God Wrote This Part of Your Story Too
How He Weaves Sorrow into Joy
Jul 24, 2018
The joy of God in the life of his children is a precious gift, sometimes concealed, but never extinguished by sorrow, conflict, or human circumstances.
Since You Asked
Marking 100 Million Plays for Ask Pastor John
Jul 19, 2018
You asked. Pastor John answered. God gave the growth. Read the story of Ask Pastor John from Episode 1 to 100 million plays.
The Purest Act of Pleasure
Why God Delights in Election
Jul 12, 2018
God did not love his bride for her beauty. He is making her beautiful because he loved her.
The Joy Project
An Introduction to Calvinism
Jun 28, 2018
True happiness is not found. The deepest and most enduring happiness breaks into our lives, overcomes our boredom, and ultimately finds us.
Twelve Tips for Parenting in the Digital Age
May 21, 2018
They are woke. They have ambient awareness. They appear confident online. They are never offline. Parents, meet the teenagers of the digital age.
God Put You on the Pale Blue Dot
Why Your Small Life Is Not Meaningless
May 6, 2018
If your life begins to feel meaningless, remember that God himself put you on this pale blue dot.
You Were Made to Play
Five Reasons God Created Us to Recreate
Apr 28, 2018
Productivity loses its power when we lose the ability to play. We’ve become too narrow to make like God makes.
Spring Sports and Sunday Church
Five Suggestions for Parents
Apr 17, 2018
How should Christian parents think about their children playing on teams that will cost their family Sundays away from church?
The Good Shepherd in Humboldt
Finding Comfort in the Sovereignty of Christ
Apr 10, 2018
Fifteen junior hockey players were tragically killed when their bus was struck by a semi-truck. Twelve more remain hospitalized. And God still reigns.
Did the Simpsons Ruin a Generation?
Mar 24, 2018
Sarcasm has become the language of a generation, empowering everyone to criticize everything without doing anything positively to change what’s wrong.
A Movie So Good It Ruins You
Would You Watch It?
Feb 20, 2018
When screens become more fun than real life, the Scriptures, and our God, they become major threats to our souls.
Why We Should Escape Social Media
(And Why We Don’t)
Jan 20, 2018
Social media is a brew of emotionally stimulating drugs we mix for ourselves. We use the noise to drown out the parts of our lives we’d rather not face.
Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History
Jan 8, 2018
They never asked to be remembered on earth. And many haven’t been. But although God-fearing women seldom make earth’s history, they fill the annals of heaven.
How to Share Your Story This Christmas
Counsel from Charles Spurgeon
Dec 21, 2017
Christmas is not only an opportunity to relive the story of Jesus’s birth. It’s also an opportunity to tell the story of Jesus’s grace in your life.
Is Football Too Violent for Christians?
Dec 10, 2017
Do Christians need to walk away from football in light of recent research? Consider six responses to a challenging question.
Top 17 Books of 2017
The Best New Christian Nonfiction
Nov 27, 2017
What was the best Christian nonfiction book of 2017? Here is our annual list of the top new books.
Don’t Be That Guy
Thirty No’s in Paul’s Letters
Nov 10, 2017
Paul paints the contours of the Christian life with darkened shadows of opposites. Every time he says what not to be, he’s also showing us who we are in Christ.
The Crisis of Masculinity
Oct 24, 2017
The Christian vision of manhood is diametrically opposed to Hollywood’s. God calls men to be self-sacrificial givers, not self-gratifying takers.
The Ordinary Virgin Mary
Hellen Stirke (Died 1543)
Oct 19, 2017
Hellen Stirke did not debate theology, write a treatise, or preach to hundreds. She just staked her soul on Scripture — and paid for it with her life.
Should Teens Own Smartphones?
Oct 16, 2017
Is it possible for a teen to resist the powers of culture and go smartphone-free through the middle school and high school years?
The Nail in the Coffin of Our Hearts
Five Hundred Years of Fighting Idolatry
Oct 1, 2017
Shallow thinking about God always replaces God, and sets idols in his place. Luther stood against that temptation in every heart.
Do You Get ‘It’?
A Dialogue About Christians and Horror
Sep 21, 2017
I don’t watch horror films, but I’m intrigued enough by ‘It’ as a cultural phenomenon to dialogue with another Christian who does.
The World Is Against You
Fighting to Keep Our First Love
Sep 20, 2017
Anyone who loves Jesus faces a world of second loves making every attempt to kill our first.
Sovereign and Smiling
How Joy Makes and Sends Missionaries
Aug 29, 2017
Jesus knew the Father was sovereign over salvation, and he was the happiest and boldest missionary in history.