Refusing to eat the special diet assigned to them seems a strange place for Daniel and his fellow young Jewish exiles to draw a line. But in the Old Testament, one of the distinguishing features of God’s people was the rules they followed about what they would and would not eat and drink. Dietary choice for God’s people was not just an external manifestation of nothing much; rather, it was an external outworking of their deeply held convictions about what it meant to belong to God. Given where these young men were and what they were doing and what they…

King Nebuchadnezzar sets up a statue of himself and says, in essence, “I have had this amazing image put up, and I want universal submission and worship, from everyone, or else.” Unsurprisingly, everyone says, “Ok—we will bow.” Perhaps for most of them the sight of this magnificent image was sufficient to cause them to bow. Perhaps for some of them, the sight of everyone else bowing made it clear that it was the right thing to do. And for the rest of them, the thought of the furnace was more than enough to get their knees to bend: “As soon…

Dear Friend, It is long past time for those of us who by grace through faith have trusted in Christ to acknowledge that we are “sojourners and exiles” (1 Pet. 2:11) living in a secular culture. At the same time, we face the fact that we are involved in a continual and irreconcilable spiritual war against the Evil One. Ironically, just as we become increasingly aware of these challenges, it is no longer fashionable to sing hymns about “Christian soldiers marching as to war.” What has happened? Are we to excuse cowardice by calling it humility? G. K. Chesterton pointed…

The wind has changed. We live in a culture where people are increasingly embracing secular views. In fact, in recent years, secular beliefs have pushed to the forefront, and Christian views are becoming less acceptable and less expressible. So how do we live as Christians in this new normal—in a society that doesn’t like or understand what we believe, what we say, or how we live? And where is God in all of this? Alistair Begg addresses these questions in his timely and thought-provoking new book, Brave by Faith: God-Sized Confidence in a Post-Christian World. Walking us through the book…

To act bravely is to meet or face something with courage; to act with courage is to make the choice to proceed with confidence, despite fear, adversity, intimidation, or feeling uncomfortable or judged. Being brave doesn’t mean the threat is gone, it means we don’t let it stop us. Having courage doesn’t mean the next step will be easy, it means we move forward anyway. Following Jesus means we can draw from His unending strength and courage, and not try to rely on the amount of courage we can muster up ourselves. When God told Joshua to be strong and…

On March 16, 1968, American soldiers from Charlie Company were angry about Viet Cong booby traps, frustrated by recent casualties, and still shaken by the Tet Offensive. They took these resentments out on the residents of two hamlets, slaughtering around 500 unarmed women, children, and elderly people in what is known today as the My Lai massacre…