Blog Posts by Marshall Segal
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
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
Four Keys to Satisfying Your Starving Soul
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very…
Lecrae Unwraps His Joy in Jesus
How do you pursue joy in Jesus? I mean what does it really look like — like today? How about when things are crazy at work or tense at home? If God made us to enjoy him, we have something…Continue Reading
Meet Grace’s Masterpiece
Do you find theology intimidating? Does it sound distant, cold, academic?
Maybe you’ve known people who are really into theology and don’t seem to love Jesus much, or don’t seem to go to the hard places where poverty, suffering, and…Continue Reading
All Lewis Conference Media Now Available
Whether you’ve read the Chronicles of Narnia, the Space Trilogy, Mere Christianity, or other works by C.S. Lewis, you’ve probably wanted to ask him some questions. While we can’t give you the man himself — he died 50 years…Continue Reading
The Biggest Spectacle at Catalyst
ATLANTA — It was our first time at Catalyst, and we were prepared for some highly produced craziness.
They have fired a man from a cannon, belly-flopped another guy 30 feet into a kiddie pool, offered camel rides onsite, and…Continue Reading
Meet the Miracle Next to You This Morning
God gave me you to be my miracle.
That’s the banner over our relationships in the church. God performs the miracle of our growth in godliness through people — Holy-Spirit-filled people in our lives and churches.
These are the people…Continue Reading
God Will Not Let You Go
Relentless. That is pastor Leonce Crump’s one word for the love of God for sinners.
He has met this relentless Savior again and again on his journey from part-time Catholic to gospel-loving pastor. In this three-minute video, he tells us…Continue Reading
The Cost of Love and the Power of Pleasure
LYNCHBURG, VA — Imagine what God may be pleased to do throughout the world over the next 50 years with the lives of 10,000 college students in love with Jesus and aimed at the nations.
John Piper addressed such a…Continue Reading