Jesus Has Overcome the World
One thing the Bible is not is utopist about life in this world. It gets unfairly criticized for encouraging a pessimism that makes people passive about doing anything to improve things; people who are “too heavenly minded to be any…Continue Reading
What God Says to Egypt
A Meditation for Today
on Isaiah 19:24–25
O Egypt, Egypt, do you not
Recall, dear friend — have you forgot —
That twice you were the savior of
My only Son — though not from…
God Will Never Regret Saving You
It was almost 7 AM — opening time for a tiny concession stand dubbed the Eureka Café. I was there first, leaning on the counter and staring happily at the trademark: “We Proudly Brew Starbucks Coffee.”
I had expected this…Continue Reading
Why We Really Sleep In
Recent studies say hitting the snooze button is bad for our bodies. But studies won’t get us out of bed.
Elise Snickers was a college student pursuing a career in a psychology when she wrote a letter to 54-year-old C.S.…Continue Reading
Five Back-to-School Basics
The beginning of August signals the beginning of back-to-school shopping, or at least back-to-school-shopping commercials. You may not know it, but whether you’re a freshman or senior, you’re going to need more than notebooks, pencils, and a strong book bag.
A Song for the Suffering (with John Piper)
A Christian’s suffering is never meaningless.
Shane Barnard understands this truth. After the untimely death of his father, he and his family desperately looked to God for comfort. They clung to God’s word, and in the deepest moments of grief,…Continue Reading
Five Cheers for the Church and Individualism
If individualism is a bad thing, corporatism is also a bad thing, and probably a worse thing. If I had to choose, I would prefer to fight for biblical truth in the chaos of American individualism than in the iron-clad…Continue Reading
Do You Want Your Faith to Grow?
The Family: God’s Litmus Test of Applied Grace
If you want to know the depth of one’s character, observe how they treat children and the elderly.
Folks on the extreme ends of life’s timeline usually have enormous needs and limited capabilities. These built-ins to their age bracket often…Continue Reading