Prepare Him Room

Jon Bloom
Prepare Him Room
The season of Advent begins today. Advent — a season, so full of tradition, so full of memory, so full of legend. And a season so full, often over-full, bustling and bursting with the exhausting activity of keeping traditions, creating memories, and recalling legends.

Missions Is Worth the Mess

Sean DeMars
Missions Is Worth the Mess
No one will write a book about us. People will not tell our story at mission conferences. We likely won’t be invited to go and share at churches or speak to future missionaries about the key to success in missions. We are going home and licking our wounds for the foreseeable future. Was it worth it?

Seven Sentimental Lies You Might Believe

Matt Reagan
Seven Sentimental Lies You Might Believe
Examine your assumptions. Our society carries hundreds of unquestioned assumptions, and we Christians ought to ask, astutely and often, “Who says? Does God say that? Is it biblical?” Here seven of the most egregiously assumed truth-claims in popular culture today, with a biblical check for each one.

Spread the Word for Christmas

DG Staff
Spread the Word for Christmas
Next to the Bible, perhaps the most enduringly valuable gifts you can give this Christmas are books soaked in God and his grace. Printed books wrap well, and can be life-changing and soul-saving, and more.

A Joyful Cog in His Giant Plan

Chad Ashby
A Joyful Cog in His Giant Plan
We are our own paparazzi. We’re constantly snapping pictures — posting what we made for lunch and chronicling our lives one selfie at a time. As we scroll through our social media feeds, read blogs, and observe each other’s lives, there is a temptation to envy the eventful, fast-paced lifestyle.

Eat with Those Who Weep

Nick Roen
Eat with Those Who Weep
I know what it is like to feel alone. I know what it is like to watch everyone else celebrate an endless number of special occasions with someone whose presence is simply assumed as absolute, while I scroll through my contacts trying to find a friend who isn’t “already busy.”

Justice Without Facts Is No Justice at All

Phillip Holmes
Justice Without Facts Is No Justice at All
With a short video of Laquan McDonald’s death, more of the facts have finally been released in Chicago. In Minneapolis, with another black man dead and several more shot, we’re left waiting for more information. How should we respond to perceived injustice from those who should be enforcing justice?

What Comes After Thanksgiving?

Marshall Segal
What Comes After Thanksgiving?
Many Thanksgiving celebrations will express genuine gratitude and yet be offensive to God. Appreciation without affection and devotion makes God a tool or a machine to produce the things we really love. Instead, see your gratitude to God through to greater faith in him and greater love for him.

Thanksgiving Is a Taste of Home

Christine Hoover
Thanksgiving Is a Taste of Home

I grew up in East Texas, where the chicken is fried, the pine trees grow tall, and the accents drip thick with “honeys” and “bless-your-hearts.” And on Thanksgiving, it was my family’s tradition to take the two-lane-highway straight-shot over to…


Jesus Will Provide the Wine

Jon Bloom
Jesus Will Provide the Wine
When you fail in wisdom or fail to meet the righteous requirement of God’s law, or fail to love the Lord with all your heart, you need not fear. Jesus is able to make all grace about to you so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times you may abound in every good work.

Thanksgiving Starts on Sunday

Matt Boswell
Thanksgiving Starts on Sunday
When we gather together to worship, something wonderful is happening in us. While opening the Scriptures, singing, praying, and giving our offerings, a formation is underway: God is performing the slow and steady work of making us a thankful people.

The Prize Is Worth the Price

Jon Bloom
The Prize Is Worth the Price
The pursuit of an Olympic gold medal is all-consuming. Athletes must structure their entire life around the training required for that elite level of competition because this pursuit can only be achieved with a ruthlessly narrow focus and rigorous discipline. The same is true for Christians.

Awaiting the Fullness of Joy in Service

Matthew Elliot
Awaiting the Fullness of Joy in Service
I want to stand before Jesus and be able to honestly say: “I did it, even if it was with shaky faith and much struggling, I poured myself out in serving those who are most forgotten and in need, just like you told me to.”

Eight Words from Jesus in a World with Refugees

D. Glenn
Eight Words from Jesus in a World with Refugees

I lived in Syria. I grieve over the destruction and death that occurs there every day. Since 2012, I’ve been living in a neighboring country, seeking to bring hope to Syrian refugees. We help them with practical needs like blankets…


A Song for the Weak and Broken

Kevin Twit
A Song for the Weak and Broken
As racial tensions continue to rise in our nation, this song seems so appropriate. As we mourn the brokenness of race relations in our country, and in our churches, we need songs that give corporate voice to our cries.

Building His Church in a Refugee Crisis

David Crabb
Building His Church in a Refugee Crisis
In the wake of terror attacks in Paris and Beirut, the response from Americans has been as strong as it is divided. Many have called for the nation to follow its nobler impulses and respond in compassion by welcoming refugees; others have voiced their strong disapproval for accepting any.

The Good Unwanted Gift of Singleness

Katelynn Luedke
The Good Unwanted Gift of Singleness
Singleness can be a good gift, but it’s often unwanted. God gives many the desire for marriage, but not the spouse, sometimes not even the opportunity. Inspired by Elisabeth Elliot, Katelynn writes about finding joy and contentment while waiting for her wedding day.

Don’t Follow Your Heart (New Book)

Jon Bloom
Don’t Follow Your Heart (New Book)

“Follow your heart” is a creed embraced by billions of people. It’s a statement of faith in one of the great pop-cultural myths of the Western world — a gospel proclaimed in many of our stories, movies, and songs.



A New Kind of Champion

Adam Viramontes
A New Kind of Champion
A new name exploded onto the sports world Saturday night, as Holly Holm shocked the reigning champion Ronda Rousey. While the believing and unbelieving alike pointed to the timeless truth of Proverbs 16:18, I prefer to reflect on the unexpected path of Holm, who I have known personally for years.

The Lasting Pain of Quick Fixes

Dave Zuleger
The Lasting Pain of Quick Fixes
Many people do not grasp the distinctions between different types of pain, and so they fail to treat the pain correctly. Spiritually, attempts at quick fixes to chronic conditions can sadly produce deeper pain, deeper guilt, and a lingering sense that we aren’t doing enough to appease God.

We Cannot Look the Other Way

David Altrogge
We Cannot Look the Other Way
Yes, it’s uncomfortable and awkward, and people will get mad at us. But until we start talking about abortion — what it is and who it affects — we will never see change. Until we learn to love the way Jesus loved us, we will never see lives saved and true change happen. We cannot look the other way.

Thirteen Practical Steps to Kill Sin

John Piper
Thirteen Practical Steps to Kill Sin
We are commanded to constantly kill the sin that remains in our lives. This is not optional. This is mortal combat: Sin dies or we die. Not that we ever become perfect in this age, but we go on killing sins as they attack us daily. How do we kill sin? Here are thirteen tactical steps in the battle.

Five Ways to Encourage Your Pastor (Without Exalting Him)

Gavin Ortlund
Five Ways to Encourage Your Pastor (Without Exalting Him)
Plenty have lamented the problem of “celebrity culture” in the church, and usually that phrase brings into our minds famous pastors and leaders in the church today. But that “celebrity culture” can be equally a challenge for non-famous, local ministries.

France: A Fabric Torn

John Piper
France: A Fabric Torn
In France the fabric of family and nation is torn, and ten thousand human fibers are frayed with anger, and wet with grief. Millions more are woven in among the stricken strands, and taste the bitter salt of tears.