Drawing Close to God Amid Bitter Circumstances

This week the blog is sponsored by Baker Books and is adapted from Stephen Viars’ new book Overcoming Bitterness: Moving from Life’s Greatest Hurts to a Life Filled with Joy. Do you have any bitterness in your life? As a pastor attempting to shepherd our church family through a worldwide pandemic, I have had a front-row seat to many stories of sadness, heartache, and disappointment. It has been difficult to watch my brothers and sisters suffer, along with many other members of our …

The Unexpected Benefits of Online Counseling

This sponsored post was provided by Burke Counseling Group which invites you to book an online appointment with their trained biblical counselors. Transition brings change. And change brings new levels of sanctification into our lives. Many people, just like you and me, are experiencing new levels of sanctification as they continue to be “conformed to the image of the Son”; spiritually, emotionally, physically, and socially. What if you were able to dialogue with and get feedback from someone, in the …

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AGTV: A New Bible-based Streaming Network

This week the blog is sponsored by AGTV, a new video streaming service that features a carefully curated collection of films and television series such as American Gospel, Luther, Calvinist, Christianity Explored, and Epic. In Paul’s letters to Timothy, he repeatedly exhorts him to “Guard the deposit entrusted to you.” (1 Timothy 6:20). “Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.” (2 Timothy 1:14). That treasure, of course, is the good …

Social Justice in our Divided Age: 5 Things About Which I Hope and Pray We Can All Agree

This post is written by Thaddeus J. Williams, author of Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth, and is sponsored by Zondervan Academic. Combining the word “social” with the word “justice” is a bit like mixing Mentos with soda. It is highly explosive, especially when we don’t bother to define our terms. Some use “social justice” to describe what our ancient brothers and sisters did to rescue and adopt precious little image-bearers who had been discarded like trash at the literal human …

Overcoming Paralysing Fear – with Fear!

This week the blog is sponsored by RHB Publishing and written by Christina Fox, author of the excellent new book A Holy Fear. If you could sum up 2020 in one word, which one would you use? What about “fear”? Did you feel its presence as news of the novel coronavirus crept its way across the globe? Did your thoughts move to those in your family at risk? I found myself fearful for my children, both long-time asthma sufferers. Then, …

The Reformed Gift Guide — Top Gift Ideas for 2020!

This sponsored post was prepared by Missional Wear This has been a year unlike any other, which means that getting your Christmas list checked off early is even more important that ever! My friends at Missional Wear have all of the best gift ideas here in one place, so you’re sure to find something for everyone, from your parents to your pastor to your best friends, including the most unique and one-of-a-kind thoughtful gifts! Top Gifts For The Season The …

Discipling Teenagers In Your Home and Church: Three Paradigm Shifts

This week the blog is sponsored by Rooted Ministry. Youth ministers and parents face a unique challenge: we’re dealing with human beings made in the image of God who are going through an incredibly tough and awkward transition from childhood to adulthood. Many youth ministry paradigms err by oversimplifying this complex transitional period, reducing student ministry down to an amped-up children’s ministry or a watered-down adult ministry experience. Consequently, the experts tell us, somewhere between 70%-80% of all youth ministry …

Peanut Butter Armpits and a Lost Generation

This week the blog is sponsored by Road Trip to Truth, a new youth group curriculum that features Nathan Busenitz, Mike Riccardi, Shai Linne, and others. Use promo code Tim to get 15% off! Go ahead, I dare you: Go to the YouTube machine and search for “peanut butter youth groups.” Or maybe don’t, because you will find multiple videos of (supposed) adults playing gross-out games with youth groups that involve one student putting peanut butter in his armpits while …

12 Classics from John MacArthur

This week the blog is sponsored by Thomas Nelson so they can tell you about an amazing sale on resources from John MacArthur. Known for his faithfulness to scripture, John MacArthur has become one of the leading Bible expositors of our time. He has written handfuls of books to help readers gain clarity and understanding of the Bible and grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ. We’ve compiled a list of twelve classics that would be great additions to your …