The Neglected Meaning of Advent
Dec 3, 2023
In our focus each December on celebrating the first coming of Christ, we may miss how much Advent was meant to anticipate the day when he’ll come again.
Priesthood of All Believers?
How a Vital Truth Goes Awry
Jul 2, 2023
In the sixteenth century, the priesthood of all believers was a vital correction to corrupt Catholic teaching, but some Protestants today apply the truth in unbiblical ways.
Have You Renounced Satan?
The Lost Second Vow of Baptism
Feb 18, 2023
Baptism is not just about declaring our new allegiance to King Jesus, but about renouncing our allegiance to the kingdom and works of Satan.
Expect Great Things, Attempt Great Things
Nov 4, 2022
William Carey didn’t know just how far his words would run, but in 1791 he gave a message that set off centuries of world missions to the hardest places.
Hero in an Unmarked Grave
The Unusual Modesty of John Calvin
May 27, 2022
If you go looking for the grave of John Calvin, you will not find it. Having lived a humble life, he sought a humble grave, without adornment, monument, or even headstone.
The Seven Heavenly Virtues
An Ancient Framework for Spiritual Formation
Nov 1, 2021
After the seven deadly sins emerged as spiritual enemies, the seven heavenly virtues became the church’s spiritual aspirations.
Single in a Church of Families
Jul 16, 2021
Singles often feel overlooked or left out in churches filled with families, but what does God say about singleness in the church?
The Missing Conversation in Our Accountability
May 12, 2021
To recover meaningful accountability in the church, we need to recover the lost spiritual art of conversation.
Mastery Clothed in Humility
The Extraordinary Life of John Ryland (1753–1825)
Dec 9, 2020
John Ryland experienced the freedom of not needing to be known — a freedom that fueled a remarkably productive and faithful life.
Only Halfway Home
Demons, Disciple-Making, and Middle-Age
Aug 8, 2020
Laboring for others’ happiness in Jesus, at every stage of our lives, is a vital element in laboring for our own happiness in Jesus.
Not Just Me and My Bible
What ‘Sola Scriptura’ Doesn’t Mean
Nov 21, 2019
“Sola Scriptura” puts church tradition in its proper place: not equal with Scripture, but still helpful for interpreting Scripture faithfully.
The Fearless Pacifist
Menno Simons (1496–1561)
Oct 7, 2017
While searching for the doctrine of transubstantiation in Scripture, he discovered the gospel instead.
Remembering the Rest of the Reformers
Sep 27, 2017
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther did something remarkably unrevolutionary — and he wasn’t alone. Hundreds of men and women stood with him.
The Devil’s Data Plan
Oct 18, 2016
With the Internet, Satan and all his soldiers have more at their disposal than ever before in their fight against our faith. Don’t be ignorant of his schemes.
The Future of Christian Hedonism
Oct 8, 2016
You can’t be a Christian without being a Christian Hedonist. Even if you’re not familiar with the language of Christian Hedonism, faith, hope, and love reflect its essence.
The Future of Christian Hedonism
Oct 7, 2016
Suffering is one of the biggest challenges to Christian Hedonism, but it’s also the biggest balm for suffering.
Treasure God’s Ordinary Grace
Sep 1, 2016
We’re drawn to the flashy appeal of extraordinary power, and prone to overlook the ordinary, incredible grace God offers us each day.
Is My Singleness a Gift?
Apr 25, 2016
The culture says the sexual fulfillment is essential for human happiness. Sadly, the church has often said the same thing. But singleness is not a trial to be endured. It is a good thing to be maximized.
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.
Where Sin Increased, Grace Overflowed
Oct 30, 2014
October 31 marks an important day in the history of the church — a day on which a monk deeply impacted by his close study of Psalms and Romans was propelled into the center of a revival of Christ-centered joy.
Confessing Our Sins Together
Jun 26, 2014
In a chapter on confession and communion in Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes that “he who is alone with his sin is utterly alone. . . . But it is the grace of the gospel, which is so…
A Pentecost to Celebrate
May 18, 2013
If it weren’t for Pentecost, we wouldn’t know about Easter. For most of us, tomorrow isn’t flagged on our calendars as Pentecost Sunday. But it is a big deal for Christians, and there are at least three reasons why it’s…
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