Politicians’ Immorality

Survey: White Evangelicals Most Likely to Forgive Politicians’ Immorality A new study has shown that the majority of white evangelicals believe that a politician who acts immorally in his/her private life is still able to conduct him/herself ethically in his/her public life. The results of this survey, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI)… Read More

Your Tithe Doesn’t Have to Go to Your Church, Say Evangelical Leaders

Your Tithe Doesn’t Have to Go to Your Church, Say Evangelical Leaders It’s OK if you want to give part of your tithe to somewhere other than your church, the National Association of Evangelicals said. “Many evangelical leaders do not believe there’s a biblical requirement to give exactly 10 percent to the local church,” NAE… Read More

The Church Is Not a Social Club

[embedded content] Audio Transcript Listen to this simple word from Acts 4:34. It should reverberate through all the churches in recessionary times. “There was not a needy person among them.” That doesn’t mean they were all rich. In fact, Paul is raising money because there’s so much poverty in Jerusalem. “You don’t have Christians in… Read More

Pakistani Christian Teen Beaten to Death by Muslim Classmates

Pakistani Christian Teen Beaten to Death by Muslim Classmates A Pakistani Christian boy was taunted and beaten to death by some of his Muslim classmates, reports The Christian Post. Seventeen-year-old Sharoon Masih faced discrimination, ridicule, and ultimately physical violence which led to his death. Sharoon was singled out by his fellow students because of his… Read More

Planned Parenthood Wins ‘American Nobel’ Award

Planned Parenthood Wins ‘American Nobel’ Award Planned Parenthood has received the Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award, which is an award often referred to as the “American Nobel.” According to the National Review, the abortion provider will receive the award for its commitment to provide “essential health services and reproductive care to millions of women for more… Read More

If You Want to Live Truly, Learn to Die Daily

All year round the thorn of the gorse bush has been hardening and sharpening. Even in spring, the thorn does not soften or fall off. But at last, about halfway up, two brown furry balls emerge. They are small at first, but then they fully break out of last year’s thorn to flower into a… Read More

London: 22 Wounded in Subway Explosion, Terrorism Suspected

London: 22 Wounded in Subway Explosion, Terrorism Suspected Twenty-two people have been injured in a subway explosion in London. Officials believe the attack was likely an act of terror, but are currently still investigating. CBN News reports that the bomb went off in the Parsons Green underground train station in West London at 8:20 a.m.… Read More

World Powers Deliberate on How to Handle North Korea after Latest Missile Test

World Powers Deliberate on How to Handle North Korea after Latest Missile Test The United Nations Security Council slapped a new set of sanctions on North Korea earlier this week, following North Korea’s latest missile test, but those restraints are already meeting with resistance. North Korea’s UN ambassador, Han Tae Song, responded to the Council’s… Read More

2 Samuel 11; 2 Corinthians 4; Ezekiel 18; Psalms 62–63

2 Samuel 11; 2 Corinthians 4; Ezekiel 18; Psalms 62-63 HERE IS DAVID AT HIS WORST (2 Sam. 11). In the flow of the narrative through 1 and 2 Samuel, it is almost as if adversity brought out the best in David, while his chain of recent unbroken military and political successes finds him restless,… Read More

The Marks of the Church

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Douglas Wilson Has A Serious Case Of The Blues

It’s time for another episode of “Only The Good Stuff”! Pastor and author Douglas Wilson and I sit down and have a rip roaring conversation about a host of things. We discuss: The 12 bar blues Sinful mac n’ cheese His method for reading so much And a lot more Okay, that’s it now. To listen:… Read More

Catch Your Breath {and don’t miss this pre-order GIFT!}

Sitting down at your favorite table in the corner of the coffee shop with a hot latte. Collapsing onto the couch after you finally get your kids in bed. Getting that new book you’ve been waiting for and opening up to the first page. Putting your feet up. Or in the pool. Or into running… Read More

$5 Friday: Redemption, Assurance, & God's Love

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