Are You Bored With The Nativity?

This week the blog is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publishers of Repeat The Sounding Joy, A daily Advent devotional on Luke 1 – 2, by Christopher Ash. Confession time: I don’t particularly like Christmas. I think it goes back to my days as a local church minister with a young family. Somehow all the pre-Christmas stresses of presents (I get so anxious trying to find the right presents), food preparation, family gatherings, with the extra pressure of all …

My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness

Hymn Sunday is a collaboration with Getty Music. Below you will find a video along with downloadable sheet music. If we examine our personal devotions or listen in on a prayer meeting, our thanksgiving often focuses on health and position, family and friends, home and belongings (and all these are right and good – the Bible tells us to give thanks in every situation). But the prayers of the early church in the New Testament never follow this pattern. The …

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How Software is Helping Churches Stay Connected

This week the blog is sponsored by Church Social and today’s post is written by Jonathan Reinink. I am a software developer by trade. I am also a Christian. Figuring out how the two fit together is an ongoing journey I am on. I sometimes feel a little like my father, who was a hog farmer. He quietly wondered about the Bible’s generally negative perspective towards this animal, that literally fed our family. Was he really doing God’s will producing …

Sing We the Song of Emmanuel

Hymn Sunday is a collaboration with Getty Music. You will find a video along with downloadable sheet music. “Sing We the Song of Emmanuel” started with the general theme of Christmas and the song title. The song evolved with a joyful and majestic sounding tune—and we asked the question “what does this tune want to say about Christmas and about the coming of Jesus?” We tried to combine the mystery of the Christmas story with the joy, jubilation, and majesty …

When the Bible Speaks, God Speaks

Today’s post features Al Mohler on the classic doctrine of biblical inerrancy. It is sponsored by Zondervan Academic. Sola scriptura, Scripture alone, was the formal principle of the Reformation, and it’s also the fundamental principle of evangelical Christianity. We’re the people of the Bible. That’s where it all starts. And that’s where it all ends in this life. All that we have revealed in Scripture is given to us by God. The question is, how do we understand that Scripture? …

Worship: Our Privilege and Responsibility

This week the blog is sponsored by the G3 Conference. What do you think of when you consider the weekly and regular worship of God by the gathered church on the Lord’s Day? Do you think of the singing or the preaching or the praying? What happens when God’s people worship him rightly? In his book titled, Worship: The Ultimate Priority John MacArthur provides four specific results that occur in the lives of God’s people when they engage in true biblical worship: …

Major in the Bible

This week the blog is sponsored by Boyce College. It is common these days to see Christian colleges and universities require fewer Bible and theology courses. But whether a student is called to ministry in the local church or the marketplace, they will encounter more challenges than ever from increasingly secular culture. To handle these challenges, they won’t need less theology — they’ll need more. That’s why every major at Boyce College includes a theological core featuring courses in biblical …

May the Peoples Praise You

Hymn Sunday is a collaboration with Getty Music. You will find a video along with downloadable sheet music. “Inspired by Psalm 67, this hymn is a call to worship and mission. Desiring to make significant space for congregations to sing in harmony, we added an acapella section at the end – we are so excited about that!” – Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, David Zimmer, Stuart Townend, and Ed Cash “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” (Psalm 24:1, …

In a Changing World, Our Commitment to Truth Remains Unchanged

This week the blog is sponsored by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and written by R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, SBTS. We live in an age rightly described as “post-truth.” It is now fashionable to speak of “truth” as a socially constructed sentiment or emotion. A form of relativism infects our society, surrounding us with millions of people who fail to realize they are moral relativists. At a time when truth is more threatened than ever, we will soon discover …

Orphan Care and the Great Commission

This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is written by Todd Chipman from his book Until Every Child is Home: Why The Church Can and Must Care for Orphans. I wrote Until Every Child Is Home because I have seen that God’s instruction for His people to care for orphans is not only what we should be doing because He said to and because we find needy kids across the globe, but also because by …