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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Thursday, 27 December 2018 16:00

Mart Green on Life’s Greatest Investment Opportunity

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My long-time friend Mart Green, of the Green family that owns Hobby Lobby, is the founder of Mardel Christian Stores and heads up the missions organization Every Tribe Every Nation. I thought this was a wonderful article he wrote (and not just because he mentions my books). Investing in...

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All of us probably know co-workers or family members or neighbors who say they reject Jesus because some of His followers are hypocrites. How should we respond to this? First, I think we should acknowledge to our skeptical friends that there are indeed many hypocrites. (And if you are a hypocrite,...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 16:00

The Advent Willingness of Jesus

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imageI’ve been reading a great new book by Paul David Tripp titled Come Let Us Adore Him (Amazon, Christianbook). I spent a lot of time writing about Jesus for my latest book  Face to Face with Jesus, and Paul’s book is really speaking to me. There’s no greater subject in the universe...

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Ryan Bomberger, a prolife speaker and the founder of a nonprofit group called The Radiance Foundation, travels across the country advocating for the unborn and telling his own personal story, which began when his biological mother was raped. She gave him life, and Ryan was adopted into a Christian...

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Last month, 20-year-old Isabella Chow, a student senator at the University of California, Berkeley, became the center of a controversy when she chose to abstain from a pro-LGBTQ vote.

She was essentially told, “You have to fully support this bill and fully support the LGBTQ lifestyle, or...

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Plagiarism is definitely a problem—sadly, even within parts of the Christian community. However, as I share in this past blog, the talk about the serious sin of plagiarism has helped cultivate a suspicion that’s sometimes unhealthy. The following incident illustrates how easily an uninte...

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The next generation is growing up amid—and inheriting—vast wealth. Even many children in Christian families don’t see their parents give and are not taught and encouraged to give themselves. So they become keepers and accumulators, and essentially self-preoccupied materialists....

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:00

The Miracle of the Incarnation

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But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us.—Titus 3:4-5

The miracle of the cross was made possible by the miracle of the incarnation. The angels must have been stunned to see the second member of the triune God become a human being.

The baby born in that Bethlehem...

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My mother died in 1981, when I was a young pastor. Ten years earlier, not long after I become a Christian, I had the joy of leading mom to Christ. We grew together, reading and discussing Scripture and great books, praying and laughing together, and later fussing over my children, her...

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Kathy Norquist, who served with our ministry for over two decades, retired from Eternal Perspective Ministries this past September. Many of you who have been touched by EPM over the years have come to know and appreciate Kathy. Wherever I’ve gone and spoken, invariably someone says,...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 16:00

Jesus Changes Everything

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From childhood I’ve loved astronomy. I grew up in an unbelieving home. Night after night I’d gaze at the stars, clueless about a Creator, but yearning for something greater than myself.

One night, as I stared through my telescope at the great galaxy of Andromeda with its trillion stars...

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Over twenty-five years ago, on nine occasions I participated in peaceful, nonviolent civil disobedience, briefly going to jail (my longest incarceration was only two days) for what was an extremely unpopular cause—speaking up for unborn children. I remember how during a one-hour release from...

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My last two blog posts have been centered on Christopher Yuan’s new book Holy Sexuality and the Gospel. In today’s post, I want to highlight Jackie Hill Perry’s book Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been(Amazon, Christianbook.com).

These books...

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As I shared in my last blog, I deeply appreciate Christopher Yuan’s excellent new book Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story.

This blog will be followed by one centered on another amazing and powerful book, Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie...

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image I read a lot of books, and Christopher Yuan’s Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story is on the shortlist of most important books I’ve read in the last decade.

This extraordinary book (available from both Amazon and Christianbook.co...

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imageSome of you may be familiar with my book Picturing Heavenwhich is an adult coloring book with devotional reflections about our eternal home. The illustrator, Lizzie Preston, and the team at Tyndale House did a great job with it. (Here’s an excerpt. This sample picture was colored...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:00

A Q & A with C. S. Lewis

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Note from Randy: Tomorrow, November 22, 2018, is the 55th anniversary of the death not only of John F. Kennedy, but also of C. S. Lewis. If someone asked me which historical figures I’d like to hear answer questions, one of them would be C. S. Lewis. Providentially, he had such a session on...

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These days, it’s easy to become obsessed with everything that’s wrong with the world. We’re continually bombarded by “news” (which is sometimes more sensational than informative) that dwells on the sufferings and tragedies of life. This unceasing avalanche of bad news,...

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Today’s blog will have applications for everyone, but I’ve written it specifically for guys who are husbands (and also fathers).

Men, one of the best possible things we can do for our wives and children (and ourselves!) is to share with them great resources to help them grow in Christ.

The...

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Recently someone asked me, “I’m intrigued by a phrase that’s repeated word for word in 2 Kings four times in 12:3, 14:4, 15:4, and 15:35 related to Uzziah and his father, grandfather, and son: ‘The high places, however, were not removed.’ What is this referring...

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In January 2018, Nanci Alcorn was diagnosed with colon cancer, and has since undergone several months of treatment. In this interview, Randy shares what the Lord has been doing in their lives during this challenging season.

Were the two of you surprised or even bitter when Nanci was diagnosed?

We...

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By now you’ve probably read and heard all sorts of commentaries analyzing this week’s midterm election results. Whatever your political leanings, you’ve likely been encouraged by some results and discouraged by others. For example, here in Oregon, Measure 106, which I shared about...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 16:00

8 Reminders Before You Comment on Social Media

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In today’s social media driven world, there can be immense pressure for all of us to share our opinions publicly on an endless number of topics and current events. Thomas Kidd recently shared these “8 rules of social media wisdom” from Alan Jacobs on The Gospel Coalition’s...

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Someone asked me, I am confused about what role Satan and demons can have in the life of a believer. Can they influence us? If so, how much? Can they oppress us? Can they possess us?

These are important questions to consider. Theologian G. C. Berkouwer said, “There can be no sound theology...

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image One of the sharpest and most biblically grounded minds among evangelicals is Jen Wilkin. Not long ago she was a guest on Desiring God’s Ask Pastor John podcast, and was interviewed by Tony Reinke on the subject of Bible study. The first session was good, but I thought the last two were...

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