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A Winged Creature
by Ryan Welsh

Why The Reformation Still Matters: An Interview with Gregg Allison

I recently sat down with Dr. Gregg Allison. Gregg is Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Gregg recently co-authored a book titled The Unfinished Reformation, with Chris Castaldo. In December Gregg agreed to sit down with me to discuss his new book, as we at Redeemer Church had [Read More...]

Adrian Warnock
by Adrian Warnock

If God feels distant, maybe our hearts need cleansing

Do you want to know God? You may have been a Christian for years, but you may feel that you don’t experience or KNOW God. Do you feel distant from God sometimes? I definitely do. In fact I am currently gradually finding my way back from a period where God felt a million miles away. This [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above

Andrew Farley
by Andrew Farley

Thinking Outside Theological Boxes

I recently heard a popular teacher of Calvinism argue that unlimited atonement (“Christ died for all”) cannot be true, because such a notion cannot include eternal security for the believer. This teacher did not seem to realize that it is possible to believe that Christ died for all and that, after one is born again, [Read More...]

Anxious Bench
by Various Authors

Leadership is Bunk

Enough already with leadership.  What we need are some good followers. This is the bottom line of an excellent New York Times piece by Susan Cain, timed tactfully just before this year’s batch of college acceptance letters come due.  Cain’s article opens with a college questionnaire filled out by the father (!) of an applicant [Read More...]

Bible News Radio
by Stacy Lynn Harp

A Very Cool “Chance” Meeting with Jamie Grace

Have you ever had a situation that frustrated you and you finally just rolled with it because there was ultimately nothing you could do about it? That’s where I was recently when I was staying at a hotel in Los Angeles for a Livestreaming Summit for Periscope. To make a long story short, I had [Read More...]

Born to Reform
by Stephen McCaskell

It Was Nice While It Lasted (In Light of #StrangeFire)

Editors note: Below is a guest post from Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. teaches at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida where he also serves as a teaching fellow for Ligonier Ministries. He is the founder of Highlands Ministries and former editor of Tabletalk magazine. It is a sure sign that sin messes things up that we keep watching [Read More...]

Church Grammar
by Brandon D. Smith

Some Unoriginal Thoughts on the Historical Adam

A better way of arguing for a literal historical Adam is theological, not scientific.

Chorus in the Chaos
by Various Authors

David Platt Thrilled To Graduate High School

  Richmond, Virginia – As Spring quickly approaches, so does the graduation season, and no one is more excited to graduate than Memorial High School Senior, David Platt. “I have really enjoyed the last 4 years,” commented the soon-to-be 18-year-old standout, David Platt. “I have learned so much about who I am as sinner before [Read More...]

Christian Crier
by Telling Ministries

Book of First Peter Bible Study And Commentary

The Apostle Peter’s letter has much to say to the church today, so here is a Bible study and commentary on the Book of 1st Peter. First Peter 1:1-12 It is clear that Peter is writing to the Jews who are dispersed (called the Dispersion) throughout the Roman Empire. He calls them the elect, meaning that [Read More...]

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
by CBF Writers

5 Ways Churches Can Support Foster and Adoptive Families

A Cooperative Baptist seminarian in Texas shares five ways that churches can support foster and adoptive families

by Gene Veith

Holy Sepulchre needs more repair or it might collapse

Restoration work on the shrine built around the likely spot of Christ’s tomb has been completed.  (See this and this and this.)  But researchers have found that the shrine and the surrounding complex have been built on unstable ground.  Without more work, there could someday be a “catastrophic” collapse. The “edicule,” the small building around the tomb [Read More...]

Dry Bones
by Kathleen Mulhern

Why Do You Reveal Yourself to Us and Not to the World?

  We all recognize that our social media feeds these days are a frenzy of outrage, disgust, frustration, and vitriol. Christians actually seem the most frenzied. It is inconceivable, we think, that certain people resist what are obviously decent and moral policies, practices, or perspectives. Yet how lovely would it be if we could give up for [Read More...]

E-Squared Media Network
by Jeff Drex and Joel Fieri

WWUTT: Submit to the Governing Authorities?

The Bible is very clear that with few exceptions, Christians must obey government officials even when we disagree with them or their decisions

by John Mark Reynolds

Don’t Ask for a Refund: Not Even Attacked

During the horrible circus fire of 1944, when many children were burned alive, this happened: Another officer had had a long day. He’d started before noon, doing traffic on Barbour for the big crowd coming in. Now he drew duty at the Brown School, becoming the officer in charge. Three adults approached him. “Where do [Read More...]

Eternal Perspectives
by Randy Alcorn

Highlights from the Linger, Kingdom Advisors, and Pro Athletes Outreach Conferences

Over the last several weeks, I’ve spoken at three great conferences across the country. I thought I’d share a short report on each in today’s post, along with some pictures and videos. In early February, I spoke at the 2017 Linger Conference in Texas, which was hosted by Stonebriar Community Church, where Chuck Swindoll is [Read More...]

by Michael F. Bird

Book Review: John Barclay on Paul and the Gift

John Barclay Paul and the Gift Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 2015 Available at Reviewed by Tim Foster, Ridley College John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift is the most significant contribution in Pauline theology since E. P. Sanders’s Paul and Palestinian Judaism (1977). That’s a big call given the proliferation of books in the past 40 [Read More...]

Everyday Ethics
by Jeremy Neill

3 Criticisms of Pascal’s Wager

Last week I shared a way of modeling Pascal’s Wager, which Pascal offers as an argument for God’s existence. This week I want to share three common critiques of Pascal’s Wager. 1st Critique: the Wager does not work as a demonstration of the advantages of Christianity, over other religions. I agree with this critique. Think about [Read More...]

Faith & Chelsen
by Faith J. H. McDonnell & Chelsen Adair Vicari

Czech Heroes and a Fight for Freedom

Petr Jasek is free. The Czech missionary and humanitarian had been sentenced to life in prison in Sudan. He was charged with “spying against the state,” an eerie echo of the charge once used against Czechs and other Eastern Europeans behind the Iron Curtain. But an international outcry coupled with the determination of the government of Jasek’s [Read More...]

Faith and Finance
by Bob Lotich and Tim Fraticelli

Creative Giving Ideas: 10 Better Ways to Give

Have you ever given a gift and it just didn’t have the effect you desired? Maybe you’ve given one too many gift cards and you’re ready for something different – something creative! There are better ways you can give – the Bible even has something to say about it!  Below are some better ways you [Read More...]

by Bill Blankschaen

Take the 7-Day Family Challenge from Ziglar

You know the name—Zig Ziglar. A beloved, motivational genius who helped millions of people around the world experience unprecedented success. He also spoke extensively on the subjects of marriage, faith, and family. I’ve been working for the last year on something really cool for families with my Ziglar friends. Now Ziglar Family continues Zig’s legacy [Read More...]

Felix Culpa
by Brenda Renee Coats

Disney, The Shack, Gorsuch, Job, Lincoln, and Me

Well the kitchen sink is leaking, and that’s just the start of the troubles I’ve seen in the last week. So to make things easy, let’s have a “random thoughts about current events” post. 1. Dumping Disney? Boycotts drive me a little bit crazy. The way I’ve always approached movie going is that if I [Read More...]

Frank Viola
by Frank Viola

New Concept in Christian Music – This is So Awesome

I once spoke at a conference in Kentucky. I delivered 3 messages on God’s Favorite Place on Earth. Those messages gave the people who attended the conference an early peek at the book by the... **Click the title of this post at the top to read the rest of the article on the blog. Once you're on the blog, you may also post a comment at the end if you wish.**

Give Us This Day
by Charles Erlandson

Luke 10:25-37 – It’s a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood

The Good Samaritan in your life is Jesus Christ.

by S.J. Masson

Orphans: the Superheroes of a Romantic Culture, part 2

All human beings secretly wish they could be orphans. An absurd statement?  However improbable it might initially appear, if like Superman you were to come to earth from another planet, you would certainly be forgiven for drawing that conclusion. It would be hard to do otherwise if you were to scan the fiction written since the [Read More...]

by Bethany Blankley

Aries: The Promise of Deliverance & Eternal Life

Interestingly, the secular horoscope begins with Aries most likely because astrologers thought the sun’s position was in the Aries constellation at the time of the spring equinox. (Although many argue that the sun wasn’t in Aries on the dates originally thought.) Secular astrology maintains that Aries is a ram, following the Egyptian and Persian traditions. The [Read More...]

Hispanic Evangelicals and The Lamb's Agenda
by authors from the NHCLC

A discussion on the challenges facing Hispanic education today

In a Q&A with David Park of Learning Heroes, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez explores the challenges and opportunities facing Latinos and other minority students including the often large gap between a parent’s perception of their child’s educational performance vs the reality, the importance of annual state testing, as well as practical tools parents can access to [Read More...]

Imago Christi
by Kenneth Tanner

At the Heart of Worship

You can don ancient vestments, light candles, and chants prayers amid clouds of incense; you can preach like Martyn Lloyd-Jones, sing great hymns accompanied by pipe organ, and love the dappled rainbows the stained glass throws; you can put up the largest LED screens, hire musicians that rock, get the stage lighting just right, and [Read More...]

Jackson Wu
by Jackson Wu

Is the Chinese Church a Test-Case for “The Benedict Option”?

If you’ve been on the web but haven’t heard of Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option, you need to loosen up your internet filters a bit. David Brooks is correct when he says the book is “already the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade.” Any book that both Al Mohler and Stanley [Read More...]

Jesus Creed
by Scot McKnight

White Middle-Class Death Rates on the Incline: Why?

Jeff Guo: In rich countries, death rates are supposed to decline. But in the past decade and a half, middle-aged white Americans have actually been dying faster. Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton first pointed out this disturbing trend in a 2015 study that highlighted three “diseases of despair”: drugs, drinking and suicide. On Thursday, the pair released a [Read More...]

Joe Carter
by Joe Carter

So Say We All: Why Battlestar Galactica Was the Best Sci-Fi Series Ever on Television

A shockingly large segment of the population suffers from the delusion that all artistic judgments are subjective. For instance, when confronted with a claim such as “John Singer Sargent is the greatest portrait painter of the 20th century,” they believe what is being presented is an assertion of opinion rather than a statement of fact. They [Read More...]

Jim Erwin
by Jim Erwin

1 Samuel 16:1-13 My Heart

1 Samuel 16:1-13 My Heart We see from the outside. God sees from the inside. The difference is when God leads my heart. In the first thirteen verses, we see Samuel’s heart. We see what he really is as a man of God from the way he feels, he reacts, and how he acts according [Read More...]

Jonathan Storment
by Jonathan Storment

Shame on You: The Road to Hell

In 2013, two guys were at a tech conference, they worked together and they were friends, but they were also both shy and had social anxiety so they kept to themselves. During one of the conference presentations, one of these guys, Hank, whispered a slightly off-color joke to his friend, and as they were giggling to each other [Read More...]

Just and Sinner
by Jordan Cooper

Millstones, Judas Iscariot, and the Little Ones

Post by Nathan Rinne As I hope you know, despite what you might hear from your Calvinist friends, Lutherans (and Luther) do not believe in double predestination. Even for Judas. So, what should we think about Judas’ tragic demise? What lessons can we gather from it? The season of Lent is a good time to [Read More...]

Kermit Zarley Blog
by Kermit Zarley

Dustin Johnson Wins Three-in-a-Row

Just minutes ago, Dustin Johnson–PGA Tour star and #1 golfer in the world–won the World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin, Texas, on the Austin Country Club golf course. In the afternoon finals match, Dustin defeated 22-year-old sensational Spaniard Jon Rahm one up on the last, eighteenth hole. It gave the long-hitting Johnson three [Read More...]

Love is an Orientation
by Andrew Marin

Don’t Let Your Anger Turn Into Their Hate

Andrew's reflection upon yesterday's LGBT massacre in Orlando. There is a time for anger and activism; healing and hope. Now is a time for mourning. Don't let your anger for what happened turn into their hate.

Mark D. Roberts
by Mark D. Roberts

It’s the Second Day of Lent. Why Does This Matter?

Growing up as an evangelical Christian, I experienced Lent as little more than a joke. “What are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Mere Breath
by Abra Carnahan

The Gift of Depression

  Truth be told, I haven’t been doing well. Depression weighs heavily on me, and the worst part is that I know I’m not really. It is just a feeling, suffocating the life out of me. Don’t tell me to read my Bible more, I already do. Don’t tell me to look for sin in [Read More...]

Narrative and Nuance
by Dan Chappell

Christianity, Disney and A Better Way Forward

The body of Christ continues to need a reasoned and consistent response to the reality of homosexuality in our culture and society. The hand-wringing surrounding Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the latest example of this glaring need. Pastors and leaders, your people do not need you to join the culture war, they need you to shepherd [Read More...]

New Wineskins
by josh daffern

Why Do You Have to Be a Republican to Be a Christian Today?

If religion is meant to transcend politics, then why does it seem like you have to vote one political party to be a Christian?

PaterFamilias Today
by C. R. Wiley

Return to Fruitfulness, that’s an Order

By their fruits you shall know them. Matthew 7:16 The hermeneutics of suspicion have made us barren. To be expected though, since the world is structured in a particular way and  disregarding its structure should make us sterile. I suppose the haters are gonna hate, and if you hate the world, why would you want [Read More...]

Paul C. Maxwell
by Paul C. Maxwell

Q&A With Louie Giglio About “Comeback”

I recently read a book by Louie Giglio — The Comeback: It’s Never Too Late and You’re Never Too Far. My “inner lawyer” was riled (as Paul Tripp might say). I object to the notion that God offers his people “comebacks.” There is too much suffering. Too much pain. Too many stories of defeat that end in [Read More...]

Philosophical Fragments
by Timothy Dalrymple

Open Letter to Sarah Palin: We Need to Change Our Tone on Guns

This post is part of a larger conversation on the subject of Christians and guns at Patheos around the new documentary, The Armor of Light.  For more responses to the film, click here. Is there any contradiction between a culture that celebrates the sanctity of human life and a culture that celebrates the instruments of death? [Read More...]The post Open Letter to Sarah Palin: We Need to Change Our Tone on Guns appeared first on Philosophical Fragments.

Pilgrim's Road Trip
by Michelle Van Loon

Review: Of Stillness And Storm

My husband and I once had a pastor whose wife had never signed on with her husband’s calling. She married a businessman, not a downwardly-mobile spiritual entrepreneur who had meetings 4 nights a week and dealt with congregational crisis what seemed like 8 nights a week while she was left to function as a single [Read More...]The post Review: Of Stillness And Storm appeared first on Pilgrim's Road Trip.

Ponder Anew
by Jonathan Aigner

Worship Quote of the Week: Robert Johnston on Pointless Modern Worship

“To change lives, our worship must connect with its congregants. God’s story must enter into dialogue with our stories, and vice versa. Unfortunately, this is less and less the case. Too much of our worship is sadly out of step with the lives of many, if not most, of our congregants. Unwilling to address life [Read More...]

Preventing Grace
by Anne Kennedy

Interfaith Podcast and Links

It occurs to me that the way I title these posts is always about the podcast and never about the links. Like, today the links are not ‘interfaith.’ It’s the Podcast that is about interfaith whatsit. The links are all kinds of fascination. Also, this week, I’m pretty sure that I’m not all the way [Read More...]

Putting the Protest in Protestant
by D. G. Hart

If You Hate Living with the South, then Why Didn’t You Let Them Go?

The ill will President Trump taps. Just when you thought that nationalism and Brexit and leaving the international liberal order were the province of the alt-Right, along comes a POTUS that winds up liberals and helps them find their separatist inner selves. Today’s specimen? Kevin Baker, a writer at the New Republic. He recently made [Read More...]

by Heidi Weaver

You Don’t Have To Choose Between Jesus & LGBT Rights

Today I present a statement I have agonized over, knowing it will be misinterpreted by many, particularly my friends in conservative Evangelical circles.

Rebecca Florence Miller
by Rebecca Florence Miller

Do Not Be Conformed: Talk Radio and Spiritual Formation

A steady diet of talk radio, angry blogs, and aggressive pundits has finally borne its fruit in the American Christian’s heart. The issue isn’t conservatism or liberalism as there have always been Christians who followed Christ faithfully in both political camps. The issue is attitude of the heart and how what we feed our minds [Read More...]

Red Letter Believers
by David Rupert

What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?

“What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?  — I don’t know and I don’t care.”— Mother Goose and Grimm “I the devil, will always see to it that there are bad people. Your job, my dear Wormwood, is to provide me with the people who do not care.” — The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis I am finding that I’m [Read More...]

by Arlene Sánchez-Walsh

The Tragic Sense of Historical Illiteracy

What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it. –Miguel De Unamuno The Tragic Sense of Life President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast noting several historically accurate examples where Christianity was used to justify terroristic amounts of violence means that as a historian of American religion, [Read More...]

Religion Q&A
by Richard N. Ostling

Religion and terrorism: How do IRA Catholics compare with ISIS Muslims?

HEATHER’S QUESTION: [Paraphrased]  I remember being shocked years ago that some Irish terrorist acts were carried out in the name of Catholicism. What were the reactions to that, compared with the support or denial of Muslims toward violent jihad today? THE RELIGION GUY’S ANSWER: The Guy can only sketch a few aspects of the religio-ethnic [Read More...]

Return to Rome
by Francis J. Beckwith

Please consider helping newborn Jackson Yancey

My graduate assistant, Hilary Yancey, and her husband, Preston, need our generosity. They are proud parents of Jackson, born on September 28th with a craniofacial microsomia.  Little Jackson requires a series of expensive surgeries. Please consider donating at  Hilary arrived at Baylor in Fall 2014 as a PhD student in philosophy. She has served as [Read More...]

Roger E. Olson
by Roger E. Olson

Whatever Happened to “Friendship with Jesus?”

Whatever Happened to “Friendship with Jesus” in American Evangelical Piety and Worship? You know you’re getting old when the old songs start popping into your mind—songs that made a major impression on you as a child and young person and that you don’t hear anymore. Now, at my age, a radio “oldies station” plays 1980s [Read More...]

Soapbox Redemption
by Andrew Murtagh

The Heart of Nick Givas

Imagine you are young man in high school. Excellent grades, aspiring young basketball star – the world is your oyster. Enter the back pain, the initial medical consults, and the first cancer diagnosis. Surgery and redo surgery. Basketball career over, in and out of hospitals, a new reality takes form. Repeated spine surgeries not only have the [Read More...]

Steven Jo
by Steven Jo

Stephen Colbert and Preaching- On Comedians

I try to learn from everyone. Regardless of field and area of expertise, if someone speaks I listen. And I try to pick up tips on how to better my craft. I have a strong belief in common grace. So naturally as I was reading Colbert’s latest interview in GQ, I was simultaneously thinking about [Read More...]

The Bible and Culture
by Ben Witherington

Quote of the Day from CKB

For the mainstream of the world’s traffic, by now, has built a bypass around Bethlehem. It isn’t interested. It still goes to Rome. To the ideal of brute strength and vitality of empire and domination.— C.K. Barrett

The Christian Revolution
by Taylor S. Brown

“Hear, O Israel!”

Do you ever wonder what exactly is going on the Bible when one of the biblical authors commands their audience to “Hear” or to “Listen”? Well, the awesome people over at The Bible Project have just put out a video in their new “Word Study” series on that topic.  “Hearing,” and “listening” for the biblical authors [Read More...]

The Evangelical Pulpit
by Bart Gingerich

Thoughts on a Church Closing

A church closing is a reminder of the declining reliance on the institution of divine worship, whatever practice; a post-religion society.

The Doxology Project
by Bradley Roth

Church of the lost

There was a time when I lost my way while driving south of Chicago.  It was in the days before GPS phones, and I took some spaghetti junction intersection and found myself on a rough and tumble street going into who-knows-what rusty suburb.  I was lost. But then–miracle of miracles!–I drove past a church in [Read More...]

The Fuller Blog
by Reed Metcalf

Fuller, the Bible, and Women

One of Fuller’s defining characteristics is its commitment to women in ministry. What are the contours of that commitment? MMT: The words that come immediately to mind are partnership, mutuality, interdependence, and the like. Fuller’s statement of purpose describes the seminary as “dedicated to the equipping of men and women for the manifold ministries of [Read More...]

The Great Divide
by Adrian Crawford

Transparency: A Powerful Color

Professional actors spend their lives practicing facial expressions, voice influxes, and every other minute detail that goes into becoming a character. They do this because pretending to be something you are not, or concealing something you are, is not easy. Those watching can quickly tell when an actor has “fallen out” of character. To keep [Read More...]

The Liturgical Theologian
by Porter Taylor

On Writing in Books

I remember it like it was yesterday: I was sitting in my freshman history class at George Mason High School and my teacher, Mr. Peloquin, was giving us a homework assignment. The assignment was simple. Actually, at the time I thought the assignment was stupid. We were to read through old political articles from the [Read More...]

The Northampton Seminar
by Gerald McDermott

Famous Stutterers–the book trailer

Famous stutterers include Moses, Demosthenes, Churchill (whose problem the movie alludes to), Marilyn Monroe, Oral Roberts, Carly Simon, James Earl Jones, Tiger Woods, John Updike, Annie Glenn, and John Stossel.

The Toolshed
by Timothy Willard

Brave New Transhumanism World

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Chris Van Allsburg (no, not the children’s book author). Chris teaches apologetics and ethics, holds an Mdiv, and is an MA in philosophy student. He teaches his children at home in the classical tradition, imbibing in Latin, Greek, Logic, and the good of C.S. Lewis. He loves Tolkien, [Read More...]

Troubler of Israel
by G. Shane Morris

The Slippery Slope ̶F̶a̶l̶l̶a̶c̶y̶ Fact: How We Started Eating Each Other

Somewhere around 2014 midterms, the intemperate drives of the Left and Right both reached a critical mass, and something broke loose. 2015: Videos surface showing Planned Parenthood sells human body parts. The Supreme Court redefines marriage to include homosexuals. A movie about sadomasochism makes half a billion dollars. A man dressed as a woman appears [Read More...]

Uncommon God, Common Good
by Paul Louis Metzger

Marital Union with Jesus: the Ultimate White Elephant Gift Exchange?

Have you ever participated in a “White Elephant” gift exchange at Christmas? Here’s how Secret Santa defines the game: The game derives its name from the term white elephant as defined by something of dubious or limited value or an object no longer of value to its owner but of value to others. Thus, in [Read More...]

Warren Throckmorton
by Warren Throckmorton

Former Mercury One Donors Speak Out About Recent Changes

In response to my series of articles on the changes taking place at Mercury One, I have been contacted by Mercury One donors. Two such donors, now former donors, agreed to comment anonymously about the changes in focus and donation allocation policy. Lack of Communication One source of frustration for the former donors is the lack [Read More...]