Our God Is A Relational God

This week the sponsored post is adapted and abridged from Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream by Brian Fikkert and Kelley M. Kapic (©2019) and published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Before we can heal the brokenness in the world, we must diagnose the deeper issues of what causes brokenness.  We must understand who God is, why He created humankind and what causes people to change. In our new book Becoming Whole: Why the …

His Mercy Is More — Some Lyrics Last A Lifetime

Hymn Sunday is a collaboration with Getty Music, and in this post, my friend Keith shares why singing the Psalms is so very necessary for our hearts. You’ll also find a video of a favorite psalm along with downloadable sheet music. You don’t usually want your child to stand in a chair, but this time, I didn’t really mind. Each year, we travel with our daughters back to our homeland in Ireland. Their excitement is almost uncontainable. They love time …

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Reaching Cultural Christianity With The Gospel

This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post has been taken from The Unsaved Christian: Reaching Cultural Christianity with the Gospel by Dean Inserra. I wrote the book The Unsaved Christian because I have experienced special challenges in reaching cultural Christians with the Good News of Jesus. Starting a gospel conversation with a Cultural Christian friend can be frustrating. Discovering a starting point will not make a conversation more comfortable, but it will allow clarity to …

Why We Must Not Read All of Scripture Literally

This sponsored post features a video by Rebecca McLaughlin, author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion (Crossway). The Meaning of Metaphor The first thing I would say to someone who asks me, “How could I take the Bible literally?” is “Have you ever had your heart broken?” Now if they’re over the age of fifteen, their answer will almost certainly be *yes*. And then I would ask them to examine what they meant when they …

Study the Word of God with Trembling

This sponsored post is written by Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley, authors of Reformed Systematic Theology: Volume 1: Revelation and God (Crossway). Read with Reverence While the Bible is written in human language, we must never treat it “as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe” (1 Thess. 2:13). This truth calls us to do theology with profound reverence for the God who …

7 Signs That You’re a Cage-Stage Calvinist

This week the blog is sponsored by The Good Book Company. Calvinism is a beautiful thing—when we Calvinists don’t ruin it. For too long Calvinism has been linked to arrogant, fiery, and argumentative Calvinists who seem like the only cure for their cruelty is time in a steel cage. Diagnosis? A Cage-Stage Calvinist. A Cage-Stage Calvinist is someone who has learned TULIP—the five points of Calvinism—and goes on a relational rampage. They attack, bludgeon, and judge their brothers and sisters …

5 Ways to Re-enchant Your World

This post is written by Paul M. Gould, author of Cultural Apologetics, a new book, video lecture series, and course, and is sponsored by Zondervan Academic. The dominant way of perceiving today can be described as disenchanted. For many, the world is not seen in its proper light. We think the world is ordinary, or every day, or mundane. But this is not what the world is actually like. In reality, the world is deeply beautiful. It is mysterious. It …

Haunted by the Perfect Being

This week the sponsored post is proved by Baker Books and is adapted from Matthew Barrett’s new book None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God. Matthew Barrett is the author of None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God. He is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and executive editor of Credo Magazine, where he hosts the Credo podcast. You can follow him @mattmbarrett. Have you ever read a book that completely changed your life? Way back in …

4 Approaches to Understanding the Redemptive Nature of Scripture

This sponsored post is by Bryan Chapell, general editor of The ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible (Crossway). 4 Approaches to Understanding the Redemptive Nature of Scripture All of Scripture Bears Witness We should be very willing to learn the principles of redemptive interpretation that the New Testament writers employed and exemplified. From these principles, we learn that the more common approach to understanding the redemptive nature of all biblical texts is to identify how God’s Word predicts, prepares for, reflects, …

The Cost (and Gift) of Discipleship

This week the blog is sponsored by Crossway and is written by Sam Allberry. One of the most remarkable promises Jesus ever made is also one of the least known. In Mark 10 we have the encounter between Jesus and the rich young man. The latter is seemingly full of potential for being a really great disciple but turns out to be unwilling to leave behind what Jesus requires him to. And so he leaves sorrowful. It’s all very poignant. …