Four Kinds of Churches Worth Leaving

John Knight
Four Kinds of Churches Worth Leaving

The saddest stories I hear from parents raising a child with a disability don’t involve schools, insurance companies, or hospitals. The stories that elicit the most bitter words, and tears, are the ones about churches that abandon families with a disabled child because they are “just too difficult to deal with.”

This really happens. Too many parents are told, directly and indirectly, by a pastor or church leader or Sunday School volunteer: You do not belong here. This is... Continue Reading

The Problem with Jesus

Carl Laferton
The Problem with Jesus

When it comes to outreach, we have a problem with Jesus.

Not a problem with who Jesus is, of course. Jesus is the answer to all our deepest questions and longings. He is the compassionate one the broken search for, the forgiving one the flawed need, the strong one the weak can cry to, the challenging one the self-righteous require.

In evangelism, as in all ministry, if we’re not talking about Jesus, we’re missing the point and we’re missing the power.

Imagine Jesus

So what’s the problem?... Continue Reading

Meeting with God

Pat Sczebel
Meeting with God

It is Saturday night, and my wife and I are just about to tuck our second batch of kids into bed. Yup, that’s right, our birth children are all grown up now, and for some crazy reason, we’ve adopted three more and are fostering a baby. This now gives us the privilege of repeating to our younger kids (ages twelve, ten, nine, and one) much of what we taught our older kids about the joy of gathering Sunday mornings as a church.

This past week I asked them to give me a name of someone they... Continue Reading

God Is Bigger Than Your Sin

Marshall Segal

We have all been evil and received evil. The shame of sin and the pain of being sinned against are universally felt in every human heart because we’re born into sin and into a world of sinners. Sin corrupts, and it hinders God’s purposes in our lives.

Or does it? In this 5-minute clip, John Piper asks, “What sins within you or against you are filling you with a sense of inadequacy, which — if you really believed God were sovereign over sin — could not stop you from fulfilling... Continue Reading

The Insanity of Leaning on Our Own Understanding

Jon Bloom
The Insanity of Leaning on Our Own Understanding

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5–6)

When the Bible tells us in this verse not to lean on our own understanding, it is not encouraging us to be irrational. The Bible puts up no wall of separation between our intellect and faith. In fact, the book of Proverbs speaks very highly of understanding:

Five Truths About the Death of Jesus

Joseph Scheumann
Five Truths About the Death of Jesus

Grace is at the heart of the Christian faith. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than at the cross of Christ. It is grace that the Son of God took on flesh, and grace that he taught us how to live — but it is especially grace that he died on the cross in our place.

Moreover, this climactic grace shown at the cross has a specific shape — it has edges. These edges help us see what exactly happened when Jesus died. And it’s important that we see because seeing leads to... Continue Reading

20 Quotes on Loneliness

Tony Reinke
20 Quotes on Loneliness

Loneliness can be an embarrassing topic we don’t like to talk about or admit to. Yet all of us are familiar with it, to some degree, because loneliness is an inescapable consequence of the fall.

No surprise, readers request more content on loneliness. To that end, let me introduce Paul Matthies. Paul is a Christian, former missionary in Asia, current pastor in Texas, he’s single and he has openly shared his struggle with loneliness over the years. In the summer of 2006, while serving... Continue Reading

Our Holy, Stubborn Song

Gloria Furman
Our Holy, Stubborn Song

There’s something stubborn about singing praise to God.

We live in a fallen world. Things are not as they ought to be. How can our mouths be filled with praise in the midst of so much darkness?

Yet we sing.

We sing because we once followed the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2), but now the King has died for us and delivered us from the present evil age (Galatians 1:4).

We sing because “we know that we are from God,” even though “the whole world lies in the power of the evil... Continue Reading

Enjoy the Gift of Having God’s Ear

David Mathis
Enjoy the Gift of Having God’s Ear

He is “the God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:10). Not only did he choose us before the world began, and give his Son to save us, and cause us to be born again, but he also sustains the whole of our Christian lives, from day one to that Day, in his matchless grace. He covers our lives with his unexpected kindness through people and circumstances, in good times and bad, and showers us with unforeseen favor in sickness and health, in life and in death.

But he doesn’t always catch... Continue Reading

Recovering Awe

Jonathan Dodson
Recovering Awe

Pride cannibalizes awe. When our thoughts drift to how we have been poorly treated, how we are right or deserving of more, or how we will never be good enough, our worship is devoured, eaten up by the Self. We remain under the umbrella of our own authority, recognizing no greater authority and, therefore, enjoying no greater Greatness.

Missing Greatness

When Jesus returned home to Nazareth, they were astonished at his teaching (Mark 6:2). But then, in a sudden turn, their awe turned to... Continue Reading