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Why (and How) Should We Pray the Names of God?

If youve ever done a Bible study about the names of God, you were likely blessed to discover the wonderful ways our Lord is described throughout the Old and New Testaments. Rich with meaning, the names of God not only point to who He is, they give us a clear picture of what He has... Read more

Where Love Ends (And the Fight for Disability Rights)

Editor’s Note: This is an anonymously written essay taken fromKeeping the Faith: Reflections on Politics and Christianity in the Era of Trump and Beyond. Each Friday between now and Election Day 2020, we will be sharing new excerpts from this anthology of dissent. Disciples of Jesus know that God persistently asks us to consider what... Read more

How to Seek and Find God When Life Keeps You Busy

Although this time during quarantine has freed up time in some ways since many events, gatherings, and usual activities have been cancelled or postponed, in other ways life has seemed to keep up with its normal fast pace. There is still work that needs to be done (whether from home or the office), kids who... Read more

From KKK Activism to Cruciform Politics

Watching what’s unfolding in America today is like seeing the rerun of a bad movie. As a young, patriotic, white, churchgoing Southerner, I was alarmed by the racial, social, and political changes taking place in the 1960s. Southern governors and many local leaders were denouncing the civil-rights movement as inspired by communists. Conspiracy theories alleged... Read more

TGC Podcast: Danny Akin on Teaching Kids to Love the Nations

The following is a lightly edited transcript; please check the audio or video before quoting. Danny Akin: Little Global Hearts. How to give our children a vision for the world, building Great Commission families. Two texts that are going to drive my study this morning, the first I will read now, and the other in... Read more

Being the Other Voice

I had never felt so attractive. As I stood on a corner across from the federal killing facility in Terre Haute, Indiana, car after car drove by with people shouting or signaling that they wanted to fornicate with me. What could draw such a reaction? Perhaps it was the inflammatory sign I was holding, which... Read more

5 Myths about Heaven

This article is part of the 5 Myths series. Myth #1: The Christians home is in heaven. When Christians die, we rejoice that they have been called home to heaven. There is truth and comfort in this. But we need to be careful when we refer to heaven as our home. Heaven is neither our... Read more

10 Verses and Prayers to Lean on as you Vote

The pressure and tension from this election feels higher than ever. It seems the pressure has gradually each year as well as the emotions that surround the issues on the table. What we have failed to recognize is that every election for all of time has come with the same weighty issues. Every political party wants... Read more

How to Live the Bible Says Who? Says God! – Bible Gateway Blog

This is the one-hundred-twenty-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. Then Jesus came to them... Read more

7 Things Every Father Should Be Talking about with His Sons These Days

3. Leadership Men of the older generation were all about being the head of the house. Yet, being a leader doesnt mean disqualifying your partners thoughts and feelings. There has to be compromise somewhere. And when a man leads, where is he leading his followers? God wants us to remain focused on him at all times.... Read more

7 Prayers of Compassion to Strengthen Your Pastor

4. Prayer for God to Give Your Pastor Good Health Although pastors care for others, they often dont take care of themselves. PCI reports over 50% of pastors are unhealthy, overweight, and dont exercise.With 84% saying they are on-call 24/7, 75% of pastors feel highly stressed. At 91%, most pastors feel burned out, fatigued, and... Read more

5 Questions about Church Discipline

This article is part of the Questions and Answers series. Q: What is church discipline? A: You might have noticed that disciple and discipline are related words. In the broadest sense, church discipline is one part of Christian discipleship.1 It involves teaching and correction. Not surprisingly, theres a centuries-old practice of referring to formative discipline... Read more

The Black Bell Curve and Confirmation Bias on Race and Justice

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Darryl Williamson: If I’m looking for people to just back up my position, I’m not someplace where I should be as a Christian. It’s just, I can’t grow. I can approach the Bible... Read more

Love for Enemies

Editor’s note: Singer/Songwriter and participant of the Red Letter Christians Artists and Musicians Collective, Paul Demer, recently released a new congregational worship song entitled “Love for Enemies.” Read about it and watch the lyric video below! I originally wrote Love For Enemies for New Braunfels Presbyterian Church (USA) in the Texas Hill Country. I was... Read more

How to Use the Bible Gateway Plus Atlas – Bible Gateway Blog

The Bible Gateway Plus Atlas features scrollable, zoomable, interactive maps that help you orient your understanding of the location of places mentioned in the Bible as you’re reading Scripture. Each map is synchronized with Bible verses, so it’s conveniently accessible with a click of your mouse to help you quickly get your bearings. For example,... Read more

GRACE CERAMICS

Ive been hand throwing pottery for nine years, beginning in high school. It has always come naturally to me and is a meditative, sweet time for me to quietly sit and talk to God. Being behind the pottery wheel, throwing clay, is one of my favorite steps in the entire process of making a mug... Read more

5 Things You Need to Know to Stop Striving and Know Your Worth

Ive learned my worth comes from who God is not from who I am or what I do.God is perfect and holy.We sometimes attribute human characteristics to God such as conditional love, being easily angered, holding grudges, showing favoritism, or refusing to forgive. But while we resemble Him in many ways, Hes not like us.... Read more

The Seven Seals of Revelation and What They Mean

The book of Revelation can be scary and difficult for most to interpret. Even Bible scholars debate the meaning of many details. So, understanding as a layperson can bring confusion. One thing is sure, the events described by the apostle John, are a picture of the return of Christ and God's judgment on the world.Symbolism... Read more

Explosive Church Growth and Bible Translation Technology – Bible Gateway Blog

By John Sawyer How did the early church reach all the residents of Asia, both Jews and Greeks (Acts 19:10) with the gospel in just two years? Thats about 15 million people! And in Romans 15:19-23 the apostle Paul states that from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum there is no place left for his... Read more

3 Observations about Heaven

1. There are none but lovely objects in heaven. No odious, or unlovely, or polluted person or thing is to be seen there. There is nothing there that is wicked or unholy. There shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination (Rev. 21:27). And there is nothing that... Read more

5 Questions about Homosexuality

This article is part of the Questions and Answers series. Q: If the Bible says so little about homosexuality, why do Christians insist on talking about it so much? A: The reason the Bible says comparatively little about homosexuality is because it was a comparatively uncontroversial sin among ancient Jews and Christians. There is no... Read more

TGC Q&A: What Does It Mean to Be a New Creation?

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Rebecca McLaughlin: In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul talks about Christians as a new creation. What do you think that means? Taylor Turkington: Oh, Rebecca. I think that Paul is talking about in this... Read more

How Should We Pray for the Presidential Election?

Our country has experienced a lot this year. Not only are we still living through a global pandemic, and seeing racial injustices heightened, but we are also gearing up for one of the most important elections in our lifetime.Politics has always caused division within our country and relationships with others, yet this election year feels... Read more

What Does It Mean to Be Unequally Yoked?

How to Tell If Someone Is Unequally Yoked It is hard to discuss being equally yoked without sounding judgmental. Yet, if we are seeking a life partner, its important that we act wisely and look for a person whose life reflects what is in their heart. Scripture encourages us to be discerning, pure, and blameless... Read more