May 28, 2020

I met Keith and Kristyn Getty at a worship conference I spoke at many years ago. When they sang their recently composed (with Stuart Townsend) song “In Christ Alone,” my heart soared in worship, and I came home and told people, “You’ve got to hear this song!” Here’s a short bio: Irish singer/songwriters and recording artists Keith and Kristyn Getty are among the preeminent modern hymn composers of this generation. They’re best known for “In Christ Alone,” along with the popular U.S…. Read more

May 25, 2020

I’ve been reflecting on 2 Timothy 2:3–7: Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. What do the… Read more

May 21, 2020

Today, May 21, is Ascension Day. A reader asked me, “I hear talk about Christ’s death and resurrection, but seldom about his ascension. Why is that?” The ascension was considered more important to earlier generations of Christians than it is today. Gotquestions.org explains: According to one of the early church fathers, Augustine of Hippo, the Feast of Ascension originated with the Apostles. It may be one of the oldest feasts practiced by the Church, possibly going as far back as AD 68…. Read more

May 18, 2020

When I was writing my book Happiness, I knew that the chapter on “What’s the Difference Between Happiness and Joy?” would likely prove to be one of the most controversial. To verify my assertion that joy and happiness are synonyms, I cited more than one hundred verses in various translations that use joy and happiness together, as well as numerous quotes from trusted Christian pastors, writers, and thinkers who use the two synonymously. (A summarized version of the chapter is available on my blog.) Still, the… Read more

May 14, 2020

I listened to this video with a recording of Ravi Zacharias and astronomer Hugh Ross, who were guests on Ohio State University’s radio program. It was recorded in 1994, but what both of them have to share and how they answer questions from callers,  many of them antagonistic toward Christianity, is timeless. Ravi and Hugh discussed supposed contradictions in Scripture, other religions, denominations in Christianity, and morality. It’s a pretty extraordinary logical response to hostile questions, and I think you’ll find it helpful as you talk… Read more

May 11, 2020

Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness” (ESV). Here God tells us directly that as His followers, our mission is bringing everyone the “good news of happiness” about Jesus. This shouldn’t be seen as a grim duty, but as a sheer delight and a privilege for us to do so. After all, the gospel is the best news there has ever been… Read more

May 7, 2020

This video, from my son-in-law Dan Franklin, married to my daughter Karina, is terrific. Some believers on both sides of the debate of when we should reopen are dismissive of the specific and very different circumstances that inform people’s viewpoints. For example, there’s the business owner who’s eager to get back to work not only for his sake but also because he wants employees he loves to actually have jobs to come back to. (Self-interest isn’t always the same as… Read more

May 4, 2020

Last Tuesday afternoon, Mincaye, the former warrior who in 1956 speared to death Nate Saint and Ed McCully, two of the five missionary martyrs in Ecuador, passed from this life to the next. A member of the once fierce Huaorani tribe, Mincaye had come to Christ, and was a transformed man, a delightful brother who was a joy to be with. When I became a Christian at age fifteen one of the first stories I read was about the five missionary martyrs…. Read more

April 30, 2020

Note from Randy Alcorn: This is an expanded version of a book review I did for The Gospel Coalition a few weeks ago. For word count purposes, I needed to edit out some important things I wanted to say in that article, but I have included them in this one (hence it is 40% longer). This is more than a book review—it is a reflection on a battle of worldviews that many churches and individual Christians are sadly losing. It’s also a… Read more

April 27, 2020

I put these verses together for a wonderful young man who loves Jesus, and was struggling with getting angry during sports, especially with referees. (Of course, some who are just spectators, even in their own living rooms, struggle with perpetual complaining and whining about bad calls which they sincerely believe are always against their team, and these verses can help them as well.) Right now most, nearly all, professional and local sports are cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. But with many… Read more

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