Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?

This sponsored post is adapted from volume 12 (Hebrews–Revelation) of the brand-new ESV Expository Commentary—a series designed to strengthen the global church with a widely accessible, theologically sound, and pastorally wise resource for understanding and applying the overarching storyline of the Bible.   A Difficult Passage 4 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the goodness …

Act Now. Pay Later.

This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and is written by Robert Wolgemuth the author of Lies Men Believe. Very late at night and into the morning, over runny cheese omelets and cold toast at an all-night diner with my friend, we had one of those conversations I was sure I would never forget. I haven’t. A phone call from the guy’s wife led to this man-to-man talk. I had known them both for several years. He was …

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The Mission of God

This week the blog is sponsored by The G3 Conference.    In January, we will gather in Atlanta for the annual G3 Conference—a theology conference for the Church (not just pastors and church leaders). This year could potentially be the most important conference we’ve had in recent years as the theme will center on missions. The reason for the importance is based on the shallow and often misunderstood definition of missions—confusing the role of the local church in the process …

Here’s How Christian Audio Book Summaries Help You Learn More…in Less Time

This week the blog is sponsored by Books at a Glance. Learn More…in Less Time! Have you ever wanted to read more quality Christian books but couldn’t seem to find the time? Have you ever been frustrated purchasing a book only to discover that it wasn’t as rewarding as you had hoped? Now, thanks to Books At a Glance, you’ll be able to read and learn MORE…in less time because of their in-depth book summaries. Click HERE to see a …

Consider and Imitate

This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Don Taylor changed my life. Don was my Sunday school teacher in my earliest years. Every year I graduated to the next class, and so did he. I’m not sure that he was pleased to be stuck with me again, but he made the best of it. I knew two things about him: he loved God, and he loved me. That changed everything. My life has been shaped by people like …

Why worship any way other than as God desires?

This week the blog is sponsored by the Reformation Worship Conference, Oct. 18-20, 2018. If God has an opinion on any subject, wouldn’t his children wish to ask what that is? And is there any reason to exclude worship from the range of his opinions? There is a yearly gathering that discusses and facilitates biblical answers to that quest. The annual Reformation Worship Conference will once again be hosted by Midway Presbyterian Church in suburban Atlanta, Oct. 18-20, 2018. This …

4 Things You Need To Know About Apologetics

Today’s post is adapted from Apologetics at the Cross, a new book, and course from Joshua D. Chatraw and Mark D. Allen. It is sponsored by Zondervan Academic. Apologetics, in its most basic form, offers an appeal and defense for the Christian faith. In other words, apologetics, through word and deed, answers both why a person can believe (defense) and why a person should believe (appeal). The goal of apologetics is to clear away the debris of doubt and skepticism to make a path …

What’s Your Foundation?

This week the blog is sponsored by The Gospel Project. “The wise man builds his house on the rock.” We’ve all heard it; maybe we even have the passage memorized. We sang songs about it as kids. We read through it almost like it’s a little poem, a tip, or a fable. But when Jesus used this illustration, He meant business. In Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount, He gives these words as His last remarks: “But everyone who hears …

The Power of Discipleship

This week the blog is sponsored by The Gospel Project. “My dearly loved son,” Paul addresses Timothy, “I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and now, I am convinced, is in you also” (2 Timothy 1:2, 5 CSB). Timothy had a lineage of faith, passed down generation-to-generation, fueled by Paul as if Timothy were his own son. And now, Paul says, this faith has been deeply rooted within Timothy. I …

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 …