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

God Doesn’t Want You to Worry

Jonathan Parnell

Philippians 4:6–7,

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

One of the reasons this passage is so popular is its simplicity. The opposite of anxiety is peace. Anxiety is forbidden; peace is commended. It is God’s own version of “Don’t worry, be happy” — but with a glorious... Continue Reading

Putting Off Cynicism

Paul Maxwell
Putting Off Cynicism

Cynicism is the attitude that encapsulates the ethos of twentysomethings par excellence. It is, I think, the most covert negative emotion. We harbor it in Christian garb: cynicism toward immature men (“man-boys”), hipsters, a denomination or movement, clichés, and a thousand other things.

Cynicism is so undetectable because it is so justifiable. It wears a mask of insight and godliness, but it conceals festering wounds of harbored bitterness against God and neighbor. We need to... Continue Reading

The Frontlines of the Pro-Life Movement

Brent Aucoin
The Frontlines of the Pro-Life Movement

As we acknowledge yet another anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and contemplate the current state of the pro-life movement, I am inclined — as a historian should be — to look to the past for some guidance. As I see the abortion controversy and the accompanying pro-life movement enter its fifth decade, I am drawn to the slavery controversy which likewise lasted many decades.

The movement to abolish slavery was spearheaded by evangelicals. They... Continue Reading

Relentlessly Call Abortion What It Really Is

Jon Bloom
Relentlessly Call Abortion What It Really Is

Abortion is rarely talked about.

I’m not talking about the word “abortion.” We hear this word a lot it in the public square. But we rarely hear about it. Abortion almost always refers to something else. We hear that abortion is fundamentally about a woman’s right to reproductive freedom. Or abortion is a litmus test for judicial nominees. Or abortion is symptomatic of what’s wrong with the social discourse in America.

But none of those things is what abortion... Continue Reading

What Abortion Shows Us

John Knight
What Abortion Shows Us

More than 55 million children have been slaughtered in the 41 years since the Supreme Court created a new right in the Constitution. If any benefit can be found in the rivers of blood that have been spilled, it is this: it has exposed who we really are, what we really value, and how the enemy of our faith operates.

When We’re Exposed

Abortion shows us that we are racist to our core. Black babies and Hispanic babies are killed at two to three times the rate of white babies.

Abortion... Continue Reading

What We Confess With Our Clothing

Marshall Segal


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 slip into a shirt — or five shirts if you live in Minnesota this time of year.

John Piper writes, in his brand new book of devotionals, A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You, “God ordained clothes to witness to the glory we have lost.” Clothes were part of... Continue Reading

Goodness and Me

Andrew Wilson
Goodness and Me

O, taste and see that the Lᴏʀᴅ is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!(Psalm 34:8)

The goodness of God is one of those things we affirm happily when things are going well, and find rather tricky when they aren’t.

Both of my children are quite severely autistic. Until they were two, we had no real idea anything was wrong, but somewhere around two and a half, they began losing skills rapidly: words, songs, physical skills, eye contact, social awareness and so on.

Not many... Continue Reading