Should We Sing of God’s ‘Reckless Love’?

Is the term “reckless” too reckless? Pastor John offers pastors, worship leaders, and congregations ways to think about the popular lyrics. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 24, 2018 6:38 pm Support Us

God and the Santa Fe School District

The hostility against religion in general, but Christianity in particular, can get downright vicious. In Santa Fe, the ACLU filed suit to halt prayers at a baccalaureate service, privately sponsored by a group of ministers in 1995. Just to make sure they got the message, Kent declared, “Anybody who violates these orders, no kidding, is… Read More

Democratic senators fuse faith and politics in appeal to mainline preachers

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Pairing religion with liberal politics, the two potential presidential candidates made an unusually direct appeal to mainline Christians. The post Democratic senators fuse faith and politics in appeal to mainline preachers appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 24, 2018 2:24 pm Support Us

How the Legal Status of Abortion Impacts Abortion Rates

Proponents of legal abortion maintain that legalizing abortion will not result in more abortions, but will instead improve the safety of abortions. However, an extremely broad body of economic and public health research clearly indicates that various legal protections of unborn children reduce the incidence of abortion. Full Story Here Christian Post May 24, 2018… Read More

Help Bring the Gospel to the Front Lines

The military is a mission field and a spiritual battleground. Around the world, the men and women who serve in the U.S. military dedicate their lives to protecting freedom. Through the struggles of war, injury, and multiple deployments, military chaplains are there to support the troops on the front lines. Yet chaplains rarely have enough… Read More

Interfaith service projects can give millennials the faith they’re seeking

(RNS) — Interfaith work isn’t about watering down our religions. It’s about building relationships so we can together serve others. The post Interfaith service projects can give millennials the faith they’re seeking appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 24, 2018 12:02 pm Support Us

Southern Baptists see ‘judgment of God’ in #MeToo reckoning

(RNS) — For some Southern Baptists, the treatment of a seminary president removed from office for his comments about women rankled — especially among a younger generation of pastors who are trying to evangelize to a modern setting. The post Southern Baptists see ‘judgment of God’ in #MeToo reckoning appeared first on Religion News Service.… Read More

America’s LGBT Population Rises to 4.5 Percent, Mostly Among Millennials

In the United States, the percentage of adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender has increased to 4.5 percent, according to a year-long survey, which also shows that the biggest increase has been among millennials. Full Story Here Christian Post May 24, 2018 10:25 am Support Us

Media Fuel Leftist Hate of President Trump

According to the Media Research Center, broadcast television news coverage of President Trump was 90% negative in the first quarter of 2018. Full Story Here Christian Post May 24, 2018 9:53 am Support Us

New Iraqi Leader Vows to ‘Support Christians’

According to the Patriarchate, Sadr thanked Sako for his words and pledged to “support Christians”, the Vatican-linked news agency Fides reported. Full Story Here Christian Headlines May 24, 2018 9:22 am Support Us

Oregon High School Principal, Officer Removed for ‘Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination’

The principal of an Oregon high school and its resource officer are being removed for allegedly ignoring complaints of bullying from LGBTQ students and asking them to read from the Bible as a “punishment,” after the school district reached settlements with the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon. The principal’s son has disputed what happened.… Read More

Should EPA Regulatory Science Be Shrouded in Darkness, or Exposed by Light?

For decades the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has gotten away with creating regulations that lack sound scientific basis, costing Americans hundreds of billions of dollars without solid evidence that those costs were justified. Full Story Here Christian Post May 24, 2018 5:15 am Support Us

Presenting a Different Jesus

The Jesus being presented in many churches today is different because He is not the One we find in the Bible. The popular Jesus being presented is the one who fills churches to the rafters with fans and not disciples. Many of our modern churches focus on self-improvement instead of dying to self. Full Story… Read More

Evaporated Thinking: How Digital Media Is Changing Us

Neuroscientists are studying the effects of media on our brains and many believe because of the endless addictive intake our brains are actually changing. Full Story Here Christian Post May 24, 2018 5:15 am Support Us

What Is My Calling? (And Is That Even a Good Question?)

Graduation season is upon us. And that means in addition to much pomp and circumstance, many young people are thinking about what’s next. They are asking the question (and probably will for years to come): what is my calling? As the Just Do Something guy, it will come as no surprise to hear that I… Read More

When All You Want to Do Is Eat a Cheeseburger and Cry

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.Matthew 5:6 (CSB) Out of desperation I call my husband at work. But I hear his voicemail instead. Here I am, at home with two screaming babies while he’s in a quiet conference room with other adults. So I decide to leave… Read More

The Sin That Clings So Closely

Here’s an excerpt from The Sin That Clings So Closely, Garrett Kell’s contribution to the May issue of Tabletalk: In the Word, we see Christ’s person. We witness the eternal Son lay aside His divine rights and humbly come among us. Amazingly, we see Him leave a world where angels cried: “Holy! Holy! Holy!” and… Read More

Trump Urges Supporters in Pro-life Gala Speech: Vote ‘For Life,’ GOP

President Trump called on pro-life supporters to vote “for life” on Tuesday, May 22, as he called for them to help keep the Republicans keep control of Congress. This urging from Trump followed a plan announced by the administration to ban abortion talks in funded family planning clinics that are funded by the federal government.… Read More

Ezra Read God’s Law to the People

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 7:73, Nehemiah 8:1-18, Romans 1:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Do you remember the first time you understood a crucial part of the gospel? The day something just clicked? You knew the words of it one day, but in that one moment you understood the absolute truth of it. For me one of those… Read More

Where Does God Want Me to Work?

How do I find God’s will for my life? It’s always a pressing question on the college campus, and especially in our day of unprecedented options. Like never before, in an anomaly in world history, students loosened from their community of origin, “going off” to college, now make decisions about their future with minimal influence… Read More

Appreciation: Philip Roth belongs in canon of greatest American authors

(RNS) — Roth was a literary archaeologist who dug deep into his imagination and memory to re-create the American Jewish milieu of his youth. The post Appreciation: Philip Roth belongs in canon of greatest American authors appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 23, 2018 3:20 pm Support Us

Mass of Christ the Savior/Misa Cristo Salvador

Composed by Dan Schutte in 2009, Mass of Christ the Savior has become one of the most beloved Mass settings in the U.S. Now, by popular demand, the lyrics have been translated into Spanish by Jaime Cortez, allowing for both monolingual (Spanish) and bilingual versions to be performed as well. The post Mass of Christ… Read More

Here are 8 Things to Know about the White House’s Decision to Cut Abortion Funding

The Trump administration has announced its intention to propose new regulations regarding abortion. The ruling would prohibit Planned Parenthood and other abortion referral entities from receiving grant money through Title X, the government’s family planning program. Title X funds cannot be used for abortion, but Planned Parenthood still receives more than $50 million from the… Read More

Jewish group questions sainthood for WWII-era cardinal

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A leading Jewish organization has criticized the Vatican’s decision to move World War II-era Cardinal August Hlond along the path to possible sainthood, saying the Polish primate was “extremely” hostile to Jews and failed to condemn a 1946 pogrom. In a letter to top Vatican officials released Wednesday, the American Jewish… Read More

PULSE packs U.S. Bank Stadium, up next: Texas Motor Speedway

More than 45,000 gathered in U.S. Bank Stadium to worship at Pulse Twin Cities last Friday, with more than 8,800 attendees responding to the Gospel. The free event, with which more than 750 local churches partnered, featured music artists Lecrae, Tye Tribbett, and Hillsong Young & Free, dance crew Jabbawockeez, Mike Lindell of MyPillow, and… Read More

Thank you, Philip Roth

The greatest American Jewish writer has died. He was far more Jewish than he would have admitted to himself. The post Thank you, Philip Roth appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 23, 2018 10:24 am Support Us

What Is the Name That Is above All Names?

In this brief clip from his teaching series What Did Jesus Do?, R.C. Sproul reflects on the name that is above all names. Transcript Remember when Jesus was in the upper room the night before His execution? That night that He established the Lord’s Supper and He went through that lengthy prayer—the High Priestly Prayer it is… Read More

Southern Baptist Seminary President Removed Amid Controversy

The trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX voted to remove Paige Patterson from his role as President and made him President Emeritus and theologian-in-residence during a 13-hour meeting that stretched into the early hours of Wednesday morning. Full Story Here Christian Headlines May 23, 2018 8:06 am Support Us

Paige Patterson removed as president of Southern Baptist seminary in #MeToo shakeup

(RNS) — The departure represents the most dramatic example of the #MeToo movement pervading the top reaches of the Southern Baptist Convention. The post Paige Patterson removed as president of Southern Baptist seminary in #MeToo shakeup appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 23, 2018 7:12 am Support Us

What to Do When God Feels Absent

God promises that he will never leave you or forsake you. You can take your anxiety to him and trust him through your despair. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 23, 2018 7:12 am Support Us

If Paige Patterson were Tim Cook

Many of the secular communities in America that Southern Baptists have painted evil possess more moral courage than they do. The post If Paige Patterson were Tim Cook appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 23, 2018 5:04 am Support Us

What Does the Church Most Need Today?

What does the church most need today? In answering this important but rather general question, Psalm 81 is uniquely important and helpful. This psalm obviously contains beautiful promises and clear directions to help the people of God. But careful study of this psalm will deepen our appreciation of it, increase its value for us, and… Read More

When God Walked through My Front Door

Our women’s group was meeting for the first time, and I wanted everything to be just right. The house was clean for the most part, and the kitchen table was free from piles of folded underwear. (A friend who was coming tried to comfort me about the house saying she didn’t care what it looked like,… Read More

The Exiles Came Back Home

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 7:1-73, Exodus 28:29-30, Psalm 34:19-22 YES! Genealogies!! Who needs stories when you can just cozy up with a good list of who begat whom, am I right? I bet you love them just a little bit too. I mean, who hasn’t gotten the chills from the genealogy at the end of Ruth,… Read More

Is My Joy Essential in Glorifying God?

Our enjoyment of God is not only a response to God’s glory — it is the way we glorify him. Therefore, joy in God is not optional. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 22, 2018 6:39 pm Support Us

Why Satan Might Keep You from Porn

My Dear Globdrop, I admit to being pleasantly surprised by your last letter. It appears that you have finally begun to learn the art of discretion. The bit about poking your patient with quiet observations regarding his reeking roommate, his food-chomping best friend, and his saliva-spraying, close-talking employer — this is precisely the kind of… Read More

In the US, Muslims are making slow inroads toward a greener Ramadan

(RNS) — Stunning amounts of food waste produced in Muslim-majority nations during the holy month have led to a gradual awakening about Muslims’ responsibilities to the environment. Now, U.S. Muslims hope to lead their communities toward a zero-waste Ramadan – or at least a minimal-waste one. The post In the US, Muslims are making slow… Read More

Australian archbishop convicted of child sex abuse cover-up

An Australian archbishop on Tuesday became the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world convicted of covering up child sex abuse and faces a potential two years in prison. The post Australian archbishop convicted of child sex abuse cover-up appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 22, 2018 1:48… Read More

Francis cardinals make up almost half of electors of next pope

(RNS) — Pope Francis continues to remake the College of Cardinals so that almost half of the men who will choose his successor have been chosen by him. The post Francis cardinals make up almost half of electors of next pope appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 22, 2018… Read More

About the royal wedding sermon…..

It is now the most famous sermon in recent history. But, what is love? The post About the royal wedding sermon….. appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 22, 2018 10:56 am Support Us

You Can Almost Always Trace Legalism Back To This

Have you ever wondered where legalism comes from? How do you and I get sucked into behaviors that are clearly not biblical and result in tremendous guilt? How do churches end up implementing incredibly legalistic practices under the guise of “godliness”? It usually starts small. Really, really small. The Seeds of Legalism Sometimes I just… Read More

Philippians 2:9–11: You Will Bow Before Him

You have two options when it comes to Christ: submit to him joyfully now and gain your life, or submit to him begrudgingly later and lose it. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 22, 2018 6:50 am Support Us

The Inherent Violence of Modernity

The calm voice at the helm says, “Make it so…” and with it, the mantra of modernity is invoked. The philosophy that governs our culture is rooted in violence, the ability to make things happen and to control the outcome. It is a deeply factual belief. We can indeed make things happen, and, in a… Read More

Happy Birthday to Two of Our Favorite Books!

One year ago, Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships was launched into the world, landing on bookstore shelves and in family rooms and book clubs and women’s church circles. Lisa-Jo Baker and the (in)courage community invited you to grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair to the table, and learn… Read More

We Completed the Wall

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 6:1-19, Isaiah 9:6-7, Jeremiah 23:5-6 Whether it’s creeping doubts or, in the case of Nehemiah, a determined band of enemies with names like Sanballat (boo!), the work that Christ has for us rarely goes unopposed. As I consider the ways God has used His Word to call me to serve and go… Read More

Too many liberals in the liberal arts?

Sightings on Mondays is conceived of as being politically nonpartisan, so it is rare to feature the words “Republican” and “Democrat” as we do this week. The post Too many liberals in the liberal arts? appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 21, 2018 9:25 pm Support Us

Pope laments ‘hemorrhaging’ of priests and nuns in Europe

Pope Francis voiced alarm Monday at the “hemorrhaging” of nuns and priests in Europe, saying many monasteries, convents and churches will close as fewer people are called to lives of religious service. The post Pope laments ‘hemorrhaging’ of priests and nuns in Europe appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May… Read More

In finding common ground, Jimmy Carter and Liberty U set good example

(RNS) — Jerry Falwell Jr. and Jimmy Carter offered a model of civility and generosity that all Americans, whether Baptist or not, can stand and applaud. The post In finding common ground, Jimmy Carter and Liberty U set good example appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 21, 2018 3:50… Read More

Vatican document on economic ethics is a dismal read on a timely topic

(RNS) — The Vatican’s new document on economic ethics, ‘Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones,’ gives theological backing to Pope Francis’ views on the economy, one of the major themes of his papacy. Too bad it’s so badly written its timely and important message may not get read. The post Vatican document on economic ethics is a… Read More

Royal Wedding Pastor Michael Curry Is Pro-Gay Marriage–Should it Matter?

Christians across the globe were inspired by Bishop Michael Curry’s message about love during the royal wedding Saturday, but many of those same Christians then debated whether his views on gay marriage and LGBT issues should matter. Full Story Here Christian Headlines May 21, 2018 1:41 pm Support Us

Author of bestselling memoir “Educated” comes to terms with Mormon childhood

Tara Westover grew up in an unusual Mormon survivalist family that stockpiled food for the endtimes and did not formally educate their children. Now the bestselling author of “Educated” reflects on the Mormonism she left behind. The post Author of bestselling memoir “Educated” comes to terms with Mormon childhood appeared first on Religion News Service.… Read More

Miroslav Volf delves into the theology of joy: A Q&A

(RNS) — The leader of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture talked about the difference between joy and happiness, biblical lessons on joy and how the average person can find joy. The post Miroslav Volf delves into the theology of joy: A Q&A appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News… Read More

Jesus Rode A Dinosaur: Conference Looks at What Churches Tell Teens about Science

Getting comfortable with questions was a theme shared by many speakers at “Jesus Rode a Dinosaur and Other Silly Tales,” a youth ministry conference aimed at talking to teenagers about science held earlier this month at Colonial Church of Edina outside Minneapolis. Full Story Here Christian Headlines May 21, 2018 9:01 am Support Us

Final Day: Register and We’ll Send You R.C. Sproul’s Apologetics DVD

Today is the final day to register for Defending the Faith, our West Coast Conference, we will send you R.C. Sproul’s video teaching series Defending Your Faith as a bonus resource. In addition to two days of teaching from gifted teachers like W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, Stephen Nichols, Burk Parsons, and Ravi Zacharias, you’ll also receive… Read More

United Methodist Women letters urge Chevron to curb harmful methane waste

Driven by concerns for climate change and dangerous health impacts from pollution, United Methodist Women members urged Chevron’s new CEO Mike Wirth to address methane waste during their quadrennial “The Power of Bold” Assembly, May 18-20 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio. The post United Methodist Women letters urge Chevron to curb harmful… Read More

No One Steals from God

No one can take what Jesus has purchased. No one will stop him from redeeming his people from across the globe. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 21, 2018 6:26 am Support Us

Guilt Leading to Joy

In the 1960s, I met a young man who had come to America from England less than a week before. His name was John Guest, and he went on to become an Episcopalian minister and national evangelist. When we first met in Philadelphia, he had hair down to his shoulders and a guitar strapped to… Read More

Small Is a Gift, Not a Punishment

Somewhere along the way, I picked up the idea that bigger is always better. I picked it up and carried it with me, spending more time than I’d care to admit reaching for rungs. We climb ladders and hear applause. We build platforms and receive praise. We joke about doing “all the things,” we hope… Read More

I Stood Against Social Injustice

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 5:1-19, Exodus 22:25, 2 Corinthians 8:9 I’m no bargain hunter when it comes to shopping and did not inherit whatever gene it is my grandmother and mother and at least three of my brothers seem to have. I want and weigh and debate and discuss until finally I buy at full price.… Read More

Twelve Tips for Parenting in the Digital Age

Who is iGen? Kids between the ages of 6 and 23 fall into a generation now getting labeled Post-Millennial or Gen Z or iGen. I want to introduce you to the research on this generation, then process the implications for pastors, leaders, and parents: How do we steward teens in the digital age? To be… Read More

What are halal foods?

(The Conversation) — When Muslims break their fast during Ramadan, many will only choose foods that are considered permissible under Islamic law. The Arabic word for such food is “halal.” The post What are halal foods? appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 20, 2018 1:10 pm Support Us

Jimmy Carter gently jabs Trump at Liberty commencement

(AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter took a gentle poke at President Donald Trump at the start of a commencement address to graduates of Liberty University in Virginia. The post Jimmy Carter gently jabs Trump at Liberty commencement appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 20, 2018 7:56 am Support… Read More

Permission to Be an Imperfect Human

I licked the peanut butter frosting around the entire rim of a cookie sandwich. I did this in the car, shamelessly, at a stoplight on my way home from a prayer meeting. Because I am human. And this is the sort of thing humans, even when they know better, sometimes do. I am not advocating… 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 the book of Nehemiah. So I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins and its gates have been burned. Come, let’s… Read More

Episcopal bishop Curry gives royal wedding an American flair

(AP) — Nothing quite captured the trans-Atlantic nature of Saturday’s royal wedding as much as the guest preacher whose sermon brought American flair to a very English church service. The post Episcopal bishop Curry gives royal wedding an American flair appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 19, 2018 10:16… Read More

God, I Want to See More

Because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, I do not cease [praying for you, that God] may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened. (Ephesians 1:15–18) If I heard someone pray for God to open the eyes… Read More

A Single Moment

Grushenka, a character in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, relates a now-famous fable about an old woman: Once upon a time there was a woman, and she was wicked as wicked could be, and she died. And not one good deed was left behind her. The devils took her and threw her into the lake of… Read More

Jimmy Carter to give address at Liberty commencement

(AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter will deliver the keynote address to about 18,000 graduates Saturday at the conservative Christian university in Lynchburg. The post Jimmy Carter to give address at Liberty commencement appeared first on Religion News Service. Full Story Here Religion News May 19, 2018 8:22 am Support Us

“Shadows of Good Things to come”

One of the most significant signs of progress in the christian faith is a realisation of the unity of the bible ; that it is all the one book of God. It is natural for the christian who has just been enabled to receive Christ as Lord and Saviour, to find the wonderful truths regarding… Read More

Being Jesus to Fellow Travelers

I looked up and saw a weary, tear-stained face in the crowd. Startled, I felt as if I was seeing my own reflection. Here in a Beijing airport lounge was a woman who was obviously as exhausted and bewildered as I. We were shepherded onto a bus, which would take us to a hotel for… Read More

Contributor Spotlight: Meet Dawn and Dorina

As you gather at the (in)courage table, we pray that your soul is nourished by the stories we share. We pray that you leave this place knowing you are not alone because you have a sisterhood alongside you and a loving Father who always goes with you. We hope this is a place where you… 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. LORD, our Lord,how magnificent is your name throughout the earth!You have covered the heavens with your majesty.—Psalm 8:1 The post Grace Day appeared first on She Reads Truth. Full Story Here She Reads Truth… Read More

Do You Fear a Day of Rest?

It’s one o’clock in the morning, and I’m painting my hallway baseboards. These hyper self-aware words repeat in my head as my hands cut a clean line of white paint at far too late an hour. You probably don’t paint that late at night. Normally, neither do I. But it was a relentlessly busy season,… Read More

Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Religion?

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was established in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, American… Full Story Here Religion Dispatches May 18, 2018 11:34 am Support Us

Indonesia: Death Toll ‘Unimaginable’ if Bomb Had Exploded Inside Church

The leader of one of the Indonesian church most badly damaged by the suicide bombing attacks last Sunday, 13 May, has said he “can’t imagine” how much greater the damage could have been had the attacker detonated the bomb insidethe church. Full Story Here Christian Headlines May 18, 2018 10:24 am Support Us

Episcopalians Scramble to Capitalize on Royal Wedding Opportunity

As 3 billion people worldwide prepare to watch the royal wedding of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle on Saturday (May 19), one faith group is especially keen to make the most of every pageantry-filled moment: Episcopalians. Full Story Here Christian Headlines May 18, 2018 7:52 am Support Us

Follow Wisdom, Find Life

Money can buy almost anything we need, but it can’t provide a path to everlasting happiness and joy. Only God’s wisdom leads to life. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 18, 2018 6:51 am Support Us

Is it ‘Unspiritual’ to be Discouraged?

From time to time over the centuries some Christians have taught, sometimes with tragic consequences, that a truly spiritual person never gets discouraged. To be cast down is, by definition, to be ‘unspiritual.’ Unless we are well-grounded in Scripture, it is very easy for us to be overwhelmed, confused, and even more discouraged by such… Read More

Our Simple Lives Can Be a Powerful Influence

I’ve experienced the hormonal fluctuations of the teen years, eight full-term pregnancies and one miscarriage, perimenopause, and now menopause. Add that to 32+ years of marriage, and I know well the need many women have for open and honest discussions about hormones and intimacy. So I decided to push past my comfort zone and teach more… Read More

$5 Friday: The Atonement, Sacraments, & John Owen

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as Reformed theology, Jonathan Edwards, the atonement, sacraments, Puritans, money, 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 May 17, 2018 10:30 pm Support… Read More

We Kept Rebuilding in Spite of Opposition

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 4:1-23, Genesis 28:15, Ephesians 1:18-23 In my second year of college, I flunked out. Well, maybe not “flunked out,” but I was definitely placed on academic probation. I couldn’t take classes at the university for a full year. Humiliated and miserable, I returned home to wait out my year off. I took… Read More

The Cost of His Discipleship: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–45)

On July 20, 1944, the Valkyrie plot to assassinate Hitler failed. The very next day, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a letter to Eberhard Bethge, his former student and future biographer. Bonhoeffer had been in prison since April 5, 1943. In the wake of the failure of the Valkyrie plot, Hitler led a crackdown on the resistance… Read More

The Prayer of the Lord by R.C. Sproul: New Paperback Edition Now Available

The Bible teaches us to pray without ceasing, but many Christians struggle with prayer. Is there a right way to pray? How should we address a holy God? Does prayer really change things? Even Jesus’ disciples understood there was something lacking in their prayer life after they observed Jesus in prayer. When Jesus taught His… Read More

Ohio Church Blesses Community by Paying for Gas of over 100 Families

An Ohio megachurch gave back to the community to celebrate its tenth anniversary. The Christian Post reports that the Victory Christian Center in Liberty Township, Ohio paid for the gas for the first 100 cars that came to the local BP gas station that day. Full Story Here Christian Headlines May 17, 2018 12:59 pm… Read More

The Best Church Leader Is a Team

Plurality. It’s a weighty word that reminds us that ideas have consequences. By plurality, I’m talking about shared leadership. It’s a way of referencing the consequential idea that leadership in the New Testament was a team enterprise, not one man’s genius. Thus, when leaders acted, it was together as a ruling body (Acts 13:1–3; 15:22–23).… Read More

We Began Rebuilding the Walls

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 3:1-32, Romans 12:3-8, Psalm 8:1 Summer 2017 was a doozy for hurricanes. We could hardly flip on the television or open Twitter without seeing brutal images of destruction, people desperate for power and food, and endless press conferences from emergency officials. In Houston and Florida and Puerto Rico—the storms came in vicious… Read More

When Hope Is No More

Here’s an excerpt from When Hope Is No More, Burk Parsons’ contribution to the May issue of Tabletalk: Life is full of disappointment. In this fallen world of sin, people disappoint us, and we disappoint them. We disappoint our friends, our loved ones, and we even disappoint ourselves. Not only do we ourselves face disappointment… Read More

When Your Own Story Is the One You Need

When I was seven my best friend was a boy named Jack. He lived up a winding road on a hill that felt like a mountain. My mom knew the passcode for the huge black gate. When the wrought iron swung open, my heart swung free. I kissed her cheek and promised to be good,… Read More

How Satan Gets a Hold on You

We don’t know much about demons. The Bible speaks matter-of-factly of them, but provides little detail about them or their history. And God has good reasons for this, at least for now. We do know a few truths about demons. We know demons oppose the kingdom of God (Luke 11:14–23), that they seek to deceitfully… Read More

Are There Carnal Christians?

In this brief clip from our 2015 Fall Conference, R.C. Sproul rejects the doctrine of the carnal Christian. Transcript One of the great and ghastly errors—not just error but heresy—that permeates the evangelical world today is the doctrine of the carnal Christian. The doctrine of the carnal Christian was first set forth in a theological framework that taught this:… Read More

Why God Showed Us His Glory

God made the world to show and share his glory. He not only wants you to see his glory and know about it — he wants you to taste, enjoy, and shine with it. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 16, 2018 6:52 am Support Us

Unexpected Guests

One bitterly cold Friday night, I reached my limit. It was an especially busy week, my husband worked 70+ hours, and I just witnessed a car accident. Dramatically slinking my way onto the couch, I took a deep breath and thought, I am so glad the only plan for tonight is to snuggle on the couch… Read More

Pastoral Anxiety

Second Corinthians 11:28 always seemed like a strange verse to me — until I became a pastor. Here’s Paul, rattling off all the ways he’s been beat up for Jesus — imprisonments, lashes, rods, stonings, shipwrecks, drifting at sea, sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure, danger from everyone everywhere (vv. 23–27). And then,… Read More

We Prepared to Rebuild the Walls

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 2:11-20, Isaiah 62:8-12, Ephesians 2:19-22, James 2:14-26 Ask any of my friends and they will tell you this: I am terrible at the game of Jenga. It’s the one with wooden blocks stacked tall and intricately as a puzzle of sorts, criss-crossed in a stack that begs to remain unbroken. And yet,… Read More

God Made You a Hedonist: Do You Suppress Your Desire for Happiness?

Early on, my Christianity was very duty-oriented. My grandfather lived duty at its best as a WWII vet, and my dad diligently taught me to do what life demanded, whether I wanted to or not. My heart and my happiness seemed second-best, at best, and in my latent unbelief, I assumed the same about Christianity.… Read More

What Is the Place of Eloquence in Christian Preaching?

From alliteration and assonance to metaphors, imagery, and illustrations — what role does creativity, imagination, and rhetoric have in preaching? Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 15, 2018 6:37 pm Support Us

A Full Life

What constitutes a full life? In a consumer culture, I would suppose a full life to be one of maximum consumption, enjoyment, and productivity. We like being happy. Would a full life include suffering? The answer to such questions, for Christians, are found in Christ Himself. Christ alone fulfills what it means to be truly human.… Read More

What Do I Do With These Powerful Feelings?

All of us can experience many feelings in a single day. We can feel depressed or sad or angry or lonely. We can feel happy and hopeful. We can be cheerful one moment then suddenly annoyed at that old guy driving way too slow in front of us. We can feel like we love someone… Read More

Our Final Hope

Here’s an excerpt from Our Final Hope, Michael A. Rogers’ contribution to the May issue of Tabletalk: buried Hope recently. She was a mature Christian woman, eighty-six years young, who constantly exemplified her name throughout the two decades that I was her pastor. When we first met, she was in rehab for near-fatal injuries from… Read More

Three Whispers of God’s Love for Moms

I had a difficult childhood growing up. I didn’t have a mother I felt safe with emotionally. I didn’t grow up hearing words of approval and grace but criticism and guilt. Growing up as the oldest in a single-parent family meant that I grew up fast, taking care of myself and my younger sister. But… Read More

The King Sent Me to Jerusalem

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 2:1-10, Psalm 137:1-9, Hebrews 12:18-24 Have you ever been so worried you couldn’t do your job? You’re supposed to be watercolor painting, but all you can think about is the outcome of your mom’s surgery? Or you’ve tried to be present in a classroom full of third graders, but you can hardly… Read More

For Now We Rejoice in Part: Happiness Here and Not Yet

God has promised his people supreme, unending, unshakeable happiness. Contrary to the claims of popular prosperity preachers, however, the supreme happiness God promises his people will not be realized in this life. Ours is a life characterized by sorrow in many ways. For now, we rejoice only in part. There are two reasons for this.… Read More

Introducing the Classic Learning Test

The latest installment in an ongoing interview series with senior editor Mark Bauerlein. Featuring: Jeremy Tate, president and co-founder of the  Classic Learning Test , on the revitalization of standardized testing and American education. Continue Reading » Full Story Here First Thoughts May 14, 2018 2:37 pm Support Us

Register This Week and We’ll Send You R.C. Sproul’s Apologetics DVD

If you register this week for Defending the Faith, our West Coast Conference, we will send you R.C. Sproul’s video teaching series Defending Your Faith as a bonus resource. In addition to two days of teaching from gifted teachers like W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, Stephen Nichols, Burk Parsons, and Ravi Zacharias, you’ll also receive… Read More

Forgiveness Is Not the Gospel

Jesus died to forgive us, to rescue us from hell, and to give us eternal life — but most of all he died to bring us to God. Watch Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 14, 2018 6:22 am Support Us

The Greatest Joy

At one point during His earthly ministry, Jesus sent a group of His disciples out on their own to preach the gospel and to heal the sick and those who were under demonic possession. Luke writes: After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every… Read More

Unexpected Friendship in a Cup of Cold Water

The sun blazed and dust swirled. Sweat dripped in every crevice of my body. My belly swelled announcing my third baby, expected to appear sometime that winter. My unexpected assignment that summer: to help start a jewelry business employing women in the mountains of Haiti. I arrived in Haiti, excited and nervous. I knew I… Read More

My Prayer to the God of Heaven

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 1:1-11, Deuteronomy 30:1-5, Deuteronomy 30:11-15, Hebrews 7:25 Back in 2014, when the She Reads Truth community was not quite two years old, Raechel and I felt called to something unexpected and, frankly, a little terrifying. Feeling a kinship to Nehemiah and his call to rebuild the walls of his city to establish… Read More

How to Read the Bible — and Preach It

Good sermons and good Bible reading push into a writer’s words, grammar, and logic to embrace all the glorious realities behind them. Listen Now Full Story Here DG Blog May 13, 2018 6:07 pm Support Us

You Are Totally (Not) Depraved: How to Recover Positive Self-Image

“Well, that seems depressing to believe about yourself,” he said with a slight wince. “Are you happy having such a negative perception of yourself?” The comment was not what I expected him to say. While my wife and I shared the gospel with Ryan and Meg — strangers we met at the restaurant’s bar —… Read More

In Celebration of Every Kind of Mother

I’ve likely had a hundred mothers. Friends, sisters, professors, roommates, coworkers, neighbors, “I’ve been there too” smilers in the checkout line at Target, and white-haired ladies at church. I’m guessing you’ve had at least a dozen mamas too. Women who have made a meal for you, spoken life over you, rubbed your back, called you… 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 reminds us to go to God first when we need help. Let me experienceyour faithful love in the morning,for I trust in you.Reveal to me the way I should gobecause I appeal to you.—Psalm… Read More

The Happiest Woman I Have Ever Known: A Tribute to My Mother

There is a beauty in simplicity. And there is a greater beauty in harmonious complexity. Referring to Jesus, Jonathan Edwards said that there is in him “an admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies.” That’s a quaint way of saying that sometimes things that seem contrary to each other come together in beautiful harmony. Simplicity That Is… Read More

God Never Wastes the Space Between

“I’m sorry to tell you it didn’t work,” the doctor said gently. She sighed: “We didn’t get any embryos.” And with her sigh, my dream of motherhood disintegrated. It had been a long haul to reach this point — tests, medications, surgeries, unsure diagnoses, ineffective treatments, bills upon bills. And all for what? One tiny,… 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. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in… Read More

Motherhood: A Call to Arms

As another Mother’s Day rolls around, we find ourselves floating in a sea of sentimental, loving, and sweet words on the things that mothers do for us. It is good to recognize, appreciate, and honor all of that, but it is not what I want to do today. I want to pull back the sentiment… Read More

“From the Cross to the Crown”

As I was reading Hebrews chapter one this morning, I was particularly captivated by the words in verse 3: “When He had by Himself purged our sins, (He) sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high”. What an amazing  change our Lord Jesus Christ experienced from the agony and humiliation of the… Read More

The Wisdom to Know the Difference

Our culture changes things. One of its myths is that changing things results in a better world. And so we endure unending advertisements for the newest, the latest, and the improved. Very few things, apart from medications, are tested for their consequences. As such, we are a society in perpetual experiment. It reminds me of… Read More

Isaiah’s Sixfold Depiction of God’s Glory

What kind of God does the prophet proclaim in Isaiah 42:18– 43:21? What must God be like if He promises to restore and renew despite the abject failure of His people? What kind of God is our covenant Lord? The answer is that He is like no other! I, I am the LORD, and besides… Read More

Kind Is the New Classy

They say, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” Sometimes choosing to be kind is the bravest, strongest, fiercest, most difficult thing we can do. There is nothing weak in kindness. Being kind isn’t the easy way out; being kind is the high road, the upper hand. Even Scripture is full of… Read More

A Prayer Celebrating the Gift of Jesus

Scripture Reading: Psalm 2:1-12 I like to be the first one awake at my house. However, I don’t like to set an alarm clock because of my dedication to the mysterious idea of sleep cycles. So instead, I play a pillow-cushioned game of Russian roulette every morning. When my body needs more sleep, I let… Read More

$5 Friday: Marriage, Providence, & the Holy Spirit

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as the Psalms, parenting, the Lord’s Prayer, providence, marriage, George Whitefield, the Holy Spirit, 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 May 10, 2018 10:22… Read More