The Lord Is My Salvation

Hymn Sunday is a collaboration with Getty Music. You will find a video of a favorite psalm along with downloadable sheet music. This is a song of testimony, inspired in part by Psalm 27. Our witness, at the simplest level, is telling another person what Christ has done for us. Singing songs of faith helps build our confidence in the God who calls us to serve, with both our words and our lives. As the seasons change, we are reminded …

Practicing the Present

This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. John Koessler is an award-winning author and teacher who served on the Moody faculty for 25 years. In his new book, Practicing the Present: The Neglected Art of Living in the Now (Moody, 2019), he addresses how to evade the tyranny of past regrets and future plans and meet God right where we are, in the present. Get Out of Your Discomfort Zone The other day a friend asked me, “What …

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Gospel Above All

This sponsored post was prepared by J.D. Greear in support of his Bible study Gospel Above All which features Greear in dialog with David Platt, Jen Wilkin, Rosaria Butterfield, Albert Mohler, and many others. Bible-based Christianity is dead. At least that’s what society wants you to believe. Churches are closing their doors. Evangelicals are leaving the faith. The tide of those who identify as “no religion” is rising. Is the handwriting on the wall? Is the Christian movement done? Must Christians …

PURITAN: All of Life to the Glory of God

This week the blog is sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books. After much hard work, the PURITAN Documentary deluxe box set is in production with the anticipated release this summer. It includes: A two-hour documentary featuring MacArthur, Piper, Mohler, Lawson, Beeke, Packer, Ferguson, DeYoung and many more. Thirty-five video lessons and workbook featuring respected pastors and theologians. Following God Fully – An Introduction to the Puritans by Joel Beeke and Michael Reeves. Additional special features and gift items. Watch the latest …

Our God Is A Relational God

This week the sponsored post is adapted and abridged from Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream by Brian Fikkert and Kelley M. Kapic (©2019) and published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Before we can heal the brokenness in the world, we must diagnose the deeper issues of what causes brokenness.  We must understand who God is, why He created humankind and what causes people to change. In our new book Becoming Whole: Why the …

His Mercy Is More — Some Lyrics Last A Lifetime

Hymn Sunday is a collaboration with Getty Music, and in this post, my friend Keith shares why singing the Psalms is so very necessary for our hearts. You’ll also find a video of a favorite psalm along with downloadable sheet music. You don’t usually want your child to stand in a chair, but this time, I didn’t really mind. Each year, we travel with our daughters back to our homeland in Ireland. Their excitement is almost uncontainable. They love time …

Reaching Cultural Christianity With The Gospel

This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post has been taken from The Unsaved Christian: Reaching Cultural Christianity with the Gospel by Dean Inserra. I wrote the book The Unsaved Christian because I have experienced special challenges in reaching cultural Christians with the Good News of Jesus. Starting a gospel conversation with a Cultural Christian friend can be frustrating. Discovering a starting point will not make a conversation more comfortable, but it will allow clarity to …

Why We Must Not Read All of Scripture Literally

This sponsored post features a video by Rebecca McLaughlin, author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion (Crossway). The Meaning of Metaphor The first thing I would say to someone who asks me, “How could I take the Bible literally?” is “Have you ever had your heart broken?” Now if they’re over the age of fifteen, their answer will almost certainly be *yes*. And then I would ask them to examine what they meant when they …

Study the Word of God with Trembling

This sponsored post is written by Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley, authors of Reformed Systematic Theology: Volume 1: Revelation and God (Crossway). Read with Reverence While the Bible is written in human language, we must never treat it “as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe” (1 Thess. 2:13). This truth calls us to do theology with profound reverence for the God who …

7 Signs That You’re a Cage-Stage Calvinist

This week the blog is sponsored by The Good Book Company. Calvinism is a beautiful thing—when we Calvinists don’t ruin it. For too long Calvinism has been linked to arrogant, fiery, and argumentative Calvinists who seem like the only cure for their cruelty is time in a steel cage. Diagnosis? A Cage-Stage Calvinist. A Cage-Stage Calvinist is someone who has learned TULIP—the five points of Calvinism—and goes on a relational rampage. They attack, bludgeon, and judge their brothers and sisters …