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?
Some Lose God While Serving God
A Subtle Danger in Christian Ministry
Mar 26, 2021
How many have lost Christ while doing much for Christ? They evangelize, do good works, defend the truth, and yet in the process, forget their first love.
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.
Beware the Anger of Your Soul
How to Restrain Ungodly Passion
Oct 17, 2021
As we feel the temperature of our souls rising, we need to stop and remind ourselves that ungodly anger will only add iniquity to our injury.
The Confusing and Perfect Love of Christ
Jul 5, 2021
Sometimes the hardest part of following Jesus is waiting for him to help, to heal, to answer. His delays, however, are expressions of his love.
Pray and Obey Anyway
How God Meets Us in the Valley
Sep 19, 2021
Do you want to know what devastates the halls of hell? A Christian who feels abandoned by God and yet still believes, still prays, still loves, still obeys.
The Enticing Sin of Empathy
How Satan Corrupts Through Compassion
May 31, 2019
Satan drives a subtle and enticing ferry from the truth that feelings are important to the lie that feelings are all that’s important.
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.
How to Test Our Motivations
Aug 6, 2021
Ambition can be a wonderful servant, and a cruel master. How do you discern when a holy ambition has become an oppressive one?
Overseers of Souls
Why Elders Must See and Act
Sep 4, 2021
Some elders fail to see the threats to their flocks. Others fail to act on what they see. Faithful shepherding means seeing well and taking responsibility.
Our Lives in His
How Justification Leads to Holiness
Oct 5, 2021
Does our right standing before God depend on our becoming more like Jesus, or does our becoming more like Jesus flow from our right standing before God?
Weep, But Also Rejoice
Soul Care in a Favorite Story
Jun 26, 2021
Stories can help us to gain perspective, to step outside of our own lives in order to reflect on reality. And they can help us care for one another in grief.
A Most Offensive Love
The Hard Sayings of a Kind Savior
May 27, 2021
When Jesus speaks a hard word, some stop following. But others press through the hard saying to see and enjoy more of him.
The Cracks in Our Debates
Lessons from Lewis on Disagreement
Aug 25, 2021
Friendships, families, and churches divided over the events of the last year. We may have preserved more unity if we were better equipped to disagree.
The Bright Side of Futility
Jul 26, 2021
Rather than run from God out of a sense of futility, perhaps we might see in that sense of futility an invitation to come home and rest in him.
Courage for Normal Christians
Nov 7, 2021
Courage is not the character trait of super-Christians; it is the God-empowered gift of every child of God.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Everything Is Providential
C.S. Lewis on the Symphony of History
Feb 27, 2021
When we think of the providence of God, we may think of names like Augustine, Calvin, Edwards, and Owen, but have we overlooked C.S. Lewis?
How to Make Any Love a Demon
Jan 18, 2020
True compassion moves toward the hurting — without getting swallowed by their grief.
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…
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