Many of us have our favorite “heroes” in the Scriptures—great figures of the faith like Moses, Joshua, or Ruth, or perhaps more obscure ones like Mary, Martha, or Silas. But when we think of biblical heroes, Ananias—a seemingly random man who played a key role in Saul’s conversion and discipleship—may not immediately spring to mind. He’s not one of the “big ones,” and he only appears in a few short verses in Acts 9 and once again in Acts 22:12. Ananias’s ear was tuned to the voice of God—a mark of all who are walking in the way of the…

Christian athletes testify to the gospel in competition and beyond. “I believe God made me for a purpose. But he also made me fast,” Eric Liddell wrote in a letter to his sister Jenny before competing as a sprinter for Great Britain in the 1924 Summer Olympics. The 1981 film Chariots of Fire (for my money, the best sports movie ever made) follows the lives of the devoutly Christian Liddell and his Jewish teammate Harold Abrahams at the Paris Games, and actor Ian Charleson, playing Liddell, intones these lines over the film’s sublime final race scene. Liddell wins the gold…

A conversation on the redemptive power of the Christian imagination. As Christians, we're called to help bring hope, healing, and beauty to a broken world. But our vision for what's possible is often overwhelmed by the suffering, division, and injustices in our society. Join recording artist Sho Baraka, poet and artist Morgan Harper Nichols, and other Christian creatives as they lead us in a thoughtful reconsideration of the redemptive power of the Christian imagination. Our Panelists Sho Baraka Sho is a globally recognized recording artist, performer, culture curator, activist, and writer. His work seeks to elevate the contemporary conversation on…

A Christian restauranteur relies on God while navigating his first major layoffs, angry customers, closures, and the continued challenges brought on by COVID-19. When COVID-19 started to spread last year, none of us knew how dramatically or how long this virus would affect our lives. As a restaurant owner, I was forced to make critical decisions during the early weeks of lockdown, when people were confused, scared, and trying to make sense of conflicting information about the threat of the virus. I watched sales drop at each of our locations anywhere from 60 percent to 90 percent as we shifted…

By John F. MacArthur All the apostles had important roles to play in the founding and spread of the early church. John was the only one who lived to old age. The rest became martyrs, starting with James, whom Herod “killed . . . with the sword” (Acts 12:2). Some of them took the gospel to the far reaches of the known world. In Acts 17:6, the angry mob who seized Paul and Silas in Thessalonica referred to them as “these who have turned the world upside down.” [Gain immediate access to the MacArthur Study Bible extensive reference notes when…

The German reformer’s pastoral reflection on the plague can guide both medical students like me and Christians in China—and everywhere the Wuhan virus has spread. From its epicenter in Wuhan, China, the current coronavirus outbreak is stoking fear and disrupting travel and business across the globe. More than 150 people have died from the virus in China alone, and more than 8,000 are infected across 20 countries—exceeding the SARS epidemic in 2003. Citizens in Wuhan, a major central city comparable to Chicago, are under lockdown by the government and public activities have come to a standstill, including annual celebrations for…

King David had faithful servants. In fact, the Bibles records some stories of “David’s mighty men” in 2 Samuel 23 and then repeats those stories 1 Chronicles 11. The Bible tells us these men: Gave [David] strong support in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel. (1 Chronicles 11:10) In other words, these men were David’s servants, and they were faithful to him. And their story can teach us about the root of faithful service and the reward it brings. An Act of Love Among these stories of…

We settle for less because there is a challenge that comes with seeking more. Ed: When you write about being marked by God for more, what kind of more are we talking about here? Pastor Choco: The more that I'm talking about is not materialism. The more I'm talking about is what the Bible says in Corinthians that eyes have not seen, ear have not heard, and mind cannot conceive what God has in store for you. As a young man of 14 years old who had just come to Christ, it was prophesied over me that God was going…

I remember a great Ron Hamilton (Patch the Pirate) song from when my children were younger. “Faithful Men” [1] is a simple, two verse song that speaks of the faithful men that have gone before us…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 Thought Trust. Can we trust in God? Is the Lord really faithful? While we may wish to have been alive when Jesus walked the earth or Jeremiah spoke fearlessly God’s hard truth, we are especially blessed to be alive today. We stand at the end…