Blog Posts by Marshall Segal
It Is Well with My Soul
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
Propaganda About God’s Purpose in Our Past
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
Why God Loves People Who Hate Each Other
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
Can God Really Be Happy?
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
God Is Bigger Than Your Sin
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
The Danger in Our Daily Devotions
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
Worship That’s Out of This World
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
The Greatest Victory in All of History
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.…
Believer, Become What You Are
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…
How to Heal When the Church Hurts You
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
Nine Lies in the Not-Yet-Married Life
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, perhaps one of the more polarizing holidays of our year. It’s very fun and exciting for the love birds, too commercial and insincere for the skeptics, and sometimes especially lonely for the single.
Singleness’s greatest sorrows…Continue Reading
Who Is the Church?
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
The Doctrines of Grace Are My Life
What We Confess With Our Clothing
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
The Centerpiece of Sunday Worship
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
100,000 Hours: Eight Aims for Your Career
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
Top 25 @JohnPiper Tweets
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
The Best Quotes from Cross
Something potentially historic happened last week as thousands of students gathered for the sake of the unreached peoples around the world. Hundreds stood on Monday night at the close of the first Cross conference to commit to returning to their…Continue Reading
Our Top Videos of 2013
Collectively viewed more than two million times in 2013, these videos garnered attention, some for controversy, others for comfort. Some display moving song-writing, hip hop, and poetry. A couple are the compelling stories of God’s grace and power at work…Continue Reading
Are You Pastoring Your Pastor?
Some of the least pastored people in the world are pastors.
These men work long, unpredictable hours, addressing every physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual issue under the sun, sacrificing their schedule, comfort, and a thousand other things, all without being…Continue Reading
The Kinds of Gifts That Keep on Giving
In the next few hours, you may have more stuff than you’ve had all year — some expected, others a surprise; some practical, others sentimental; some useful, and others not as much.
It might be the latest television or phone…Continue Reading
As Cool As the Other Side of a Calvinist
If you know Calvinists, you probably know some bad ones. The stereotypes aren’t fair, but they don’t come out of nowhere. Calvinists are “cold,” “heady,” and “condescending.” They think they have it all figured out and everyone else is blind,…Continue Reading
A Book You Can Be Caught Reading
Some books we rarely read in public. Spiritual Depression. Almost Anorexic. Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave. Anything on sexual purity.
Regardless of our reason for reading, it can feel like a confession — like we have…Continue Reading
Is Everything Bigger and Better in Texas?
What is so good about the gospel? Have you ever asked yourself that question? What’s the biggest and best thing God promises us? What is it exactly that makes it such good news?
In a sermon last week in Houston,…Continue Reading
15 Quotes from ‘Jesus > Religion’
Jefferson Bethke has recently published Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough. The book’s title and content are inspired by his spoken-word video, “Why I Hate Religion,…Continue Reading