Category: Faith

January 13, 2023
The Five Tests of False Doctrine

Pastor and author Tim Challies provides a helpful set of criteria for examining doctrine (belief or set of beliefs). "The task of the Christian is to evaluate every doctrine to declare it fit or unfit. John Stott says it characteristically well: “Christian doctrine is healthy in the same way as the human body is healthy. […]

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January 13, 2023
How to Keep Praying : Four Lessons from the Master

Pastor, Scott Hubbard, is an editor for Desiring God. Turning to the words and example of Jesus, his article is an encouragement and guide for the times that prayer can seem merely a discipline, reminding us that God invites us to approach him in prayer, to share our cares and lives with him. "Prayer easily becomes […]

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January 4, 2023
How to Handle the “Why” Questions

Katie Faris, a pastor’s wife and mother of five, is the author of "He Will Be Enough" (TGBC 2022). In this article she points us to the biblical book of Job, whose life abounded with suffering. Faris refers to the questions Job asked of God, which reflect our own human pleas for understanding in times of grief […]

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December 21, 2022
5 Lessons from the Radical Leadership of Jesus

Pete Scazzero is founder and Senior Pastor at New Life Fellowship Church, Queens, New York. He invites the reader to prayerfully consider five insights he has gleaned from Matthew's gospel, which reveal Jesus' life-changing leadership. "Leading people in the name of Jesus is complex, demanding great wisdom and discernment. I have dedicated my adult life […]

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December 20, 2022
A Gentle Christmas and a Realistic New Year

Sam Wan looks at the human need for memory -- how it is particularly poignant at Christmas. He reminds us to reach out to others at Christmas, particularly with the assurance that we are never forgotten by God. "We have all had some experience of isolation over the last few years. But for many of […]

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December 20, 2022
Is it the season to be jolly? The negatives and positives of Christmas

This helpful discussion between Tony Payne and Phillip Jensen reflects on present day attitudes to Christmas. Whilst as Christians we may feel that the gospel is somewhat lost in the commercial overtones of the festive season, the podcast and transcript suggest ways in which the good news of God coming as man to save humanity […]

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December 5, 2022
25 Christian Books I Love to Recommend

With the Christmas holiday season fast approaching, this article by renowned theologian and pastor, John Piper, may offer some timely gift suggestions (or requests!)... "Suppose you read about 250 words a minute and that you resolve to devote just 15 minutes a day to serious theological reading to deepen your grasp of biblical truth. In […]

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December 5, 2022
An Easy Way to Do Your Quiet Time

In this encouraging article, Adam Nesmith discusses a helpful guide to spending more, regular time in God's Word, which is taken from “Keep a Quiet Heart” by Elisabeth Elliot (Revell, 2004). "I think we need to distinguish between quiet time and a full on, in-depth Bible study. If you plan on having the latter every morning […]

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December 5, 2022
It's Advent, Time to Prepare!

Churches all over the world are presently celebrating Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year in the church calendar. Mark Earngey looks at the history and biblical beginnings of Advent and encourages us to consider the preparations and prayers Christians can make at this time. "Advent comes from the Latin adventus which means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’. […]

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November 23, 2022
How Do I Pray the Bible?

In this podcast and short audio transcript, John Piper explains the importance and value of praying from Scripture. He gives a clear explanation of ways to do this using biblical examples. This provides a helpful guide to the practice of praying the Bible. "If we don’t form the habit of praying the Scriptures, our prayers […]

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November 21, 2022
Making the Christian Life More Complicated than it Needs to Be

This short article provides a wise reflection for living each day as a Christian. Tim Challies reminds us that in every situation, whether good or bad, God has purpose for us all. "There is no circumstance in which God has nothing for us to do, no situation in which we cannot be faithful to his […]

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November 14, 2022
'Grief can have a chastening effect': in Faith, Hope and Carnage: Nick Cave plumbs religion, creativity and human frailty

Faith, Hope and Carnage – Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan. Text Publishing, 2022 Deakin University's Personal Chair, Literary Studies, Lyn McCredden, reviews this recent acclaimed publication , stating... "Whether you adore or despise Nick Cave, this book offers you a great deal. Far more than the stereotypes of the gothic expatriate, or the drug-loving, post-punk, underground […]

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