Meet a new generation of authors picking up where Lewis and Tolkien left off. When COVID-19 seized the world, and our kids, wide-eyed, first voiced their fears, our family devotions helped assure them that nothing, not even a pandemic, could wrench them away from God’s love. And the quieter moments spent cuddled on the couch, steeped in the magic of Narnia and Middle Earth, reminded them of that truth. In challenging times, stories that point children to the gospel are as vital as air. J. R. R. Tolkien argued that imaginative stories so thrill us because they echo the greatest…

Who among us could have imagined that the World Trade Center towers, those symbols of prosperity and freedom, could so quickly be reduced to rubble and dust against the blue-sky beauty of a Manhattan morning? Who would have thought that planes meant to carry families to Grandma’s house or businesspeople to their next venture could be turned into weapons of mass destruction? Twenty years ago, the planes hit. Twenty years ago, the towers fell. Twenty years ago, America and the world were changed forever. Now, twenty years later, those images and experiences we vowed to “never forget” feel more like…

The Christian life is a long obedience in the same direction—more like a marathon than a sprint.1 It’s not a series of hundred-yard bursts after which you can catch your breath on the grass and rest up until the next one. Your years as a student can be an exciting time of exploration and discovery. The world can open to you in unexpected ways through good books and gifted teachers. And these years also prove an excellent training ground for the marathon ahead. They are a golden opportunity to form habits of mind and heart that will, by God’s grace,…

For churches that take the Bible seriously, doctrine can be dangerous. Where theology is appreciated and taught, the hazard is not vagueness, compromise, or fellowship based on the lowest common denominator; it’s just the opposite. When people begin to take doctrine seriously (which we all ought to), they may also become rigid and demand too much of others—and sometimes even of themselves. In other words, we risk making essential what is actually nonessential. Doctrine Matters We must state plainly up front that even though doctrinal rigidness is a danger, doctrinal indifference is a mistake. Paul says clearly to Titus that…

No one can rightly deny that mothers play an important role in children’s lives. In these five sermons, Alistair Begg turns to Scripture to consider what it says about God’s design for families and the high calling of motherhood. Motherhood — A Sacred Task (Titus 2:3-5) — Listen | Download MP3 | Purchase CD ($1.25) When Paul exhorted Titus to teach sound doctrine, he also instructed older women to teach younger women so that God’s Word would not be maligned. In this Mother’s Day message, Alistair Begg encourages us to resist the lure of secular culture’s values and instead to honor…

Valentine’s Day arrives this week! This may be the time of year that we talk most loudly about love, but Bible Gateway’s usage statistics show us that we long to understand and experience love throughout the year: the word “love” routinely tops our annual list of most popular search terms on Bible Gateway. Love is something people associate closely with God and the Bible. So what does the Bible say about love? The Bible speaks strongly and often about what true love is. Sometimes the Bible speaks of romantic love—the kind of love we celebrate on Valentine’s Day. But more…

I’ve always appreciated someone who could turn a phrase. My now-in-heaven friend T. S. Mooney was known for always being able to summarize his thoughts in a matter of a few words. He taught a boys’ Bible class in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, for fifty years. When I asked him on one occasion, “What are you seeking to do with these boys?” he said, “It is my purpose that every boy would have a Bible in his hand, a Savior in his heart, and a purpose in his life.” No mistaking it. Absolute clarity. Such apt phrases have registered with me…

These eye-opening films, chronicling injustice in the Black community, carry messages that are arguably more relevant than ever.

This past year will forever stand out as a year like no other. Our lives have been turned upside down as our livelihood, schedules, and ways of connecting with others have been completely redefined. Yet, our external circumstances aren’t the only part of our lives that have been affected. For many of us, our relationships with those inside of our homes, primarily with our spouses, have been tested, challenged, and pressed unlike ever before. Maybe, if you’re anything like my husband and me, quarantine and the threat of illness have not been your only difficulties this year but have further…

For Iran, the oil tankers going to Venezuela may be a way to bring money into its cash-starved country and put pressure on the Trump administration.

Throughout the summer of 1665 there were literally bodies piled up on the city streets of London. Every evening the town crier shouted “Bring out your dead” and men came around with carts to haul the latest victims of the Bubonic Plague off to one of two mass graves outside the city. When someone fell ill they were sealed up in their homes with their families, and a red cross was painted on their front door with the words “Lord, have mercy on us” underneath. Tens of thousands in London were dead by July of that summer, and over a…

What does it mean to teach our children about lament, fasting, and mortality? These books, apps, and flashcards can help. It’s one thing to observe Lent solo. It’s another thing to try to practice Lent with a family, especially if your family includes fussy babies, grumpy middle schoolers, or fantastically busy teenagers. For some parents, every day feels like Lent. You’re often laying down your life or giving up things that you love. When Ash Wednesday comes around, what can you give up when you already feel utterly spent? My wife and I have felt all these things in some…

As we approach the end of the year, I wanted to look back on some great articles published on Unlocking the Bible this year. I am so thankful for every writer who has contributed this year, and I’m thankful for all our readers who support us! 7 Realities Revealed in the Book of Revelation (Brad Wetherell) The purpose of this post is not to engage (let alone settle) the common debates regarding Revelation. My goal is more simple and more general: I want to show you some of the broad themes of Revelation that every Christian can agree upon, and…

The chain of events and national discourse since Michael Brown’s death on Aug. 9, 2014 has kept Ferguson, Missouri, searching for answers.

Six millennials pooled their finances to buy a home in Toronto’s pricey market – an alternative approach to city living and its intrinsic loneliness.

Here are five of my favorite quotes from recent Christian articles, including a quote on ministry, an article on Paul, and more! One Man Against A City (John MacArthur, Grace to You) Athens stirred Paul’s emotions. The phrase “his spirit was being provoked within him” employs a Greek word, paroxunō (“provoked”), which speaks of intense agitation. Our word paroxysm comes from this root. Paul was saddened, grieved, indignant, and outraged at the widespread idolatry he saw. He knew these people were giving stone idols glory, which rightfully belongs to God alone. Paul could not maintain his silence in the face of such an…

Here are five of my favorite quotes from recent Christian articles, including how prayer reveals our priorities, theology for teens, and more! Our Prayers Reveal our Priorities (Alistair Begg, The Good Book Co.) To pray is an admission and an expression of dependence. A self-assured person is not going to pray prayers of petition; there’s no need to pray if you think you have got it all covered. A self-righteous person is not going to pray prayers of confession; there’s no need to pray if you think you’re good enough to earn God’s blessing. But the person who knows their…

Here are some great passages from Christian articles around the web related to Mother’s Day. I hope you enjoy these quotes, and I encourage you to read the full articles! This Mother’s Day, Don’t Worry (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) Your heavenly Father does not promise that the way will be easy, but he does promise that he will be with you all the way. He confronts you with your own inability. He warns you about where you set your heart. He invites you to trust your Heavenly Father. Are you ready to do that today? 5 Ways Motherhood Has Shaped…

We need to patiently endure as leaders. Don’t give up. Third, most revitalization does not actually work at first. Another thing about church revitalization most leaders miss is that most revitalization does not actually work at first. Church revitalization is often a process of two steps forward, one step back. Sometimes, it’s two steps forward, two steps back. And sometimes, it doesn’t work at all. This is not always due to the resistance of people, although this can play a major role. You need to become accustomed to slow, steady success with frequent failure. Revitalization doesn’t usually occur with a…

If you went into ministry for everyone to like you, this was a poor decision. Many churches are stuck and stagnant. That doesn’t mean God isn’t working in and through them, but it can be frustrating for a church to be stuck in the same place for a long time. Sometimes it can feel like no matter what the leadership or the church community does, they can’t get moving and growing again. I want to share five key things about church revitalization that most leaders miss, and how to address them. Below are the first two and tomorrow I’ll share…