Category: Christian Living

Teach Us To Want: Longing, Ambition & The Life of Faith (Jen Pollock Michel)

The word “desire” has become a misnomer of sorts. In the Christian life, we too often equate desire with sinfulness, like jealousy or sexual temptation. At best, we view desire as something that should be merely suppressed or given up in the pursuit of holiness. It’s wanting, and there’s no room for that in our dogma. And yet, Jesus says to us, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mk. 10:51) Katelyn Beaty, in the foreword to Jen Pollock Michel’s Teach Us To Want, pointedly asks the question. “What if, despite all the ways desire has been...

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The Blessing of Humility by Jerry Bridges

When we think of being blessed thoughts of financial abundance and success naturally fill our minds. Job promotions, smart children, luxurious vacations, and material possessions make us feel blessed. But what if this isn’t what Scripture means when it talks about being blessed? Vaneetha Rendall Risner says, “What is blessing, then? Scripture shows that blessing is anything God gives that makes us fully satisfied in him. Anything that draws us closer to Jesus. Anything that helps us relinquish the temporal and hold on more tightly to the eternal.” What if blessing has more to do with our spiritual growth...

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Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life

Go around the circle at your small group this week. Ask the folks on your staff and leadership team. Pitch this question to your spouse or your children, “Have you talked to someone about Jesus this week?” When we’re not stretching the truth or embellishing, most of us reply, “No.” There are many reasons why we may reply in the negative. Maybe our work environment doesn’t lend itself towards opening up about our faith. Maybe we haven’t spent much time with people that given week. But I think the prevailing problem is that even in moments of opportunity to...

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Meet Generation Z (2017)

Most people are familiar with the respective generations which are designated as the Silent Generation (born 1928-1945), the Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Generation X (born 1965-1980), Older Millennials (born 1981-1989), and the Younger Millennials (born 1990-1996). But a new group of people is emerging: Meet Generation Z. Born after 1996, this fascinating people group is the first truly post-Christian tribe. And as the author of Meet Generation Z says, they “will be the most influential religious force int he West and the heart of the missional challenge facing the Christian church.” James Emery White is the author of Meet...

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Pro Rege: Living Under Christ’s Kingship, Volume 1 (Abraham Kuyper)

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” You have probably heard this quote, one of Abraham Kuyper’s most famous of all. Part of the reason this quote is so famous is that this was the lifeblood of Kuyper’s thought and theology – the Lordship of Christ. Lexham Press knows the value of Kuyper’s writing, particularly in this area, and so they have undertaken the mighty task of creating the Collected Works in Public Theology series. What once were newspaper articles...

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