Update on Ian and Larissa

Stefan Green

Three years ago, I was part of a small film crew that had the privilege of meeting Ian and Larissa Murphy at their home in Pennsylvania. Ian and Larissa were newly married, despite Ian’s traumatic brain injury in 2006. They were kind enough to let us tell their story.

When I think about that time I spent with Ian and Larissa, one thing stands out the clearest: their love for

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A Statement Stronger Than Silver

Marshall Segal

Today the NBA declared war on racism when commissioner Adam Silver banned franchise owner Donald Sterling from the league for life because of ten minutes of ignorant and offensive remarks recorded and recently released to the public. Silver’s historic decision exceeded what most experts had expected and said loudly to all who will hear, “We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling’s views. They simply have no place in the…

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What’s Wrong with Our Women

Marshall Segal

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. And it might reasonably lead you to think that men are more evil, and therefore more guilty and needy before God. But the trustworthy word of God teaches us otherwise.

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The Legacy I Want to Leave

John Piper

For most of my pastoral life, I heralded the wonders of what I saw in the Bible.

I tried to do this in such a way that people could see that the wonders really did come from the Bible, and not from me. But I seldom focused on how I saw the spectacular truths of Scripture. My preaching and writing aimed mainly to bring people to a banquet, not take…

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Don’t Worry, Be Casting

Andy Naselli

First Peter 5:6–7 is bursting with hope and comfort. When I am tempted to worry, I often meditate on it. And when I come alongside people who are full of anxieties, I invariably share it with them.

But understanding why that passage is filled with hope and comfort requires a mini-grammar lesson: What is the relationship between humility and anxiety?

Cast or Casting?

Peter commands, “Humble yourselves, therefore,…

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That Sunday After Easter

Jonathan Parnell

Few of us remember those Sundays that come the week after Easter. By then the pastel finery is packed away in our closets. The lunch is not as great. The anticipation for corporate worship has dropped down from the seasonal high we felt just a week before. There is less excitement, less panache, less décor — and more resemblance to that original Easter so many Sundays ago.

It’s easy…

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Jesus’s Closest Companion

David Mathis

The Holy Spirit. There is “something wonderfully mysterious” about him, says pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson.

He is the third person of the Trinity, the “self-effacing” member. He works ever in tandem with God’s word — incarnate, spoken, and written. He is one of the Christian’s greatest sources of comfort. And too often he is one of the church’s greatest sources of controversy.

No Other Friend Like This

But before…

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When It Seems Like God Did You Wrong

Jon Bloom

The story of Naomi in Ruth chapter one teaches us that how things look and how things feel are often not how they are.

The last time Naomi had seen her hometown on the Judean hillside, the barley fields had been barren in the House of Bread.

The famine had stirred the specter of starvation. Naomi’s husband, Elimelech, not a patient man even in bounty, was convinced that Moab held…

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Jesus Is Better Than Porn

Stefan Green

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

These words from the apostle Paul are the heartbeat to Jimmy Needham’s song “Forgiven and Loved,” written in the aftermath of a decade-long battle with pornography. Year after year, shame ruled Jimmy’s life until he experienced, at life-changing depth, a simple, glorious truth: Jesus is better.

In this short video, Jimmy talks about…

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