The Gap Year Program That Leaves No Gap

This week the blog is sponsored by Boyce College, but I want to begin it with a personal note. When my children began to consider their options for college, Aileen and I wanted them to know we would support them in whatever program and whatever college they chose. But we also insisted that before they began their studies, they get a grounding in the Christian worldview. It was for that reason that we took them to Boyce College’s Preview Day where …

Can You Change the Face of Missions in Africa?

This sponsored post was written by Phil Hunt and Ben Straub on behalf of Central Africa Baptist University in Kitwe, Zambia, a university I have visited and believe in. When you hear the phrase “missions in Africa,” what image comes to mind? For previous generations of Americans and Europeans, this phrase stirred up visions of a lone pioneer in a pith helmet and safari shirt, hacking his way through the uncharted bush to reach tribes who had never heard the …

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Watch ‘Is Genesis History?’ for Free!

This week the blog is sponsored by Is Genesis History? In light of the ongoing quarantine in many parts of the world, they are streaming the full film online for a limited time. It is available to watch at the bottom of this article. Let’s be honest: the first chapters of Genesis are pretty controversial. There are a lot of things in them that make people uncomfortable. As a result, some people in seminaries and academia are seeking to replace …

Study Galatians with Me (and Dr. Tom Schreiner!)

I am inviting you to study the book of Galatians with me and, more impressively, with New Testament scholar Tom Schreiner. While I will be facilitating the course, Dr. Schreiner will be teaching it and engaging with those of us who study it. In case you are not familiar with the name, Dr. Schreiner is a well-known New Testament scholar who teaches at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (where, as it happens, my son has just completed his New Testament …

Are You Welcoming Image Bearers With Special Needs?

Today’s post is sponsored by The Elisha Foundation, a ministry focused on the pursuit of Christ-centered transformation in the lives of those experiencing disability. They invite you and your church to take free, video-based training on serving people and families impacted by disability.  On a recent Sunday morning, I forgot my glasses in the car and realized it just as church was starting. Hurriedly, I stepped out of the church entrance only to be startled by the sound of a …

Parenting with Patience: How to Overcome Anger in Your Home

This week the blog is sponsored by The Disciple-Making Parent and the post is written by Chap Bettis. Chap has just released a video-driven Bible study entitled Parenting with Patience and is offering the videos for free to readers of this blog. See details at the bottom of this article. Not again! You lost it, you’re furious, and you feel like a total failure. You yelled, slammed the door, or hit the table. Then the shame and guilt set in. …

What Children Need Most in a Pandemic, and Always

This week the blog is sponsored by Truth78 and the post is written by David Michael. Great News: Jelly Belly® reserves are strong and should be available to supply global demand through the pandemic and beyond! Not that there would be a run on them, but for at least two decades of ministry, I’ve used these colorful little gems to cast vision for the next generation, showing how all things–even eating jelly beans–can be done for the glory of God …

Is the Bible Enough? Why You Need to Know the Creeds, Too.

Today’s post is excerpted from Justin S. Holcomb’s Know the Creeds and Councils and is sponsored by MasterLectures. Today’s Christianity is directly affected by what earlier Christians chose to do and to believe. Obviously, Christianity did not begin when we were born. Nor did our generation invent Christian thought. We live two thousand years removed from the time of our founder, and—for better or for worse—we are the recipients of a long line of Christians’ insights, mistakes, and ways of …

Christ Our Hope In Life and Death

Hymn Sunday is a collaboration with my friends at Getty Music. I’m pleased to be able to offer you a free song along with the lyrics and sheet music. This song seems particularly well-suited to our times…  “What is your only comfort in life and in death?” For centuries, believers have learned the Christian faith beginning with that question. It’s the first article in the Heidelberg Catechism of 1563. Why start there? Because death is our common fate. Unless Jesus …

How to Keep Learning and Growing During Challenging Times: 6 Tips

Today’s post is sponsored by MasterLectures, the platform where you get unlimited access to thousands of Bible and theology video lectures from Zondervan Academic. Months ago, we began to plan with Tim to tell you about MasterLectures in March 2020. Of course, we had no idea about the situation we’d find ourselves in at this time—a situation that is strange and unsettling, yet provides to many of us new opportunities to learn and grow. Challenging times can cause setbacks. But disruption …