$5 Friday: Covenants, Suffering, & Providence

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as covenants, Isaac Watts, faith, creation, heaven, the doctrines of grace, providence, suffering, 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 September 20, 2018 10:40 pm… Read More

Refuge & Fortress

In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of… Read More

Should You Earnestly Desire to Prophesy?

Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892) once described a remarkable experience he had while preaching: He suddenly broke off from his [sermon] subject, and pointing in a certain direction, said, “Young man, those gloves you are wearing have not been paid for: you have stolen them from your employer.” At the close of the service, a young man,… Read More

With Kavanaugh allegations, religious leaders remain divided on court nomination

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Since allegations surfaced of a sexual assault during his Catholic school days, officials in a range of religion-related roles are no less divided about whether he should join the nation’s highest court. The post With Kavanaugh allegations, religious leaders remain divided on court nomination appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story… Read More

The ’Splainer: From bloodletting to blood donation, what is Ashura?

(RNS) — Whether Muslims mark the day by flagellating or fasting, the solemn Islamic holiday of Ashura is not for the faint of heart. Let us ’Splain. The post The ’Splainer: From bloodletting to blood donation, what is Ashura? appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 20, 2018 5:10 pm… Read More

Cardinal hires judge to review church sex abuse policies

NEW YORK (AP) — Timothy Dolan announced the appointment of Barbara Jones on Thursday (Sept. 20), saying many Catholics had told him they were feeling let down by the church’s hierarchy. The post Cardinal hires judge to review church sex abuse policies appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 20,… Read More

LBGT refugees say they face hostility, violence in Kenyan camp

KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya (RNS) – Many of their fellow refugees reportedly believe that homosexuality is wrong and gays must be punished. The post LBGT refugees say they face hostility, violence in Kenyan camp appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 20, 2018 1:40 pm Support Us

Who Is the Most Significant Person from the Last Thousand Years?

When we watch the news, it seems like the most important people are alive today and the most important events are happening right now. In this video, Sinclair Ferguson explains why Christians need a much bigger perspective of what God has done through history. Transcript One of the major British newspapers published a poll in… Read More

How an ancient Islamic holiday became uniquely Caribbean

(The Conversation) — In Trinidad, where Muslims make up 5 percent of the population, a parade of colorful floats marks the Shiite holy day of Ashura, but the festival also commemorates those killed in the anti-British Hosay riots in 1884. The post How an ancient Islamic holiday became uniquely Caribbean appeared first on Religion News… Read More

What Is the Shortest Book in the Old Testament?

A vision from a minor prophet about the complete destruction of the nation Edom is described in 21 verses, and concludes with promises of God’s restoration. Full Story Here Christian Post September 20, 2018 11:25 am Support Us

Issue 1: Giving Drug Dealers a Get Out of Jail Free Card Is Dangerous, Deadly

They are at it again! Liberal billionaires George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg and Nicholas Pritzker are attempting to force their left leaning ideology on Ohioans. This time it’s by spending millions of dollars to weaken Ohio’s drug laws. Full Story Here Christian Post September 20, 2018 10:25 am Support Us

How many Mormons use marijuana, anyway?

With attention focused on the LDS Church’s opposition to Proposition 2 in Utah, it’s worth asking: How do Mormons feel about marijuana, and how many of them use it? The post How many Mormons use marijuana, anyway? appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 20, 2018 10:10 am Support Us

Giving Birth Taught Me How to Die

Last month I gave birth to my third child. It was the painful peeling back of twenty-first century comforts that labor always is. Agonizing, and undignified: my life suddenly interrupted by invasive procedures, my mind rolling from the shock of natural processes — writhing and shivering — to the mental disconnect of medicalized interventions. Labor… Read More

Zondervan and Seedbed sign new publishing partnership agreement

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Zondervan is pleased to announce a new publishing partnership with Seedbed, a twenty-first century movement and media platform whose mission is to gather, connect, and resource the people of God to sow for a great awakening. Seedbed’s growing reputation within the Wesleyan tradition, paired with the publishing reach and experience of… Read More

India bans instant divorce by Muslim men

NEW DELHI (AP) — The government will have another six months to get Parliament’s approval for the ordinance, which bans husbands from divorcing their wives by uttering an Arabic word three times. The post India bans instant divorce by Muslim men appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 20, 2018… Read More

Paul Simon’s Yom Kippur sermon

Paul Simon is now homeward bound. Aren’t we all? The post Paul Simon’s Yom Kippur sermon appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 20, 2018 8:11 am Support Us

Facing Up to Reality

  Imagine that you have never seen a mirror, much less had a picture taken of yourself or broadcast your image on social media. Imagine, as well, that you’ve never taken advantage of a still pool of water to admire yourself. How would you know what you look like? Lost within our modern culture is… Read More

The Floods Have Lifted Up Their Voice

The aftermath of Florence is extraordinary. What we have witnessed reminds us that after our many achievements, after our incredible advances in technology, medicine, transportation, communication, and other human endeavors, we are still merely mortals subject to the basest of earth’s elements. Full Story Here Christian Post September 20, 2018 5:40 am Support Us

The Battle Is Great in the Warfare for the Souls of Man

Perhaps the reason I’m writing this article is the fact that it seems at least one report a month is coming in of another pastor or Christian leader falling in America. Full Story Here Christian Post September 20, 2018 5:40 am Support Us

Church in America Has Become Largely Impotent, Irrelevant

America has had an explosion of megachurches in the past decade. We also have Christian colleges rapidly expanding in size. Yet all these visible indicators are misleading; something else is also going on that tells a very different story. Full Story Here Christian Post September 20, 2018 5:40 am Support Us

Resolving Conflict in an Explosive Culture

In this explosive culture in America, motives are challenged endlessly. Trust in relationships is not earned easily. Criticism of others is ruthless. Cynicism is applauded loudly. Leaders are under detailed scrutiny. Full Story Here Christian Post September 20, 2018 5:40 am Support Us

The Four Words That Will Free You From Needing Their Approval

She wanted to sign up for volleyball that winter. Then again, she didn’t. I watched my daughter from across the kitchen table, while our waffles grew cold. The sign-up sheet and a ballpoint pen sat between us, next to the syrup bottle. “It would be fun — sooo much fun, Mom!” Her face lit up like a flashing… Read More

Working unto the Glory of God

Here’s an excerpt from Working unto the Glory of God, Gene Edward Veith’s contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk: Doing something really well and then giving God credit for it—-this is the antidote to pride. When you achieve something that you can really feel good about, such as hitting a baseball, making a sale,… 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

God Almighty

In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of… Read More

Jesus Obeyed His Parents

Among all the miracles and surprises surrounding God himself becoming man, Luke 2:51 may sound the most unexpected note of all: Jesus “went down [from Jerusalem] with [Joseph and Mary] and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them.” God submitted to man. The God-child obeyed his mere human parents. And in doing so, he… Read More

Making religious communities safe for LGBTQ kids

(RNS) — My church taught that being LGBTQ was a sin. Like so many other LGBTQ youth, Tyler must have felt rejected, unwanted and shamed. My son did not believe he could be both Christian and gay. The post Making religious communities safe for LGBTQ kids appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here… Read More

Bert and Ernie Are NOT Gay, Sesame Street Creators Say

The production company and creator behind Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie said Tuesday, the couple is not gay, refuting a comment by a show writer that suggested the characters are homosexual. Full Story Here Christian Headlines September 19, 2018 12:40 pm Support Us

3 Evangelicals Walk Into a Muslim Convention

This wasn’t the first time that Evangelical leaders participated in the largest annual gathering of Muslims in the United States. What was especially intriguing were the questions and comments that audience members posed. They provide a window into what everyday Muslim Americans are concerned about when it comes to their relationships with Evangelicals and conservatives.… Read More

5 Evangelical Leaders React to Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Accusation

Conservative evangelical leaders have been vocal in their support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but has the recent allegation that the 53-year-old sexuall assaulted a woman over three decades when he was in high school changed their minds? Full Story Here Christian Post September 19, 2018 11:40 am Support Us

Christian Leaders React to Ford Allegations against Kavanaugh

Christian and evangelical leaders Tuesday said allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should be taken seriously, although some said the timing of it makes them skeptical. Full Story Here Christian Headlines September 19, 2018 11:10 am Support Us

3 Ways to Look and Not Lust

If you are a guy and have been involved in some sort of accountability group (like an X3group), no doubt the subject of “lust” has come up. Full Story Here Christian Post September 19, 2018 10:55 am Support Us

Christine Blasey Ford Requests ‘Full Investigation’ by FBI of Kavanaugh

The California professor Christine Blasey Ford who recently accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party, has called for a “full investigation” by the FBI before she goes to any congressional hearing or “interrogation” into her accusations. Full Story Here Christian Headlines September 19, 2018 10:10 am Support… Read More

A Conservative rabbi’s arrest reopens debate over discrimination in Israel

HAIFA, Israel (RNS) — Rabbi Dov Hayun’s recent arrest is giving Israelis reason to atone for their country’s stranglehold on Jewish religious expression. The post A Conservative rabbi’s arrest reopens debate over discrimination in Israel appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 19, 2018 8:10 am Support Us

Survey Shows More Pastors Preach about Abuse in #MeToo Age

Half of Protestant pastors say they preach to their churches about domestic and sexual violence, an increase from four years ago, when only a third said they raised the issue, a new survey shows. Full Story Here Christian Headlines September 19, 2018 6:25 am Support Us

4 Reasons to Remember your Creator in Middle Age

Although it’s young people that are specifically commanded to remember their Creator (Eccl. 12:1), it’s probably assumed that middle-aged people will have the sense to do the same. Surely by then we have accumulated enough experience to realize that remembering we have a Creator and that we are creatures is basic wisdom. How then do… Read More

Approval, Acceptance, and the Shirt One Size Too Small

In preparation for the women’s tea I host at our church, I bought a new outfit. Working out and eating right had made a positive impact on my weight, and my body showed the results, so I bought an outfit one size smaller than my normal size. The day came, and I got ready. I… Read More

A Call for Working Moms to Stop Living Stretched Too Thin

Today, we’re celebrating with (in)courage mentor and book club co-founder Jessica Turner as she releases a brand new hardback, Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive. It’s an empowering and practical guide for all kinds of working moms, be it full-time or part-time, at home or somewhere else. Here’s… Read More

Living God & God Most High

In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of… Read More

How Do I Teach ‘Christian Hedonism’ to My Kids?

Children don’t need to use the label “Christian Hedonism,” but parents can help them grasp what it means to be happy in God. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog September 18, 2018 6:40 pm Support Us

I Will Meditate on You in the Morning

When I have lost passion or devotion in my time alone with God, I have simply lost sight of him. I’m still reading and praying, but I’m not seeing him, not as clearly. A fog has blown in slowly over days or weeks, covering his beauty from the eyes of my heart, numbing me to… Read More

Hashtag Blessed

For centuries, churches have served as gathering places for communities around the world. Now worshippers are also gathering in a digital space. Here’s a look at how an innovative church is connecting people in the 21st century. The post Hashtag Blessed appeared first on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. Full Story Here PBS- Religious and Ethics… Read More

Another Mormon excommunication, 25 years after the ‘September Six’

The excommunication of a former Mormon bishop has me flashing back to the “September Six,” who were disciplined 25 years ago this week–just as I was baptized into the LDS Church. The post Another Mormon excommunication, 25 years after the ‘September Six’ appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 18,… Read More

Religion News Service congratulates 2018 RNA award winners

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Religion News Service (RNS), an independent, nonprofit news organization covering religion, spirituality, culture and ethics, is pleased to congratulate members of the RNS team on their wins at the 2018 Religion News Association Awards Banquet this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Religion journalists from RNS competed with colleagues from the across the… Read More

Yom Kippur: A time for feasting as well as fasting

(The Conversation) — The Jewish practice of abstaining from food on Yom Kippur is out of step with the rest of Jewish tradition, which in its religious and cultural guises has always revolved around food. The post Yom Kippur: A time for feasting as well as fasting appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here… Read More

Hartford archbishop encourages participation in pastoral formation event on homosexuality, gender

NORWALK, Conn. – The archbishop of Hartford is encouraging anyone with a “pastoral responsibility” to attend the upcoming Truth & Love conference, a formation event on caring for persons living with same-sex attractions (SSA) and gender dysphoria in light of Pope Saint John Paul II’s Veritatis Splendor. “More than ever, we need, in the words of Pope Francis, ‘to accompany’ our brothers and sisters with same-sex attraction, to encourage them to live… Read More

28 Glorious Reasons Every Believer Should Rejoice Always

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice (Philippians 4:4). …give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18) Of all the people on the face of the earth, believers in Jesus have reasons to be glad and rejoice always. When I… Read More

Coke May Sell Beverage Infused with Marijuana Component

Coca-Cola is considering the manufacturing and selling of a beverage containing CBD, the non-intoxicating component in marijuana that remains illegal to sell under federal law. Full Story Here Christian Headlines September 18, 2018 10:25 am Support Us

At Yom Kippur, business leaders profit from reflecting on ethics

JERUSALEM (RNS) — At the High Holy Days, a season for contemplating personal failings and achievements in the year past can be a time to take stock of financial practices and relationships too. The post At Yom Kippur, business leaders profit from reflecting on ethics appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion… Read More

You Can Improve Your Relationship with God

Can you improve your relationship with God? People are often unsure how to respond. The promises of grace suggest one answer; the experience of life often suggest another. In the confusion, we often do nothing. We stagnate. But there is a way forward. Can you improve your relationship with God? Yes. Let’s turn for help… Read More

Kids Raised Religiously Have Better Health, New Study Finds

The Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health published a new study that found that kids and teens who are raised religiously or spiritually, tend to have better physical and mental health as they age. Full Story Here Christian Headlines September 18, 2018 8:40 am Support Us

64 Dead after Typhoon Hits China and Philippines

On Sunday, Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through China after devastating the northern Philippines. The Typhoon brought strong winds moving at 127 mph with gusts up to 158 mph, and heavy rains that left at least 64 people dead and dozens more potentially buried in a landslide. Full Story Here Christian Headlines September 18, 2018 7:55 am… Read More

Catholic dioceses sued over disclosure of abuse allegations

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The lawsuit alleges the dioceses haven’t met their obligations to report child sexual abusers under state law. The post Catholic dioceses sued over disclosure of abuse allegations appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 18, 2018 7:10 am Support Us

Fear of Ebola Keeps the Faithful at Home in Congo

Thousands of faithful in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are staying home from church services to avoid contracting or spreading Ebola. Full Story Here Christian Headlines September 18, 2018 6:55 am Support Us

How to Love God When You Don’t Feel It

Our love for God enflames when we see his beauty, remember his mercy, and feel his love. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog September 18, 2018 6:10 am Support Us

Survey shows more pastors preach about abuse in #MeToo age

COLUMBUS, Ohio (RNS) — The survey by LifeWay Research offers a detailed look at Protestant pastors’ attitudes and actions related to abuse and harassment. The post Survey shows more pastors preach about abuse in #MeToo age appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 18, 2018 4:55 am Support Us

The Moment of Truth

Here’s an excerpt from The Moment of Truth, Steven Lawson’s contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk: When Martin Luther was summoned by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to appear before the imperial diet in Worms, Germany, in April 1521, he was to stand at his own heresy trial in which he would be called… Read More

Learning Not to Judge But to Hear My Neighbor’s Story

Perfectly situated in my favorite corner table with a big ‘ole cup of delicious-smelling coffee and the warmth of the fireplace radiating nearby, my fingers flew a mile a minute across my computer keyboard. It was Tuesday, my writing day and, oh, how I loved this day. This was the day I got to be… Read More

Spirit

In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of… Read More

Gay Rights, Hate Speech, and Hospitality: Longings of a Former Lesbian

That particularly bitter New York winter whipped harsh promises against the front door of my neighbor’s house — promises that remained elusive and unimaginable. Behind that door, my neighbors, Ken and Floy Smith, and I were talking. Ken leaned in, a warm mug of weakly percolated decaf coffee in hand, and asked the question that… Read More

Free Teaching Series in Your Learning Library: What Did Jesus Do?

You can now watch R.C. Sproul’s video teaching series What Did Jesus Do? for free in your Learning Library. These twelve messages seek to help Christians understand what Jesus accomplished not only in His death and resurrection, but also in His life on earth. From the incarnation to the second coming, this is a series… Read More

Fear of Ebola keeps the faithful at home in Congo

KAMPALA, Uganda (RNS) — In a bid to contain the virus, thousands of churches remain closed in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The post Fear of Ebola keeps the faithful at home in Congo appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 17, 2018 3:11 pm Support… Read More

Beth Moore Tells The Atlantic the Struggle Women Evangelists Face

Author and Evangelical Beth Moore, 61, composed a series of tweets in 2016 criticizing the words and actions of now President Donald Trump and the ‘evangelical political machine’ at a great personal cost. Full Story Here Christian Headlines September 17, 2018 1:25 pm Support Us

Israel to approve immigration for 1,000 Ethiopian Jews

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is home to approximately 144,000 Jews of Ethiopian descent and 7,000 more are waiting for permission to emigrate. The post Israel to approve immigration for 1,000 Ethiopian Jews appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 17, 2018 12:55 pm Support Us

As Cuba backs gay marriage, churches oppose the government’s plan

(The Conversation) — Christian leaders are taking advantage of a rare public debate to mobilize Cubans against a proposed constitutional reform that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The post As Cuba backs gay marriage, churches oppose the government’s plan appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News… Read More

Stop Calling God ‘He,’ Some Church of England Bishops Say

The Church of England should stop using male language in reference to God in order to attract non-Christians and better communicate the Bible message to a younger generation, several bishops told The Telegraph newspaper. Full Story Here Christian Headlines September 17, 2018 12:10 pm Support Us

Sexual misconduct charges from Thomas to Kavanaugh

The current Supreme Court nominee says he didn’t do it. The Judeo-Christian is chary with forgiveness for those who don’t repent. The post Sexual misconduct charges from Thomas to Kavanaugh appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 17, 2018 10:25 am Support Us

Six Steps to Defeating Sexual Sin

Few things have destroyed more marriages, stolen more joy, or strangled more souls than lust. Do you know how to fight it? Read Now Full Story Here DG Blog September 17, 2018 10:10 am Support Us

California History Textbooks Now Include LGBT Heroes

California’s public schools this fall will, for the first time, have access to state-approved history textbooks that include the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans as mandated by a new state law. Full Story Here Christian Headlines September 17, 2018 10:10 am Support Us

Lord of Armies

In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of… Read More

Is There Biblical Warrant for Sunday Evening Worship?

Christians used to participate in worship not only on Sunday mornings but on Sunday evenings as well. Is this something we should still be doing? In this Q&A video from our 2017 National Conference, W. Robert Godfrey considers the worship service through history. Just Ask.Ligonier.org to get clear and trustworthy answers to your biblical and… Read More

Disability Is No Accident

Disability is no accident. Inability is no capricious mistake. God shapes and designs every person uniquely for his purposes. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog September 17, 2018 6:10 am Support Us

Where Are You, God?

I’ve been asking God where He is. On Sunday, we sang these words in church: I am chosen, not forsaken. I am who You say I am. You are for me, not against me. I am who You say I am. I hung my head and raised my hands and wondered if faith sometimes looks… Read More

What Do Cessationists Believe About Prophecy?

In 1 Corinthians 14:1, the apostle Paul writes, “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.” This verse is at the heart of a significant debate among evangelical Christians. Some believe that to obey this command today is to deny the authority and sufficiency of Scripture. Others believe that to… Read More

The Life I Couldn’t See

I didn’t inherit my grandma’s green thumb. Whenever I receive a small potted plant as a gift, my kids take bets on how long it will take for me to kill it. Yeah, my black thumb is no secret. For the most part, I’ve given up trying to plant flowers in my front yard, but… 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 this reading plan, which powerfully summarizes the supremacy of God’s name. “I am the LORD. That is my name,and I will not give my glory to anotheror my… Read More

Planned. Purchased. Preserved. How God Saves and Keeps a Sinner

“Jesus saves!” This short declaration gives hope and joy to millions. We sing it, shout it, preach it, and put it on our bumper stickers and T-shirts. And so we should. “Jesus saves!” is a faithful way to summarize the gospel message. As Paul writes in Romans 10:13, “Everyone who calls on the name of… Read More

The Doors of the Heart

In the summer of 1952, an obscure event took place in London that would have a profound impact on the future of Orthodox Christianity in the English-speaking world. A seventeen-year-old English lad walked through the doors of St. Philip’s Russian Orthodox Church on Buckingham Palace Road (the Church has long since been torn down). Today… Read More

The faith of Ronald Reagan

Revealed in a newly discovered presidential letter. The post The faith of Ronald Reagan appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 15, 2018 11:40 am Support Us

Photos of the Week

This week’s gallery includes images from Rosh Hashana, Ganesh Chaturthi, Muharram and more. The post Photos of the Week appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 15, 2018 8:40 am Support Us

Love for God Is a Gift from God

The gospel begins with the phrase, “but God,” because we can’t love him on our own. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog September 15, 2018 7:25 am Support Us

“The Rock that Followed them”

In 1 Corinthians 10:4 we read of the Rock that is Christ. The context is the wilderness wanderings of the children of Israel. It says that they they drank of that spiritual Rock which is Christ. Yes, Christ was with them all the way. He had delivered them from the Egyptians by the miracle of… Read More

Unexpected Life in the Desert

The seeming emptiness of the desert draws me in. Its wildness creates a curiosity within me and makes me feel as if I can just be right there with it, as I am. The vast, barren space of dry, cracked rock crumbles as it grows and forms, allowing new fissures to spread and become unexpected… Read More

What If We All Gave Each Other Grace Instead of Advice?

I’ve just come from a long walk in the summer heat (be thankful you can’t smell me). Mark and I were running errands, and he suddenly remembered he needed to be somewhere soon. I wanted to head home. When we got to the end of the main thoroughfare to our neighborhood I said, “You can… 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. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth—as there are many “gods” and many “lords”— yet for us there is one God, the Father. All things are from… Read More

The Benefit of Bad Sermons

My family had recently moved to a new city, and we were visiting a new church. The service started well, but moments after the preacher entered the pulpit, my heart stopped. This was going to be the worst sermon I had ever heard. Quickly, the preacher checked off my pet peeves for poor preaching. Topical… Read More

Should Christians Listen to Secular Music?

Should Christians listen to secular music? From our 2017 National Conference, W. Robert Godfrey, Michael Horton, Stephen Nichols, and Derek Thomas weigh in on this question. When you have biblical and theological questions, just Ask.Ligonier.org. Read the Transcript Full Story Here Ligoner Blogs September 14, 2018 1:56 pm Support Us

Against a Naked Public Square

The latest installment in an ongoing interview series with senior editor Mark Bauerlein. In this episode, John Witte joins Mark to discuss the Cambridge Law and Christianity series and the relationship between law and religion. Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts September 14, 2018 1:40 pm Support Us

“What’s a Ligonier?”

We receive many questions at our conferences and events. One of my favorites is “What’s a Ligonier?” That one is fairly easy to answer, and it’s my joy to recount how God has used Dr. R.C. Sproul and this ministry for more than forty-seven years. The short answer is that the ministry began as a… Read More

#MeToo is an American Yom Kippur

Women just want someone to listen. And not just women. The post #MeToo is an American Yom Kippur appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News September 14, 2018 8:26 am Support Us

Is God Mad at Us? How to Respond to Evil

Satan plots and terrorizes to cause real harm. But even his evil schemes don’t fall outside God’s good designs to uphold and display the supremacy of Christ. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog September 14, 2018 6:40 am Support Us

Intellectual Discipleship?

The biblical master narrative serves as a framework for the cognitive principles that allow the formation of an authentically Christian worldview. Many Christians rush to develop what they will call a “Christian worldview” by arranging isolated Christian truths, doctrines, and convictions in order to create formulas for Christian thinking. No doubt, this is a better… Read More

The God Who Sees and Heals Us

I looked up the definition of hemorrhage today. Can’t say I’ve ever done that before, but there’s a first Google for everything, isn’t there? It’s a noun and a verb. It’s a thing and an action. But if you’ve ever felt it — in your body or your heart or your life — you know… Read More

$5 Friday: Scripture, Prayer, & Providence

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as sanctification, preaching, money, providence, Calvinism, worldview, prayer, Scripture, John Owen, 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 September 13, 2018 10:25 pm Support Us

Holy One

In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of… Read More

A Grief Misunderstood

They got the foldaway crib. Although not wealthy, they spared no expense for their soon-to-arrive little boy. Anticipation increased with every passing day. Would she be a good mother? Would he be the father he never had? With fixed smiles and sweaty hands, they counted down the days until heaven’s snowflake would fall into their… Read More

How the Spirit Draws a Child: Five Things Parents Can Do

A child’s young life is filled with new experiences. There are those firsts, like the first taste of ice cream or the first sight of an ocean. There are special memories, like a fifth birthday or skating on a frozen lake. There are many new discoveries, like visiting the zoo or learning how to read.… Read More

Decapitate The Infallibility Scripture, Decapitate Yourself

There’s a line in a Sting song that says, “I’m laughing through my tears.” That was my feeling yesterday when I read a string of Tweets by Union Seminary in which they defended their denial of the infallibility of Scripture (the doctrine that the Bible is without error). I was laughing because their argument was… Read More

Favoritism in the Church

Here’s an excerpt from Favoritism in the Church, Kent Butterfield’s contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk: It seems that favoritism was an issue in the early church, as those with greater wealth or standing were accorded better treatment than others. The Apostle James spoke against this impulse in his epistle: My brothers, show no… Read More

When “Let Go and Let God” Is Bad Advice

Sometimes “let go and let God” is bad advice.
 Let’s all take a deep breath and not let that sentence scare us. I understand why “letting go” becomes our default phrase when we want to live surrendered to Jesus. “Letting go” definitely sounds more Jesus-approved than “hanging on.” But there will be times when you… Read More

God With Us

In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of… Read More

Six Prayers for the Half-Hearted

Did you love the Lord your God with all your heart yesterday? Jesus says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). All. Those simple three letters are both haunting and inspiring. They are haunting… Read More

Announcing Our 2019 American Foundations Study Tour

In 1630, John Winthrop famously described America as a “city on a hill.” He borrowed this phrase from the Sermon on the Mount, urging the Puritans to remain faithful to God and set an example for the world. Join us April 26–May 3, 2019, as we travel from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., and explore some… Read More

The Misery of Duty-Driven Religion

God’s main concern isn’t that you do things for him, but that you delight in him. Delight should fuel our doing, not doing our delight. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog September 12, 2018 6:26 am Support Us

4 Reasons to Remember Your Creator in Your Youth

Our enemy says, “Youth for pleasure, middle age for business, old age for religion.” The Bible says, “Youth, middle age, and old age for your Creator.” But as it’s especially in our youth that we are most inclined (determined?) to forget our Creator, it’s especially in these years that we must work to remember our… Read More

The One Thing That Sets Kind People Apart

The receptionist with the sparkly blue eyes smiled wide when I came up to the counter to make my follow-up appointment. When several of the next available visits didn’t work with my schedule, I sighed in frustration and offered a weak apology. But she wasn’t irritated or impatient. “Let’s keep looking to find something that… Read More

Lord

In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of… Read More

The Glorious Inefficiency of Prayer

Has there ever been greater pressure not to pray? Not just in private but even in church life, the pressure not to pray is approaching fever pitch. We’re all watching the clock. Our overbusy, overcommitted lives pressure us to get down to business in our Sunday services and gatherings, in our leadership meetings and small… Read More

What Is the Place of Faith in My Unanswered Prayers?

When God consistently answers prayers with “no,” many of us wonder if our faith is the problem. So what role does faith play in unanswered prayers? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog September 11, 2018 6:11 pm Support Us

Orthodoxy Represents Our Original Incompetency

There is one thing to be said about Church-shopping: you can always find a better one… I often see examples of what I would describe as “comparative denominationalism.” It is the comparison of one Church to another (yes, I know that Orthodoxy is not a denomination). Indeed, the drive for a “better Church,” a “more… Read More

Astonished by God

When John Piper needed to capture a generation of joy in one final sermon series, he turned to ten trademark truths to leave ringing in his people’s ears. Learn More Full Story Here DG Blog September 11, 2018 9:41 am Support Us

Rainy Day Thoughts on Contentment

It has been raining here for the past 3 days. Pretty typical for this time of year in Indiana, PA where I live. But after recently visiting our daughter and her family in sunny Austin, Texas , I have been tempted to grumble about our weather. I’ve been singing, “Who’ll stop the rain?” by Creedence… Read More

Why Do We Pray? 3 Profound, Staggering, Compelling Reasons

Why do we pray? Have you ever struggled to answer that question? We know that we are supposed to pray. After all, the Bible plainly tells us of the importance of prayer—even to pray without ceasing. Still, praying can seem to be more of a dry burden to obey rather than a blessing to enjoy.… Read More

How Do I Know If I Love God?

At the heart of saving faith is a love for God. But how can you know if you truly love him? Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog September 11, 2018 6:40 am Support Us

Renewing Your MInd

Here’s an excerpt from Renewing Your Mind, Lee Webb’s contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk: In July, Renewing Your Mind with Dr. R.C. Sproul celebrated its twenty-fourth anniversary. The name of the program, which I have the privilege of hosting, is taken from Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be… Read More

God, We Remember That Day

God, we remember that day seventeen years ago as if it just happened. We remember the moment we first heard the news. We remember the images blazing across our TV screen and hearts. We remember those we lost. We remember the heroes. Today, we remember all of this too: You are in control no matter… Read More

Is Social Justice a Gospel Issue?

There is a simple, straightforward answer to the question posed in the title of this post: it depends. Is social justice a gospel issue? That depends on what we mean by “social justice” and what we mean by “gospel issue.” What Is Social Justice? I’ve written before that social justice a nebulous term, unassailable to… Read More

God

In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of… Read More

Women, We Need His Word: A Plan for the Hungry and Busy

The idea was so simple it almost doesn’t count as one. Let’s eat God’s word. Together. At a fast but reasonable pace. Let’s encourage one another to get over whatever obstacles stopped us in the past. We want to become women of his word, not women who dabble in it occasionally. Last fall, we settled… Read More

The ONLY Possible Way To Be Anxious For Nothing

The command to be anxious for nothing may seem impossible, but it’s actually a sweet invitation from Jesus. Here’s how we obey the command. The post The ONLY Possible Way To Be Anxious For Nothing appeared first on The Blazing Center. Full Story Here The Blazing Center September 10, 2018 7:40 am Support Us

Are You Just Using Jesus?

Jesus isn’t just a ticket out of hell and into heaven. He is heaven. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog September 10, 2018 6:25 am Support Us

Should Christians Withdraw from the World?

I’ve long been fascinated with those moments in Jesus’ life when the veil of His human flesh gave way to a vision of His refulgent glory as the Son of God. What must it have been like to be one of His disciples and to know Him as a man but then to see with… Read More

You Are Worth Taking Care Of

She was standing in front of the bouquets of flowers, with a shopping basket in one hand, purse slung across her shoulder, and her hair tired from a long day at the office. It was rush hour, when women from all walks of life intersected at Trader Joe’s to pick up food for dinner. “Hard… Read More

Yahweh

In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of… Read More

What Hope Does God Offer in My Depression?

God promises hope to the downcast, fullness of life to the broken, and joy to the depressed. Here are five passages to turn to when darkness falls. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog September 9, 2018 6:26 pm Support Us

Mothering Is . . .

Mothering usually doesn’t look like we thought it would. It doesn’t look like it does in the movies or TV shows. Or most of our Instagram feeds. Or our friends’ lives. Or any version of what we thought it would look like at all. Most of our expectations get scrapped on day one of being a… 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 this reading plan, a summary of the gospel of Jesus. “For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone… Read More

“Heavenly Mindedness”

The prospect of heaven is the believer’s ultimate hope. The christian is sometimes accused of being so heavenly minded that he or she is of no earthly use. I say, happy is the christian who is thus accused. It indicates that they are living out the ultimate reality of their faith, which is that, even… Read More

Moving Forward

Six boxes. Our family just moved to a new house this past weekend and all that’s left at our previous house is six dusty, tattered boxes of my late husband’s treasures. I donated at least a dozen boxes of books and a random smattering of home décor from my other life. I feel like I… Read More

Finding God in the Dark

I stand beside my son’s bed at two in the morning. A breeze sneaks through the window and lifts the curtains. I watch for his chest to rise and fall. I watch and wait. He lies on his back, one arm flung over a huge stuffed penguin, the blankets balled at his feet. My eyes… 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. For God was pleased to haveall his fullness dwell in him,and through him to reconcileeverything to himself,whether things on earth or things in heaven,by making peacethrough his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19–20… Read More

What Are Justification and Sanctification?

The words justification and sanctification have largely fallen out of use in Western culture. Sadly, they are also fading from sight in the Christian church. One reason this decline is distressing is that the Bible uses the words justification and sanctification to express the saving work of Christ for sinners. That is to say, both… Read More

When It Seems Like God Is Silent

I finished writing my first book, and I breathed a sigh of relief. It was the only breath that felt full — a metaphorical one. In the final months leading up to my deadline, my asthma gripped hold of my lungs and sealed them off like I was breathing through a small stirring straw and someone… Read More

$5 Friday: Worldview, Guilt, & Forgiveness

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as worldview, John Knox, guilt, forgiveness, parenting, pastoral ministry, the atonement, 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 September 6, 2018 10:10 pm Support Us

All Creation Will Be Restored

Scripture Reading: Psalm 24:1-2, Isaiah 65:17-25, Revelation 21:1-5, Revelation 21:22-27, 2 Peter 3:10-13 Of all of the gospel promises, the promise of future restoration is perhaps the most hopeful for me and also the most difficult to understand. Having only known a broken world, how do I even begin to imagine what the new creation will… Read More

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Tabletalk magazine features daily Bible studies to help bring structure to your devotional reading, as well as articles from trusted teachers on a variety of topics related to theology and Christian living. Every month, it reaches approximately 250,000 readers in more than seventy-five countries around the world. When you subscribe today for three years, we’ll also… Read More

The Already and the Not Yet

Here’s an excerpt from The Already and the Not Yet, Burk Parsons’ contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk: This world is not our home, but it will be. We live out our days in this sad world eagerly awaiting the new heaven and new earth, clinging daily to this promise: “Behold, the dwelling place of… Read More

When Shame Visits You

Shame woke me up at three in the morning. My eyes flew open, and I felt as though I hadn’t yet slept. Suddenly I was wide awake and acutely aware of the shame wrapped like a blanket around me. It was late, and I felt like the smallest human on earth. I made my way into the… Read More

Jesus Secures Our Peace with God

Scripture Reading: John 14:27; Colossians 1:13-23, Colossians 3:1-4, 2 Corinthians 5:17-19, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 There have only been a few moments in my life when I have felt perfectly at peace. Moments of sweetness and beauty so profound, they leave me feeling as though the veil between now and eternity is lifted for just a moment,… Read More

Saved in Weakness – Redux

We are not saved by our talents and gifts nor by our excellence – we are saved by our weakness and our failure. I have made this point many times over the years – and the question comes up – but what does that look like? How do I live like that? The question can… Read More

Be Vigilant, Be Watchful, Be Gentle

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s… Read More

Avoiding Theological Anarchy

The Latin word credo means simply “I believe.” It represents the first word of the Apostles’ Creed. Throughout church history it has been necessary for the church to adopt and embrace creedal statements to clarify the Christian faith and to distinguish true content from error and false representations of the faith. Such creeds are distinguished… Read More

The Day I Chose to Smile

It was only half a tooth. But it was half of my front tooth, and it had broken off completely. When I looked in the mirror, a shocked and snaggle-toothed woman stared back at me. I numbly finished combing my hair and walked downstairs to where my weekend hostess had breakfast waiting. In the quiet… Read More

Small Acts Make a Big Difference

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) There’s a whole lot of “you do you,” and “I don’t care” out there. We are in a bit of an apathetic swirl. We are busy, stressed, and fragmented. Who has time to care . . . about… Read More

We Are Saved by Grace Through Faith

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 3:21-26, Galatians 4:4-7, 1 Peter 1:3-9, 18-19, John 10:27-30 “In the matter of Samuel Ellis Gibson…” My husband and I sat in a conference room with a notary named Janet, listening to the judge’s voice coming through the speakerphone. The judge sat on her bench somewhere in Florida, and as she… Read More

Jesus Calls Us to Faith and Repentance

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:1-19, Joel 2:12-13, Mark 1:14-15, Romans 5:1-2, Romans 10:9-10 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near.Repent and believe the good news!”– Mark 1:15 Repent and believe. Of all the important words used to tell the gospel story, these are the two I’ve struggled to truly understand. Here in… Read More

A Question I Never Ask Myself

Not long ago when shopping in a local grocery store for some reason I had the thought that no one in there looked happy. Maybe because they were concentrating on trying to find everything on their lists. I don’t know. But no one was smiling. It was probably ridiculous for me to have that thought… Read More