Christianity: Seriously good food for thought!

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On Acts 29 and Spiritual Gifts

There's an intriguing discussion taking place within Acts 29 at the moment over whether, and to what extent, miraculous spiritual gifts (like …

New Testament

Preachers: God Will Make the Dents

Lightstock.com<p>One interesting aspect of living in the Midwest is the sudden change in weather. We can go from sunshine to ominous clouds to run for …

Christianity

A Thousand Sorrows Teaches a Man to Preach

“A thousand sorrows teaches a man to preach,” tweeted John Piper.<p>I believe in homiletics. But not much. A thousand sorrows teaches a man to preach.<p>— …

Christianity

The Greatest Gift Is God Himself

“Don’t take this wrong, but we prayed before our children were born, and all of them were born healthy.”<p>I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to take …

Christianity

Are Comfortable Christians Compromisers?

In episode 682, Pastor John discusses why he has devoted so much time to the topic of suffering, and how Christians can form a theology of …

Christianity

The puzzled heart

<b>After just experienced the most astonishing three years of his life, seeing miracle after miracle and hearing the most profound and life-transforming</b> …

What Does Washington Have to Do with Jerusalem?

<b>Article by: Staff</b> “Sadly there are too many of us that, too much of the time, act like something as mundane as politics might possibly be the answer …

Evangelical Christianity

Like Any Prince

You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince. (Psalm 82:6–7)Prince sang on the …

Help Me Teach the Bible: Vern Poythress on Interpreting Scripture

In this episode of Help Me Teach the Bible, I sat down with Vern Poythress, professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological …

On Writing, Branding, and Platform-Building

On Easter weekend, an extraordinary conversation unfolded on Twitter (in hundreds of tweets) among several well-known evangelical women writers. A …

The sound of silence

<b>I met with one of my elders this easter for a quick coffee.</b> Nearly two hours later we hugged and said goodbye, having talked about some of the most …

Christianity

Not A Toast…But A Boast

I will boast only in the Lord. (Psalm 34:2)The world raises its glass and makes one toast after another to every imaginable thing under the sun. But …

Christianity

From Darkness To Light

When the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a aloud voice, …

Christianity

Four Crucial Elements of Salvation – Summit Life with J.D. Greear

Paul’s great summary of the gospel is laid out in Ephesians 2:8-10: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; …

Theology

When Your Job Feels Like Salvation By Works

Most of us have small views of the liberty we gained in the Protestant Reformation.<p>The <i>Westminster Larger Catechism</i> says that, through Christ’s …

Christianity

Keep Christianity Strange

<b>Article by: Chris Martin</b> A couple of weeks ago my pastor opened his sermon with an illustration from <i>Lost</i>—my favorite TV show of all time. He observed …

Christianity

Spurgeon Almost Quit

At the age of twenty-two, Charles Spurgeon almost quit the ministry.<p>He and his wife, Susannah, had been married less than one year. Their sons, …

Christianity

Why I Believe the Bible

Lightstock.com<p>As Christians, we are always to be ready to give a defense of the hope that is within us (1 Pet. 3:15). The basis of this hope is our …

Christianity

Pandering to Millennials?

Should churches change for the sake of the rising generation? This is a perennial debate. At the Juicy Ecumenism blog, my friend Mark Tooley has …

5 Resurrection Realities that Reorient Our Evangelism

Evangelism rises or falls based upon the reality of the resurrection. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, there is no good news to share: sin and …

Christianity

Steward the Gifts God Has Assigned to You

Each of us has received grace-gifts from God. And, “as each has received a gift,” we are to “use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s …

Christianity

Death Is Dead, Christ Has Conquered

Steven Spielberg is my favorite movie director. <i>E.T.</i>, <i>Raiders of the Lost Ark</i>, and <i>Jaws</i> form the perfect trifecta. Childhood dreams and fears were built …

The Triumph of Joy

“Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” (Mark 16:6)<p>The …

Grace: 5 Things you may be forgetting…

<b>Grace is the greatest thing that ever happened to you – and it came to you despite your best efforts, or your worse moments!</b><p>It is possibly easier to …

Christianity

Quality time? Such nonsense…

Many years ago, one of my co-elders was pressed with the question, “What are the highest values in your life?” His response at that time was one that …

Mind

Mounting up with wings as eagles

As Christians, we live a life of tension, caught between the glorious truths of Scripture whilst living in a broken, sin-tainted and task-driven …

It Is Finished

It is Friday, April 3, A.D. 33. It is the darkest day in human history, though most humans have no clue of this. In Rome, Tiberius attends to the …

Christianity

When Jesus Said Farewell

We Christians sometimes buy into a lie. We assume that if we’re not like those hateful, judgmental people who call themselves Christians, then the …

Christianity

The Glory of Good Friday

<b>Audio Transcript</b><p><i>Happy Good Friday — or so we call it. It is a joyful day, even if it is the most solemn day in the church calendar. Today, we</i> …

Christianity