Words Are the Greatest Gifts
Dec 14, 2017
Presents may get the publicity at Christmas, but words are the greatest vessels for sharing real joy.
Is God Calling Me to Be a Pastor?
Dec 6, 2017
God grabs pastors by the heart; he doesn’t twist them by the arm. He wants men who do the work from delight, not from a sense of duty.
Thank God, We Have the Meats
Nov 23, 2017
Long before a nationwide fast-food chain began claiming, “We have the meats,” the people of God did.
The Main Ingredient in Personal Growth
Nov 16, 2017
The aggressive sway of this sin-sick world, and the power of the Spirit within us, affords Christians no place for standing still.
Basics for How to Study the Bible
Nov 12, 2017
When we study the Bible, we are after God’s meaning — not our own. And the best way to discover God’s meaning is to pray and ask questions of the text.
Do You Sleep Less Than Jesus?
Nov 9, 2017
Sleep is not only a divine gift to be received and appreciated, but also a good to be sacrificed, when necessary, in the cause of love.
Read Your Translation with Confidence
Nov 3, 2017
You don’t need to know Hebrew and Greek to know your Bible. God always meant for his word to enter every nation and be translated into every language.
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Discovering the Power of Luther’s Original Lyrics
Oct 29, 2017
As strong as this “battle hymn of the Reformation” is in our English, it is even stronger in its original form.
A Simple Plan for Time Alone with Jesus
Oct 22, 2017
Over the long run, our time alone with Jesus will go better if we have a plan — something that can guide us whether we have five minutes or an hour.
The Majestic Beard of Zurich
Heinrich Bullinger (1504–1575)
Oct 20, 2017
Without Zwingli there would have been no Reformation in Zurich. Without Heinrich Bullinger it would not have lasted.
Where Did the Reformation Really Begin?
Oct 19, 2017
One powerful thread unites these men and women as much as any other and is at the very heart of the Reformation: a personal encounter with God himself in his word.
Enjoying God Fuels Doing Good
Oct 5, 2017
The kind of people who fight their own sin, and pursue joy in God, are the kind who will be ready to genuinely help others.
The Gentle Lutheran
Philip Melanchthon (1497–1560)
Oct 4, 2017
While Luther was brash, impulsive, and forceful, his brilliant young disciple was a timid, sober-minded unifier.
The Man and His Song
Tom Petty (1950–2017)
Oct 3, 2017
Of all people, biblically faithful Christians have something to stand for. We have a real reason to not back down.
Do You Wish You Could Read Faster?
Four Reasons to Slow Down
Sep 28, 2017
I’m generally a slow reader, not because I couldn’t speed myself up in some measure, but because I want to enjoy reading, and genuinely profit from it.
We Always Have Something Good to Say
Sep 21, 2017
Even in the darkest of days, even in the deepest of valleys, even to the hardest of sinners, Christians always have something good to say.
Must Elders Be Skilled in Teaching?
Sep 14, 2017
Are elders the kind of men who can teach if a gun is put to their head — or the kind who won’t stop teaching even at gunpoint?
One Thing Sets Elders Apart
Sep 8, 2017
Faithful pastors in faithful churches have authority only to the degree that they faithfully teach the word of God.
The Glory of a Father
Parenting on Fumes — and Grace
Aug 31, 2017
Our kids need to know that their dad is more than just an administer of justice — that he is more than merely a disciplinarian. They need our goodness in grace and mercy.
A Most Unusual Fellow
Eulogy for Eugene Hoyt Mathis, Jr.
Aug 26, 2017
What we’re in desperate need of today is not more usual fellows. What we could use a lot more of is unusual fellows, like Gene Mathis.
God Made You a Writer
An Invitation to Every Christian
Aug 24, 2017
Writing, however formal or informal, is not the privilege of a few gifted Christian dignitaries, but an invitation to every friend of Jesus.
Love People Who Look Different
A Lesson for Our Children — and Us
Aug 8, 2017
When we were God’s enemies, Jesus came for us. How much more should we move toward people who aren’t like us — even those who hate us?
Do You Pray Like an Atheist?
Aug 3, 2017
It’s one thing to know God’s personal name is Yahweh; it’s even more precious to be able to call him Father.
“Where Are You Really From?”
Aug 1, 2017
Ethnic background shouldn’t determine someone’s worth or place in society, but sometimes it does — more than we care to admit.