My Dragon Skin Torn Off

Luma Simms
My Dragon Skin Torn Off

I first read C.S. Lewis just after I arrived in the United States as a nine-year-old girl. Born in Iraq, I was still learning English when I first read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and it captured my attention and my imagination.

Life moved on, I settled into this country, I became an adult, and I later read other non-fiction and philosophical books by Lewis. But what breaks me — even to this day — are a few pages in his fiction book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

A Rotten... Continue Reading

Does God Desire All to Be Saved? (New Book from John Piper)

John Piper
Does God Desire All to Be Saved? (New Book from John Piper)

This extended excerpt is from the introduction to John Piper’s Does God Desire All to Be Saved? — now available in paperback and as a free PDF from Crossway and Desiring God.

When climbing from lowlands to mountaintops, one must often pass through clouds. That’s the way it has been for me all my life as I have tried to get the best views of the glory of God.

When you enter a layer of clouds, it helps to have a guide to keep you away from the precipices... Continue Reading

Meet the Miracle Next to You This Morning

Marshall Segal
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 sitting next to you in corporate worship this morning. Maybe another morning with the same people at the same building on the same day of the week begins feeling ordinary or natural. But there’s power in that room. What happens when God’s... Continue Reading

20 Quotes from the Gospel Transformation Bible

Tony Reinke
20 Quotes from the Gospel Transformation Bible

In about a week, Crossway releases the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible.

Created and edited by Bryan Chapell and Dane Ortlund, the new study Bible is filled with valuable notes from fifty contributors with the overall aim of helping students of Scripture read the Bible under the glorious light of Christ’s death and resurrection.

As the title indicates, the aim is personal transformation through gospel-centered motivation. And to give you a taste of what to... Continue Reading

Six Benefits of Ordinary Daily Devotions

Jon Bloom
Six Benefits of Ordinary Daily Devotions

Private devotions aren’t magic. We know that (for the most part).

But still, we can be tempted to think that if we just figure out the secret formula — the right mixture of Bible meditation and prayer — we will experience euphoric moments of rapturous communion with the Lord. And if that doesn’t happen, our formula must be wrong.

The danger of this misconception is that it can produce chronic disappointment and discouragement. Cynicism sets in and we give up or whip... Continue Reading

God Will Not Let You Go

Marshall Segal

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 why God loves his children no matter what. “I am rescued by God. Restored by God. Renewed by God,” Crump says. “He is absolutely relentless in his pursuit of those who are his.”

Before you read another email or change another diaper or watch another... Continue Reading

Grace Gone Wild

David Mathis
Grace Gone Wild

Grace is on the loose.

Contrary to our expectations, counter to our assumptions, frustrating our judicial sentiments, mocking our craving for control, the grace of God is turning the world upside down. He is shamelessly pouring out his lavish favor on undeserving sinners of all stripes, and thoroughly stripping away our self-sufficiency.

Primeval and Unbridled

Grace has been on the move since before creation, roaming wild and free. Even before the foundation of the world, it was the untamed... Continue Reading

Adoption Is Bigger Than You Think

Dan Cruver
Adoption Is Bigger Than You Think

Adoption is greater than the universe.

So says John Piper, and as sweeping as the statement may sound, it is absolutely true. Because the eternal communion of our triune God is behind, beneath, beside, and above the universe and is the ultimate reason and cause for our adoption.

The Love Story of the Universe

The eternal story of the infinite reciprocal love that the three Persons of the Trinity share with each other sheds the light of the Son on the immense size of our... Continue Reading

For the Church, by the Church

Tony Reinke
For the Church, by the Church

Local churches face the challenge of training Christians for local ministry and developing new leaders, but with limited resources.

Stepping up to help is the Porterbrook Network, a global theological training ministry based in the United Kingdom and founded by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. Both men are seasoned authors, church planters, and pastors; and Timmis serves as the Director of Acts 29 Europe.

The Porterbrook Network has developed a two-year program of twenty-four... Continue Reading

We Really Need the Gospel

Christina Fox
We Really Need the Gospel

Someone asked me recently, “If you could say one thing to women, what would it be?” My response was, “You need the gospel more than you think you do.” This sounds rather trite, like something we’ve heard over and over before. But it’s the truth.

It took motherhood for me to realize just how much I need the gospel. Before I had children, the gospel was like viewing a tower in the fog. I knew the gospel, understood its importance, but I didn’t see the impact in all its fullness. The... Continue Reading