Training Heart Identities in Boys and Girls

Luma Simms

Boys are different than girls. It’s plain in the Bible and plain in our everyday experience as parents.

I have five children. The first three are girls; the last two are boys. They are different! There is no question that each child is unique. There is no question of the heterogeneity in temperament, interests, skills, gifts, weaknesses, areas of sin, areas of obedience, and more. Yes and amen. God is…

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C.S. Lewis: Christian, Writer, Scholar, Prophet

David Mathis

It’s hard to be a casual fan of C.S. Lewis. Many despise him for his Christianity and convictions. Many love him dearly for his brilliant mind and writing and prophetic insight.

If you’ve read enough Lewis to track with his vision and life’s project, you’ll either love him or hate him. Let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about being only a casual fan. He has not left that…

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Lay Aside the Weight of “Not Feeling Like It”

Jon Bloom

What do you not feel like doing today?

You know what I mean. It’s that thing that’s weighing on you, which you know would honor God because it obeys his law of love (John 15:12), or is a work of faith (2 Thessalonians 1:11), or puts “to death the deeds of the body” (Romans 8:13). You know it would be good for your soul or body or family or vocation…

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DOMA and the Rock

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

In 1996, when Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), I grieved with my people. I was an atheist then, and lived in a monogamous lesbian relationship, working as a tenure-track professor specializing in English literature and Queer Theory.

Now, some 17 years later, in the summer of 2013, the Supreme Court has delivered its historic DOMA decision. I am now a Christian, married to a man who…

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Three Things We Should Know About God

Jonathan Parnell

A.W. Tozer famously said that whatever comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. When you hear the mention of “God,” what would you say? What image fills your heart and head when you think about who God is?

The question is important because we all have some kind of answer. Everybody has a go-to thought when they think of God. And…

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Are We Fascinated with Lewis’s Fame or His Influence?

John Piper

The video below introduces the amazingly influential C.S. Lewis and invites you to our National Conference on Lewis, September 27–29.

If your time is short, just go straight to the video. But if you wonder why we should even care about Lewis’s influence, you might want to read these few paragraphs.

C.S. Lewis’s profound influence on so many people was not owing to his aberrations from evangelical doctrine. Aberrations there…

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Ten Passages for Pastors to Memorize Cold

David Mathis

Here’s one way to cool down during a sizzling hot July: ice-cold memorization.

Grab an iced tea, find some air-conditioned space, and put these ten passages to memory. You’ll never regret any extended time given to memorizing God’s word — especially when it’s the passages that come up again and again as particularly useful in the Christian life and in ministering to others.

These are ten that will prove especially…

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What Does It Mean to Be Complementarian?

Andrea Froehlich

Being complementarian doesn’t mean believing that the man’s job is to fix the car and the woman’s is to wash the floor. It goes much deeper than a breakdown of jobs.

Christian complementarity is about the different roles of men and women that are meant to give us insight into the relationship between Jesus and his church. Mary Kassian explains in this two-minute video:

Recent videos from Mary Kassian:

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Five Reasons to Embrace Unconditional Election

John Piper

I use the word embrace because unconditional election is not just true, but precious. Of course, it can’t be precious if it’s not true. So that’s the biggest reason we embrace it. But let’s start with a definition:

Unconditional election is God’s free choice before creation, not based on foreseen faith, to which traitors he will grant faith and repentance, pardoning them, and adopting them into his everlasting family of

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