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4 Keys to Effective Debating (James Whilte/Clint Archer) 

If you want to debate effectively here are four key points to help you prepare. 

Don’t Be That Guy: 30 No’s in Paul’s Letters (Tony Reinke) 

Paul paints the contours of the Christian life with darkened shadows of opposites - teaching us what to be by warning us what not to be. In these juxtapositions we better understand the will of God for our lives, as we live out the power of Christ's death and resurrection on our behalf.

Two Things That Should Be Obvious (Kevin DeYoung) 

Let us never excuse what we should condemn - in others or in ourselves. Sin is ugly, and no less so when committed by beautiful or powerful people. Father, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.


Sexual Boundaries in Marriage (ACBC)

"It is biblical for Christians to celebrate sex within marriage." But are there any boundaries to be observed?

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Another Shooting, This Time in a Church: How Should We Respond? (Ed Stetzer) 

Someday, Jesus will to return and finish the job of restoring and remaking this earth. Until then, we do live in a world with real pain and problems caused by human brokenness. Yet, God offers us hope for a day when earthly storms and suffering will be no more. This, my friends, is the gospel of hope that our world desperately needs to hear.


Tragedy in Texas: Christian Testimony in the Face of Evil (Al Mohler) 

This particular attack in Texas highlights the fact that Christians are not immune from this kind of heartbreak. We cannot understand exactly what that congregation in that community is experiencing, but we do understand heartbreak, and we know that heartbreak is at the very center of their experience at this moment.


Why Church Shootings Don’t Intimidate the Church (Russell Moore) 

The days ahead will be awful for the grieving community of Sutherland Springs. But one thing is certain: Come Sunday, they will be gathered again, singing and praying and opening the Word. 


two sides of the counseling coin (heath lambert)

One coin, two sides, two distinctions: historical and dispositional. These are fine distinctions, but both are needed to make the whole.

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Here We Stand (Albert Mohler) 

Theological Reform. It began 500 years ago. Is it needed today? What do we stand on?

Here He Stood (John Piper) 

Here Luther stood, and here we stand. Not on the pronouncements of popes, or the decisions of councils, or the winds of popular opinion, but on “that word above all earthly powers” — the living and abiding word of God. 

The Proven Path to Mental Health (Jon Bloom) 

The proven path to our soundest mental health is a robust, holistic trust in everything and every circumstance, in the triune Christian God.


Does a Good God Want Me in a Bad Marriage? (Sabrina Beasley McDonald)

"Most marriages deal with miscommunication, financial disagreement, and selfish attitudes." The author encourages reconciliation in spite of these issues.


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Reformation: John Knox in 200 Words

Remembering the Reformation // John Knox // Knox’s fiery determination to stand with the gospel against human authority inspired his countrymen and left a lasting legacy of faithfulness.

Reformation 500: Can Roman Catholicism Be Considered Christianity? (Eric Davis) 

Was the Reformation really necessary? Were the Reformers merely a pack of spiritual naysayers looking to rain on Rome’s innocent parade? Were they not looking to take their ball and mitt to start their own game?

Is the Reformation Just a White Man’s Legacy? (Mika Edmonson) 

Historically speaking, the Protestant Reformation was a European movement, and its confessional documents will always be culturally European documents. But insofar as they reflect the enduring truth of God’s Word and a moment in the history of God’s people, the Protestant Reformation has something to say to every diverse culture.


5 Do's and Don'ts for Social Anxiety (Hayley Satrom)

Feel nervous, fearful,and physically tense around others? Maybe it's social anxiety. Are you stuck? No. Here are a few do's and don'ts to navigate the struggle.

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Reformers: John Calvin in 200 Words (Cripplegate)

Remembering the Reformation // John Calvin //Calvin died young, but his legacy lives on.

The Five Solas of the Reformation (James Montgomery Boice)

The Five Solas are five Latin phrases (or slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the Reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.  

4 Lessons for Christians from the Harvey Weinstein Scandal (Joe Carter)

It’s tempting to mock the movie industry for such blatant hypocrisy. They frequently preach to us about their superior values; meanwhile, they were overlooking abuse in their midst. But instead of gloating we should consider what we as Christians might learn from the horrific, decades-long cover-up.



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Reformers: Lady Jane Grey in 200 Words (Cripplegate)

Remembering the reformers // Lady Jane Grey // English history was forever changed by the gospel-fueled martyrdom of a teenage queen.


9Marks Mailbag: How do believing families love a daughter who’s dating another woman? (Rosaria Butterfield)

Rosaria Butterfield answers a difficult question regarding a wayward child. http://bit.ly/2yilaQz

Ten Ways to Show Truth and Love to Your Gay Neighbor (Denny Burk)

In light of the Nashville statement’s release, Denny Burk summarized ten practical ways that Christians can show love to their gay neighbors.



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What is God Saying About Las Vegas? (Jared C. Wilson)

The American Church will not be distracted or dissuaded from the gospel. It is the only hope for a world that feels hopeless, and it is the blessed hope for a world that is wasting away.  

Making Sense of the Las Vegas Massacre (Bob Lepine)

Death can come anytime and many will not be ready. May that sober reality drive us to an urgent boldness in mission, recognizing that the “why” of evil may never be clear, but the hope of the gospel most certainly is.

Reformers: Huss in 200 Words (Cripplegate)

 William Huss was burned at the stake for teaching that salvation is by faith apart from works. 


Here are some very practical ways to teach your kids to honor their parents, other adults, and ultimately, God.

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Reformers: Luther in 200 Words (Cripplegate)

Remembering the reformation and key reformers. // Martin Luther // “My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything. God help me. Here I stand, I can do no other.” 

Reformers: Wycliffe in 200 Words (Cripplegate)

Remembering the reformation. // JOHN WYCLIFFE (1320-1384) // 

Here We Stand: 31-Day Journey with Heroes of the Reformation (Desiring God) 

{500 years ago} The Reformation was not about one or two big names — Luther, Calvin, Zwingli — but about a massive movement of Christian conviction, boldness, and joy that cost many men and women their lives — and scattered the seeds that are still bearing fruit in the twenty-first century.



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Talking About the Weather (Clint Archer) 

We understand that Christians are not immune to the suffering that comes from this sin-cursed weather system. But we can take comfort in knowing that we, as God’s children, are privy to more than just common grace.

The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Cremation (Joe Carter)

Things to consider regarding burial. http://bit.ly/2xQFpre

10 Parenting Imperatives from the Book of Proverbs (Paul Carter)

A really good start to things you'll want to teach your kids over the years.



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Climate Change According to Scripture (Master’s University Science Faculty)

Since global climate change is not a new phenomenon and has happened in the past, it is important for Christians to consider earth’s history from a biblical perspective. 

9 Things You Should Know about the Nation of Islam (Joe Carter)

It might not be what you think. Here is what you should know about the controversial religious group known as the Nation of Islam. 

FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Antifa (Joe Carter)

Early in September, violence broke out among protestors at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Park in Berkeley, California. The “anti-fascist” protesters—known as Antifa—attacked several people, including a Samoan man and a biracial man who is half-Japanese. Here is what you should know about Antifa...


When peopLE annoy YOU (lAUREN lAMBERT)

When someone annoys me, who needs to change? Clue #1, it's not the other person! Read what Lauren Lambert has to say about what change is needed and what our focus should be.

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9 Parenting Truths from John Piper

Pastor John addresses the verse, Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

10 Common But Illegitimate Reasons for Divorce (Tim Challies)

Many people—even Christians—offer reasons to divorce that are not sanctioned by God. Jim Newheiser helpfully outlines a number of these in his book Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Critical Questions and Answers. Here are 10 common but illegitimate reasons to divorce.

You Don’t Need More Parenting Advice (Paul Tripp)

Many Christian mothers and fathers are exhausted, discouraged, and frustrated. It’s time we consider a new and better way: the way of grace.


Does Proverbs Promise My Child Will Not Stray? (John Piper)

We all want our children to grow into godly believers. Proverbs 22:6 appears to promise that if we raise them the right way, their salvation is guaranteed. But is it a promise or a general principle? And if it isn't a promise, then what can we do to apply the principle?

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Nashville Statement  A Coalition for Biblical Sexuality    ARTICLE  |  DOCUMENT  

“The spirit of our age does not delight in God’s good design of male and female. Consequently, confusion reigns over some of the most basic questions of our humanity,” said Denny Burk, president of CBMW. “The aim of The Nashville Statement is to shine a light into the darkness – to declare the goodness of God’s design in our sexuality and in creating us as male and female.”



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 10 Reasons Racism is Offensive to God (Kevin DeYoung)

The vast majority of Americans know that racism is wrong. It’s one of the few things almost everyone agrees on. And yet, I wonder if we (I?) have spent much time considering why it’s wrong.

The 8 Beliefs You Should Know About Mormons When They Knock at the Door (Justin Taylor) 

The following is a brief overview of the beliefs of Mormonism (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), along with what the Bible really teaches, printed among the many articles and resources in the back of the ESV Study Bible (posted with permission).

Refuting Criticisms Against the ‘Game of Thrones’ (Kevin DeYoung)  

We become what we behold. So let’s be careful little eyes what we see.  


How to respond when your friend is hurting (james macdonald)

Do we offer comfort to our friends that diminishes God, or glorifies Him?


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White Supremacy Angers Jesus, But Does it Anger the Church? (Russell Moore) 

The church should call white supremacy what it is: terrorism, but more than terrorism. White supremacy is Satanism. Even worse, white supremacy is a devil-worship that often pretends that it is speaking for God.

The Lessons of History and the Heresy of Racial Superiority (Al Mohler)

You cannot preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and hold to any notion of racial superiority. It is impossible.  

The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About the Alt-Right (Joe Carter)

“Christians ought to reject racism, and do what they can to expose it and bring the gospel to bear upon it,” Kevin DeYoung says, “not because we love pats on the back for our moral outrage or are desperate for restored moral authority, but because we love God and submit ourselves to the authority of his Word.”



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I Don’t Understand Christians Watching Game of Thrones (Kevin DeYoung) 

For conservative Christians who care about marriage and immorality and decency in so many other areas, it is baffling that Game of Thrones gets a free pass. What do you think?

Three Ways to Help Your Worship Leader (Matthew Westerholm)

Do you encourage your worship leader? The greatest joy of a worship leader is when people see more of Christ, when people’s burdens are lifted by Christ, when their hope and joy in Christ begins to rise.

Progress? The Horrifying Science of Child Sacrifice (John Knight)

As Christians, we must recognize and stand against the strong abusing vulnerable members, no matter the rationale for such actions. Learn more.


Shame says, "I am bad," and it feels like it's welded to me. But in Christ, I am set free. How does this freedom happen? What can the Church do to help those in bondage to shame?

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Blessings of Giving (Jordan Strandridge)

Commercials tell us all the time how to use our money. Yet we sometimes shy away from talking about tithing. Here are four incredible blessings of giving.

 5 Fake News Stories People Believe About Early Christianity (Michael Kruger)

We hear a lot about fake news this days. But fake news is not a new phenomenon. There’s quite a bit of fake news out there regarding the person of Jesus, the origins of the church, and the development of the Bible. Even though such “news” has no factual basis, it’s believed by an uncomfortably large number of people.

 7 Reasons God Commands Us to Sing to Him (Mark Altrogge) 

Have you thought about why He commands us to sing? He doesn't need anything from us. Is it for our benefit?


When Children Say "I'm Bored" (Julie Lowe - CCEF)

The fundamental struggles underlying the lament of "I'm bored." How to help kids grow when all they want is to be entertained.

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God Still Uses Clay Pots (John MacArthur)

If you want to be used mightily by God, get yourself out of the way. God doesn’t need great people, fancy people, or famous people. The people aren’t the power. The power is the message! 

Pray Them Home (Sarah Walton)

The truth is, while we must teach and train our children and put boundaries in place, we have no control over their hearts. Ultimately, God alone can fill their hearts with a love for Christ and open their eyes to see the beauty and glory of who He is. Parents, keep praying.

Why Did Jesus Need the Holy Spirit (Nick Batzig)

As we make our way through the Gospel records, we quickly discover that Jesus needed the Holy Spirit at every step and in every stage of His life and ministry. John Owen set out eleven ways in which the Holy Spirit is said to have worked in the life and ministry of Jesus in the Scripture. 


The Five Key Factors in Every Christian's Sanctification (Tim Challies)

Sanctification - growing in Christ by God's work in us. How does He do it?

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Seven Ways to Pray for Your Heart (Jon Bloom)

These are just suggestions for prayer. God may lead you to pray in other ways. But however He teaches us, whatever means we find helpful, may God cause us all to grow in faith until we pray without ceasing.

The Agonizing Ordeal of Eugene Peterson—You Might Be Next (Al Mohler)

The Eugene Peterson ordeal and lessons we can learn from it. 

Hope When Your Children Stray (Nick Batzig)

Pray for your prodigals. Think of the fact that the gospel is for rebellious prodigals whom God loves to welcome home with inexpressible joy.


Marriage Manifesto for Men (Ed Welch)

Manifesto - a statement that describes goals or intentions. Husbands, here are some thoughts on tuning up your manifesto for your marriage.

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4 Principles For the Exercise of Christian Liberty (Sinclair Ferguson)

In Romans 14:1–15:13 contains healthy (and very necessary) guidelines for the exercise of Christian liberty. Here are four of them.

Part One: The Number One Lie the World Tells Our Kids Today (Cameron Cole) 

We need to help young people understand that the way of Christ – to follow and trust Jesus as our King – contrasts starkly from the world’s exhortations to trust in your self. Christianity tells us to depend on God in all things.

Part Two: Attacking the Lie of Individualism with our Kids (Cameron Cole) 

How do we practically teach our children to recognize this fallacy of self-rule, and instead submit to the gracious leadership of God? Here are five strategies for going to war with the lie of individual autonomy.


Hey Parents, Camp Is Over...Now What? (Pastor Kevin Carson)

Your child is home from the spiritual high of summer camp. How can you help them continue that growth? Here are some great ideas for encouraging your children to grow in Christ.