Looking to Christ in the Loss of a Child

Jason DeRouchie
Looking to Christ in the Loss of a Child

The loss of a child is painful, deeply painful.

Fifteen years ago, my wife and I experienced our first certain miscarriage. I was a new dad, and then, just like that, it was over. The loss was so unexpected. The ache went deep, to my soul’s core. And in the midst of my own sorrow and weeping, I was attempting to care for my grieving wife. For two years and three months, she battled with God, until her sense of his sovereignty was matched by the torrent of his love.

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An Olympic Lesson for Husbands and Wives

John Ensor
An Olympic Lesson for Husbands and Wives

Sochi is helping me be a better husband. And the Olympics are freshly making my wife to delight in her role as well. The surprising lesson is on display in figure skating pairs.

At its best, this event displays the strength and beauty of unity: how two different people become one. The gold goes to that couple which has most mastered the skill of male leadership and female support making one glorious whole.

He Leads, She Receives

He leads her onto the ice and initiates... Continue Reading

Was Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret the Same As Paul’s?

John Piper
Was Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret the Same As Paul’s?

Hudson Taylor’s son and daughter-in-law wrote Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret in 1932. It is a brief narrative of Taylor’s life with a focus on the “secret” of his spiritual peace and strength.

They expressed his “secret” as follows:

Taylor had many secrets, for he was always going on with God, yet they were but one — the simple, profound secret of drawing for every need, temporal or spiritual, upon “the fathomless wealth of Christ.”

The apostle Paul... Continue Reading

When God Works for You

Jonathan Parnell

But they who wait for the Lᴏʀᴅ shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles;they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

It’s not exactly what we’d think, or could ever imagine. There’s nothing else like it. A God who is so mighty that he doesn’t need anything. A God who displays his glory not by our working for him, but his working for us.

John Piper explains in this four-minute video:


Waiting for the Lᴏʀᴅ means he will give... Continue Reading

Bind My Wandering Heart to Thee

Jon Bloom
Bind My Wandering Heart to Thee

In my observation and experience, the most loved verse from Robert Robinson’s hymn, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is this one:

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Why do Christians love this verse? Because it beautifully helps us pray the groaning we... Continue Reading

When Life Hurts

Michael Horton
When Life Hurts

Monks go looking for a cross, thinking that they are pleasing God by their stoic resolve. We encounter this sometimes in our own circles today, as believers often feel obliged to smile in public even if they collapse at home in private despair.

John Calvin counters, “Such a cheerfulness is not required of us as to remove all feeling of bitterness and pain.”

It is not as the Stoics of old foolishly described “the great-souled man”: one who, having cast off all human qualities, was affected... Continue Reading

When God Does the Miracle We Didn’t Ask For

Vaneetha Rendall Demski
When God Does the Miracle We Didn’t Ask For

Countless childhood surgeries. Yearlong stints in the hospital. Verbal and physical bullying from classmates. Multiple miscarriages as a young wife. The unexpected death of a child. A debilitating progressive disease. Riveting pain. Betrayal. A husband who leaves.

If it were up to me, I would have written my story differently. Not one of those phrases would be included. Each line represents something hard. Gut wrenching. Life changing.

But now, in retrospect, I... Continue Reading

When Distractions Keep Us from Our Kids

Christina Fox
When Distractions Keep Us from Our Kids

“Mom. Mom. Mom!”

I looked up at my son. “I’m sorry. What?” I asked.

“Did you hear anything I said?”

“No,” I admitted.

“I think you are addicted to your phone,” he remarked.

Justifications and excuses lingered on the tip of my tongue. I wanted to tell him about the “important” email I had to send. But the truth is, he was right.

The Pull of Technology

I recently wrote an article about investing the limited time we have with our children. One of the biggest drains of our time... Continue Reading

Why We Need Pastors with Big Hearts

John Knight
Why We Need Pastors with Big Hearts

There are things you cannot know without suffering. So writes John Piper in his foreword to How to Stay Christian in Seminary.

This is true, and yet those are the very things pastors must know, in some sense, as they seek to shepherd their people. Seminary is a place to be instructed and equipped, even though the vital experiences can’t all be simulated. Pastors must understand pain, even when they can’t understand every pain from the inside.

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The Merciful Gift of Desperation

Jon Bloom
The Merciful Gift of Desperation

Do not underestimate the power of desperation to do good for your soul.

A couple of years ago I listened to a sermon by a friend who leads a missionary team that has planted itself into one of the least reached nations in the world. The most optimistic estimates of the number of indigenous Christians in this nation is less than the number of people who attend Bethlehem Baptist Church on a Sunday morning. A lot less.

When I listened to him preach it was like listening to the... Continue Reading