There is a view of the world that looks at currents events and says, “It all comes down to you, Christian. You’re the last line of defense. So, you’d better not mess up.” There’s a kind of preaching that rolls the weight of the world onto the shoulders of Christian believers. It places people under an intolerable burden—a burden you cannot possibly bear. But Scripture does not leave us with an intolerable burden. Instead, it gives us wonderful confidence in Almighty God and wisdom for discerning how to stand firm in the darkest days of our lives. What can you do when you see…

It was on a quiet, quarantine morning when I saw them. Maybe it was the consecutive days of social distance that prepared me for this encounter. Perhaps it was the loneliness of isolation that humbled me for this moment. Surely it was the Lord’s nearness, through His Word and by His Spirit, that opened my eyes to see six words leaping right off the page of my Bible. There they were in the text of Mark 10:16, familiar and at-once brand-new. “He took them in his arms.” What was it about this simple sentence that captured my attention and tugged…

Week two of shelter in place. A strange existence. All five of us in this bungalow every day except for walks with the dog. Things are both simpler and more complicated. A focusing inward while also looking outward. How are we doing? How are our hearts? How is the world hurting and how do we respond? What do we do? How do we pray?

Martha Ackmann investigates the interior life of Emily Dickinson, and finds it full of passion, zeal, and artistic dedication.

By International Fellowship of Christians and Jews At sundown Sunday, Sept. 29 through October 9, Jews around the world will observe the High Holy Days, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and ending ten days later with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is the most most holy time of the year on the Jewish calendar. During this ten-day period, known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or Days of Repentance, Jews engage in intense introspection, examining their lives and seeking forgiveness from God and each other for the coming year. [Sign up to receive the…

Denominations commonly observe and celebrate religious holidays in the name of Christianity and worship of Jesus Christ. What does the Bible teach about such holy days as Christmas, Easter, and Lent? Is their origin truly Christian? Should we participate in the observance and celebration of such days as part of the religion that Jesus revealed in the gospel?

“The LORD is my shepherd I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake….” Psalm 23:1-3 Because David refers to the shadow of death in Psalm 23, we often read this psalm at funerals. However, Psalm 23 is really about everyday life. When we ask the Lord to shepherd us, we have nothing to fear. We don’t lack anything we need. He helps us rest. He restores our souls. He guides us along the…

As of this writing, you only have a few days left to get 20% off Logos 7. Except, if you already own Logos, you won’t save 20%. You’ll save more. If you own Logos 4, 5, or 6 you already own some of the resources in Logos 7 base packages. And since we would never charge you twice for books you already own, you’ll get a custom discount based on what’s already in your Logos library. See your custom price on Logos 7. Why you’ll probably save more than 20% Base package libraries stack. Let’s say you bought a Logos…

Don’t miss your chance to take $20 off your order of $100 or more! And stack your savings by adding your $20 off to already discounted Logos items. The Fortress Press Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series (19 vols.) is already 35% off, at $159.99. Use your coupon code and bring the price down to only $139.99, from an original price of $246.99! The Fortress Press Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series will equip pastors to effectively minister in the most difficult circumstances Christians can face, including tragedies, deaths, violence, abusive relationships, questions about sexuality, and more. This extensive series…

So often, we remember to pray for other people, but we forget to pray for ourselves and for those closest to us. We simply forget the power of prayer and that God longs for us to be in prayer with him! He especially desires for each of us to be in prayer about our family, the people closest to us on this side of heaven.