Context Changes Everything

This sponsored post was prepared by Zondervan. You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture. The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively …

sixty-six books. one story. all about one name.

This sponsored post was written and provided by The Jesus Bible. During the reign of Augustus, a young, ordinary teenage girl gives birth to a baby. In the vast expanse of eternity’s story, she’s just one person in one chapter. But in her arms is the author! Before he was laid in a manager, it was Jesus who laid out the foundations of the universe. Before Jesus split the veil in two, he split the sea in two. Before Jesus …

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5 Surprising Advantages to Online Seminary Education

This sponsored post was provided by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For men and women currently serving in their local church, pursuing theological education can often seem like an ideal rather than a reality. Even for those interested in and eager to formally deepening their knowledge of God’s word and its application to mission and ministry, their commitment to their present role would seem to preclude having the available time or resources to do so. But the truth is, seminary education …

What Every Christian Should Give their Pastor for Christmas

This sponsored post was prepared by Books at a Glance. Being a pastor is not easy. It doesn’t always pay well, it’s emotionally taxing, and many times we fail to appreciate or even thank our pastors for their tireless work on our behalf. So, What SHOULD You Give Your Pastor? Obviously the best and most helpful thing that you can do for your pastor is to pray for him, but in a more “earthly” sense, what should you give him, …

Three Reasons Why Your Church Should Stop Offering Small Groups

This sponsored post was prepared by SmallGroup.com who invites you to sign up for a free trial. Did you know that the company Walgreens invented the chocolate malt? According to Wikipedia, “in 1922, Walgreens’ employee Ivar ‘Pop’ Coulson made a milkshake by adding two scoops of vanilla ice cream to the standard malted milk drink recipe (milk, chocolate syrup, and malt powder).” Yet if you have a late-night craving for one today, you’re not going to head to Walgreens. Or …

Engaging Children with Reformed Doctrine … In Indonesia!

This sponsored post was prepared by Simonetta Carr on behalf of Reformation Heritage Books. Of all the countries in the world, Indonesia became the first and most faithful translator of my books—which I never expected. And yet in 2009, in view of the five-hundredth anniversary of John Calvin’s birth, Momentum Christian Literature, a publishing house based in Surabaya, published my children’s biography of Calvin in their language. Soon after, they committed to publishing the rest of my series. Two years …

5 Great Christmas Gift Ideas: A Reformed Gift Guide!

This sponsored post was prepared by Missional Wear Christmas is almost here with only about a month left to prepare. With so many things to do around the holidays, the pressure to come up with gift ideas and then go out shopping can add to an already stressful time of year. My friends at Missional Wear have been hard at work creating new premium quality goods that you will be proud to give as gifts to the theologian in your life …

Introducing “The Residency Ph.D.,” A Doctoral Program in Community

This sponsored post was prepared by Midwestern Seminary We’ve seen tremendous growth over the last several years at Midwestern Seminary, due largely to our renewal of the foundational seminary commitment to exist for the Church. This has become our leading pledge and vision, our institution’s very raison d’etre. And this has meant a strong commitment to training pastors for local congregations. But gospel ministry is a robust thing, and many men and women pursue theological education with contributions to the …

Martin Luther: All for the Gospel

This sponsored post was provided by Ligonier Ministries. One of the deepest ongoing concerns Martin Luther had as a pastor was to liberate his congregation from the chains of superstition. As people began to leave the Roman Catholic system, they did not expunge from their lives all of their former convictions. This was particularly evident with respect to relics. The town of Wittenberg boasted one of the largest reliquaries in Germany, amassed by Luther’s protector, Frederick the Wise, elector of …