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Ravi Zacharias – You Helped This Believer to Think – TGC Africa

Ravi Zacharias is no longer with us. But his legacy has impacted, and will continue to impact, the faith of many. This is how Ravi influenced my own journey; from a bereaved and bewildered teen to an active Apologist in Africa. Questions and More Questions In 2012, while studying Christian Apologetics at seminary, Ravi Zacharias... Read more

On Protesting: A Theological Reflection for the Privileged (like me)

Jesus didnt come to maintain the peace of the state. That version of peace (known as the Pax Romana) was designed to sustain the status quo so those in power could remain in power. So the comfortable could remain comfortable. So the oppressed would remain oppressed. So justice could be dispensed or withheld at the... Read more

Beauty for Weary Souls

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.John Muir The beauty of this spinning planet invites and beckons. Entering a thoughtfully decorated room,... Read more

THE SHARING GRACE PANTRY

I have always been passionate about helping people and I knew that we had people in our own community that needed help. Especially during this pandemic and so many people losing their jobs. The state and local benefits offered to those in need do not cover everyday items such as toilet paper and shampoo. I... Read more

Youre Invited to Join the Free Facing Your Giants Online Bible Study – Bible Gateway Blog

Content manager for Bible Gateway Facing Your Giants Online Bible Study is the free 6-week video Bible study you can do on your own or with friends, family, and your own small group. Max Lucado will share the ways God is equipping you to face the giants in your life. As a member of this... Read more

Popular Childrens Adventure Bible Available in NRSV Translation – Bible Gateway Blog

Content manager for Bible Gateway With more than 10 million copies sold, the Adventure Bible (Zonderkidz) brand is beloved by Christian schools, churches, and families alike. The bestselling Bible for children is now available in the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). [Read the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible translation on Bible Gateway] Commissioned by... Read more

Crossway+ Special: 40% Off Select Summer Reading Titles

An Exclusive Deal for Crossway+ Members Starting today and running through June 15, 2020, Crossway+ members receive 40% off the selected titles in the following categories and free shipping in the contiguous US. Not a Crossway+ Member? Create a free Crossway+ account. Then, browse the list below to see updated pricing. Resources for Children God... Read more

Podcast: Learning to Love the Local Church (Megan Hill)

This article is part of the The Crossway Podcast series. Why We Need the Local Church In this episode, Megan Hill, author of A Place to Belong: Learning to Love the Local Church, discusses the importance of the local church for our lives as God's people. She reflects on the challenging season we've all been... Read more

Add Love for the Saints to your Godliness – TGC Africa

In the New Testament the phrase ‘brotherly kindness’ or ‘brotherly affection’ does not refer to the love of brothers and sisters in a natural family, but rather the love which occurs between fellow Christians in the church. A love for the saints, or people, of God. Conrad Mbewe continues his series in 2 Peter 1Christian,... Read more

Should Christians Be Concerned about Individual Liberty in Crises?

Give me liberty or give me death, was the infamous cry of Patrick Henry just prior to the Revolutionary War.Something deep inside the human heart seeks freedom. Freedom from tyrannical oppression. Freedom from control. Freedom from conscience. Freedom from consequence. Freedom from pain, guilt, and sin. Freedomfrom God.As with most human desires, the quest for... Read more

12 Old-Fashioned Summer Activities for Making Special Memories

Rainy Day Activities 9. Make Sock PuppetsDo you have old socks or single socks hanging around? Grab markers, buttons, twist ties, and other oddities from around the house and let your kids have at it. Maybe talk about what kind of puppet show they want to put on, so they know what puppets they will... Read more

The Apostles Code: The Holy Spirit in You – Bible Gateway Blog

By O.S. Hawkins One of the saddest verses in the Bible is found in the aftermath of Jesus arrest in Gethsemanes garden. Of the apostles, the Bible simply records, Then they all forsook him and fled (Mark 14:50). They had been so bold and boastful of their commitment to him just hours before. But when... Read more

5 Prayers That Battle Negative Thoughts in Isolation

Crystal Caudill iBelieve Contributing Writer For most people, the long-term isolation that COVID-19 has imposed is a new and difficult struggle. Every aspect of our lives has been affected, and it leaves us emotionally vulnerable to negative thoughts. While it is perfectly normal and acceptable to experience these thoughts, it is crucial to be intentional... Read more

Whats My Purpose? Reflections in Lockdown – TGC Africa

As the cases of COVID-19 in South Africa increase daily, I cannot help but think back on a workshop I facilitated with students. This workshop took place the day before President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the initial shutdown in March. The topic under discussion was a Christians purpose in work and study. However, a Christian’s purpose... Read more

A Heartfelt Prayer for Justice

The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. (Psalm 33:5 NIV)Prejudice, discrimination, human trafficking, corruption, and more run rampant in the world. Media and modern-day conversations overflow with just causes, but heartfelt justice requires a deep look into our sin-soaked souls. To fight with courage and boldness, without judgement,... Read more

Rediscipling the White Church

Approaching racial segregation and injustice from the perspective of discipleship can move white Christians to a place we have rarely goneto lived and sacrificial solidarity with our neighbors. There is nothing quick or simple about this. Our definition of discipleship implies the lifelong formation of communities of Christians: Following Jesus (into the kingdom of God)... Read more

Bible News Roundup Week of May 24, 2020 – Bible Gateway Blog

Content manager for Bible Gateway [Return daily during the coming week for updates] Support Bible GatewayBrowse the Bible Gateway Store BibleGatewayStore.com Extremely Low Percentage of Americans Hold Biblical Worldview: An Interview with George Barna Bible Gateway Blog Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Latest Bible-Related Research See other Bible News Roundup weekly posts Thousands already... Read more

I’ve Had Enough of #Solidarity

“I’m so angry!” “Tears, so many tears!” “I feel so helpless!” “I just don’t know what to do!” “I’m so sorry!” The above declarations have been spoken to me by several of my non-Black colleagues, associates, and friends in the wake of the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. More often than not, these... Read more

Extremely Low Percentage of Americans Hold Biblical Worldview: An Interview with George Barna – Bible Gateway Blog

The first national survey of the worldview of Americans conducted by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University (@crcacu) shows that although seven out of ten consider themselves to be Christian, only 6% actually possess a biblical worldview. Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Latest Bible-Related Research Bible Gateway interviewed veteran researcher and author... Read more

12 Notable Quotes from 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

This article is part of the Notable Quotes series. Changed, But How? Technology is not itself bad, nor is it innocuous. Though were not all aware of how we are being changed by our digital habits, we are being changed nonetheless. Particularly as Christians, we can and should be thoughtful about our use of technology,... Read more

5 Expectations of the Post-Pandemic Church

There will be no going back to a pre-pandemic church. This is because those who were reached during the pandemic and those we hope to reach when its over will demand something different. In fact, the nature of the divide between a pre-pandemic church and a post-pandemic church will be about what people will expect... Read more

How to Live the Bible The Challenges and Blessings of Solitude – Bible Gateway Blog

This is the one-hundred-sixth 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. Mel Lawrenz will be offering... Read more

How to Handle Seasons of Delay in a God-Honoring Way – Bible Gateway Blog

By Banning Liebscher I hate delays. I do everything I can to avoid them. I stay away from certain streets, airports, and the freeway during high-traffic hours because I hate delays. I dont think Im alone in this; so much of the technology of our modern world is built around eliminating delays wherever we find... Read more

May 2020 New Releases

New Books and Bibles Below is a list of the new and notable resources releasing from Crossway this month. Titles include A Place to Belong: Learning the Love the Local Church by Megan Hill, When Doctrine Divides the People of God: An Evangelical Approach to Theological Diversity by Rhyne Putman, and Exploring the Bible Together:... Read more

When Killing Is the Priority

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the state of Missouri killed Walter Barton. Yes, in the middle of a pandemic unprecedented in our lifetimes, in the midst of all the uncertainty and chaos, the state of Missouri was intent on killing. Bringing together the required people, trying to minimize the risk of death to all others... Read more

God stories and bizarre Eid al-Fitr follow Ramadan 2020 – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — Eid al-Fitr is a three-day celebration following Ramadan when Muslims break their month-long fast. As described here, Eid al-Fitr was a subdued occasion this year for most who follow Islam. Isolation measures prevented communal practices, USA Today reports: Typically, Muslims gather at mosques and prayer areas in the morning to perform Eid... Read more

Offline Pastor, Relax… The Chief Shepherd is at Work – TGC Africa

Technology has proven a tremendous gift of God during the current pandemic. As we settle into this new reality, many of us ministry leaders are thanking God for the ability to go online. Communication is possible even when corporately gathering is not. But what about the pastor who has no internet connection to his people?... Read more

You’re Invited to Join the Free Facing Your Giants Online Bible Study – Bible Gateway Blog

Content manager for Bible Gateway Facing Your Giants Online Bible Study is the free 6-week video Bible study you can do on your own or with friends, family, and your own small group. Max Lucado will share the ways God is equipping you to face the giants in your life. As a member of this... Read more

Why We Should Never Stop Applauding Our Nation’s Military Families

We should never stop appreciating our military because of what they give and what they give up. For over 30 years my family has lived in the shadow of one of the largest military training bases in the country, Fort Jackson, in Columbia, South Carolina. I've attended church with, lived beside, and educated my children... Read more

8 Notable Quotes from What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?

This article is part of the Notable Quotes series. Truth and Grace for Sinners Scripture has much to say about judgment for sin and Gods love for sinners. Gods word addresses how we as Christians should think about sexuality and offers us hope and wisdom for navigating todays cultural landscape with humility and grace. All... Read more

When Youre Found, You Can Fail (and Other Augustinian Insights)

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Collin Hansen: I don’t know how exactly to describe Jamie Smith’s new book, On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts, published by Brazos. I just know I recommend... Read more

The Power of Privilege amid COVID-19 – TGC Africa

Privilege is a reality that is hard to deny in light of our current global crisis. This privilege, in Africa, is mostly the result of social constructs, many of which are derived from historical injustices. We see privilege based on gender, race, economic and social position, levels of education, marital status, and religion. But it... Read more

Called to Cure: Why Kelly Chibale Started Africas First Drug Research Lab

Kelly Chibales life sounds almost exaggerated, like it was based on a true story. An African child born into desperate poverty rises through education, talent, and hard work to become a post-doctoral researcher under one of the best chemists in the world. And then, in the mid-1990s, he faced a choice: Go back to England... Read more

What Should I Do After High School?

Editors’ note:  TGCs Thorns & Thistles column seeks to apply wisdom with practical advice about faith, work, and economics. If you have a question on how to think about and practice your work in a way that honors God, let us know at [email protected]. What would you say to someone who doesnt have a clear... Read more

How Not to Be Cliquishor SilentAbout Your Faith at Work

Editors’ note:  TGCs Thorns & Thistles column seeks to apply wisdom with practical advice about faith, work, and economics. If you have a question about how to think about and practice your work in a way that honors God, let us know at [email protected] What are some helpful ways to encourage fellow Christians who struggle... Read more

Tuition Is Rising and Enrollment Is Holding. So Why Are Christian Colleges Struggling?

When Jessi Vos was a junior in high school, she told her mom and dad she wanted to go to a college that was more international and more urban than the Iowa town where she grew up. She also wanted a place that wasnt too bigher state university felt hugeand Christian professors and a Christian... Read more