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Ligon Duncan on Shocking Grace for a Pagan Woman

The following is an edited transcript of this message. Please confirm quotations using the original audio or video above. If you have your Bibles, I invite you to turn with me to Mark 7. This is one of the most interesting conversations with Jesus recorded in the gospels. It is also seemingly very awkward, and... Read more

Expository Preaching: Teach Like A Local – TGC Africa

Today, somebody will read an opinion piece in a newspaper or magazine about my country Uganda. These articles will often list Uganda’s unique tourism landmarks. Similarly, another individual may read something on social media. But both people, Id argue, have only gained information about Uganda through a somewhat superficial lens. For only an indigenous Ugandan... Read more

On Thanksgiving: An Honest Home in the Uncomfortable ‘Both’

For many (most? all?) of us here in America, today is a lot of things. It’s odd, different, bizarre, quaint, lonely, dull, sad, triggering, exhausting, celebratory, energizing, or uncomfortable. This Thanksgiving holiday, regardless of how we have strived for normalcy or ignored the cautionary pleas of the CDC, there is no escaping reality: this is... Read more

Black Friday: 4 Things African Christians Need to Know – TGC Africa

Black Friday. What is it? Where does it come from? How does it end up in Africa? But most importantly, how do African Christians respond to Black Friday?My name is Blaque Nubon and this is The Gospel Coalition Africa. Black Friday. Now this is probably the most craziest, most anticipated day of the year. If... Read more

Lessons from Lincolns Wartime Call to Thanksgiving

The 2020 election was hyped as the most pivotal of this generationperhaps the most important one ever. Given the history of U.S. presidential elections, however, these perennial claims often dont live up to the hype. Two elections that do live up to the “most divisive in U.S. history” claim were the elections of 1860 and... Read more

What Does the Bible Say about the “Powers that Be?”

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13:1We live in divisive times. If you are in the United States, you are aware of the stark division that exists within the nation, politically, religiously,... Read more

A Prayer for Resolving Conflict with Your Adult Children

Lets be honest, communication is a hard skill to master.Add conflict into the mix and communication becomes all the more difficult. Still, as Christians we are called to express love for one another. In the face of conflict, we should have two goals in mind: reconciliation and forgiveness. Only then can we resolve conflict. And... Read more

What Does Scripture Say about Giving Thanks during Pain?

Can you sing in the middle of your pain? If you cannotif everything has to be perfect before you can give thankslet me tell you about a sweet woman in a leper hospital in the Caribbean. When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!When we all see Jesus, well... Read more

5 Idols Revealed through Hardship

What Suffering Shows Us Suffering is revealing. Its one thing to sing about Gods goodness, say Amen to biblical truths, underline promises in our Bibles, and pray confident prayers when the sun is shining and life is good. While theres nothing wrong with rejoicing in Gods blessing, the true test happens when the looming clouds... Read more

How to Live the Bible Thanksgiving in Difficult Times – Bible Gateway Blog

This is the one-hundred-thirty-second lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. Do not be anxious about... Read more

How to Hear God’s Voice This Christmas

Whoever has ears, let them hear (Matt 13:9)One of the reasons we can miss the voice of God in our lives is because theres simply too much other noise. And if thats true year round, its often especially true over Christmas when theres so many other festive distractions all vying for our attention. Yet one of... Read more

4 Things to Know if Revelation Scares You

4. Christ Will Be Victorious One of the scariest parts of Revelation is the talk of the end times. The end of the world is a very common fear, and Revelation does not provide sufficient comfort for many Christians. However, while it is easy to fear the unknown aspects of the end times, it is... Read more

November 2020 New Releases

New Books Below is a list of the new and notable resources releasing from Crossway this month. Titles include The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by Carl R. Trueman and Reformed Systematic Theology: Volume 2: Man and Christ by Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley. The Rise and Triumph of the Modern... Read more

The Most Important Sermon You Will Ever Preach – TGC Africa

Pastor, do you think that this coming Sunday you will be preaching your most important sermon ever? That may seem like a strange question to ponder. After all, what makes this Sunday more special than any other? Well, please hear me out. Answering The Call In 2017 this was very much my thought. I was... Read more

7 Thanksgiving Traditions That Will Work over Zoom Too

Thanksgiving this year for many will be one to remember, but for different reasons than we had originally planned for. This year many will be spending the holiday together, but virtually though platforms such as Zoom, Facetime, and Skype.Despite the shift in plans, memories and long-standing traditions do not need to be canceled, in fact... Read more

Give the Gift of Scripture Engagement this Christmas – Bible Gateway Blog

By Clark Christian There are gifts for a season and gifts that last! Giving gifts each year can become less about meaning and more about checking off a to-do list. Because of this, items bought and wrapped for family or friends can be unused, forgotten, or regifted shortly after the New Year. This year give... Read more

Bible News Roundup Week of November 22, 2020 – Bible Gateway Blog

Content manager for Bible Gateway [Return daily during the coming week for updates] Support Bible GatewayFind the Resources You Need At: FaithGateway Store Christianbook.comOrder Resources in Bulk At: ChurchSource Christian Leader Awaits Charges for Sending Bible Balloons to North Korea MNN Museum of the Bible Debuts Bill of Sale to Commemorate 400th Anniversary of ‘Mayflower... Read more

FAMILY DINNER NIGHTS

During the last meal Jesus had on earth, He instructed us to remember Him by the very thing we indulge in every day without thought. Family dinner night started from a prophetic vision over my husband at our churchs retreat. Through hospitality, we could bring people in and have them leave differently. No pressure, no... Read more

Podcast: Can We Really Be Content? (Erik Raymond)

This article is part of the The Crossway Podcast series. Chasing Contentment? In this episode, Erik Raymond discusses what it looks like to cultivate a spirit of contentment in a world that often seems dead set on helping us do just the opposite. He explains what is unique about a distinctly Christian approach to contentment,... Read more

30 Thanksgiving Prayers – Short Blessings to Give Thanks

 The holidays are upon us. In a few days, families will gather, feasts will be cooked, thanks will be given and blessings spoken. When we speak blessings, we speak loving kindness over our friends and family in the same way God speaks blessings over us. Thanksgiving gives us a great opportunity to pause and bless... Read more

As In Heaven Podcast: How Racial Trauma Works

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Sheila Wise Rowe: There has to be just a basic commitment to say, “I haven’t experienced racial trauma, but I have this person in front of me or there’s this community and they... Read more

Im So Busy. How Can I Rest?

I work in healthcare, and my job has been very busy. Five of my colleagues are either moms or pregnant, so they are being given extra time off—our boss is flexible and I don’t begrudge them the time to tend to their families. However, I am single, and I am often asked to pick up... Read more

Savor the Season with an Advent Devotional

Enter the Wonder Between purchasing presents and planning travel, enjoying holiday pageants and attending parties, it is all too easy for the busyness of Christmas to crowd out a quiet anticipation of this sacred season. The anthology Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas edited by Nancy Guthrie draws from the... Read more