Top 14 Posts of 2014

We surveyed our most-viewed articles of 2014. It’s an interesting mix of commentary on current events, advice for seasons of life, and insight into the mind, heart, and life of a Christian. All of it, of course, deeply tied into Scripture and all of it striving to satisfy your soul with a vision of a big, sovereign, loving God. We hope you enjoy the articles whether you’re revisiting something familiar or reading for the first time.

14. Six Things Every Freshman Needs to Know


What would Sammy Rhodes say if he could write a letter to every incoming freshman who doesn’t want to waste his time in college? Here are six pieces of advice for students (and their anxious parents).

13. Three Tips for Better Bible Reading

Bible reading

You probably don’t need to hear reasons that it’s important to read the Bible. You know it is. But you might need some motivation. One way to get excited about reading the Bible is to rethink your daily pattern. Here are three tips for better Bible reading.

12. Why We Neglect Our Bibles

Bible and journal

We assume every Christian has a Bible that’s worn down, marked up, and paired with a journal stuffed with multi-colored spiritual reflections. But that’s often not true. Many Christians find it difficult to get into a daily habit of Bible reading. In this post, John Piper addressed four common causes of Bible neglect in the Christian life.

11. Nine Lies in the Not-Yet-Married Life

single girl

Perhaps the greatest sorrow of the single life is that so many put off pursuing the produce of the Spirit until they get married. We foolishly think finding love will mysteriously unlock these fruits in our lives. The free and full life, though, is found in Christ and played out in Christ-likeness, summed up in these nine prizes of the Christian life.

10. Dads, Date Your Daughter’s Boyfriend


One of the most terrifying moments of a not-yet-married man’s life is meeting his girlfriend’s father. . . . If discipleship — or “dating” your daughter’s boyfriend — sounds like it might be a more effective method than what you’ve tried (or intended to try), here are six pieces of counsel for engaging young men interested in your little girl.

9. Lay Aside the Weight of Irritability

waves crashing

Our irritability never has its roots in the soils of righteousness. It springs out of the soil of selfishness and springs up fast, like the sin-weed that it is.

8. Walking the Wedding Aisle Without Your Virginity

wedding aisle

What would Pastor John say to a man or woman preparing for marriage who struggle with regret related to past sexual mistakes and their current consequences?

7. Six Ways Your Phone Is Changing You


What is life like now because of the smartphone? How has the iPhone changed us? These self-reflective questions may seem daunting, but we must ask them. Here are six answers from wise spiritual fathers.

6. Update on Ian and Larissa

Ian and Larissa

When we think about that time we spent with Ian and Larissa, one thing stands out the clearest: their love for one another. A lot can change in three years as bodies heal and marriages mature, but their amazing story continues.

5. World Vision: Adultery No, Homosexual Practice Yes

World Vision

World Vision made a tragic decision — which they later reversed — that would allow employees to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same sex, if they were married. Ultimately, they reversed their decision, but the lessons remain valuable for living, ministering, and leading in a culture like ours.

4. Marriage on the Edge of Eternity

Francis and Lisa Chan

Eternity changes how we enjoy marriage and everything else in this life. Eternity changes how we love. It would be unloving to get my wife and kids so focused on this life that they are unprepared for the next.

3. We Are Not Our Own: On God, Brittany Maynard, and Physician-Assisted Suicide

Brittany Maynard

We are small and fragile. We are not autonomous. We were never meant to be. Beauty, Yes. Joy, Yes. Greatness, Yes — outside of us, filling us with worship and wonder. We were made for God.

2. 12 Questions to Ask Before You Watch ‘Game of Thrones’

couple watching television

Game of Thrones is now the most popular series in HBO history, with an average audience of more than 18 million viewers. Pastor John, do you believe there is a difference between film nudity and pornography? What should Christians be willing to watch?

1. Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins

light on street

Homosexual practice is not the only sin prohibited in the Bible, but it is different from all the rest, at least right now. At this moment in history, it is celebrated by our larger society with unusual and pioneering excitement. And we have good news for homosexual sinners, and all others.

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