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Why I Oppose Capital Punishment

<b>Editors’ note:</b> Last month a unanimous jury sentenced Dylann Roof to death for killing nine black churchgoers as they attended Bible study in a …

God Has Brought Me Safe Thus Far

John Newton’s hymn “Amazing Grace” is the most famous New Year’s Day hymn in church history, first unveiled to his rural congregation on January 1, …

The Gospel Coalition (TGC)

Top 16 Books of 2016

December is a month for making lists, and my favorite annual list to make is top books of the year. I check this list more than twice, however — …

Theology

Seven Simple Daily Prayers

Prayerlessness is the great enemy of true happiness. If we give up on prayer, or refuse to pray, we surrender our seat at the very source of the …

What Happens When the Spirit Falls?

Have you ever been in a prayer meeting and heard someone pray something like this: “Father, we ask you to send the Holy Spirit,” or, “Let the Spirit …

What Every Book of the New Testament Is About

Matthew<p>Despite variations in the arrangement of early lists of the New Testament books, Matthew always comes first. Perhaps this is why one famous …

What Every Book of the Old Testament Is About

The Importance of Form<p>It is natural to ask whether the literary forms of the Bible deserve a lot of attention. The answer is yes. The primary …

6 Ways to Support a Spouse Living With Depression

Depression is a complex thing with many faces. It can look like happiness one day, followed by the deepest form of sadness the next day. It can cause confusion, frustration, and has the ability to upset everyone in its path. Now imagine what it's like to be that person dealing with depression...</i> …

How renewable energy can boost crude oil production

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), the government-run national energy company, has approved GlassPoint Solar Inc. of Fremont, Calif., to build one of the largest solar plants in the world at the Amal West oilfield in southern Oman. It will consist of parabolic mirrors arrayed over eight-tenths of a …

The Three Callings of a Christian

Get the first two right, and the third will almost surely follow.<p><i>During January 2015, I had several opportunities to speak to different groups on the</i> …

Put Laziness to Rest

God often has a backwards way of dealing with brokenness in our world. Conquering, but not by the sword (Matthew 26:52). Defeating death <i>with</i> death …

What Do I Read Next?

We all have those moments where a seemingly insignificant statement has far-reaching effects throughout our life. For me, one came 17 years ago when …

Time I

Letter to a Future Black Man

Dear son,<p>Once, in the small college town where I lived, police pulled my car over four times in one day. They all acted as if they were random stops, …

Five Ways to Flourish in Journaling

Good journaling is not just an exercise in introspection, but a pathway for joy — and a powerful tool in the hands of love.<p>Perhaps you’re sold on the …

Audiobooks

The Light Shines on All Hallows’ Eve

There is a fair bit of ambivalence over Halloween in the Christian church. Some Christians see it as a harmless bit of costume and candy fun. Others …

Theology

Some Books to Feed Your Brain

Books are brain food. They make you think. They help you reflect. As a rule, they are more beneficial than blog post brain snacks (like this one). As …

The World’s Joy-Tragedy

In his classic book <i>Mere Christianity</i>, C. S. Lewis delivers a profound insight into the psychological engine that pulls along the drama of history. …

Four Lessons in Fruitful Time-Management

Acts of love don’t just happen.<p>At times we may experience the power of the Spirit in such a way that some good deed seems to flow naturally from our …

Autocorrect and Indwelling Sin

It’s a simple formula: overconfidence in phone-typing ability leads to an increased typing speed, which then leads to typos processed by a confused …

A Booby Trap in the Christian Budget

The Bible is clear that we <i>will</i> put our money where our hearts are, so it is important that we regularly test our treasure. There are lots of ways to …

Satan Disarmed, Sin Forgiven, Soul Alive

Since Satan still “prowls around like a roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:8), in what sense is he disarmed (Colossians 2:15) or nullified (Hebrews 2:14) or …

Preparing to Worship in Attending a Wedding

It’s the beginning of the wedding season, which for many of us will mean multiple opportunities to witness afresh the symbolic representation of …

West Africa's best wildlife parks

Everyone knows about the great national parks of eastern and southern Africa – Masai Mara, Kruger and Serengeti all conjure up images of majestic landscapes, packs of lions lazing in the shade and herds of elephants roaming the savannah. But have you heard of Mole, Pendjari and Waza? These wildlife …

Giving the Gospel Graciously

<i>I’m terribly sorry I just evangelized all over you.</i><p>That’s how we can feel after spewing a full stomach of precious information on an unsuspecting …

How to Endure Common-to-Man Temptations

<i>No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the</i> …