Jesus Obeyed His Parents

Among all the miracles and surprises surrounding God himself becoming man, Luke 2:51 may sound the most unexpected note of all: Jesus “went down [from Jerusalem] with [Joseph and Mary] and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them.”

God submitte…

The Glorious Inefficiency of Prayer

Has there ever been greater pressure not to pray?

Not just in private but even in church life, the pressure not to pray is approaching fever pitch. We’re all watching the clock. Our overbusy, overcommitted lives pressure us to get down to business…

He Will Hold Me Fast

Have you ever feared that your faith might fail? Have you worried you might not be able to “hold out” or “hold on” in the long, arduous journey of the Christian life?

Robert Harkness (1880–1961) was a gifted Australian pianist who traveled the wor…

When Did You First Enjoy God?

Back-to-school each fall brings a veritable spring of new relationships. New teachers and students. New classmates and their parents. New patterns and routines. New faces at church, and often new neighbors on the block. If we want to get to know someon…

When Did You First Enjoy God?

Back-to-school each fall brings a veritable spring of new relationships. New teachers and students. New classmates and their parents. New patterns and routines. New faces at church, and often new neighbors on the block. If we want to get to know someon…

Does Your Pastor Love God or Money?

How Christians handle money speaks volumes about our Christ. It’s one of our greatest opportunities today to show ourselves distinct from the world, or just like it.

Jesus talked about money more than any other temptation. More than sex. More than…

We Believe in the Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit. That reality is more than meets the eye. That God is alive and at work in our world, and in our lives. That an unseen Person prompts, protects, and provides for those who are Christ’s. That an almighty, invisible Spirit p…

What Does a Good Sermon Cost? The Glad Sacrifice of Christian Preaching

The Mondays. Sometimes they even creep into Sunday nights.

Various physical, emotional, and even spiritual letdowns often follow pouring yourself out in the pulpit. Lows that inevitably come after the highs of corporate worship. Regrets about wha…

Gather a Day’s Portion: Faithful Realism in Everyday Devotions

In nearly twenty years of regular Bible reading, one of the most frequent mistakes I’ve made is trying to do too much.

Over the years, I have sat down many times to brainstorm and outline my ideal “time in the word.” I would drum up fresh resolve …

Inconvenient Headship: Four Questions for Christian Husbands

He died one year ago this month, at the age of 93. For almost a century, he gave himself in service to the needs of others. He was one of the most manifestly unselfish people I have ever known.

My grandfather gave himself for his country, serving…