Christ’s Words for Our Leadership Crisis

This week the blog is sponsored by Desiring God and the post is written by David Mathis. Some doomsdayers might say the church has a leadership crisis. Perhaps a previous generation gave its presidents (and pastors) too much benefit of the doubt. But is that still our temptation today? Our criticisms of recognized leaders, cynicism toward them, conflicts with them, and controversies about them fill our feeds, queues, and real-life conversations. Are we becoming a society of discontents trying to take it …

Lead for Joy, Not Privilege

This week the blog is sponsored by Desiring God and the post is written by David Mathis. It is one of the filthiest lies Satan whispers in the ear of our comfortable and entitled generation. From before we can even remember, we have been indoctrinated with the idea that being “a leader” means prestige and privilege. Why would you settle for anything less? Why follow when you can lead? Leadership means privilege, and no generation has considered itself more entitled …

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How to use Catechism in Family Worship

This post is sponsored by Christian Focus Publications and written by Ben Preston. Get your copy of The Illustrated Westminster Shorter Catechism here. For generations upon generations, families have used the Westminster Shorter Catechism to teach their children the biblical truths of the Faith. Here are three helpful pointers in how to use our new illustrated edition of this beloved resource. Commit time. We would suggest that the ideal time to open and use our book would be at regular …

How Angels Help Us Point People to Jesus

Today’s post is written by Tim Chester and is sponsored by Christian Focus Publications. Tim is a senior faculty member of Crosslands Training and the author of over 40 books, including  Angels: When Heaven Meets Earth. He has a PhD in theology, a PgDip in history and 25 years’ experience of pastoral ministry. “My grandma’s house is full of angels.” I must have looked a somewhat quizzical, so she clarified: “Statues and pictures.” “Is she a Christian?” I asked. “Oh …

20 Hymns To Sing With Your Family This Summer

This post is sponsored by Getty Music. Click here to download your free Family Summer Hymnal filled with sheet music and MP3s for 20 Getty Music songs! Many of us have fond memories of being a kid in the summer. Long family road trips, sunny pool days, ice-cream cones, and not having to worry about school for a while. These memories often have a soundtrack, a “song of the summer” that we picked up from our family or friends. Maybe …

How to Stay Sharp and Effective This Summer

This week the blog is sponsored by AccelerateBooks. Used by 5000+ leaders, AccelerateBooks keeps you sharp for ministry and life by giving you access to an arsenal of soul-shaping insights from the most important books. Get 33% off forever on all membership at https://partner.acceleratebooks.com/challies.  You’re probably too busy to read this. You probably have 5 other browser tabs currently open, a lineup of articles bookmarked for later, and a growing stack of books you’ll read “one day”. And you probably …

An Invitation to Reformation Fellowship

This week, the blog is written by Michael Reeves, and sponsored by Reformation Fellowship. Dr. Reeves is President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology in Oxford and Bridgend, United Kingdom. I’m thrilled to invite you to be part of something new happening this November. My friends Dane Ortlund, Philip Ryken, Jeff Norris, Gwenfair Adams, and Bradley Green are joining with me to begin Reformation Fellowship. Over two days, November 11–12, 2022, we will gather at Perimeter Church, …

Pastoring in Hard Places—Why We Must Run Toward Difficult Places

This week the blog is sponsored by Acts 29 and is written by Matthew Spandler-Davison. Matthew is the vice president for global outreach for Acts 29 and manages Acts 29’s Church in Hard Places initiative. He is also a church planter and pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church in Bardstown, Kentucky. Charles Spurgeon, the known Baptist preacher in Victorian England once said, “One night alone in prayer might make us new men, changed from poverty of soul to spiritual wealth, from trembling to triumphing.” There is …

Disciple Your Children in Their Emotions

Today’s post is written by Christina Fox and sponsored by Christian Focus. Christina’s new book, God Hears Your Heart follows on from Tell God How You Feel (2021) and encourages children to bring all their feelings to God. Learn more and get both books here. “Mommy, I’m scared!” When he was young, my son would seek me out during every thunderstorm. He’d arrive at my side, a favorite blanket wrapped around his head, his body trembling in fear. It didn’t help that we lived in Florida …

Introducing the Good Faith Debates by The Gospel Coalition

This week the blog is sponsored by  The Gospel Coalition and written by Collin Hansen. Are you feeling pressure to understand and engage with an ever-growing array of confusing and polarizing issues? Perhaps you’ve witnessed bitter arguments tearing your family, friends, or churches apart. You’re not alone. I feel it too. Every week I hear from confused and concerned Christians. They want less heat and more light. They want to stay focused on the gospel. They want to put their …