Keep Planting: Student Ministry and the Gospel

This week the blog is sponsored by The Gospel Project. This post is written by Emma McLeod, who shares how Christ-centered Bible study changed how she disciples teens. Seventeen tenth-grade girls and I sit in a circle of chairs lining our small group room, which is warm and almost humid-like from the body heat and lack of extra space. Voices reverberate, sound waves bouncing so violently across the room that one can only make out the words of the person …

Kids Ministry is Better Than Babysitting

This week the blog is sponsored by The Gospel Project.  “Jesus, however, invited them: ‘Let the little children come to me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it’” (Luke 18:16-17, CSB). As men, women, and children approached Jesus, the disciples told the children to wait, letting the adults through. “There are more important issues, …

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Everything Revolves Around Jesus

This week the blog is sponsored by The Gospel Project, who also wrote this article adapted from Gospel Foundations Volume 1: The God Who Creates. Why did God create? Was it because He was lonely? Because there was something deficient in Himself? To fulfill some need that He had? Far from any of these reasons. God created not because He was lacking but because He was overflowing—spilling over with the perfect fellowship between the three Persons of the Trinity from …

10 Things You Should Know about Christian Ethics

This sponsored post by Wayne Grudem is correlated with the release of his new book Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning, in which Grudem distills over forty years of teaching experience into a single volume aimed at helping readers apply a biblical worldview to difficult ethical issues, including wealth and poverty, marriage and divorce, birth control, abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, business practices, environmental stewardship, telling the truth, knowing God’s will, understanding Old Testament laws, and more. 1. Christian ethics teaches us …

The Best Audio Bible

This sponsored post was written by Cory Verner, Co-founder of christianaudio.com My first experience with audio Bibles was probably similar to yours, and on my commute, back in the 90’s I bought my first set (or should I say case) of cassettes to listen to in the car. It came with a whopping 48 cassettes that snapped nicely into their molded casing. It took up more of my passenger seat than I’d like to admit, but I was excited to …

The Bible Is Not About You

This week the blog is sponsored by Lifeway, who also wrote this article. On the surface, most Christians would agree with the title of this post. Yet, we so often read and study the Bible in a way that says the opposite. When we read the stories of the Old Testament, we draw moral conclusions to inform how we live our lives. We see in Noah a model of how to live righteously in the midst of a generation where …

A Widening of the Apologetic Enterprise

Today’s post is written by Joshua D. Chatraw and Mark D. Allen and is sponsored by Zondervan Academic. When I (Josh) was growing up in the southeastern part of the United States, there were two dominant religions: Baptist and football. It would take a visitor little time to realize which faith had captured my community’s heart and elicited their deepest devotion. The work of James K. A. Smith has helped us reflect more deeply on the religious nature of these …

Neuroscience, Semiotics, and the Tower of Babel

This week the blog is sponsored by The Master’s University, written by John Beck, Business Faculty and Chair of the Organizational Management degree, online at The Master’s University. When we discuss the general revelation of God in creation, it is impossible for me to get very far before I am floored by the wonder and complexity of the human body. As God’s intended image bearers, we know that humanity holds a special place in the created order, and there are many …

John Piper and the Power of Vision

Today’s post is written by Matt Perman, author of What’s Best Next and his new book How to Get Unstuck: Breaking Free from Barriers to Your Productivity, and is sponsored by Zondervan. Six years into his thirty-three-year ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church, John Piper wrote in his journal on November 6, 1986: The church is looking for a vision for the future—and I do not have it. The one vision that the staff zeroed in on during our retreat Monday and …

Help for Humanly Impossible Acts

This sponsored post is from Crossway, adapted from Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship by John Piper—a new book about preaching as a means of awakening worship and seeing, savoring, and showing of the glory of Christ. Beauty of Corporate Worship It is beautifully fitting that Christian people gather for corporate worship every week. When they do, they give united expression to their truth-rooted knowledge of the triune God and their treasure-rooted affections for all God is for them in …