He Descended into Hell?
Apr 4, 2015
Where was Jesus after Good Friday? Becoming like us in every way, Jesus’s spirit went to Hades — not to suffer but to open the way to heaven.
The Gift of God’s Judgment
Our Election Crisis and Opportunity
Oct 20, 2016
The election of either candidate may be evidence of God’s judgment. But what if the fact that we’re faced with this horrible choice is already our call to repentance?
Seven Ways to Pray on Election Day
Nov 8, 2016
Judgment always begins with the household of God. Heartfelt repentance for our own sins is where we must start.
The Shadrach Option
Sep 10, 2015
Shadrach and his friends, along with the early Christians, recognized the idolatrous claim for what it was, and they refused to go along. They defied. They said, “No.” And here’s the clincher: They did so because they were seeking the good of the city.
Your Sorrow Will Turn to Joy
Morning & Evening Meditations for Holy Week
Mar 14, 2016
A team of pastors and scholars walk us through Holy Week with short meditations for each morning and evening, from Palm Sunday to the triumph of Easter.
The Excuses We Make for Sin
Mar 22, 2017
Satan is happy when you ignore your sin — and even happier when you believe your sin is someone else’s fault.
Be the Smile of God to Your Children
Nov 7, 2013
He’s a squirmy one, he is. If I don’t watch him, he’ll wriggle off the bed. But he doesn’t want to. He’s enjoying the tickle fight too much. I can’t blame him. Those giggles make this father’s heart want to…
Ask God to Forgive You, Not Excuse You
Five Lessons from C.S. Lewis
Apr 10, 2018
When we confess to God as we are, we find that we become our true selves — stable, strong, full of life and joy, and conformed to the image of Christ.
Designed for Joy
How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice
Jul 31, 2015
God created men and women in his image — equal in value and complementary in roles, which are integral to God’s good design for humanity.
Envy and Rivalry in Ministry
The Great Danger Facing the Young, Restless, and Reformed
Mar 18, 2015
And behold, I saw a white horse. Its rider’s name was Success, and Envy followed him. Envy is a movement killer. And if you ask me, it is probably the fundamental danger facing the Young, Restless, and Reformed movement in…
‘Les Misérables’ and the Law of God
Jan 7, 2013
Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is again a topic of conversation, and for good reason. Christians, in particular, have rightly celebrated the portrayal of the beauty of mercy and grace in this moving 150-year-old tale. Most of the theological analyses have…
When to Baptize Our Believing Children
Jul 6, 2015
Baptized members, in a congregational church, must be able to stand in the assembly of saints on their own two feet. Which has implications for when we baptize our believing children.
Recovering the Lost Art of Chivalry
Sep 25, 2013
In this article, Joe Rigney takes us to Narnia to teach us the lost art of chivalry.
Why Envy Is a Danger for the YRR
Apr 3, 2013
And behold, I saw a white horse. Its rider’s name was Success, and Envy followed him. Envy is a movement killer. And if you ask me, it is probably the fundamental danger facing the modest movement called Young, Restless Reformed…
Envy Hunts in a Pack
Apr 24, 2013
Picture your bathroom. Now picture your toilet. Now, you know that space behind the toilet, the disgusting place where nobody goes? The place that, if you should happen to drop your toothbrush, it means that you’ll just have to buy…
Jesus Poured Out His Joy for You
The Eternal Pleasure of Pentecost
May 23, 2015
In your presence is fullness of joy and at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 Have you ever stopped to consider that the reason Psalm 16:11 is true for you is because it was first true for Jesus?…
The Seven Deadly Sins
Jan 13, 2015
Our hearts were designed to enjoy a full and forever happiness, not the pitiful, temporary pleasures for which we’re too prone to settle.
Theology Refresh: Podcast for Christian Leaders
Jun 20, 2013
Joe Rigney welcomes us into Narnia, the imaginary world of C.S. Lewis.
Think It Not Strange
Navigating Trials in the New America
Jan 1, 2016
A diverse team of contributors joins together to help Christians prepare for the trials, opposition, and even persecution that may lie ahead.
Three Objections to Fairy Tales and C. S. Lewis's Response
Jul 6, 2011
C.S. Lewis loved fairy stories. He thoroughly believed that “sometimes fairy stories say best what needs to be said” (the title of one of his essays). And, as we’ve seen, Lewis rejected the modern association of fairy tales with…
He Sang in the Belly of the Earth
Holy Saturday in Hades
Apr 20, 2019
What did the dead Jesus do on Saturday? He sang in the belly of the earth.
When Laughter Is an Act of Defiance
Dec 16, 2013
When you finally get the news, you hope you’ll be ready. You never know until the moment arrives, until you’re finally confronted with the long-awaited reality. A few weeks ago, my mom called to tell me that my father’s long…
Theology Refresh: Podcast for Christian Leaders
Oct 4, 2013
Joe Rigney exposes the pervasive, but often hidden, sin of envy.
Christmas and the Things of Earth
Dec 17, 2014
This is what the Incarnation is all about: God restoring to us the ability to see him, to hear him, to know him, to enjoy him everywhere.