A Christian Guide to the Zoo

David Mathis

Summer is in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere, and if you haven’t yet made a family visit to the zoo, perhaps it’s just around the corner.

The zoo is a wonderful opportunity for the Christian — both for personal worship and worldview formation. Here’s an effort to help Christians, who should be the best of all zoo-goers, make the most of their experiences this summer.

1) Prepare ahead of

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How the Bible Answers the Question, “Where Is Your God?”

John Piper

I wish we could write about the sovereignty of God in a lull between calamities. But there is none.

If I were to say we are between tsunamis or tornadoes, someone would say, “That tree just fell on my house,” or, “That was my mother whose plane crashed in Ohio,” or, “My uncle was among the tourists killed in Pakistan,” or, “My wife’s battle with cancer just ended — in…

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Seeing Pleasure Through a Demon’s Eyes

Jonathan Parnell

Max McLean, director and lead actor in the theatrical adaptation of The Screwtape Letters, goes in character to describe the demonic perspective on pleasure.

From the book, page 44:

Never forgot that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy’s ground. I know we have won many a soul through pleasure. All the same,…

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The Boldness of Knowing Jesus

Jonathan Parnell

The people of Jesus should know Jesus. That is the inescapable impression we get from reading the Book of Acts. We see it in the church’s boldness — that is, the church’s outspoken clarity about the identity and significance of Jesus.

This boldness actually hems up the entire story of Acts with its key appearances in Peter’s first sermon (Acts 2:29) and Paul’s concluding hospitality ministry (Acts 28:31), not to…

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The Thrilling “Now” of Christian Mission

John Piper

Just think of it. The God of the universe focused his special revelation and redeeming work on one small ethnic people, Israel, for 2,000 years — from the calling of Abram in Genesis 12 to the coming of Christ. For all that time “he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways” (Acts 14:16).

Then at the entry of his Son into the world, all this changed.

As…

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A Voyage into Narnia

David Mathis

It’s often very handy to have a professor as a friend.

“The Professor,” Digory Kirke, proved to be a well-travelled and advantageous ally for the children in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, and our own professor-friend Joe Rigney is a well-travelled guide to show us (and our children) through the wardrobe and into Lewis’s fantasy world.

Joe teaches Christian worldview at Bethlehem College & Seminary. We both have a pair…

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God’s Gracious Path to Costly Obedience

Steve Fuller

Imagine Abraham, living a life of security in Ur of the Chaldeans, but knowing that God had called him to leave it all for a land he did not know. That would have been costly.

And Abraham is not alone. God calls each of us to obedience that’s costly, like loving our enemies, sharing the gospel, forgiving those who hurt us, and battling sin.

So how did Abraham obey, when…

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Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Preoccupation

Jon Bloom

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Want to refresh your soul? Want to run with more endurance today? Cease to be the focus of your attention.

The state of your soul depends on what occupies your mind. If…

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What Makes Women Happy?

Andrea Froehlich

“If only I had ________, I’d be happy.”

We have all felt this at some point in our lives. It’s the idea that we’ll discover the happiness we desire if we could only improve our circumstances. It’s actually what sparked the Women’s Movement in the 1960s, as Mary Kassian explains in this short video.

If women could just change their circumstances, if we could just get out of these traditional…

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