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What Does the Bible Say about Swearing and Cursing?

Is it ok to drop the occasional expletive? Here's what the Bible does (and doesn't) say about swearing.

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What Does the Bible Say About Transgenderism?

Some would argue that the Bible says nothing about the explosion of the transgender phenomenon in the Western world. After all, there is no verse …

8 Habits of the Excellent Bible Teacher

I was in high school when I first committed myself to teaching the Bible. My youth pastor asked if I would like to share a devotional thought with …

Why repentant pastors should be forgiven but not restored to the pulpit

Many Christians struggle with what it means to forgive a pastor who has committed a grievous act. Recently, a Memphis megachurch pastor admitted to a “sexual incident” with a high school student 20 years ago in Texas. I’m not in a place to render judgment over another church’s matters. Yet how …

Salvation Bracelets in Africa? No, Thanks. - International Mission Board

You know the bracelet I’m talking about, right? The leather strap with colored beads, each color signifying an aspect of the salvation story. The …

Sub-Saharan Africa

7 Books That Will Give You Unparalleled Confidence in the Bible

1. Andreas J. Kostenberger and Michael J. Kruger, <i>The Heresy of Orthodoxy</i><p>Written in ordinary language, Andreas J. Kostenberger and Michael J. Kruger …

The Hermeneutics of Conditionalism: A Defense of the Interpretive Method of Edward Fudge

Is It Okay For a Woman to Write Theology and Be Read by Men?

A comment on my blog, <i>Housewife Theologian</i>, led me to write a whole chapter on the topic of men learning from women:[1]<p>“Do you believe it is okay for …

Gender and the Trinity: From Proxy War to Civil War

An explainer: the latest complementarian debate isn't over women’s subordination—but Christ's. Last week, a group of evangelical theologians who …

The Rise of Reformed Charismatics

A 21st-century global movement sets the Word on fire with gospel preaching and powerful spiritual gifts. The rollicking worship pulsed for nearly an …

Bad Examples of Women Pastors (But Great Examples of Godly Women)

In 1 Timothy 2:11-12, the Apostle Paul wrote, "Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise …

Why the "Wages of Sin is Death"

<i>"The soul who sins will die."</i> - Ezekiel 18:4<p><i>"He who believes in the Son has eternal life, but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the</i> …

10 Christmas Carols Everyone Should Know

It’s all too easy to look up at the end of December and—<i>poof</i>—realize the opportunity for meaningful reflection has passed, vacuumed up or packed away …

Hell Is Not Separation From God

Unquestionably, irresponsible speculation about hell on both sides of the debate have made the discussion considerably more difficult. Whether it is …

Julius Kim on Teaching for Attention and Retention

When I read Julius Kim’s <i>Preaching the Whole Counsel of God: Design and Deliver Gospel-Centered Sermons</i>, I read things that confirmed many of the …

40 Spiritually Charged Songs From 2017

In his chapter in TGC’s 2017 book <i>Our Secular Age</i>, Mike Cosper writes about how music and the arts in a secular age can “push us to the edge of the …

5 Reasons Why Teenagers Need Theology

The world can be really confusing for teenagers. We’re coming of age in a shifting moral landscape, where the most pressing challenges and culture’s …

Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom

The “Theologians on the Christian Life” series is based on the belief that the communion of saints from the past still speaks a much-needed message …

Why the Reformation is Still Important for the Church Today: Sola Fide

<b>By Dr. Josh Wilson</b><p>On Sunday, October 29th, 2017, many Protestant churchgoers learned that the 500th anniversary of the Reformation was nearly upon …

The Nonpartisan Solution to Our Roy Moore Problem

If you want to see the future of Christian conservative politics you need to know about Wesley Goodman.Goodman is a married, 33-year-old …

5 Reasons We Switched from Small Groups to Sunday School

This fall we did something that will seem crazy to many. We moved from a small group model to a Sunday school model (under a different name).Most …

What Student Ministry Really Needs? Homework.

Teens should take Bible study as seriously as school and sports practice. I’m frequently asked what discipleship resources I recommend for teens. My …

15 Surprising Things Productive People Do Differently

I recently interviewed over 200 ultra-productive people including seven billionaires, 13 Olympians, 20 straight-A students and over 200 successful entrepreneurs. I asked a simple, open-ended question, “What is your number one secret to productivity?” After analyzing all of their responses, I coded …

6 crucial questions to ask of every sermon

Every pastor has a general routine he follows each week in preparing to preach the Word of God on the Lord’s Day. I begin on Sunday night, reading …

Theology

Dead Souls, Dying Souls

Why the Shame of Sexual Abuse Is Not a Life Sentence

There are many biblical metaphors that speak to us, even in our shame. God has some profound words to those of us who have experienced sexual …

The Fragile Generation

One day last year, a citizen on a prairie path in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst came upon a teen boy chopping wood. Not a body. Just some …

U.S. Protestants Are Not Defined by Reformation-Era Controversies 500 Years Later

Five hundred years after the start of the Protestant Reformation, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that U.S. Protestants are not united about – …

What Is Reformation Day?

A single event on a single day changed the world. It was October 31, 1517. Brother Martin, a monk and a scholar, had struggled for years with his …