Don’t Miss the True Bread

Jon Bloom
Don’t Miss the True Bread

One of the strangest things Jesus ever said is recorded in chapter six of John’s Gospel, where Jesus stated that his followers must eat his flesh and drink his blood.

These words are disturbing. Almost everyone, including his most loyal disciples, misunderstood them at the time. Many disciples stopped following him after he said them (verse 66). They have been the subjects of much debate for centuries in the church. And because of them, Christians have even been accused of... Continue Reading

Same-Sex Attraction and the Wait for Change

Nick Roen
Same-Sex Attraction and the Wait for Change

Few concepts are more foreign to our culture than waiting. Now you can take a picture of a check with your phone and deposit it instantly into your bank account without even leaving your Lay-Z-Boy. “Instant,” it seems, has become the new “relatively quick.”

This has been highlighted in my own life as I have wrestled with the issue of change in regard to my same-sex attraction (SSA). When I began counseling several years ago, I thought that if I followed a set of... Continue Reading

The Love of God’s Power

Jonathan Parnell
The Love of God’s Power

God is faithful. We’ve all heard these words.

We’ve read them, said them, and sung them. And we’ve felt them.

God’s faithfulness is a palatable experience of his love. It’s his love tasted and seen in our history. It’s the mechanics of his love wired to fulfill his promises for our good. In fact, God’s faithfulness and his steadfast love are so closely intertwined that in Psalm 33 they’re basically the same.

The word of the Lᴏʀᴅ is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He... Continue Reading

Backslap Death in the Face

Jonathan Parnell

Cadenced descriptions of Christ’s work have always characterized the voice of his church.

“He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,” the old creed says, “he suffered death and was buried, and on the third day he rose again.” Straightforward as they are, these words are actually worlds, each one inhabited by more meaning and wonder and — for the poet — endless depths to be mined.

Jackie Hill shows us in this one-minute spoken word about hearing the gospel:

[The preacher] lets... Continue Reading

The Effect of Your Life in 1,400 Years

John Piper
The Effect of Your Life in 1,400 Years

Do you think God has purposes for your life that will be realized in 1,400 years?

I do. Your life and mine.

Yes, the new heavens and the new earth may be here by then. I hope so. If so, there are things that are happening to you now that will have reverberations then for your good.

I say that because Paul says, “This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17). When Paul speaks of “light momentary... Continue Reading

Stay-at-Home Moms with Missionary Hearts

Lindsey Carlson
Stay-at-Home Moms with Missionary Hearts

Have you ever watched someone else living your dream, the thing you really, really wanted for your life?

As I cut the crusts off my kids’ peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I listened to my young, single friend talk passionately about her upcoming trip back to Cambodia. Before her furlough she’d worked with children in an orphanage and discipled teenage girls. Now, she’ll use her nursing degree in a medical clinic, building relationships, and sharing about Jesus.

As... Continue Reading

The Doctrines of Grace Are My Life

Marshall Segal

Calvinism is one of the most controversial conversations in Christianity today. In this new video, Pastor John Piper shares why the doctrines of grace have been some of the most precious and practical truths of his ministry. I wonder whether you’ve avoided the question all together. You might have met Calvinists that seem cold, arrogant, and disconnected from real life. Or you’ve known awful suffering — cancer, abuse, tragedy, or worse — and the idea of God’s absolute... Continue Reading

Those Dragons Underneath Our Beds

Matthew Westerholm
Those Dragons Underneath Our Beds

How we approach a situation reveals what we expect to find.

Imagine it is 2 A.M. and I’m asleep. My wife taps my shoulder and says, “I heard something. I think there’s an intruder downstairs.” My mind immediately kicks into high-gear. I reach underneath my bed and grab a 7-iron — to protect the family — and slowly make my way to the kitchen where my wife heard the sound. Even though I live in a hundred-year-old house, I know exactly how to sneak down my staircase without... Continue Reading

Speaking Truth in Love

Tony Reinke
Speaking Truth in Love

God has called you to serve me, and me to serve you, by speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). This mutual ministry is what drives me to write truth, and to read and listen to truth from friends.

But “speaking the truth in love” is not so simple as hitting a few keys on my laptop. It requires a cosmic backstory to pull off.

The Apostle Paul breaks the story into three movements in Ephesians 4.

Movement 1: The Gifter Ascends (Ephesians 4:7–10)

The backstory to spiritual gifts begins... Continue Reading

Three Tips for Better Bible Reading

Andy Naselli
Three Tips for Better Bible Reading

You probably don’t need to hear reasons that it’s important to read the Bible. You know it is.

But you might need some motivation. One way to get excited about reading the Bible is to rethink your Bible-reading strategy. Here are three tips for better Bible reading:

Tip #1. Listen to audio-Bibles.

When you listen to an audio-Bible, you’ll be surprised how quickly the time goes by and how much of the Bible you “read.”

Sometimes I listen while doing other tasks such as driving... Continue Reading