Christianity: Seriously good food for thought!

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Beacons of light across the nation

<i>From a talk by Terry Virgo at a prayer day July 2017</i><p>At a recent prayer day in Westminster Chapel, Terry Virgo was asked to talk about revival. These …

Church of England

Is Life Harder Than You Expected?

Soldiers don’t learn to fight in the classroom. They learn <i>about</i> fighting in the classroom.<p>Learning <i>about</i> fighting is crucial to successful fighting, …

Self-improvement

The Shack: Reposted

Below is a post (lightly edited) that I published on my personal blog in the days before Think. In that post I anticipated the release of a movie of …

Placebos

What About the Pigs?

The reference, of course, is to Mark 5:1-20. What are we to make of a story in which demons ask to be released into a herd of pigs, Jesus acquiesces, …

What Is the Will of God and How Do We Know It?

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your …

John Piper

The Sermon Satan Loves to Hear

My Dear Globdrop,As is apparent from your last letter, your man began attending an “evangelical” church. Although things seemed to have turned for …

Inspired By The Invisible

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was …

Faith

When A Stone Is Better Than Bread

Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?” (Matthew 7:9)Question: When is getting a stone better than getting bread? Answer: …

Faith

Liturgy of the Ordinary

Here are a couple of excerpts which I found especially helpful. On the central idea of the book:<p>Alfred Hitchcock said movies are “life with the dull …

Self-help

Religion, Rules & Radicals

Religion will make you crazy! Rules will crush you! But when you've reached the end of your rope, run to God and let Him love you! It's a radical …

History

You May Not Love What You Think

<i>Where do you want to go today?</i><p>This was the question posed to humanity by the tech giant Microsoft in ancient internet history (1994). Before our …

Spirituality

Why Would God Choose Me?

If someone asked me to explain election, I would start by asking this person to describe to me how he got saved. Tell me how you were converted. To …

Faith

Ambush Satan with Song

Why is it that Christians sing in worship? Christianity has produced centuries of music — high music, low music, middle music, happy music, sad …

Faith

We Need to Talk About Ed

On Sunday evening I was watching Glastonbury again. I watched a lot of Glastonbury over the weekend. I like watching Glastonbury. But I was trying to …

Ed Sheeran

The X-Factor in Bible Reading

Whether we feel confident or intimidated by Bible reading, every one of us depends on God’s Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and illumine our Bible …

Faith

How to Lose the Things You Love

In a fascinating 1942 essay, C.S. Lewis offered a “universal law” of human experience:<p>Every preference of a small good to a great, or partial good to …

Faith

How To Articulate a Christian Worldview in Four Easy Steps

<b>One</b> <i>God.</i> We worship one, personal, knowable, holy God. There are not two gods or ten gods or ten million gods, only one. He has always been and will …

Faith

If I Fail to Forgive Others, Will God Not Forgive Me?

In episode 669, Pastor John addresses forgiveness in the Sermon on the Mount.Listen Now

Jesus

3 Tips To Lead Your Team Through Any Transition

Simple, field-tested methods for leading through change of any size<p>Some people are born to lead.<p>You know them, you've met them. They're the reluctant, unsuspecting heroes in every "sky is falling / we're all gonna die unless we can find a natural-born-leader" movie that you've ever seen.<p>Luckily, …

Management

The Top 7 Reasons Guests Return To Your Church

The most common reason people check out your church is someone invited them.<p>The most common reason people leave your church is they don’t feel …

in order

If You Want to See God, Read Your Bible

Without the Bible, we are <i>all</i> wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked (Revelation 3:17), because we cannot see the most obvious and the most …

Faith

Spiritual Sense

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)There is a huge difference between secular sense and …

Faith

Nephilim, Anakim, and Why We Care

I also take it as read that the Anakim, the sons of Anak whom we meet in the book of Numbers, Deuteronomy and Joshua, are descended from the …

Coming Down the Mountain

“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he …

Faith

When Unchanging is Unpredictable

<b></b>Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)In a constantly changing world—with technology, fashion, political …

Faith

The Master Multiplier

My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)One of the most important life lessons that …

Faith

The Holy Spirit Isn’t Just for Charismatics

Michael Horton, professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Westminster Seminary California, is a prolific author. His latest work is on the …

Theology

The Imperfect Disciple - Jared Wilson

Does the word "discipleship" make you cringe? Have you given up on trying to fit into the Christian subculture mold? Maybe there's some stuff in your …