When Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, he reminded them, “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). This statement establishes the centrality of the cross in preaching, over against the showiness and vanity that’s so often displayed in “lofty speech or wisdom” (v. 1). Most Christians assume that the cross is a matter “of first importance” (1 Cor. 15:3). And so, while we are not surprised when nonbelievers reject the cross and we’ve grown accustomed to Christians marginalizing other essentials of doctrine, many are unprepared to face the fact that within…

East German student of Karl Barth and Martin Heidegger believed “God has become speakable.” Eberhard Jüngel, the leading Protestant theologian to emerge out of Stalinist East Germany, died on Tuesday at age 86. Jüngel’s work was never popularized, and he was overshadowed in some ways by his peers and colleagues—notably Jürgen Moltmann, Hans Küng, and the future Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger. As a philosophical theologian, his scholarship could seem “out of joint,” one scholar noted, with contemporary concerns and popular trends. But the theologians who did discover Jüngel were often drawn in by his dense arguments and intense focus…

Am I a soldier of the cross,A foll’wer of the Lamb,And shall I fear to own his cause,Or blush to speak his name? Must I be carried to the skiesOn flow’ry beds of ease,While others fought to win the prize,And sailed thro’ bloody seas? Are there no foes for me to face?Must I not stem the flood?Is this vile world a friend to grace,To help me on to God? Since I must fight if I would reign:Increase my courage, Lord;I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,Supported by thy Word. Thy saints, in all this glorious war,Shall conquer, though they die;They…

Sociologist Christian Smith says most American moms and dads see the Body as nothing more than a resource center for their kids. Faithful parents everywhere aspire to “Train up a child in the way he should go,” (Prov. 22:6, ESV throughout) but are sometimes torn between “do not provoke your children to anger” (Eph. 6:4) and “whoever spares the rod hates his son” (Prov. 13:24). Threading the needle of Christian parenting is tough, any way you cut it. How religious mothers and fathers balance their children’s growing autonomy with robust discipleship is the topic of a new book, Handing Down…

Covid is a microcosm revealing our worst impulses and how we are governed by them. In the summer of 1994, the coolest kid in school wrote seven words in my yearbook that in many ways capture the essence of the Asian American experience, then and today. In dark blue ink and perfect cursive he wrote: “You are the coolest slanty I know.” His words actually made me laugh out loud at first but saddened me an instant later because of their inherent tragedy. The real somatic element of the Asian American experience is not the ongoing incendiary slights, or even…

The season of Lent that just concluded invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s not necessary for you to…

When I survey the wondrous crossOn which the Prince of glory died,My richest gain I count but loss,And pour contempt on all my pride. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boastSave in the death of Christ, my God!All the vain things that charm me most,I sacrifice them through his blood. See, from his head, his hands, his feet,Sorrow and love flow mingled down.Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,Or thorns compose so rich a crown? Were the whole realm of nature mine,That were a present far too small.Love so amazing, so divine,Demands my soul, my life, my all. Listen to…

The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s not necessary for you to become a member…

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,the emblem of suffering and shame;and I love that old cross where the dearest and bestfor a world of lost sinners was slain. Refrain:So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,till my trophies at last I lay down;I will cling to the old rugged cross,and exchange it some day for a crown. O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,has a wondrous attraction for me;for the dear Lamb of God left his glory aboveto bear it to dark Calvary. Refrain In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,a…

The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s not necessary for you to become a member…

Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,The shadow of a mighty rock within a weary land;A home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way,From the burning of the noontide heat, and the burden of the day. O safe and happy shelter, O refuge tried and sweet,O trysting place where Heaven’s love and Heaven’s justice meet!As to the holy patriarch that wondrous dream was given,So seems my Savior’s cross to me, a ladder up to heaven. There lies beneath its shadow but on the further sideThe darkness of an awful grave that gapes both deep and…

The cross of Christ stands at the center of the Christian faith. In fact, the preaching and ministry of the early Christians were dominated by the theme of Christ crucified. The book The Cross in Four Words surveys the whole of Scripture to help us gain a better understanding of God’s vast accomplishments through the cross—and what these accomplishments mean for each of us personally. By tracing the line of God’s redemptive plan through all of Scripture, beginning in the early chapters of the Old Testament, The Cross in Four Words unpacks the specific blessings we’re given individually when we…

The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s not necessary for you to become a member…

The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s not necessary for you to become a member…

The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s not necessary for you to become a member…

Join us on this Lenten Journey through Scripture! The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s…

Ash Wednesday is February 17th this year, and with the Easter season fast approaching, Bible Gateway would like to introduce you to Walking with Christ to the Cross. This robust free email devotional is intended to make learning Scripture a more immersive and faith-transforming journey. Beginning February 17th and lasting until Good Friday (April 2nd), we’ll be posting, each Friday, that week’s portion of this Bible study series. It’s designed to help you prepare your heart for Easter by deepening your understanding of God’s plan for salvation, culminating in Jesus’ death and resurrection. If you want to receive these free…

God, who would spare a guilty man from excessive whipping so he would not be humiliated in front of his brother, did not spare Jesus from degradation.

Six have claimed US title in last 30 years. Rick Milby has visions of a cross 230 feet tall. It will rise up higher than the nearby Abundant Life Fellowship Church, where Milby was the pastor for more than 30 years. If the church had a steeple, it would rise higher than that too. It will rise above the nearby houses, trees, and factories on the flat Texas landscape, visible from the cars speeding by on Interstate 37. It will rise so high up off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico that airplanes will have to fly around it….

The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s not necessary for you to become a member…

The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for a free 30-day trial to Bible Gateway Plus in order to access all the material. However, it’s not necessary for you to become a member…