Less than 1% Christian!?

This week the blog is sponsored by Mile One Mission, which is committed to planting Gospel-centered, Christ-exalting churches in North America’s least-churched area. The Need: In many circles, Canada and the United States are considered “Christian Countries.” Regardless of what you think of that phrase or its truth, we can assure you that there are parts of the western world that lack the gospel. And that is certainly the situation that we find ourselves in here in St. John’s, Newfoundland …

Why You Should Read the Works of William Perkins

This week the blog post is sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books and written by Dr. Joel R. Beeke. The writings of England’s William Perkins (1558–1602)—who served God’s Church as one of the last of the sixteenth-century Reformers, as well as one of the fathers of the seventeenth-century Puritanism—has been finally reprinted in modern typeface by Reformation Heritage Books in 10 volumes. Contemporary scholars have called Perkins “the principal architect of Elizabethan Puritanism,” “the Puritan theologian of Tudor times,” “the most …

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The Gap Year Program That Leaves No Gap

This week the blog is sponsored by Boyce College, but I want to begin it with a personal note. When my children began to consider their options for college, Aileen and I wanted them to know we would support them in whatever program and whatever college they chose. But we also insisted that before they began their studies, they get a grounding in the Christian worldview. It was for that reason that we took them to Boyce College’s Preview Day where …

Can You Change the Face of Missions in Africa?

This sponsored post was written by Phil Hunt and Ben Straub on behalf of Central Africa Baptist University in Kitwe, Zambia, a university I have visited and believe in. When you hear the phrase “missions in Africa,” what image comes to mind? For previous generations of Americans and Europeans, this phrase stirred up visions of a lone pioneer in a pith helmet and safari shirt, hacking his way through the uncharted bush to reach tribes who had never heard the …

Watch ‘Is Genesis History?’ for Free!

This week the blog is sponsored by Is Genesis History? In light of the ongoing quarantine in many parts of the world, they are streaming the full film online for a limited time. It is available to watch at the bottom of this article. Let’s be honest: the first chapters of Genesis are pretty controversial. There are a lot of things in them that make people uncomfortable. As a result, some people in seminaries and academia are seeking to replace …

Study Galatians with Me (and Dr. Tom Schreiner!)

I am inviting you to study the book of Galatians with me and, more impressively, with New Testament scholar Tom Schreiner. While I will be facilitating the course, Dr. Schreiner will be teaching it and engaging with those of us who study it. In case you are not familiar with the name, Dr. Schreiner is a well-known New Testament scholar who teaches at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (where, as it happens, my son has just completed his New Testament …

Are You Welcoming Image Bearers With Special Needs?

Today’s post is sponsored by The Elisha Foundation, a ministry focused on the pursuit of Christ-centered transformation in the lives of those experiencing disability. They invite you and your church to take free, video-based training on serving people and families impacted by disability.  On a recent Sunday morning, I forgot my glasses in the car and realized it just as church was starting. Hurriedly, I stepped out of the church entrance only to be startled by the sound of a …

Parenting with Patience: How to Overcome Anger in Your Home

This week the blog is sponsored by The Disciple-Making Parent and the post is written by Chap Bettis. Chap has just released a video-driven Bible study entitled Parenting with Patience and is offering the videos for free to readers of this blog. See details at the bottom of this article. Not again! You lost it, you’re furious, and you feel like a total failure. You yelled, slammed the door, or hit the table. Then the shame and guilt set in. …

What Children Need Most in a Pandemic, and Always

This week the blog is sponsored by Truth78 and the post is written by David Michael. Great News: Jelly Belly® reserves are strong and should be available to supply global demand through the pandemic and beyond! Not that there would be a run on them, but for at least two decades of ministry, I’ve used these colorful little gems to cast vision for the next generation, showing how all things–even eating jelly beans–can be done for the glory of God …

Is the Bible Enough? Why You Need to Know the Creeds, Too.

Today’s post is excerpted from Justin S. Holcomb’s Know the Creeds and Councils and is sponsored by MasterLectures. Today’s Christianity is directly affected by what earlier Christians chose to do and to believe. Obviously, Christianity did not begin when we were born. Nor did our generation invent Christian thought. We live two thousand years removed from the time of our founder, and—for better or for worse—we are the recipients of a long line of Christians’ insights, mistakes, and ways of …