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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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 Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood
Jul 31, 2015
Christian complementarity is the conviction that God created men and woman as his image-bearers — equal in dignity, but distinct in roles. Contrary to popular opinion, these distinctive roles of men and women are not the cultural fads of…
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.
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.
Where Do We Find Jesus in the Old Testament?
Aug 12, 2011
For me, one of the most exciting elements of Scripture is its use of typology. Put simply, [Typology is] the idea that persons (e.g., Moses), events (e.g., the exodus), and institutions (e.g., the temple) can — in the plan of…
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.
Confronting the Problem(s) of Evil
Biblical, Philosophical, and Emotional Reflections on a Perpetual Question
Dec 15, 2012
Introduction Where was God? The question is always the same. After the initial shock and horror subsides, after the news crews go home, we're always left with the same question: Where was God? Did he know it was going to…
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.
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.
Killing Them Softly
Compassion That Warms Satan’s Heart
May 24, 2019
If he can, Satan will suck even these seven words dry, rendering them poetic and meaningless: “God works all things together for good.”
How to Make Any Love a Demon
Jan 18, 2020
True compassion moves toward the hurting — without getting swallowed by their grief.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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…