Blog Posts by Marshall Segal
Do You Hear the People Sing?
What does Sunday morning sound like at your church? What do you hear when your church worships in song? I believe the defining sound on Sunday morning should be the singing voices of God’s people.Continue Reading
The Bible Is a Book Like Any Other
Jen Wilkin wants to remind us that, while the Bible is an extraordinary book, it is still a book, and reading it isn’t as mystifying as we’re tempted to think. She gives tips for finding what we need in any book, including the Book.Continue Reading
What Will Make You Great
God refuses to define the greatness of your life in dollars or cents, family or friends or kids, promotions or raises, accomplishments or recognition or fun. He loves you too much, and there’s too much at stake.Continue Reading
The Lethal Drug in Your Dream Job
Why do you want the job you do? Success is a subtle, but deadly god in America. But unlike the typical career path in our country, our God only trades in the currency of grace. We’ve been accepted and loved long before we clock in on Monday.Continue Reading
The Big God in Your Small Group
As we commit to one another in Christ-exalting churches and small groups, we should expect God to make those communities attractive, even irresistible to others. God will make our love, joy, and worship contagious.Continue Reading
Aim Higher Than 4.0
Grades are the currency of college campuses — the way we measure our progress and compare ourselves with others. But when the A becomes the aim, we’ve really missed the point of our education. For the Christian, school — whatever discipline, whatever course, whatever professor — is about worship.Continue Reading
Love That Will Complete You
God, by his unrivaled, infinite power will one day remedy everything wrong about you. Now, you are counted perfect through faith in Jesus. Then, you will be presented perfect — no sin, no shame, no guilt, no doubt, no fear — nothing broken about you.Continue Reading
Education Is a Privilege, Not a Burden
The problem with school, for most students, is all the classes — the lectures, the assignments, the papers, and the exams. But before you let yourself complain again about the suffering of schoolwork, think about how empowering learning really can be.Continue Reading
God’s Great and Precious Promises
Some of the most precious pieces of this Bible are the promises God makes to those who love and believe in him. 2 Peter 1:3–4 explains that they’re weapons for the battle for faith, love, and purity. Watch the new Look at the Book video.Continue Reading
Four Habits of a Happy Heart
Psalm 130 puts words to a pattern of conviction, repentance, waiting, and praise that purifies the sinner and glorifies the Savior. It’s a paradigm for pursuing happiness among the everyday realities of temptation, weakness, brokenness, and failure.Continue Reading
Three Steps to Stop Wasting Your Life
Every day, we will be tempted to waste the precious life God has given us. Proverbs 3:5–6 — two of the most popular verses in the Bible — offer three steps for experiencing as much of God’s grace as possible today.Continue Reading
Your Wedding Is Still Something Worth Wanting
Our new generation of men and women need to be taught that marriage is spectacular and needed, because it is God’s. The beauty of marriage far surpasses the social, relational, and sexual benefits. For believers, the allure of matrimony ought to be deeply spiritual, missional, and eternal.Continue Reading
Don’t Tell God He Can’t Give You Good News
There is a hideous, God-belittling lie in believing we’ve sinned ourselves beyond his sovereign mercy. For many of us, it’s not hard to see how our sin has brought pain or conflict or heartache into our lives. How could God possibly rescue me when I am the problem?Continue Reading
A Booby Trap in the Christian Budget
The Bible is clear that we will put our money where our hearts are, so it is important that we regularly test our treasure. There are lots of ways to lose our life over a love for money. We want…Continue Reading
Four Questions to Keep Close to Your Wallet
It’s hard to imagine many things more maligned in Scripture than money.
After all, “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Timothy 6:10). Paul didn’t just say that it can be a temptation for…Continue Reading
Worship Where the Wild Things Are
One of the unavoidable realities of corporate worship in this world is distraction. Our minds are already prone to wander completely apart from anything happening around us in that room. But anyone who’s been in church for more than a…Continue Reading
No Book Like the Bible
Dads, Date Your Daughter’s Boyfriend
One of the most terrifying moments of a not-yet-married man’s life is meeting his girlfriend’s father.
The much-anticipated introduction is an unending fountain of humor for friends and family, but it’s more often an occasion for horror for the young…Continue Reading
Don’t Give Up on Don
Confessions of a Grown-Up Momma’s Boy
Mothers are mind-blowing people if you stop to look at them.
In their body, they can carry, feed, protect, and eventually deliver a child — a human being, like you or me. They often set aside personal gifts and aspirations…Continue Reading
Jack Is Back: Why We Want More
Our heroes — fictional or nonfictional — inevitably end up shaping our picture of God. Consciously or not we will project what we admire or praise in others onto the supremely admirable and praiseworthy one.
Not everyone watches television, but…Continue Reading
A Statement Stronger Than Silver
What’s Wrong with Our Women
We don’t have a hard time thinking of men as depraved. After all, they are responsible for the vast majority of violent crime.
- 90% of murders
- 98% of sexual assaults
- 93% of armed burglaries
- 88% of simple assaults
That’s stunning.…Continue Reading
Love the Single Chapter of Your Life
It’s just a fact, young people in America — even in the church — are getting married later and later. This means there are more men and women that are unhappily not-yet-married long into their twenties, even their thirties.
Let His Blood Be on Us (Holy Saturday)
Holy Week waits in relative silence on Saturday. The tomb has been sealed, the guards stand watch, the disciples likely hide in confusion, fear, and devastation. And the Savior lies lifeless, having surrendered all to save his people from their…Continue Reading