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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Philip Yancey, a writer I often appreciate, wrote an article about his own struggle to carve out focused attention for reading, and how his own personal experience reflects our culture at large. The decline in reading books is something I feel strongly about, as those who aren’t dedicated...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:00

Is It OK to Be Angry with God over Difficult Things?

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You can listen tothe audio of my answer or read the edited transcript below, which has some additional material added.

Sometimes we legitimize being mad at God, and we need to start by correcting that. There’s a difference between being profoundly disappointed, discouraged, or even depressed...

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Today’s blog is about a nonprofit that’s making a big difference in the lives of kids with medical needs, and also in the lives of youth in local schools. Our ministry has the joy of being a part of this through sponsorship! Here’s more from Laura Queen, the Portland program...

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 16:00

Is God All You Need?

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Asaph says, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you” (Psalm 73:25, niv). This may seem an overstatement: There’s nothing on Earth this man desires but God? Is Asaph saying he doesn’t desire food, water, clothes, shelter, friendship, and...

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On Sunday, the Houston Chronicle released the first of a three-part series titled “Abuse of Faith:20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reform.”

Below are a few excerpts from the article—though please read it for yourself. (And remember,...

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I’ve shared before my appreciation for Wayne Grudem, who is the author of more than twenty books and a research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary. Several years ago, he and I both spoke at the Clarus Conference, and did a couple of panel discussions together. I...

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After we posted the link to my recent blog about New York’s Reproductive Health Act on Facebook, an EPM board member and one of our staff had exchanges with commenters claiming we were sharing false information and exaggerating the law’s effects.

We always respond to people’s...

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Nanci and I love Mary Clayton Wood, now Mary Clayton Crow, one of our dear friends. She’s a godly woman who’s both fun and engaging, and has a big heart. She and her family have suffered some very serious and heartbreaking trials over the past few years, including the tragic death of...

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 16:00

Charles Spurgeon’s Profound Humility

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I love what Cody Cunningham has to say about the humility of Charles Spurgeon, one of my great heroes. I too read and really enjoyed Dallimore’s book on Spurgeon, one of my favorites as I was writing Spurgeon’s bio to introduce my book We Shall See God. In writing that book, I became...

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Before I get to today’s blog, I want to first mention that the full Football Sunday videos I wrote about in a recent blog can now be downloaded by churches and individuals. (You’ll need to sign up or sign in to their site to download them for free.) This is substantial Christ-centered...

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My friend Kerby Anderson, host of the Point of View radio talk show, is a veteran spokesman for causes honoring to Christ. I was very touched by what he wrote below and asked if we could share it. Let’s take it to heart and take appropriate action too. —Randy Alcorn

We Pay Them for This?

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Last Tuesday, on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the New York Senate passed the Reproductive Health Act, which allows abortions “after 24 weeks if a fetus is no longer viable, or if a woman’s life or health is at risk. Abortion also would be regulated in New York under public...

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We normally don’t blog on weekends, but time is an issue, and getting out this blog now might allow pastors and others the heads-up they need to take advantage of a great opportunity!

I mentioned Football Sunday in a blog a few weeks ago, but this is the week where everything comes together....

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January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. Sadly, no community—yes, even here in the United States—is immune to the evils of human trafficking. That’s why we all need to be aware of the signs and if we see something, report it. Send Relief put together the following...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 16:00

An Introduction to god, with a Lowercase g

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This is an excerpt from Greg Gilbert’s book What Is the Gospel? It’s also cited by Ray Ortlund in his book called The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ. I highly recommend both books.

Gilbert uses satire to portray the type of god that many people seem to believe in...

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Christian slaves in America sometimes were forbidden to sing—even to God. So when they went to the river, they would hang wet blankets around themselves, then sing into pots filled with water to absorb the sound. “Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10), they...

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Earlier this month, Tom Phillips, who led Chuck Colson to Jesus in 1973, went to be with his Lord and Savior. When asked in an interview if he had ever gotten over the night when Christ gripped his life, Chuck replied, “No, and I never want to get over it. When I think about who I...

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I’ve written before about my appreciation for Jackie Hill Perry’s book Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been. In this excerpt from the book, she shares a powerful prolife story. —Randy Alcorn

“I want an abortion,” my mother said....

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There was a time when I could not fully accept any explanation for evil and suffering that didn’t make sense to me, start to finish. However, over the years, and through the process of writing my book If God Is Good, I’ve come to trust my own understanding less, and God’s Word...

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Before anything else, let me highly recommend pastors and churches consider using the resources of Football Sunday in their churches the day of the Super Bowl, which is the single largest secular event people gather together for each year.

Even prior to last year’s event, the biggest yet, over...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 16:00

Resting on God: A Puritan Prayer

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Nanci and I love The Valley of Vision, which is a collection of brief and profound Puritan prayers compiled by Arthur Bennett (I love the leather edition linked to. It’s one of the few books worthy of having in leather!). We find them powerful and penetrating.

Here’s one I...

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A reader asked me, “The last part of Isaiah 11:9 says, ‘For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the sea is full of water.’ Most of the things I’ve read focus on the first part of the verse, which says, ‘They will neither harm nor destroy on all my...

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Ivan Mesa’s intro to The Gospel Coalition’s 2018 book awards is terrific, which is why I’m featuring it below. First, no, none of my books received an award, second this is a great list, and third, please click the link and look through the books and choose one or more and buy and...

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Tuesday, 01 January 2019 16:00

John Stott’s Final Message

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Like many others, I deeply loved British pastor-scholar John Stott (1921-2011) and appreciate his books and contribution to the church of Christ. He had a great impact on me as a young Christian.

Years ago, I met John Stott at a conference when my friend John Kohlenberger asked me to go...

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Last September, I shared a blog post about increased persecution in China, which so many believers, including some American Christian leaders, still imagine is long gone. Since that time, reports coming out of China demonstrate that persecution is only ramping up, with police even being given quotas...

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