Did Jesus really die on the cross, or did He merely faint? Did He rise from the grave, or did His disciples steal His body? Were the witnesses to His resurrection and ascension merely hallucinating? We’ve all heard these questions and perhaps wondered about them ourselves. There’s more riding on the answers than we might assume at first glance. Christian faith actually rests on the fact that Christ died and rose from the grave three days later. As the apostle Paul proclaimed, “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain and your faith is in vain” (1…

When a single mom’s life changes through a church body, a generation changes.

Why the Crucifixion is the center of our theology—and our lives. The cross of Christ is the center of salvation. It is the crucial point, the place of convergence where everything about the gospel comes together. If you interrogate Christian faith and ask, “In one word, how does God save sinners?” the response of a healthy faith will be instantly and confidently to pick out the Cross. Of course a healthy faith will also ask, “Please, may I have more words than one?” The Cross is meaningfully central only when it is recognized as the center of something vaster. Salvation…

What does the phrase “kingdom of God” really mean? How does it bring profound and practical clarity and coherence to living all of life—identity, work, play, relationships, justice, and character—in this age of distraction? Bible Gateway interviewed Jeremy R. Treat (@JeremyTreat5) about his book, Seek First: How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything (Zondervan, 2019). Why did you write this book? Jeremy R. Treat: I’ll never forget the first time I heard that the kingdom of God was the number one thing that Jesus talked about. I was shocked. Having been in the church for a long time, I knew…

Here is Jesus’ promise: Come harvest time, the vine and the branches will both share in fullness of joy. I have never interviewed a cow. In fact, thank God, I did not grow up anywhere near a farm. But if I was to guess as to the most joyful moment for any milking cow… I would say that it might be when the farmer stands in front of her and with great delight tastes a glass of her delicious milk. I have never interviewed a vine either. But if I was to guess as to the moment of her greatest…

Exactly what is worship? I like King David’s definition in Psalm 34:3: “Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” Worship is magnifying or enlarging our vision of God. Of course his size doesn’t change, but our perception of him does. As we draw nearer, he seems larger. Isn’t that what we need? A big view of God? Don’t we have big problems, big worries, and big questions? Of course we do. So, we need a big view of God. Worship offers that. A vibrant, shining face is the mark of one who has stood…