Give Thanks in Joy

Scripture Reading: Psalm 95:1-7, Luke 15:1-10, Luke 17:11-19, Colossians 1:9-14 While we wait in the zoo parking lot, my son sits contentedly in his carseat, looking out the window. I watch countless minivans pull in. Women unload their children and strollers and other well-used zoo gear. Eventually, my friend pulls up in her own minivan, and… Read More

How Do I Respond to Blasphemous Thoughts?

All of us experience harassing thoughts. Where do these thoughts come from? And how do we respond? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 18, 2018 6:10 pm Support Us

God Is Bigger Than Your Problems

The promises of God often lose their power in our lives because God himself has become small in our eyes. We may be able to recite God’s promises by the dozens. But in our hearts, God is no longer the King who conquers armies and cuts a valley in the sea. He is no longer… Read More

Weekly Truth

Scripture is God-breathed and true. When we memorize it, we carry the gospel with us wherever we go. This week’s verse points us towards God’s faithful love as the reason for our gratitude. Let them give thanks to the LORDfor his faithful loveand his wondrous works for all humanity.Psalm 107:8 Save the image below as… Read More

2 Kings 1; 2 Thessalonians 1; Daniel 5; Psalms 110–111

2 Kings 1; 2 Thessalonians 1; Daniel 5; Psalms 110–111 I ONCE HEARD A PASTOR PREACH THROUGH 2 Thessalonians 1 under the following outline: A good church going through a rough time (2 Thess. 1:3–4) A good God waiting for the right time (2 Thess. 1:5–10) A good man praying in the meantime (2 Thess.… Read More

1 Chronicles 11–12; Hebrews 13; Amos 7; Luke 2

1 Chronicles 11–12; Hebrews 13; Amos 7; Luke 2 THE BENEDICTION OF HEBREWS 13:20–21 invites prolonged reflection. Some observations: (1) The thrust of the prayer is twofold: first, that God would equip “you” (the Christian readers) “with everything good for doing his will”; and second, that he would work “in us what is pleasing to… Read More

A Soul Care Tip for the Holidays

She waited until almost everyone had left the church auditorium. She chatted with her friends until she saw I was getting ready to leave then walked over to ask me a question. “So, as Christians, if we are called to be selfless,” she took a breath, “how does it make sense to prioritize self-care? How can… Read More

Fill Your Wandering Heart with Thankfulness

Do you know what’s stronger than lust? Thankfulness. Let me illustrate before I explain. When Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph, why didn’t he succumb to her advances? He explains, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge.… Read More

“The Door was Shut”

Sometimes when travelling by ship we hear an announcement saying, ‘last call for breakfast, lunch or dinner’, depending on the time of day. I like to eat when I am travelling on the car ferry. There is usually plenty of space to enjoy one’s meal, it passes the time and the food is usually good.… Read More

Announcing Our 2019 Atlanta Conference

Christianity is not something we make up as we go along. Rather, it consists of objective truths revealed in Scripture and articulated throughout church history. In our day, Christians are despised not just for believing these truths, but also for insisting that Christianity has boundaries or limits at all. Yet faithfulness to Christ demands that… Read More

What Is the Fall?

What has gone wrong with the world? The Bible says that everything was very good at the beginning of creation, but clearly, that is no longer the case. So, what happened? At the dawn of history, Adam and Eve were tempted to disobey God’s Word. Satan subtly suggested that God had put unfair limits on… Read More

Battling Unbelief, Part 8: How to Be More Patient

Whether it’s crawling through rush-hour traffic or suffering through years of loneliness, God has given us what we need to have patience. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 17, 2018 9:40 am Support Us

Where Is My Honor? Says God

Due to the excess of teaching on grace in the churches today, the thought of serving a God that might be a little demanding turns many people off. Full Story Here Christian Post November 17, 2018 6:40 am Support Us

Spontaneous Evangelism vs. Relational Evangelism

In modern American Christianity, one of the greatest needs that is facing the American Church is the need to reach the lost and bring the Gospel to those who will never enter a church building. Full Story Here Christian Post November 17, 2018 6:25 am Support Us

Money Troubles? Stop Worrying About It!

It’s characteristic of people who don’t know God to be anxious about money and all the problems that arise when it’s running short. God is not uncaring, capricious, or unpredictable. He loves his children better than we love our own. Full Story Here Christian Post November 17, 2018 5:55 am Support Us

The Orientation and Disorientation of Caregivers

Caregivers struggle. They deserve care—not judgment for their fears, mistakes, or even their lifestyle. No one has ever argued me into a relationship. But there are those who loved me into one. Full Story Here Christian Post November 17, 2018 5:55 am Support Us

The Blinding Effects of Anger

I stepped out of the truck and slammed the door. Fury overwhelmed me. I was angry — a fire-breathing, lava churning, smoke billowing — kind of anger. I didn’t even look back at my husband as I stomped off to the front door of our small home. Whatever the fight was that day, I don’t… Read More

1 Kings 22; 1 Thessalonians 5; Daniel 4; Psalms 108–109

1 Kings 22; 1 Thessalonians 5; Daniel 4; Psalms 108–109 THE LAST CHAPTER OF 1 KINGS, 1 Kings 22, many believers find troubling. For here God himself is presented as sending out “a lying spirit” (1 Kings 22:22) who will deceive King Ahab and lead him to his destruction. Does God approve of liars? The… Read More

Grace Day

Use this day to pray, rest, and reflect on this week’s reading, giving thanks for the grace that is ours in Christ. Let the whole earth shout triumphantly to God!Serve the LORD with gladness;come before him with joyful songs.Acknowledge that the LORD is God.He made us, and we are his—his people, the sheep of his… Read More

Photos of the Week

(RNS) — This week’s gallery includes Rohingya refugees not wanting to leave Bangladesh, remembering Kristallnacht 80 years later, and more. The post Photos of the Week appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News November 16, 2018 7:40 pm Support Us

Big changes ahead for Mormon missionaries, as “service missions” start in January

The good news is that Mormon missions are expanding to include humanitarian service opportunities, shorter lengths of service, and less stressful living arrangements. The bad news is that it may be ghettoizing people with disabilities. The post Big changes ahead for Mormon missionaries, as “service missions” start in January appeared first on Religion News Service.… Read More

She Sailed with Christ to China: Esther Nelson (1890–1974)

Esther Nelson is a stranger to you unless you’ve heard me talk about her, or you’re her distant relative, or you’re part of the church that she called home (probably in the older fraction of the congregation). In 1924, Esther was sent to Sichuan, China, by her beloved home church, First Swedish Baptist of Minneapolis… Read More

37 Best Gifts for Pastors

Are you searching for a gift for your pastor? Pastor Appreciation Month may have passed but with Christmas coming up soon, here are 37 suggestions that would make great gifts for pastors. Full Story Here Christian Post November 16, 2018 2:56 pm Support Us

Rev. James Lawson, nonviolence advocate, recommended for Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘Nonviolence is the force that can save our nation from itself,’ Lawson said at a congressional reception announcing plans to honor him. The post Rev. James Lawson, nonviolence advocate, recommended for Congressional Gold Medal appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News November 16, 2018 2:40 pm Support Us

Shrine to Vietnamese Lady of La Vang rises in Southern California

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (RNS) — The new statue will commemorate the Marian apparition at La Vang in the late 1700s, a centerpiece of Vietnamese Catholic faith. The post Shrine to Vietnamese Lady of La Vang rises in Southern California appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News November 16, 2018 1:57 pm… Read More

Campus Confidential

The latest installment in an ongoing interview series with senior editor Mark Bauerlein. In this episode, Jacques Berlinerblau joins Mark to discuss his latest book: Campus Confidential: How College Works, or Doesn’t, for Professors, Parents, and Students . Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts November 16, 2018 1:57 pm Support Us

Why American doctors need to hold the line on physician-assisted suicide

(RNS) — As younger physicians appear to abandon a longtime code of medical ethics, the trend is toward acceptance of a practice that raises questions about the very meaning of health care. The post Why American doctors need to hold the line on physician-assisted suicide appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion… Read More

Church in Nepal Forced to Shut Down

High-caste Hindus who have been harassing a church in Nepal forced it to shut down last week, sources said. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 16, 2018 12:25 pm Support Us

Pastor John Gray Unites With Megachurch Leaders to Push Bridging Racial Divide

After coming under heavy criticism from members of the black community for meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss prison reform and urban job creation, Pastor John Gray continued his push for change Wednesday when he gathered with several high-profile megachurch pastors to see how churches can lead the healing of the nation’s racial divide.… Read More

Christian humanitarian agency Cross International names new CEO

Former World Concern executive Kelly Miller assumes leadership role POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Cross International, the Christian relief and development organization serving the poor in nearly 40 nations, has named Kelly Miller as its CEO. Miller, 58, has more than 30 years of experience in leadership, marketing and communications among faith-based organizations, including more than… Read More

What Sin Is Holding You Back?

Life is a marathon, not a hundred-yard dash. Do whatever it takes to lay aside anything that weighs you down along the way. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 16, 2018 9:25 am Support Us

Woman Held in Captivity for Ten Years Says, “I Kept Praying to Jesus”

It has been seven years since Tamara Breeden and three other disabled adults were found locked in a Philadelphia basement, but she has not forgotten how her faith sustained her throughout the nearly decade-long experience. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 16, 2018 9:25 am Support Us

Flawed people, great power clashed in worlds of Stan Lee’s creations

(RNS) — His characters demonstrate how heroism comes not from superpowers but from the willingness to use what we have to do what we can, however we can. The post Flawed people, great power clashed in worlds of Stan Lee’s creations appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News November 16, 2018… Read More

Catholic Extension calls for support from donors around the country as the humanitarian needs of migrants escalate at the U.S.-Mexico border

New wave of legally paroled migrants are being released daily to church-run shelters in El Paso Catholic Extension, a national organization that financially supports Catholic ministries among the poor and marginalized, announced today that it is releasing an initial $25,000 in emergency funding to the Annunciation House in the Diocese of El Paso to provide relief… Read More

How Do We Obey the Moral Law Without Being Moralistic?

How do we avoid falling into legalism? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson looks at the true purpose of God’s law. Ask your biblical and theological questions live online at Ask.Ligonier.org. Read the Transcript Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs November 16, 2018 8:10 am Support Us

Jesus Loves “Mediocre” Churches (And So Do I)

I recently read an article that, for lack of a better phrase, really cheesed me off (I think that’s what the kids are saying these days). Titled “7 Signs Your Church Is Honestly Mediocre“, it highlighted the following seven things that characterize “mediocre” (in the author’s opinion) churches: Non-singers and players on the worship team… Read More

We Have Some Idea What Americans Think About Abortion

Buzzfeed published an interesting article recently by Ema O’Connor, entitled “No One Really Knows What Americans Think About Abortion.” O’Connor provides a detailed analysis of the recent polling on life issues. Full Story Here Christian Post November 16, 2018 5:40 am Support Us

Ask Chuck: Overcoming Holiday Comparisons

This has become a very emotional topic because our friends and family will likely be giving us very nice gifts at Christmas and we won’t be able to do much for them this year. Full Story Here Christian Post November 16, 2018 5:40 am Support Us

4 Frustrating Things Christians Do

I have a few frustrating things that I wish I was clever enough to put into rhyme, so that they would hook into the memory of Christians. This is because remembering these few things could help the cause of the gospel. Full Story Here Christian Post November 16, 2018 5:40 am Support Us

3 Lines in the Sand

At the turn of the twentieth century, the sciences supposedly knew better than the Bible. Now, the social sciences supposedly know better than the Bible. And we are seeing this new world-view presented artfully and entertainingly through a barrage of media and in the halls of the academy. A casual watcher and listener will be… Read More

When Christmas Mercy Comes Early

I remember as a little girl being bright-eyed with wonder at the candlelight service on Christmas Eve. The dark sanctuary filled with families and neighbors and sweater-clad strangers standing shoulder to shoulder — waiting. A single flame started in one corner. A tiny flicker in the dim expanse. Then the glowing wick from one candle would… Read More

$5 Friday: Scripture, the Atonement, & Church History

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as Scripture, the Reformation, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, masculinity, the atonement, church history, Martin Luther, 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 November 15, 2018 10:10 pm… Read More

When Jesus Gave Thanks

Scripture Reading: Matthew 15:35-37, Luke 10:21-24, John 11:39-44, Luke 22:14-20 One of my pastors often quotes the Heidelberg Catechism before we receive communion: “As assuredly as I receive from the hands of the minister, and taste with my mouth the bread and cup of the Lord, as certain signs of the body and blood of Christ.”… Read More

Seven Ways This Podcast Will Kill Your Joy

This podcast could bring life and joy, or it could be a deadly weapon in the enemy’s hands. Pastor John explains how not to use Ask Pastor John. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 15, 2018 6:26 pm Support Us

I Was Far Too Easily Pleased: My Discovery Fifty Years Ago Today

Fifty years ago today was one of the most important days of my life. Nothing is more important in all the universe than that God be glorified, and Christ be magnified, and the hearts of God’s people be satisfied in him. The implications of this biblical truth are all-encompassing. And a particular day and event… Read More

Sentiment, Suffering and Death

I awoke in the middle of the night to a strange thought. It did not seem to come out of a dream but was simply there in my mind. The thought was something like this: “They will have parties to celebrate suicides.” What the thought meant was that a day is coming in which people… Read More

Lutheran comfort dogs bring compassion, care during disasters

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (RNS) — When suffering people meet ministry dogs, ‘You see that little glimmer of hope in their eyes,’ says a handler. ‘You see the hurt and then it changes to hope and a smile.’ The post Lutheran comfort dogs bring compassion, care during disasters appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story… Read More

Don’t Trash the Bible

Many in this sinful world will tell you that the Scriptures are filled with unscientific statements, mistakes, contradictions, and atrocities. But if you believe them and trash the Bible, you will shred the directions on how to find everlasting life. Full Story Here Christian Post November 15, 2018 12:11 pm Support Us

Are We Loving All Our Neighbors?

We all engage with people of other faiths and worldviews–the real question is whether or not we’re doing a good or bad job being a witness to Christ. Engaging badly and leaving a bad taste in someone’s mouth about Christ is not what Jesus calls us to. Not engaging with people of other faiths at… Read More

Detroit May Rename Ben Carson High School Due to Trump Ties

The Detroit Board of Education opened a new high school in 2011 named for city native Ben Carson but now may take his name off the building due to his ties to the Trump administration. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 15, 2018 9:55 am Support Us

Your Top Ten Questions About Bible Reading

When we come to our Bibles, many of us bring questions. Here are ten of your best questions about Bible reading, answered by Pastor John. Read Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 15, 2018 9:40 am Support Us

Clergy sex abuse: Why a national all-faiths inquiry is needed  

(RNS) — If we want our children to be safer, we cannot afford the comfortable delusion that this is an isolated problem. The post Clergy sex abuse: Why a national all-faiths inquiry is needed   appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News November 15, 2018 9:11 am Support Us

Close encounters of the God kind: Scalzi, others mix religion in science fiction

CHICAGO (RNS) — Religion often makes an appearance in best-selling, Hugo Award-winning author John Scalzi’s works of science fiction — including his latest, ‘The Consuming Fire.’ And that’s not unique to Scalzi. The post Close encounters of the God kind: Scalzi, others mix religion in science fiction appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story… Read More

Do You Live In The Glorious Freedom Of “It Is Finished”?

Three simple, yet utterly explosive words: “It is finished.” When Jesus used his last scraps of oxygen and life to utter these words, absolutely everything changed. “It is finished,” revolutionizes the way I relate to God. It transforms the way I think about holiness and putting sin to death. It re-weaves the fabric of how… Read More

You’re a Vital Part of World-Changing Work. Thank You.

With thanksgiving to God for His sovereign mercy, I can report that more people than ever are seeking clear biblical and theological teaching through Ligonier Ministries. Your prayers and gifts enable this outreach, and as we approach the end of 2018, we have a special gift to thank you for your gift of any amount.… Read More

Encountering Difficult Passages

Here’s an excerpt from Encountering Difficult Passages, Joe Holland’s contribution to the November issue of Tabletalk: The Pishon, the Gihon, the Tigris, and the Euphrates. These are the four rivers that flowed out of the garden of Eden (Gen. 2:10–14). They are emblazoned on my memory. Why? When I was fifteen, I became a Christian… Read More

You Are a Force Unseen

If I were to peel back the layers of my heart, I’m convinced I would see an etching along my aorta that says: here lives Aliza Latta, the girl who longs to be chosen. I feel like Meredith Grey talking to Derek Shepherd in season two of Grey’s Anatomy. “Pick me. Choose me. Love me.”… Read More

How We Give Thanks

Scripture Reading: Ezra 3:11, Acts 2:42-47, Ephesians 5:15-21, Philippians 4:4-9, Colossians 4:2 I was somewhat unfamiliar with the concept of spiritual disciplines until I took a class on them in seminary. In that course, we read a litany of life-changing books on prayer, fasting, Sabbath, and more. The guilt-inducing tradition of daily “quiet time” in my… Read More

Don’t Grow Weary Doing Good

Those who genuinely “do good” will be tempted soon enough to grow weary. Give yourself to doing good for others — on God’s terms, to fulfill his calling — and it’s just a matter of time before you will be tempted to tire. Even the apostle Paul, with the utter clarity of his calling, testified… Read More

Bishops angered by scandal involving ex-Cardinal McCarrick

(AP) — The country’s Catholic bishops called Wednesday for a formal repudiation of the disgraced cardinal facing allegations of sexual misconduct over a long stretch of his career. The post Bishops angered by scandal involving ex-Cardinal McCarrick appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News November 14, 2018 3:25 pm Support Us

Seminaries partner with prisons to offer inmates new life as ministers

NASHVILLE, N.C. (RNS) —  Evangelical schools such as Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary offer inmates a free, on-site college degree if they promise they’ll minister to other inmates once they graduate. The post Seminaries partner with prisons to offer inmates new life as ministers appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News November… Read More

Harvest Bible Chapel Staff Member Accused of Stealing over $250,000

Harvest Bible Chapel recently informed their congregation that the church’s Chief Information Officer defrauded the church. While the email to the congregation did not reveal the amount, the police report filed with the Elgin Police Department alleges that he stole more than $270,000 from the church. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 14, 2018 10:25… Read More

Israeli Defense Minister Resigns over Gaza Cease-Fire

Israel’s Defense Minister resigned his post on Wednesday, citing his opposition to a recent ceasefire with militants in the Gaza Strip. He also called for new elections because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “capitulating” to terrorists. Full Story Here Christian Headlines November 14, 2018 8:40 am Support Us

How to talk about racism in the church without becoming bitter

(RNS) — Unfortunately, many predominantly white Christian outlets and organizations prove extremely hostile to any anti-racist messages. But those particular places do not represent the church as a whole. The post How to talk about racism in the church without becoming bitter appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News November 14,… Read More

The Christian and Joy

“The Holy Spirit has exhorted the faithful to continue clapping their hands for joy until the advent of the promised Redeemer,” wrote John Calvin in a comment on Psalm 47:12. Paul would heartily concur! Writing from a prison cell from which he had no certain knowledge of escaping other than to his execution, joy is… Read More

Hope for When the Waters Rise Over Your Head

My knees hit the cold, hard ground and within seconds I’m on my back, staring at the popcorn accents on our bathroom ceiling through streams of salty tears. Amid my crying, a shrill voice whispers words of sorrow and despair into my already weak mind. This is the beginning of the end of life as… Read More

The Dignity of Work

I traveled to Haiti in the summer of 2011 with my family to begin directing a non-profit in the growing town of Pignon. During a bumpy truck ride from the Port-Au-Prince airport to the northern mountains, our Haitian director Peter shared with me his vision to provide jobs for women who were part of his… Read More

The Posture of Thanksgiving

Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 6:13-14, Psalm 100:1-5, Lamentations 3:22-23 , 1 Timothy 4:4-5, Philippians 2:1-11 Every morning, when my newborn baby wakes, his arms spring upward. His grandma says he’s growing, but what if, instead, he’s just really grateful? I’ve been paying attention, and our bodies, it seems, give thanks automatically. Little girls twirl and giggle… Read More

No Soul Is Too Far Gone

My teenage daughter and I burst into tears in worship last weekend. One of our pastors was preaching about the cross. Ellie and I were overcome with emotion as he described Christ absorbing our sin and enduring the wrath of God, all on our behalf. Why? Why were we weeping with joy and wonder while… Read More

Undoing the culture of Mormon judgmentalism—Or, I am not a “tare”

I’m getting tired of the way some Mormons throw around the “wheat and the tares” analogy to dismiss anyone who disagrees with them. A culture of judgmentalism has consequences, and they’re not good. The post Undoing the culture of Mormon judgmentalism—Or, I am not a “tare” appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here… Read More

FBI’s new hate crime report captures an America changed by hate

(RNS) — The official statistics reflect a climate of growing hate that is emboldened and indeed enacted by those at the top. The post FBI’s new hate crime report captures an America changed by hate appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News November 13, 2018 2:40 pm Support Us

Stan Lee, Jewish literary hero

Secret identities? What was up with that, anyway? The post Stan Lee, Jewish literary hero appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News November 13, 2018 11:10 am Support Us

When the Future You Planned for Never Comes

Before we turned 32, my wife and I said goodbye to our golden years — and to the second half we had hoped for. The one where our kids, deeply committed to the Lord, finally grow up and leave college, giving us long-awaited margin and freedom to serve the church more deeply, relocate, and travel… Read More

Interpreting the Bible

Here’s an excerpt from Interpreting the Bible, Dennis E. Johnson’s contribution to the November issue of Tabletalk: “How does the Bible mean?” Shouldn’t I say, “What does the Bible mean?” I once thought the same about John Ciardi’s How Does a Poem Mean? Leave it to a poet to tweak a straightforward question into something… Read More

Eleven Ways Christians Can Love One Another

I lead our new member’s class at church. It’s a 12-week class, with about half the class spent on the Westminster Confession of Faith, while the other half deals with the ins and outs of Christ Covenant and the basics of Christian discipleship. I always take one week to talk about loving one another as… Read More

A Body of Many Parts: On Diversity and Unity

When God scattered men like seeds riding the wind, with mixed tongues and confused speech, He always meant for the corners of the world to inhabit praise. He always meant for His name to go far and wide. I imagine the tower of Babel, the hands of men making their way to the heavens by… Read More

Why Do We Give Thanks?

Scripture Reading: Psalm 136:1-26, Hebrews 12:28-29, Revelation 4:9-11, Revelation 11:16-17 I have a three-year-old right now. (Don’t make fun of me. I’ll remove the marker stains from my table legs and find all my measuring cups when he’s older.) He loves to see things done over and over again. Horsey ride? Do it again! Final chapter… Read More

Let the Dead Date the Dead: The Matches Satan Loves to Make

My dear Globdrop, I am pleasantly surprised to see that you have recovered so quickly from your former negligence, and made up precious time you had lost. Just this afternoon, I was about to report your blunders when your letter happened upon my desk. Brilliant, nephew, just brilliant. I would say that I knew you… Read More

Jerusalem mayoral race exposes religious-secular rift

JERUSALEM (RNS) — A fight over nightclub closures on the sabbath represents a larger tug-of-war over whose values will prevail — the ultra-Orthodox Jews’ or those of their more mainstream Jewish neighbors. The post Jerusalem mayoral race exposes religious-secular rift appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News November 12, 2018 2:56… Read More

Sorrowful Love Springs from Serious Joy

Every act of Christian love springs from serious joy in Jesus. When your hope is secure in him, you can give whatever it takes to serve others. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 12, 2018 9:56 am Support Us

2019 American Foundations Study Tour: Early-Bird Ends Today

Today is the final day to register for our American Foundations Study Tour with the early-bird discount. Don’t miss this special offer. Register today and save up to $410 per person. If you register, you’ll join us April 26–May 3, 2019, as we travel from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., and explore some of America’s greatest… Read More

What Are the Essential Qualities of a Christian?

What are the essential qualities of a Christian? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson looks at the marks of a true Christian: faith, hope, and love. Ask your biblical and theological questions live online at Ask.Ligonier.org. Read the Transcript Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs November 12, 2018 8:10 am Support Us

What is the Role of Experience in the Christian Life?

We’re living in a day when personal experience has been elevated above everything else as the final criterion of right and wrong. Just think of all of the people who try to justify themselves on the basis of what they feel. Divorce is routinely excused on the basis of a married couple’s no longer feeling… Read More

What Does It Mean to Give Thanks?

Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 16:4-36, Psalm 107:8, Psalm 118:21, Isaiah 38:17-19, Hebrews 13:15 One year ago, my husband woke up to the smell of smoke filling our home. The rest of the morning is a blur—calling 911, then standing barefoot on a neighbor’s front lawn while the fire department extinguished flames on the house we’d finished… Read More

Advancing God’s Kingdom Right Where You Are

It was only a few months ago that a young mother came to my home, despondent and exhausted. I remember holding her hand as she unloaded years’ worth of guilt poured upon her, guilt brought on by the unkind words of well-meaning friends who told her that she was not doing enough for the kingdom… Read More

How Do I Pray for Healing and Honor God’s ‘No’?

Our greatest hope in prayer is not getting what we asked for, but rather in the goodness of our Father, who always gives what is best for his children. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 11, 2018 6:40 pm Support Us

My Suffering Has Not Defined Me

A strange thing happened when word first spread that I had stage III breast cancer: I began receiving all things pink. Pink quilts, teddy bears, and t-shirts covered with breast-cancer symbols. Even letters written with pink ink on rosy paper. Each gift welcomed me into a special club. The sisterhood of cancer warriors. Long after… Read More

I’m Going to Screw Up So Many Times

Dear kids, Yeah, so I’ve been losing it the last few days. I know, you know, we all know. Some of it is hormones, some of it is just trying to figure out how to work (write) and raise you all well and keep a decently cleaned home, homeschool you, and make dinner instead of… 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 Zephaniah. The Lᴏʀᴅ  your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will be quiet in his love. He will… Read More

Imperfections Make Sundays More Beautiful

Why are church meetings often so clumsy? A Scripture reader turns to the wrong page and stumbles over a long list of Hebrew names he hadn’t prepared to pronounce. The PowerPoint slide gets stuck — again. An unusually enthusiastic congregant with an unusually loud voice holds out the last note of each song longer than… Read More

“From Turmoil to Peace”

In a fallen world there is always trouble, unrest and turmoil. The sensitivity of human nature is such that we do not take kindly to circumstances or changes of circumstances which take away any peace that we have, and plunge us into a state of turmoil. The natural man’s answer to this focuses on changing… Read More

What Is the Meaning of Life?

Have you ever wondered, “What is the meaning of life?” Many people say we have no significance and that life is the random result of merely natural processes. One philosopher even claimed that we are no more than “grown-up germs.” Today, there is a crisis of purpose at the heart of Western thought. But the… Read More

Comfort in the Longing

We were all struggling in our own ways since my husband left on his latest deployment. For my oldest son, and let’s be honest, myself at times, this looked like extra tears, sass, and sleeplessness. With each passing day, I noticed the weight of his dad’s absence cracking his little spirit more and more like… Read More

How to Welcome and Receive the Strange

I sat alone on the last leg of the journey, gazing out a scratched plane window at clouded pieces of California. Someone pinned a pair of shiny plastic wings onto my shirt so that the flight attendants would know I was alone in the sky for the stretch between LAX and Santa Maria. Throughout the… Read More

Grace Day

Use today to pray, rest, and reflect on this week’s reading, giving thanks for the grace that is ours in Christ. Today we will read the key verse for the book of Haggai. “The final glory of this house will be greater than the first,” says the Lᴏʀᴅ of Armies. “I will provide peace in… Read More

Do You Work When You Should Rest?

Jesus often calls us to rest in the areas of life where our flesh wants to work, and to work in the areas of life where our flesh wants to rest. The gospel is an ingenious work of salvific engineering. The Engineer knew what he was doing. The gospel turns out to be good news… Read More

Encouragement and Promise

Scripture Reading: Haggai 2:1-23, Romans 8:9-10, Hebrews 12:26 I suppose we’re all a little skeptical in the promises department. We feel like we need some collateral when someone makes one. But as a woman, as a Christ-follower, and as a broken person in desperate need of healing—nothing has changed me more than the Word of God,… Read More

Guardians of Culture

The latest installment in an ongoing interview series with senior editor Mark Bauerlein. In this episode, Mark and Claudia MacMillan discuss liberal education and the work of the Louise and Donald Cowan Center for Education at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts November 9, 2018 11:41… Read More

Are Those in Hell Aware of God’s Presence?

Is hell the absence of God? Or are those in hell aware of God’s presence—and wrath? In this Q&A video from our 2016 National Conference, Albert Mohler and William VanDoodewaard consider what makes hell hellish. Ask your biblical and theological questions live online at Ask.Ligonier.org. Read the Transcript Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs November 9, 2018… Read More

The Bible Never Ignores Our Feelings

The Bible commands us to rejoice in every circumstance, but it never ignores the grief, turmoil, or pain that each of us faces in a fallen world. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 9, 2018 6:40 am Support Us

The Value of Scripture

The value of Scripture in the life of the believer lies in its source and its function. In his exhortation to Timothy, Paul commended Scripture to Timothy by saying, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). When I… Read More

My Early Morning Sisterhood

My family’s late summer and early fall schedule combines one of my favorite things — watching my kids run — with one of my least favorite things — early mornings. I’m a night owl by nature. My name is one of the great ironies of my life; it’s a time of day I rarely see… Read More

$5 Friday: Baptism, Grace, and God’s Glory

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as apologetics, baptism, church and state, John Calvin, God’s glory, grace, and more. Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET. View today’s $5 Friday sale items. Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs November 8, 2018 10:11 pm Support Us

Does My Sexual Past Make Me Unsavable?

Our past sexual sin is not beyond the reach of God’s forgiveness — unless we don’t give it up. It’s not too late to turn and receive God’s mercy. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 8, 2018 6:41 pm Support Us

Why Is Friendship Hard for Men? Five Ways to Build Stronger Relationships

“That used to be nice.” That was the first response when I recently asked a group of men what comes to mind when they think about friendship. Once they entered their upper twenties and thirties, many of them no longer had close friendships. We mostly laughed when joking about Jesus’s “miracle” of having twelve close… Read More

How to Grow in Love for God

Left to our own, none of us can love God. But he has not only made it possible, he has given us means to awaken love for God when we don’t feel it. Read Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 8, 2018 9:56 am Support Us

Tapping Into The Glorious, Overwhelming Power of Prayer

When I think about prayer, the first thing that comes to mind is NOT the power of prayer. And if you were to observe my prayer life, that much would be evident. The simple fact is, the amount I pray doesn’t reflect the power of prayer. When scripture talks about prayer, it speaks in explosive, world-altering terms. James 5:16-18… Read More

Where Is the Word of God?

Here’s an excerpt from Where Is the Word of God?, Michael Kruger’s contribution to the November issue of Tabletalk: We live in a world filled with competing truth claims. Every day, we are bombarded with declarations that something is true and that something else is false. We are told what to believe and what not… Read More

Command to Rebuild the Temple

Scripture Reading: Haggai 1:1-15, Ezra 4:24-5:5, Ephesians 2:19-22 Practically speaking, the Israelites had good reason to put off building the temple. It wasn’t too far in the past that Babylon had burned the first one to the ground. They feared that if they put all of their time, money, and political capital into rebuilding it, it… Read More

From Homeless to Hopeful

Caroline sits in a circle of plastic chairs pulled up to a rustic wood table. Her children play nearby. She holds together two pieces of felt in one hand. Her thumb and forefinger hold a needle threaded with black. She drives the needle through the red and green felt and pulls the thread gently through… Read More

The Sweetest Words for the Deepest Wounds

When conflict arises in our lives, the Bible often comes alive with fresh meaning and power. The Bible was born in conflict: from slavery in Egypt to wandering (and grumbling) in the wilderness; from living under wicked and oppressive kings to the worse horrors of invasion and exile; from the apostles being persecuted, imprisoned, and… Read More

What Happened That Day in the Library

It is occasionally the case that we remember precisely where we were at a point in time, in which everything is before or after that moment. It is a Kairos, a particular moment that changes everything. There are collective moments of that sort: victory in Europe is announced; a President is shot; the Challenger explodes.… Read More

How to Start a Conversation About Jesus

A friend of mine likes to say, “The best gospel presentation is the one given.” That’s true. And convicting. Many good books, sermons, and seminars can help us prepare to share our faith. But none of these resources can do for us what we often find the hardest thing to do: just start the conversation.… Read More

What’s at Stake in Your Emotions

God commands us to worship him with our emotions, not just our thoughts, deeds, and theology. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 7, 2018 6:10 am Support Us

Apostasy and How it Happens

I can still recall the conversation although it took place more than three decades ago. A shocked friend asked, “Have you heard that Sarah is no longer a Christian?” What was so alarming to my friend was that Sarah had been one of the most influential, and apparently fruitful, members of her Inter-Varsity group. What… Read More

Hope in the Dark In-between

My hair is growing back. Little wisps have suddenly appeared around my face, darker brown than the rest of my hair, like someone accidentally scuffed a marker across my temple. I didn’t see them a week ago, but now they are there, and I wonder what else might be being restored. The hair began falling… Read More

When You’re in the Presence of Grief

Gloomy and chilly hasn’t arrived in Southern California yet. I send my kids to school in shorts and t-shirts because by mid-morning the bright sun will warm the air to a balmy eighty degrees, oblivious that winter is just around the corner. Christmas music is playing in every store and coffee shop, including the one… Read More

Woe to Oppressive Jerusalem

Scripture Reading: Zephaniah 3:1-20, Isaiah 30:18, Hebrews 7:22-28 “Woe to the city that is rebellious and defiled, the oppressive city!” declares Zephaniah (3:1). Woe is a scary word, isn’t it? It is a word used to indicate deep grief and calamity. It is a declaration of impending ruin, tidings of bad times to come. Who wants… Read More

A Call to Repentance

Scripture Reading: Zephaniah 2:1-15, Psalm 27:7-10, Romans 11:1-6 Oftentimes, I find myself deeply influenced by other people rather than by Jesus. I scroll Instagram and find new recipes, new decorating tips, new fashion ideas, and myriad examples of my self-assigned inadequacy. It’s dangerous, because it draws me deeper into the trappings of this world and further… Read More

Does Jesus Commend Dishonesty in Luke 16?

What was Jesus commending in the parable of the dishonest manager, and what are the implications for Christians today? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog November 6, 2018 6:40 pm Support Us

God Knows What You Don’t Have

“God has promised to supply all our needs. What we don’t have now, we don’t need now.” When Elisabeth Elliot (1926–2015) says it, I perk up. I nod in agreement. I remember her life, her murdered missionary husband, her devotion to the gospel, her absolute earnestness about Jesus, and the congruity of her words and… Read More

The relationship between science and religion

The friction between science and religion goes back centuries. While the conflict often lies in beliefs and research, the common ground between the two is sometimes left unexplored. Researchers dive deeper into this debate. The post The relationship between science and religion appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. Full Story Here PBS- Religious and… Read More

7 Powerful Things God Does When We Pray For One Another

In his word, God commands believers to pray for one another. Many people have prayed for me over the years. My Mom and Dad prayed for me. Brothers and sisters have at times laid hands on me and prayed for me. People have texted and emailed me telling me they are praying for me. I… Read More

Our Only Infallible Rule

Here’s an excerpt from Our Only Infallible Rule, Burk Parsons’ contribution to the November issue of Tabletalk: The Bible is often hard for me to read. When I read the Bible, it reads me, examines me, and studies me. The Holy Spirit carries me through many emotions as I am confronted with the unvarnished and… Read More

A Powerful Story of Saying Yes to God

What an exciting time in the life of our little (in)courage community! Did you see Mary’s introduction last week to #1000mercies? In case you haven’t yet had a chance to read it, we are partnering with Mercy House Global and asking 1,000 women from the (in)courage sisterhood to link arms and donate $15 or more. When… Read More

2019 American Foundations Study Tour: Early-Bird Ends in One Week

For only one more week, save up to $410 per person when you register for our American Foundations Study Tour with the early-bird discount. This special rate expires Monday, November 12, so register today and save. If you register, you’ll join us April 26–May 3, 2019, as we travel from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., and… Read More

What Is the Gospel?

The gospel is not about meaning, peace, or God’s plan for your life. It’s about Jesus. From our 2015 National Conference, R.C. Sproul and Sinclair Ferguson discuss how the New Testament defines the gospel message. Ask your biblical and theological questions live online at Ask.Ligonier.org. Read the Transcript Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs November 5, 2018… Read More

People Aren’t Fixer-Uppers

We saw the destruction Sunday morning when my dad parked in front of the church building. We got out of the car. Several tombstones in a nearby cemetery lay on their sides or in pieces, knocked down by a sledgehammer or some other implement. My granddad was buried there. My dad was livid. His stone… Read More

The Great Day of the Lord

Scripture Reading: Zephaniah 1:1-18, Romans 9:19-24, 2 Peter 3:8-10 “The day of the Lord…” There are lots of passages throughout Scripture pointing to “the day of the Lord” as judgment, like Isaiah 13:6, which instructs the reader to “Wail! For the day of the LORD is near.” The instruction to “wail” suggests some sort of reckoning.… Read More

Catechetical Evangelism

Although evangelism differs to some degree from generation to generation according to gifts, culture, style, and language, the primary methods of Puritan evangelism—plain preaching and catechetical teaching—can show us much about how to present the gospel to sinners. Like the Reformers, the Puritans were catechists. They believed that pulpit messages should be reinforced by personalized… Read More

God Must Have a Purpose for Your Life

Standing in my boyfriend’s kitchen, I looked to see what time it was. Panic rushed over me when I realized I had five minutes to get home for curfew, and two many miles between his house and mine to make it. Mom had said if I missed curfew again, she would ground me for a… Read More

Will You Pray for Awakening? Download Your Free Prayer Guide

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

Praying for All of Us

I’m in my car, driving early on a Thursday morning, when the young woman behind me flashes her lights. Am I going too slow for her? Daring to drive 40 mph because that’s the speed limit? That must be so because she’s trying to pass me, looking impatient when I glance in my rear view… 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 Nahum. The Lᴏʀᴅ is good, a stronghold in a day of distress; he cares for those who take refuge in him.—Nahum 1:7 Save the image below as a… Read More

Grace Day

Use today to pray, rest, and reflect on this week’s reading, giving thanks for the grace that is ours in Christ. This week, we will reflect on the key verse for the book of Habakkuk. Yet I will celebrate in the Lᴏʀᴅ; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! The Lᴏʀᴅ my Lord… Read More

“God’s Hedge”

We have a fairly large hedge at the front of our house which needs a good trim once a year, and last week I ventured forth with my hedge trimmer to do the necessary and bring my hedge under control for another year, if the Lord permits. I suppose, having a special interest in the… Read More

What Does Genesis Teach Us about Creation?

Was the universe created by an infinite, all-powerful God? Did everything that exists arise by accident? Or has the universe always existed? The Bible opens by declaring: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). This truth from Genesis is controversial today, when people do not want to be dependent on… Read More

Grace Always Measures Up

For most of my forty-five years, I’ve felt broken, damaged, not whole. I’ve felt not enough and yet sometimes way too much — too much mess, too much trouble. Too much, well, me. I am often my own worst critic, condemning this fragile heart with thoughts that ask, What will people think if they know you… Read More