Articles

James: How Do We Find Joy in Our Struggles? Drew Anderson

“Count it all joy when you encounter various trials…”  James 1:2  The day had arrived. It was beyond sad. It was solemn, and it was heavy. Without hesitation we were there to support, to console, and to be present. In what seemed like a dream, we were getting ready to speak at the funeral of our ...more

Six Lessons My Sister Taught Me About Honoring Parents and Grandparents Julie Barrier

How do you treat your elders? Do you respect your aging parents, your frail grandmother, your annoying aunt with dementia? Do you consider them an inspiration, an inconvenience, or both? HONORING YOUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS IS IMPORTANT TO GOD! Here are just a few key examples: ·      The ...more

5 "Churchy" Sayings That Need to Die Matt Smethurst

“Books don’t change people,” John Piper once observed. “Paragraphs do. Sometimes even sentences.” A good sentence is a gift. We love finding complex truth shrinkwrapped in clear, simple, memorable form. It’s why Charles Spurgeon and C. S. Lewis are dominating a newsfeed near you. Even God likes ...more

How to Measure Your Words Deb Waterbury

I wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve said something and then heard my 28-year-old son say, “Filter, Mom!”  In truth, remembering to filter what goes on in my head before it comes out of my mouth has always been a struggle for me.  I tend to speak much more than I should in some situations and ...more

Where is God When Genocide, Starvation and Rape Occur? Tom Terry

Where is God when genocide, rape, and starvation are part of everyday life? Many Christians have great difficulties answering this question, often overwhelmed with the scope of evil in the world. I’d like to try my hand at an answer. Actually, I want to give five answers to this question. This ...more

How Could God Allow Me to Be Broken? Lysa TerKeurst

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29 (NIV) Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “God, please don’t let this be part of my story”?That was me when I first got my cancer diagnosis. Honestly, it just felt like too much on top of an already devastating ...more

Five Challenges with Being a Pastor or Leader in the Social Media Age Carey Nieuwhof

Social media is changing you and me in more profound ways than any of us imagine. Like a growing number of people, I’m increasingly concerned with how addictive tech has become, and am leaning in on the arguments that some like Roger McNamee (who has a fascinating conversation with Sam Harris here) ...more

Conclusive Evidence of Jesus' Resurrection John MacArthur

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, the literal physical bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead is so critical to the Christian gospel that all four gospel writers – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – give us an account of the resurrection and provide for us ...more

What is the One Thing I Would Change in My Marriage? Lisa Bevere

Recently, John and I did a joint question-and-answer session on marriage. As the session closed, this big question came up. “After more than thirty years of marriage is there anything that you would have done differently?” This one fell to me to answer. I took a deep breath and confessed, “I would ...more

Triumphal Entry: Why Jesus HAD to Go to Jerusalem John Piper

Luke describes the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem at the beginning of that last week of his earthly life: As he was drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, ...more