Five Reasons You Should Attend Sing! 2021

This post is sponsored by Getty Music and written by Keith Getty. Register before June 10 for Sing! 2021 to take advantage of Spring rates.  Save an additional 15% when you use the code CHALLIES at checkout. Register today or learn more at https://bit.ly/34iTGeJ. What a year it has been! The challenges of the pandemic have reminded us never to take for granted every moment of life the Lord gives us.  Now, as many churches begin to gather again, Kristyn and …

Am I My Body?

This week the blog is sponsored by Baker Books and is adapted from Gregg R. Allison’s new book Embodied: Living as Whole People in a Fractured World. “I am my body.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? I’m not asking about your assessment of the statement “I am only my body.” That can’t be true—so you’d better not agree!—because we exist as disembodied people in heaven between our death and resurrection. But my focus is on our earthly …

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What Does Religious Liberty Have to Do with Christian Mission?

This week the blog is sponsored by Brazos Press and is adapted from Andrew T. Walker’s new book Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Pluralistic Age. It is common to hear religious liberty advanced under the banner of the “free market of ideas.” While we should exercise caution in reducing evangelism to ideas associated with mere choice and consumption, there is an important truth here: if the gospel is true, the gospel does not need government preference. …

3 Weights to Lay Aside as You Run the Race of Faith

This week the blog is sponsored by The Good Book Company, which publishes biblical, relevant, and accessible resources like those recommended below. The Christian life is sometimes pictured as running a race. Hebrews 12:1, for example, exhorts us: “Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Following Jesus requires discipline, endurance, and perseverance. But so often we’re weighed down by our own …

Free Stuff Fridays (Radius International)

This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Radius International  They are giving away a conference package that includes: 2 tickets, a Radius pullover, and 4 books. The winner will receive two free tickets to the Radius Missiology Conference being held June 23-24, 2021, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN. This event will be live in person or available as a live stream. John Piper, Mark Dever, Wayne Chen, Harshit Singh, Brooks Buser, and others from the Radius world will be …

Mother’s and Father’s Day Gift Ideas

This sponsored post was prepared by Missional Wear. “Never could it be possible for any man to estimate what he owes to a godly mother.” Charles Spurgeon wrote these words while reflecting on his parents and early childhood life. In the coming weeks we too will dedicate special time to celebrate and honor these mothers (May 9th) and fathers (June 20th) who have so profoundly shaped us. My friends at Missional Wear have put together a list of unique and …

Nearly 70% of Americans Say This Common Budget Buster is a MAJOR Stressor

This week’s blog post is sponsored by Medi-Share, the affordable CHRISTIAN alternative to health insurance. According to the American Psychological Association, two-thirds of Americans across all income levels say health insurance is a significant financial stressor.  That’s simply too high. Plus, for Christians, there is a worthy alternative: Medi-Share, a Christian health care sharing platform that has been around for almost 30 years. According to a recent survey by Medi-Share, only 20% of Christians in the US even know about …

The Questions Women Asked and Their Impact Upon the Church

This week’s blog is sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books and written by Simonetta Carr—who encourages you to keep asking questions. Be sure to take a look at her new book Questions Women Asked. Unending Questions Kids ask a lot of questions. According to a 2013 British study by Littlewoods.com, girls do so more than boys, asking as many as 390 questions per day based on a thousand participants. Eighty-two percent of these questions are addressed to mothers. A quarter of …

Is Your Doctrine of the Trinity Novel?

This week the blog is sponsored by Baker Books and is adapted from Matthew Barrett’s new book Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Spirit. “If Christian theology today is sometimes in disarray… one of the major reasons is…its lack of roots.” —John Webster I have always wanted to travel to Lebanon and touch one of its ancient cedars. These cedars are so old that monks used to call them the Cedars of God. When Solomon built his temple, he …

Do We Really Believe in Equality?

This week the blog is sponsored by Baker Books and is adapted from Michael Sherrard’s new book Why You Matter: How Your Quest for Meaning Is Meaningless without God. We live in an ironic time. The belief that all people should be treated equally is spreading, and yet, so is hatred. People genuinely hate each other today: republicans and democrats, mask wearers and virus conspirators, Disney and those who think Gina Carano shouldn’t have been kicked off Mandalorian. Half the …