The Bible Is a Book Like Any Other
Nov 13, 2014
Jen Wilkin wants to remind us that, while the Bible is an extraordinary book, it is still a book, and reading it isn’t as mystifying as we’re tempted to think. She gives tips for finding what we need in any book, including the Book.
What Will Make You Great
Oct 29, 2014
God refuses to define the greatness of your life in dollars or cents, family or friends or kids, promotions or raises, accomplishments or recognition or fun. He loves you too much, and there’s too much at stake.
The Lethal Drug in Your Dream Job
Oct 16, 2014
Why do you want the job you do? Success is a subtle, but deadly god in America. But unlike the typical career path in our country, our God only trades in the currency of grace. We’ve been accepted and loved long before we clock in on Monday.
The Big God in Your Small Group
Sep 22, 2014
As we commit to one another in churches and small groups, we should expect God to make those communities attractive, even irresistible to others.
Aim Higher Than 4.0
Sep 11, 2014
Grades are the currency of college campuses — the way we measure our progress and compare ourselves with others. But when the A becomes the aim, we’ve really missed the point of our education. For the Christian, school — whatever discipline, whatever course, whatever professor — is about worship.
Love That Will Complete You
Sep 4, 2014
God, by his unrivaled, infinite power will one day remedy everything wrong about you. Now, you are counted perfect through faith in Jesus. Then, you will be presented perfect — no sin, no shame, no guilt, no doubt, no fear — nothing broken about you.
Education Is a Privilege, Not a Burden
Sep 3, 2014
The problem with school, for most students, is all the classes — the lectures, the assignments, the papers, and the exams. But before you let yourself complain again about the suffering of schoolwork, think about how empowering learning really can be.
Four Habits of a Happy Heart
Aug 21, 2014
Psalm 130 puts words to a pattern of conviction, repentance, waiting, and praise that purifies the sinner and glorifies the Savior. It’s a paradigm for pursuing happiness among the everyday realities of temptation, weakness, brokenness, and failure.
Three Steps to Stop Wasting Your Life
Aug 14, 2014
Every day, we will be tempted to waste the precious life God has given us. Proverbs 3:5–6 — two of the most popular verses in the Bible — offer three steps for experiencing as much of God’s grace as possible today.
Your Wedding Is Still Something Worth Wanting
Aug 7, 2014
Our new generation of men and women need to be taught that marriage is spectacular and needed, because it is God’s.
Don’t Tell God He Can’t Give You Good News
Jul 10, 2014
There is a hideous, God-belittling lie in believing we’ve sinned ourselves beyond his sovereign mercy. For many of us, it’s not hard to see how our sin has brought pain or conflict or heartache into our lives. How could God possibly rescue me when I am the problem?
A Booby Trap in the Christian Budget
Jul 10, 2014
We can fall in love with the enemy we think we’ve beaten with our budgets. Christian, have you fallen in love with the money you refuse to spend?
Four Questions to Keep Close to Your Wallet
Jul 3, 2014
It’s hard to imagine many things more maligned in Scripture than money. After all, “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Timothy 6:10). Paul didn’t just say that it can be a temptation for…
Worship Where the Wild Things Are
Jun 29, 2014
One of the unavoidable realities of corporate worship in this world is distraction. Our minds are already prone to wander completely apart from anything happening around us in that room. But anyone who’s been in church for more than a…
Dads, Date Your Daughter’s Boyfriend
Jun 12, 2014
Fathers, there really is another more effective, more loving, more fruitful way for you to care for your daughters in their pursuit of marriage.
Don’t Give Up on Don
May 13, 2014
This weekend, in an interview with Anderson Cooper, Donald Sterling has asked for forgiveness. Now, you won’t have to listen to the interview very long before you’ll be tempted to raise questions about the depth of his remorse and…
Confessions of a Grown-Up Momma’s Boy
May 11, 2014
Mothers are mind-blowing people if you stop to look at them. In their body, they can carry, feed, protect, and eventually deliver a child — a human being, like you or me. They often set aside personal gifts and aspirations…
Jack Is Back
Why We Want More
May 5, 2014
Our heroes — fictional or nonfictional — inevitably end up shaping our picture of God. Consciously or not we will project what we admire or praise in others onto the supremely admirable and praiseworthy one. Not everyone watches television, but…
A Statement Stronger Than Silver
Apr 30, 2014
Today the NBA declared war on racism when commissioner Adam Silver banned franchise owner Donald Sterling from the league for life because of ten minutes of ignorant and offensive remarks recorded and recently released to the public. Silver’s historic…
What’s Wrong with Our Women
Apr 29, 2014
We don’t have a hard time thinking of men as depraved. After all, they are responsible for the vast majority of violent crime. 90% of murders 98% of sexual assaults 93% of armed burglaries 88% of simple assaults That’s stunning…
Let His Blood Be on Us
Apr 19, 2014
Today, we say, “Let Jesus’s blood be upon us!” not defiantly, as the murderous crowds at his death, but desperately, with gratitude, hope, and admiration.
It Is Well with My Soul
Apr 17, 2014
God has given us a merciful gift in music authored in the midst of great tragedy. A song often has the power to express and comfort pain when words alone feel empty. Again and again, “It Is Well” has met…
Propaganda About God’s Purpose in Our Past
Apr 15, 2014
Sometimes it’s hard to sort out our lives before Christ. It all feels so bleak, so dark, so destructive, so wasted. Some of us have a hard time finding anything good, anything worth remembering in the stories of our old…
Why God Loves People Who Hate Each Other
Mar 29, 2014
The church is filled with lots of dangerously different people. There are rich and poor, old and young, male and female. We have families with fifteen children and fifty-year-old unmarrieds. There are Republicans and Democrats, executives and janitors, athletes, artists…