Month: March 2018

Easter Fool’s Day

The real divine “prank” is not the Resurrection. This Holy Week, hundreds of frazzled preachers around the world have undoubtedly heaved a sigh of relief. Instead of having to fret over what illustration to use on Easter Sunday morning to capture their listeners’ attention, they can simply seize the opportunity the calendar has handed them. Read More

Good Friday, Billy Graham, and the Transcendent Gospel

The truth presented to us in scripture should tell us something about not only who we are but who our neighbors are: image bearers of the Father in heaven. Today is Good Friday; the day we remember Christ’s death on the cross. This sacrifice—the greatest outpouring of love this world will ever know—earned us our Read More

The Incredible Hospitality of Good Friday

Jesus’ death demonstrates God’s love for outsiders, enemies, and strangers. It can travel anywhere in time and space, and it looks much bigger on the inside (or smaller on the outside, depending on where you’re standing). In 1963, it blended in perfectly as a British police box. But now, the intergalactic space cruiser stands out Read More

Is the Wrath of God Really Satisfying?

God’s anger against sin is real on Good Friday, but he doesn’t “turn his face away” from the Cross. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” These words come from the lips of Jesus as he hangs on the cross (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34). They are powerful and haunting, and they are surely Read More

NBC Resurrects ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

How will Christians respond to the live production? The show’s history offers some clues. “Jesus Christ, Superstar, do you think you’re what they say you are?” This question—sung by Judas Iscariot and a backup chorus—has reverberated across popular culture for almost half a century now. With it, there has been another, second question: How should Read More

6 Ways to Survive the Grief of Childlessness

In a time of loss and lament, here’s how I found spiritual solace. When I was 19, a doctor said words I hoped never to hear: “You won’t ever be able to carry your own child.” I was too stunned to cry; all I felt was numbness. It took a few days for the shock Read More

Taste and See That the Lord’s Supper Is Good

A biblical understanding of food whets our appetite for the fullness of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday. Evangelicals need to thicken our theology of the Lord’s Supper, first by drawing more of the Bible into the discussion of the Supper, and second by drawing more of the Supper into discussion of the Supper. Even Read More

Billy Graham and the Presidents: Lessons in Spiritual Counsel and Friendship

One evangelist’s influence on our nation’s leaders The Billy Graham Center Archives has just recently announced the opening of two new collections on the ministry of Billy Graham and the work of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). This opening comes at Graham’s wishes after his recent passing on February 21st. The first collection, #580, Read More

Lord, Have Mercy on 67% of Us

A Lenten research roundup of what Americans think of sin. Pope Francis warned this year against “fake fasting” during Lent. “We must pretend,” Francis said with a smile during a Friday mass in February. “That is not showing others that we are performing acts of penance.” Those who fast should reflect on their sins and Read More

Hair Styles And Restoration

Beautiful Hair At Any Length Hair length, much like hair color, clothing styles and body art, are all very subjective. In the ever-changing social acceptability, pretty much anything goes now, from blue hair to full sleeve tattoos. Some older generations have some social mores that they cling to, like women over forty shouldn’t have long Read More

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