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 …

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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 …

The Film You Have Been Waiting for: PURITAN

This week the blog is being sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books. Joel Beeke authored this post on behalf of Reformation Heritage Books, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Media Gratiae, and Stephen McCaskell. Right now, as you are reading this blog, a film crew is in the midst of what sounds like an exhausting itinerary through multiple European countries. This week, for example, they will be spending time on-site in England with Sinclair Ferguson, Ian Hamilton, Steve Lawson, and Geoff Thomas. Then they …

Why you should Read the Westminster Confession of Faith

Today’s post is written by Justin Holcomb, a theology professor at Reformed Theological Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is sponsored by Zondervan Academic Online Courses. The Westminster Confession of Faith is a Reformed confession produced in 1646 by the Westminster Assembly in London. Intended to set the doctrinal standards for the Church of England, it became a powerful force in the Church of Scotland and has influenced Presbyterian churches all over the world. Today, numerous churches and denominations worldwide …

Why Believe in Life After Death

This sponsored post is from Know Why You Believe, an online course taught by K. Scott Oliphint, from Zondervan Academic. If you look at almost any poll about life after death, it will show that the vast majority of people believe in an afterlife. A recent CBS news poll asked more than a thousand adults in America about belief in the afterlife. Three out of four Americans believe in the existence of heaven or hell. When asked where they thought …

10 Most Significant Discoveries in the Field of Biblical Archaeology

This sponsored post is adapted from the ESV Archaeology Study Bible—which was created by a team of field-trained archaeologists and features 2,000+ study notes, 400+ full-color photographs, 200+ maps and diagrams, 15 articles, 4 timelines, and more. Archaeology Gives Context Biblical archaeology is a wide field offering modern readers fascinating insights into the everyday lives of people mentioned in the Bible. While archaeological findings don’t prove the truth of Scripture, they do have the potential to enrich our understanding and …

Sin Didn’t Kill Jesus—God Did

This sponsored post is adapted from The Gospel According to God: Rediscovering the Most Remarkable Chapter in the Old Testament by John MacArthur—a book explaining the prophetic words of Isaiah 53 verse by verse, highlighting important connections to the history of Israel, the New Testament, and our lives today. A Shocking Truth The reality of Christ’s vicarious, substitutionary death on our behalf is the heart of the gospel according to God—the central theme of Isaiah 53. We must remember, however, …

3 Perks of Being a Christian Business Owner

This week the blog is sponsored by Strider, a Christian-owned online marketing agency. This post is written by Strider’s founder and president, Ryan Freeman. Contact Strider to learn more about growing your business online. At first glance, the idea notion of being a Christian and owning a business might not seem that appealing. Society and government seem to be making this more challenging, and it doesn’t take much to get on the wrong side of a social media storm. So …