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A Waiting World, the Anticipation of Christmas, and What We Learn About the Love of God
Our hearts are restless until they rest in You. The first snowfall of the year is an exciting time for those of us living in northern regions of the United States and throughout Canada. Sure, it’s cold. But it really is pretty. White clouds cover the horizon from highway to hilltop and...
What Christmas Tells Us About the Person and Character of God
So the world will know that hope has come Today, we celebrate the coming of our Savior and King. Prophets foretold his birth for centuries and, finally, after years of waiting, Christ the Messiah came into the world. The wait for redemption is finally over. Christmas is a time to celebrate the...
Our December Issue: Being Shrewd Samaritans
We’re learning more than ever about good giving. One of my favorite musicians was about an hour into his set at a recent concert. His typically pithy stage patter began to lengthen, and it was evident we’d come to the part of the show required of any credible Christian act today: the...
The Loving Father Who Judges?
Peter sees no conflict with God’s compassion and his justice. How do you counsel a persecuted and alienated church? If you’re Peter, you begin with the gracious fatherhood of God. Speaking to marginalized first-century Christians suffering mistreatment and social estrangement, he...
The Holy Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future
Our Christmas stories may be missing their most important character. Our Christmas cards, carols, and crèches delight in the characters of the Christmas story. In pageants, there are a lot of parts to go around: Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus; the angels, shepherds, and Magi; perhaps...
The Reformation, Viewed from the East
An Eastern Orthodox theologian assesses Luther’s famous doctrine of ‘sola fide.’ Make no mistake: The absence of the Orthodox Church in the Reformation debates of the 16th century is one of the great tragedies of Christian history. What might have happened if Orthodox churches had been...
What Student Ministry Really Needs? Homework.
Teens should take Bible study as seriously as school and sports practice. I’m frequently asked what discipleship resources I recommend for teens. My answer is simple: Give them the Bible itself. Ask students to be students of the Scriptures. When addressing biblical illiteracy among...
Interview: Matt Chandler Never Wanted a Big Church. Here’s How He Ended Up With Six.
Over the next five years, each Dallas-area location gets a Village of its own. Matt Chandler never wanted a big church. He envisioned himself leading a modest suburban congregation. But as the cliché proved true, God had other plans. Since Chandler became senior pastor of The Village...
The Clergy Behind Science as We Know It
Enlightenment-era pastors didn’t oppose modern science. They helped advance it. The scientific revolution hit Western Christendom hard. Nicolaus Copernicus hypothesized that Earth was not at the center of the universe and, with the emergence of his 1543 publication De Revolutionibus Orbium...
Rural Stories: Books to Challenge, Inspire, and Encourage the Small Town Pastor
Donnie Griggs, J.D. Vance, and Winn Collier If church history has shown us anything, it’s that stories matter. From the time of the earliest followers of the Way, stories shaped the Christian community in profound ways. The most powerful story was the gospel—God in the flesh dwelt...
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