Blog Posts by Marshall Segal
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
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
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
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
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.
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
God has given us a merciful gift in music authored in the midst of great tragedy. A song often has the power to express and comfort pain when words alone feel empty. Again and again, “It Is Well” has met…Continue Reading
Sometimes it’s hard to sort out our lives before Christ. It all feels so bleak, so dark, so destructive, so wasted. Some of us have a hard time finding anything good, anything worth remembering in the stories of our old…Continue Reading
The church is filled with lots of dangerously different people.
There are rich and poor, old and young, male and female. We have families with fifteen children and fifty-year-old unmarrieds. There are Republicans and Democrats, executives and janitors, athletes, artists,…Continue Reading
Do you think of God as mainly happy or mad?
How you think about God will effect how you relate to him. If he’s mainly disappointed, you’ll avoid him because of shame and insecurity. If he’s too busy, you won’t…Continue Reading
We have all been evil and received evil. The shame of sin and the pain of being sinned against are universally felt in every human heart because we’re born into sin and into a world of sinners. Sin corrupts, and…Continue Reading
Do we really need to read our Bible every day?
Happy is the man who does (Psalm 1:1). “His delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (1:2). God’s words revive…Continue Reading
The gospel all at once puts us at home in every culture and at odds with every culture.
Christ wants to and will make his home in every culture on the planet. This faith is not restrained to Jews, and…Continue Reading
Why did Jesus die? You might have your favorite answer or verse.
He was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.…
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be…
Churches really ought to be a refuge for the weary, a safe house for the broken, a rescue for the abused and mistreated. These local expressions of God’s gathered people are meant to offer the love, hope, and healing that…Continue Reading
Perhaps the greatest sorrow of the single life is that so many put off pursuing the produce of the Spirit until they get married. The free and full life is found in Christ and played out in Christ-likeness, summed up in these nine prizes of the Christian life.Continue Reading
Many are asking, “What is the church?” Pastor Jeff Vanderstelt believes we're asking the wrong question, because the Bible uses that word to describe a group of people, not a gathering or event. So we really should be asking,…Continue Reading
What we wear says more about us than we might think.
Many of us probably barely think at all when we get dressed in the morning. But something really profound is happening every time we pull on our pants and…Continue Reading
What really moves you on Sunday mornings?
There are a lot of potential answers to that question. Maybe the music is enough to get you out of bed. The old hymns have always resonated deeply with you, or the church’s…Continue Reading
What should I do with my life?
It’s one of the biggest questions on most young minds, especially during and after our college years. The practical question is, "What will I do for a living?" When you do the math…Continue Reading
We added retweets and favorites, from the data we have available, to gather the top twenty-five tweets from @JohnPiper. They deal with deep, spiritual insight, practical preparation, major current events, and especially relevant resources. And they speak to Taylor Swift,…Continue Reading