Fifteen minutes of Bible reading may not turn every day around, but it’ll yield fruit at the right time. When the first ATM was installed in my hometown in the 1980s, it felt like magic: Insert your card, take out cash. Since then, we’ve learned to love not having to wait in just about every area of our lives. Products arrive at our doors within a day. Meals in a matter of minutes. Movies, books, and music appear on our devices instantly. It’s wonderful. And it’s also worth weighing carefully. Rapid delivery teaches us that waiting is an enemy to…

Prophetic words about a Christian’s calling should be subject to biblical discernment. It has always been popular in Christian circles to claim God’s leading when it comes to one’s personal and professional decisions. But in the past few years, a few high-profile figures made the news for claiming to hear from the Lord in their predictions about the last presidential election and their choices to switch or leave their denominations. Is there any pastor in America who has not, at one time or another, been told that the reason a church member is doing something is because “God is leading”…

As the shadow of the cross loomed, Jesus shared some of His final hours with His closest friends. They sat with Him, unaware of what would happen the next day, and He served them, taught them, and prayed for them. What would it have been like in that quiet upper room, without even a house servant to wash their feet? Did they realize this was not a typical Passover meal? In his book Lessons from the Upper Room: The Heart of the Savior, Sinclair Ferguson explores Jesus’ Farewell Discourse (John 13-17), painting vivid pictures of the intimate moments between Jesus…

She sang through betrayal, divorce, and death. LaShun Pace sang of God’s power. With a voice that could hold an angelic note or drop down to a sinner’s growl, she declared the Lord’s victory on a revival circuit in the 1970s, on the Billboard charts in the 1990s, and on TikTok in the 2020s. She sang of a God revealed in times of trouble—belting it out, even as she went through her own unbearable suffering. Pace, a founding member of the Anointed Pace Sisters and a solo gospel singer with eight studio albums, died on March 21 at age 60….

Middle Eastern and European evangelicals assess the vastly different continental response and the Bible’s teachings toward the stranger. As Ukraine continues to be battered by Russia, Syrian refugees know what to pray for better than most. “This is what happened to us,” said refugee students at the Together for the Family center in Zahle, Lebanon. “We don’t want it to happen to others.” Born in Homs, Syria, to a Baptist pastor, Izdihar Kassis married a Lebanese man and then founded the center in 2006. She shifted her ministry to care for “her people” when the Syrian civil war started in…

The phrase “persecuted church” tends to carry our minds to other parts of the world, where Christians suffer severely for their faith in Christ. But the New Testament makes it startlingly clear that persecution isn’t limited to a select group of believers. Paul summed up the plain truth in 2 Timothy 3:12 when he wrote, “All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (emphasis added). It is costly when we take a stand for Jesus Christ through our pursuit of holiness instead of being pulled into the world’s vortex of disregard for eternal matters….

Media gives MENA Christians the opportunity to “share their sorrows, joys, faith, and hope” amid persecution and unrest. Walking along the dusty streets of Cairo, Terence Ascott had an epiphany. Having served in literature ministry in the Middle East and around the world, the British missionary grew somber as he passed by the local bawab (gatekeeper), his wife, and three children. “How can such an illiterate family ever be exposed to the Christian faith?” Ascott mused. Hired to guard a construction site, the Egyptians sat huddled under a makeshift tent with only the most rudimentary of kitchen items—and a television…

It’s time to fight our technology addictions. Scrolling through Twitter on my train commute home, I came upon a photo of an odd-looking phone—matte black and paperwhite. A former coworker of mine had been using the low-tech phone for about year. I was fascinated because I had been thinking about ditching my smartphone altogether. The post unintentionally revealed a felt need. After a few days of watching product review videos, I placed my order. I bought my first cellphone in my mid-30s when we moved to the New York City area 11 years ago, where I still work as a…

Temptation is a familiar part of life for us all. If we’re honest, we can admit that it doesn’t take much to lead us astray when we let our guard down. Most of us give in far more easily than we’d like to admit. By nature, we’re more inclined to run in our own direction than to follow God’s lead. So what can we do to avoid temptation’s pitfalls and stay on the narrow path? Just after warning his readers about the danger of drifting (Heb. 2:1–4), the writer of Hebrews answers this question by directing our gaze heavenward, encouraging…

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was no stranger to suffering. Known in his day as the “Prince of Preachers,” Spurgeon faced trials of various kinds throughout his life, some physical, some circumstantial, some internal and personal. Such a man—one so saturated with Scripture and seasoned through suffering—has much wisdom to offer us. This is wisdom for everyone, because the question of suffering is not a question of if we will face it, but when. Suffering is one of life’s certainties, as is the good which God produces through it. We would therefore do well to listen to the Spurgeon as he offers…

Along life’s journey, it’s not uncommon to experience seasons during which everything seems to be winter in one’s soul—seasons defined by feelings of loneliness and desperation. Although life goes on, a deadening sense grips us. We often can’t explain it. The sun may be shining, the sky blue, and there may be nothing to worry us—but nonetheless, all seems bleak, and we are deeply unsettled and spiritually weighed down. In Psalm 13, we encounter David in the midst of such a season: How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?How long…

There are more unaffiliated African Americans, but they’re also more likely to return. African Americans are among the most devout groups in religion research, often outranking other demographics in areas like religious practice, attendance, and belief. As a result, some predicted that young Black adults would resist the moves away from faith seen among white millennials. Even with all the shifts in the faith landscape over the past several years, Black Americans remain more religious than other groups and more likely than the average American to stay in the tradition they were raised in, according to a massive report released…

I often lost hope that my husband and I would make it. Here’s why we did. On July 7, 2021, my husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage. Every year when that date rolls around, I always wake up thinking, How did we ever make it? How did we ever survive? The thought never lasts more than a few seconds. That’s because, over the past 20 years, we’ve spent most of our anniversaries surrounded by family members. So even if I had wanted to marinate on that thought, celebrating with others has always been the primary focus. In the…

The leader of three Protestant parishes was killed in the incident, which one police official labeled a terrorist attack. A Church of Pakistan lay pastor was gunned down and a priest wounded by unknown assailants as the leaders drove home from a worship service on Sunday in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar, where Christians had suffered their deadliest attack in the country’s history nearly a decade earlier. Church of Pakistan Bishop of Peshawar Humphrey Peters said that William Siraj, 75, was shot and died instantly in the ambush in the Gulbahar neighborhood, while Patrick Naeem, 55, sustained a bullet…

Samuel’s message to Israel about unchecked power stands true today. We should listen. When the prophet Samuel grew old, he made his sons the leaders of Israel in his stead. But his sons were corrupt, and the people were soon discontent with their unjust rule. “Give us a king to lead us,” the elders said. Samuel was offended, but he took the request before God. “It is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king,” God replied, giving Samuel a solemn warning to pass along to the people before the deal was done: The king…

The history of Christian celibacy is more complicated than we’d like to think. Lately, Christians have cast their minds and social media musings back to the early church on the topics of singleness and sexuality. Much of the conversation centers on past spiritual practices of celibacy and claims about what early church leaders taught about singleness. Some suggest that early church leaders enthusiastically ‘tore down’ the centrality of marriage within the church. Others argue that the way we understand the (so-called) “gift of singleness” today is a direct inheritance from apostles and the church’s earliest centuries. As a history nerd,…

Dear Friend, “Jesus is a real problem,” I said to a man I had just met in a hotel lobby. He was sitting with his wife and two very attractive children. When I learned that he was from India, I told him how much I had enjoyed my visits to his homeland. In short order, we identified ourselves as Christian and Hindu, respectively. He quickly suggested that all religions were the same and that all roads lead to heaven as they do to Timbuktu. It was then that I made my comment about Jesus. It took him by surprise and…

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“God’s word is a glorious gift. Our Father has given it to us in order that we might know His Son and that we might live in the power of His Spirit, in obedience to His truth.” With these words, Alistair Begg introduces his newest book, Truth For Life: 365 Daily Devotions. This one-year devotional covers a vast array of topics and provides biblically sound guidance on select texts from dozens of books in the Bible. Each daily reading begins with a verse or short passage of Scripture. Then, in a brief commentary, Alistair expounds on the passage and reflects…

Why do Christians worship on Sundays? The answer goes deeper than mere custom or convention. Indeed, it goes to the very heart of our faith. We worship on Sundays—what many now know as the Lord’s Day—because it was on “the first day of the week” (Luke 24:1; John 20:1) that Jesus conquered death and rose from the dead. (See also Matt. 28:1; Mark 16:1.) The New Testament gives us several indications that after Jesus’ resurrection, Sunday quickly supplanted Saturday as the day on which the first Christians assembled for worship and kept the Sabbath command: “On the first day of…

Their middle-class salaries now worth peanuts, evangelicals struggle to maintain a faithful presence amid debate over serving God elsewhere. In 2019, as Lebanon witnessed an unprecedented uprising against its entire political class, evangelical sermons grappled with applied theology: Whether to join in for justice or honor the king. Two years later, amid an economic collapse the World Bank says is the worst in 150 years, Lebanese Christians face an even greater pastoral challenge: Whether to stay and help or escape abroad. The nation has largely made up its mind. Estimates indicate as many as 380,000 people have left Lebanon. Every…