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  • 4 Rules to Simplify Christian Dating

    Stephen Altrogge
    4 Rules to Simplify Christian Dating When we place our practices above Biblical principles, it’s a recipe for disaster. I want to suggest that we can make this whole dating thing a lot simpler and less confusing by simply holding fast to the clear, relatively few principles spelled out in Scripture. What are those principles?
  • 7 “Churchy” Words and the Need for Clarity

    The Good Book Blog
    7 “Churchy” Words and the Need for Clarity We are moving in the West further along this path as a post-Christian culture. No longer are Christian terms and biblical concepts commonplace. Here’s my list of seven troublesome words and brief explanations, with suggested alternatives.
  • Let's Talk about Mental Illness

    Stephen Altrogge
    Let's Talk about Mental Illness Mental illness is tricky business. As Christians it is something we desperately need to talk about yet almost never have the courage to talk about.
  • Does the Bible Ever Get it Wrong? The Moving Rock

    Michael J. Kruger
    Does the Bible Ever Get it Wrong? The Moving Rock Since the Jewish tradition about a travelling rock is clearly a legend—a legend that Paul apparently took to be fact—then we have a real problem, says Enns, for the evangelical view of biblical authority. He puts it bluntly, “no rock moved in the Old Testament, but Paul said one did.”
  • Where is the Messiah in the Midst of This Pain?

    Jesus’ Economy
    Where is the Messiah in the Midst of This Pain? In our grief for the world we remain faithful, but grow discouraged. Faced with the responsibility to care for the sick, the persecuted, and the impoverished, maybe we become disillusioned—sick with helplessness.
  • Treat Your Pastors Well

    Matthew Harmon
    Treat Your Pastors Well As a professor at a seminary, I have the great privilege of training men for pastoral ministry. Every year new faces come in, full of excitement and trepidation. What most of them don’t realize is how dangerous their calling truly is.
  • Wrestling with Fear

    Ron Edmondson
    Wrestling with Fear I have often wrestled with this question: Could my greatest fears be God’s greatest opportunity to express His glory through me?
  • How Jesus Did NOT Pursue Celebrity and Prosperity

    Tim Brister
    How Jesus Did NOT Pursue Celebrity and Prosperity Two key areas of struggle, it seems, for evangelicalism today can be found in celebrity culture and the prosperity gospel. In light of that, I found this excerpt from Henry Scougal’s The Life of God in the Soul of Man to be insightful and convicting.
  • What the Arrows of Affliction Prepare Us For

    Mark Altrogge
    What the Arrows of Affliction Prepare Us For When someone’s been through something it makes their sympathy that much more powerful. When someone who’s never experienced a hard time like the one I’m in offers comfort, I appreciate it, but if someone who’s been through a similar experience encourages me it means so much more.
  • Another Paradox of Evangelism

    Randy Newman
    Another Paradox of Evangelism Here’s another paradox of evangelism. When we accept that evangelism will never be easy… it actually gets slightly less difficult.
  • We're All Thirsty for More, for Something Better

    Jesus’ Economy
    We're All Thirsty for More, for Something Better She's come to this familiar place because of her familiar need: water. This woman's need is a real need, just as it was for so many. Just as it is for so many.
  • Experiencing God’s Grace — Even at the Death of a Child

    Chris Russell
    Experiencing God’s Grace — Even at the Death of a Child I’ve been in pastoral ministry for over twenty-five years, and the most difficult experience I’ve had to help people through is the death of a child.
  • To Those of You Who Don’t Like to Sing on Sunday

    Stephen Altrogge
    To Those of You Who Don’t Like to Sing on Sunday So, you don’t like to sing when you go to church on Sunday. You’re not really the singing type. But here’s the thing: those of us who don’t want to sing to God are at odds with the rest of the universe.
  • Marriage is for Life!

    Craig Blomberg
    Marriage is for Life! I remember being shocked as a young adult by some Hollywood wedding (a true story) in which the traditional vows were replaced with promises to be faithful “until the death of love parts us.” It’s time to return to basics. Love is a commitment, not a feeling. Feelings follow from godly actions, not vice-versa.
  • What Jesus Really Said about Poverty

    Jesus’ Economy
    What Jesus Really Said about Poverty Out of one side of our mouth we speak allegiance to Jesus, but out of the other side we’re speaking allegiance to wealth.
  • 5 Tips for Amateur Pray-ers Like Me

    Ron Edmondson
    5 Tips for Amateur Pray-ers Like Me I don’t know about you, but I feel like the disciples. I am still learning to pray. Here are 5 suggestions for amateur prayers… like me.
  • The Church: A Holy People

    Founders Ministries Blog
    The Church: A Holy People Instead of thinking of each believer as a “holy one,” a saint, we seem relegate that status to a select few, instead of recognizing that a congregation of genuine followers of Christ are all saints, holy people
  • Are Christians “Intolerant Haters”? The Charges are Not New

    Michael J. Kruger
    Are Christians “Intolerant Haters”? The Charges are Not New We might be tempted to despair and think that the church is entering into dark days. But a little historical perspective might be useful here. Truth be told, this is not the first time Christians have received such labels.
  • I am Here for the Church

    The Good Book Blog
    I am Here for the Church God’s primary GOAL in this Christian adventure is not my spiritual growth as an individual. It’s not about me, after all! It is about the growth of “the whole body.”
  • 5 Things You Can Do for Christians in Iraq

    Philip Nation
    5 Things You Can Do for Christians in Iraq Like many believers around the world, I am horrified at the persecution of Christians in Iraq. And you can do something about it. Here are five things you can do to help.