But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 00:43

Martin Luther’s Controversial View of Women

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October 04, 2017 by: Herman Selderhuis

On the One Hand . . .

Martin Luther’s view of women is an interesting topic, first of all because of his marriage to Katharina von Bora—it’s a fascinating story. You could make a movie out of the way they got together. She proposed to...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 00:32

Suffering: A 7-Day Reading Plan

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October 04, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Biblical Hope in the Midst of Suffering

At some point in our lives, we will all face suffering of one kind or another; sadly, it is a fact of human existence as members of a fallen, sin-wrecked world. This truth is reflected in the Bible.

As Mark Talbot writes...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 21:00

Can We Have Jesus without the Church?

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October 04, 2017 by: Brett McCrackenimage

Do Not Cut Yourself Off from the Body of Christ

Ephesians 5 is often looked to as an instructive passage for marriage, and it is. But I think it is also an instructive passage about the church, especially in an age where many evangelicals have a...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 21:00

Be Inspired by the Lives of Key Reformation Figures

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October 03, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Remarkably Used by God

October 2017 marks 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. While Luther was instrumental in reforming the church, he certainly was not alone in his efforts. In fact, several key...

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October 02, 2017 by: Stephen J. Nichols

Family Matters

The first thing we have to know about Leo X is his family. He is a Medici. So, this is the great Florentine banking family. This is the family that not only bankrolled the Renaissance in Florence, they also were participants in the...

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 21:00

What Sola Scriptura Really Means

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October 02, 2017 by: Mark D. Thompsonimage

What Did Luther Really Believe about Scriptural Authority?

Martin Luther’s commitment to the final authority of Scripture, an authority by which all other authorities are to be judged, is clear from the earliest years of his teaching and writing...

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Saturday, 30 September 2017 21:00

An Open Letter to the Weary Pastor

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October 01, 2017 by: Mike McKinleyimage

Dear brother in the ministry,

Most people experience seasons of weariness from time to time in their lives, but those who labor in pastoral ministry may find that their daily work makes them particularly prone to that mixture of tiredness and...

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Saturday, 30 September 2017 21:00

3 Practical Applications of Definite Atonement

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October 01, 2017 by: Jonathan Gibson

Why Does Definite Atonement Matter?

There are three practical implications for the doctrine of definite atonement.

God Loves You

It enhances the personal aspect of God’s love for us. Martin Luther said that the sweetness of the gospel lies in the...

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September 30, 2017 by: Stephen J. Nichols

God’s Providence in Zwingli’s Life

Ulrich Zwingli had a great career, from about 1519 to 1529. He was trained as a Catholic priest and studied at the City of Basel. Basel was quite a university city in Switzerland. The fascinating thing...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 21:00

The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community

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September 29, 2017 by: Crossway

Does Your Church Make You Uncomfortable?

It’s easy to dream about the “perfect” church—a church that sings just the right songs set to just the right music before the pastor preaches just the right sermon to a room filled with just the...

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September 29, 2017 by: Brett McCracken

Go to Church

On one hand, I think it’s a great thing that technology has enabled church to meet people where they are. Some people may be in a place where they don’t have a physical Christian community. In many parts of the world, the...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:00

One Reason We Shouldn’t Get Rid of Youth Ministry

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September 28, 2017 by: Cameron Cole

Reaching Lost Teens

There are lots of kids out there who are not interested in Christianity. And there are voices that say we need to eradicate youth ministry and do away with it as a whole. But one thing I would say in response is that there is a whole...

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September 27, 2017 by: Stephen J. Nichols

Did the Reformers Invent Their Doctrine?

When we talk about the Reformation, we talk about the solas. And one of those solas is solus Christus: Christ alone. There’s actually one text by Paul that I think has all of the five solas within it:...

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September 26, 2017 by: Stephen J. Nichols

Luther Larger than Life

Luther lived very large. He lived a life that was probably about as much as ten lifetimes squeezed into one. He was born in 1483, into a world that was medieval. It was the height of the Middle Ages. He died in 1546 as the...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:00

6 Tips for Reading the Bible with Your Kids

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September 25, 2017 by: David Murrayimage

Happy Childhood Memories

When we look back on our childhoods, among many other happy memories, we may recall our parents reading with us. “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Three Little Pigs” and...

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September 24, 2017 by: David Murrayimage

The Obstacles

Parents face huge obstacles in trying to get their kids excited about reading the Bible. For starters, very few kids are reading anything at all. There are so many distracting (and seemingly more exciting) alternatives to sitting quietly with...

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Friday, 22 September 2017 21:00

The Dying Away of Cultural Christianity

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September 23, 2017 by: Brett McCrackenimage

Christianity’s Collapse . . . or Clarification?

The number of people in the US who call themselves Christians is shrinking. And that’s a good thing. Every few years, new data shows an ongoing decline of Americans who identify as Christians...

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September 22, 2017 by: Fred Sandersimage

An Invitation

“Oh dear,” he muttered, his features rearranging themselves into a mask of poorly-concealed dismay.

All I had said, in response to him asking what subject I taught, was “systematic theology.” But those two words, those...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:00

7 Bad Reasons to Leave a Church

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September 21, 2017 by: Brett McCrackenimage

Stop Scouring the Church “Market”

In our consumer society, where prevailing wisdom says we should be loyal to products or brands only insofar as our needs and tastes are satisfied, it can be easy for churchgoers to have a very low threshold...

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September 21, 2017 by: Stephen J. Nichols

God Changes Calvin’s Plans

When we first meet John Calvin, we find him at the University of Paris, and he’s twelve years old. We sometimes make a big deal about the fact that he was a brilliant savant, but there was actually a law at the...

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September 20, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Communing with God through the Psalms

Today, we're excited to announce that content originally published as the ESV Devotional Psalter is now available as part of the Basic subscription plan via ESV.org.

The Psalms are the only extended portion of Scripture...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:00

What Makes Pastoral Ministry Enjoyable?

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September 20, 2017 by: R. Kent Hughes

The Many Joys of Pastoral Ministry

When considering what makes pastoral ministry enjoyable, I have to chose from among several things. I loved preaching every week. I preached lectio continua: one sermon after another out of a book of the Bible. So, it...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 21:00

Enter to Win a Free Resource Library for Your Pastor

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September 19, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Honoring Our Pastors

October is Pastor Appreciation Month—a great opportunity to express our affection, respect, and gratitude for spiritual leaders in the church. Pastors and elders bear a heavy load, entrusted with “shepherding the flock”...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 21:00

7 Good Reasons to Leave a Church

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September 19, 2017 by: Brett McCrackenimage

Discerning the Good from the Bad

In our consumer society, where prevailing wisdom says we should be loyal to products or brands only insofar as our needs and tastes are satisfied, it can be easy for churchgoers to have a very low threshold for leaving a...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 21:00

Introducing ‘Exploring the Bible’ by David Murray

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September 18, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

A Journey through the Bible for Kids

Reading the Bible is like taking a trip through God’s story, setting out to explore and experience the beautiful views found within. But without a map, it’s easy to get lost.

Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading...

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