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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Friday, 03 November 2017 00:40

Introducing Our New Articles Homepage

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November 03, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

An Exciting Update

Today we're excited to launch our brand-new articles homepage.

Our goal with this redesign was to make it easier to find articles that will be interesting and helpful to you in your walk with Christ, whether you're visiting on a desktop...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 21:00

Help! I Have a Problem with My Pastor

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November 02, 2017 by: Brett McCracken

Be Committed to the Church, Not the Pastor

I think it's really important that we don't make church only about the lead pastor and the preaching. It can be really unhealthy to build a church around a personality or a celebrity pastor, because what happens...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 21:00

Caregiving Is a Stewardship of Grace

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November 01, 2017 by: Gloria Furmanimage

Meeting the Deepest Need

I know it is easy to look at someone who requires your help and to see only their felt need. You may feel as though the resources your friend needs are physical and that his demands on you are physical (energy, time, money, etc.)....

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Monday, 30 October 2017 21:00

5 Passages to Read on Reformation Day

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October 31, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

1. Galatians 2:16-21

Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law...

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October 31, 2017 by: Stephen J. Nichols

Establishing Authority

If you look at the Reformation, you have to see the content—the teachings of the Reformers. There were really two emphases: the formal principle of the Reformation and the material principle.

The formal principle is sola...

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October 30, 2017 by: Herman Selderhuisimage

1. Luther's motivation was his search for God.

Luther is often presented as the man who stood up against all kinds of abuses in the Roman Catholic Church. And so he did. But this was not his main concern—this was not his primary drive.


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October 30, 2017 by: Jeff Vandersteltimage

A Unique Opportunity for Mission

Halloween offers a great opportunity for many to engage in new relationships with those around us or to revisit some old relationships with new missional intentionality. Regardless of what you think of the holiday and...

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Saturday, 28 October 2017 21:00

God Saves Sinners

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October 29, 2017 by: Jonathan Gibson

The Doctrine of Grace

I think what the Reformation did in relation to God's sovereignty and the doctrines of grace is it showed us that God was still on his throne. He hadn't ever left it in relation to saving his people.

I think of J. I. Packer's...

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Friday, 27 October 2017 21:00

Martin Luther Owned a Dog

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October 28, 2017 by: Herman Selderhuis

Luther’s Furry Friend

A fun fact about Luther is that he had a dog named Tolpel, and he wrote about it.

Many people do not know that he was, in fact, quite a lonely guy. I didn’t know that before I started reading all of his letters. He was...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 21:00

Is Protestantism Still at Odds with Catholicism?

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October 27, 2017 by: Gregg R. Allison

A Line in the Sand

Yes, Protestantism is still at odds with Catholicism. And the Reformation is not over. The Reformation was founded on two major principles. First, the material principle is justification by God's grace alone, appropriated through faith...

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October 26, 2017 by: Lane T. Dennisimage

Dear Friend of Crossway,

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations . . .” —Matthew 24:14

It has been nearly three years since Crossway launched the first phase of the ESV...

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October 25, 2017 by: Stephen J. Nichols

Teach to Preserve the Message

One of the reasons why it's important to teach kids about the Reformation is because of the content of what the Reformers taught. One of the things that Luther said was that if we don't teach the next generation, then all...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 03:46

The Solas of the Reformation: A 5-Day Reading Plan

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October 24, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Celebrating the Reformation

This month, we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

In honor of this momentous anniversary, we've created a free, 5-day devotional leading readers through the five solas of the Reformation—classic...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 21:00

What I Learned in My Season of Depression

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October 24, 2017 by: Shona Murrayimage

Taken by Surprise

No one can anticipate the trials that God sometimes ordains. Yet when a particular trial comes our way, we are often taken completely by surprise. We may even wonder if this is indeed God's plan or some random out-of-control event.

When I...

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October 24, 2017 by: Herman Selderhuis

Unabashed Proclamation

We know quite a bit about Martin Luther's preaching style because as soon as the Reformation began in 1517, he became the most famous man in Europe. People from all over Europe travelled to Wittenberg to hear or see him. He was an...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 21:00

Infographic: Do Women Need to Slow Their Pace?

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October 24, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Do You Need to Slow Down?

In September of 2016, we asked our readers to answer some questions related to burnout, which David and Shona Murray, authors of Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands, explain as "unhealthy patterns of...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 21:00

The Forgotten Women of the Reformation

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October 23, 2017 by: Stephen J. Nichols

Stories We Need to Remember

The untold story of the Reformation is of the women of the Reformation. We tend to tell the story of all the men, and that's because they were pastors, and believe based on the teachings of Scripture, that the pastorate is...

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Saturday, 21 October 2017 21:00

Spiritual Authority in an Anti-Authoritarian Age

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October 22, 2017 by: Brett McCracken

Silencing the Cultural Untruth

The question of authority is a hard and really uncomfortable one for a lot of people because we live in an anti-authority age in which we're skeptical of authority. We're in a post-truth era. We don't even know who to trust,...

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October 21, 2017 by: Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Mahaney Whitacreimage

Don’t Ruminate, Meditate on Truth

What do you think about all day? Many of us get stuck in sinful thought patterns that reinforce the lies and lusts fueling our emotions. Maybe we stew over someone’s sin against us, or...

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October 21, 2017 by: Jonathan Gibson

Laying the Foundation for Doctrine

The Reformation brought clarity and crystallization of certain doctrines including sola scriptura and sola fide. I think the same occurred with the doctrine of the atonement.

The Reformers laid the foundation. . . [for]...

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Friday, 20 October 2017 00:38

Free Ebook: 'Why the Reformation Still Matters'

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October 20, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

The Reformation Is Still Relevant

It's easy to learn about historical events and simply relegate them to the past, failing to learn from them and recognize their lasting significance. It's been five hundred years since the Protestant Reformation, yet its effects...

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October 20, 2017 by: Brett McCracken

Following Jesus Brings Discomfort

Christianity, at it's core, is an uncomfortable faith. C. S. Lewis says that if you're looking for a religion to make you comfortable, don't look to Christianity. Some religions may cater to that, but Christianity is a...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 21:00

Did Jesus Possess Faith and Hope?

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October 19, 2017 by: Mark Jonesimage

Did Jesus Possess Faith and Hope?

Yes, as a true man, he was filled with all spiritual virtues and graces, including faith, hope, and love.

Peter Lombard asks in his Sentences whether Christ had faith and hope as he had charity (love).1 He comes to the...

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October 18, 2017 by: Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Mahaney Whitacreimage

The Gospel Restores Our Emotions

Emotions have been disrupted by sin, and so we stifle our feelings or seek emotional highs. But sin does not have the final say. The good news is: through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus...

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Monday, 16 October 2017 21:00

5 Myths about Martin Luther

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October 17, 2017 by: Herman Selderhuisimage

1. Luther was a simple monk.

Over the centuries, biographies on Luther have created an image of him being a simple monk who unexpectedly found a Bible and, out of despair and uncertainty, published Ninety-Five Theses. This makes for a good story of an...

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