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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
‘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…
Do You Feel My Pain?
Empathy, Sympathy, and Dangerous Virtues
May 2, 2020
Empathy has become a more popular virtue than sympathy in recent decades. But the shift does not come without its dangers.
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…
Treasure in the Field
Enjoying God Through the Game of Baseball
Jun 8, 2019
Our problem is not that we love the good in this world too much, but that we do not see the good in this world in relation to the One who made it.
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…
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.
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?…
Why God Does Everything He Does
Oct 4, 2019
The God-centeredness of God may unnerve us at first, but if we wait over his word long enough, nothing will stabilize our faith and joy in God more.
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…