Four Ways that Diversity—More than Uniformity—Magnifies God

A beautiful reflection from John Piper, reminding us that God’s design for diversity results in more beautiful praise, more magnification of his beauty, more awe at his power, and more humility for his people.

Reading the Rule of St. Benedict for Today

Benedict is making a comeback. So how should we think about his counsel that has been read for over 15 centuries?

Nabeel Qureshi (1983-2017)

For the first two-thirds of his life, Islam was everything to him. Until Jesus found and rescued him and made him an ambassador of the greatest news in the world.

Michael Horton’s Four Coordinates on the Compass of Pilgrim Theology

Michael Horton explains how the four coordinates of the compass for pilgrim theology—drama, doctrine, doxology, and discipleship—integrate our faith and practice.

The Marks of a Crusty Christian

“Let’s try hard to be discerning and grounded without always looking for the next theological misstep in our friends, our family, or the songs we sing.”

The Largest Survey Ever Conducted of American Religious and Denominational Identity: 14 Major Findings from a Landmark Study

A new landmark study gives us the best picture yet of the shifting religious landscape in the United States. Here are the key findings you should know.

A Corporate Confession of Faith Based on the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount

A meaningful way to get specific about how we have fallen short of the glory of God this week, followed by gospel pardon and assurance.

Reading the Gospels: Do You Know the 7 Differences between Galilee and Judea in the Time of Jesus?

Mark and Matthew structured their narratives around a geographical framework dividing the north and the south. And a Jewish Galilean in first-century Jerusalem was as much a foreigner as an Irishman in London or a Texan in New York.

The Amazing Lumo Project: Filming All Four Gospels as Feature Films, Using Only the Unabridged Bible as the Script

A look inside an ambitious and beautiful film project that brings us—for the first time—the unabridged Gospels as feature films.

The 8 Beliefs You Should Know about Mormons When They Knock at the Door

The following is a brief overview of the beliefs of Mormonism (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) believe, along with what the Bible really teaches, printed among the many articles and resources in the back of the ESV Study Bible (posted by permission).

 

1. Apostasy and Restoration

Mormons claim that “total” apostasy overcame the church following apostolic times, and that the Mormon Church (founded in 1830) is the “restored church.”

If the Mormon Church were truly a “restored church,” however, one would expect to find first-century historical evidence for Mormon doctrines like the plurality of gods and God the Father having once been a man. Such evidence is completely lacking.

Besides, the Bible disallows a total apostasy of the church (e.g., Matt. 16:18; 28:20Eph. 3:21; 4:11-16), warning instead of partial apostasy (1 Tim. 4:1).

2. God

Mormons claim that God the Father was once a man and that he then progressed to godhood (that is, he is a now-exalted, immortal man with a flesh-and-bone body).

However, based on the Bible, God is not and has never been a man (Num. 23:19Hos. 11:9). He is a spirit (John 4:24), and a spirit does not have flesh and bones (Luke 24:39).

Furthermore, God is eternal (Ps. 90:2; 102:27Isa. 57:151 Tim. 1:17) and immutable (or unchangeable in his being …