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How Progressive Christianity Preaches Another Gospel

Alisa Childers, former member of the popular Christian band ZOEgirl, began attending a new church not realizing the pastor was a progressive Christian until she was invited to attend an exclusive class. In fact, the pastor didnt even identify as a Christian, but as a hopeful agnostic. This class would introduce Childers to a brand... Read more

Proverbs in Their Place

Editors’ note:  This article is an adapted excerpt from the author’s book, Proverbs for You (The Good Book Company, 2020). The book of Proverbs has a remarkable shape. We often jump to one or another of the short, pithy wisdom sayings without taking note of the book’s context. The first nine chapters are filled with... Read more

Would Someone Tell Me What 2 Thessalonians 2 Means?!

The apostle Peter once wrote that there are some things in [Pauls letters] that are hard to understand (2 Pet. 3:15). One cant help but wonder if he had 2 Thessalonians 2 in mind. The “rebellion (2:3), the man of lawlessness (2:3, cf. 2:8), the restrainer (2:67)who or what are these things? It appears Paul... Read more

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: A Sermon from Julius Kim

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Julius Kim: I’d invite you to turn to Genesis 29 for our scripture reading this morning. Let me add my welcome to pastor James, to all of you who are here today, to... Read more

Jesus According to the New Testaments Most Quoted Psalm

Out of all the verses in the Hebrew Bible, the most frequently quoted in the New Testament is Psalm 110:1. But thats not all. Verse 4 of the same psalm gets almost an entire chapters worth of commentary (Heb. 7:1128). Clearly, the apostles and prophets saw this messianic psalm as highly significant for their understanding... Read more

How to Stay Awake in a World of Spiritual Tranquilizers

Editors’ note:  Take part in TGCs Read the Bible initiative, where were encouraging Christians and churches to read together through Gods Word in a year. It might seem odd to lump drowsiness and drunkenness together. Its not like theyre moral equivalents. But thats exactly what Paul does in 1 Thessalonians 5:6, telling us not [to]... Read more

Dont Underestimate 12 Thessalonians

Two thousand years have passed since Paul penned 12 Thessalonians. The Roman Empire, and the ancient city of Thessalonica, have been reduced to rubble. You can buy a ticket to tour the ruins. The Greco-Roman godsonce the object of so much worship, devotion, sacrifice, and hopehave been relegated to museums and the occasional Disney film.... Read more

Why Progressive Christianity Cant Bring Reformation

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Collin Hansen: Time for another reformation has been a rallying cry of many Protestants since, well, the original Protestant Reformation. And in the last 20 years, you’ve heard this cry from a particular... Read more

What Should a Pastor Do When He Doesnt Know What to Say?

It happens to all of us. Maybe its in a moment of community tragedy, or when a long-time church member confesses a shocking sin. Perhaps your child reveals a secret struggle, or a dear friend shares news of a diagnosis. The information hits your brain, but youre not quite sure what to do with it.... Read more

What Does It Mean to Fill Up Whats Lacking in Christs Afflictions?

The book of Colossians will make you scratch your head. In this little letter, Paul refers to Jesus as the firstborn of all creation (Col. 1:15), talks about the circumcision of Christ (2:11), refers to strange worship practices (2:18, 23), and mentions his unknown epistle to Laodicea (4:16)just to mention a few tricky passages. But... Read more

TGC Podcast: Leaders Need Tough Hides and Tender Hearts

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Dan Doriani: First of all let me say welcome to all of you and I find it mildly amusing that two hours ago, I was telling my friend Phil [Reichen] you may need... Read more

Recovering an Overlooked Verse on Missions: The Promise of Philippians 1:6

Editors’ note:  Take part in TGCs Read the Bible initiative, where were encouraging Christians and churches to read together through Gods Word in a year. Philippians 1:6 is one of the most familiar verses in Scripture. You may know it well: He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at... Read more

What Bible Passage Do You Treasure Most? – The Gospel Coalition

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Jason Cook: Yeah, for me, it would be 1 Corinthians 1:18. I was at a season in college when I was trying to figure out what it meant to walk with Jesus at... Read more

The White Savior Complex in Missions?

In 2009, 19-year-old Renee Bach left the United States for rural Uganda, called by Jesus to serve. Between 2010 and 2015, she took in nearly 1,000 malnourished children at the ministry she founded, Serving His Children. She had a popular blog and became a well-known missionary, admired by many in the United States as someone... Read more

Beware the Hero Pastor

Many pastors can relate to the following experience (loosely based on my everyday pastoral life; all names changed to protect the innocent): Church member John emails the latest sermon excerpt from his favorite celebrity pastor. He wants me to listen and give feedback. For John, this is often a veiled attempt to humblebrag about his... Read more

TGC Q&A: What Would Be Different Without Christs Resurrection?

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Rico Tice: How would the world be different if Christ had not risen from the dead? Scott Oliphint: Right. Probably the main difference if Christ has not been raised from the dead, is... Read more

How Things Have Changed: Reflections of a Millennial Pastor in a Gen Z World

Pastoring on a college campus less than 15 years removed from my own graduation gives me a front-row seat to the remarkable cultural changes underway among young people today. I attended a school quite like the one where I now serve as a campus minister for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)an elite private university attracting the... Read more

Celebrating the Legacy of Herman Bavinck: An Interview with James Eglinton

It has been a prodigious decade for Dutch Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck (18541921). The translation of his four-volume work into English at the turn of the century sparked a surge of scholarly and pastoral interest, and new editions and translations of his works, along with new academic monographshave rapidly multiplied. This is, of course, with... Read more

Hebrew and Greek Arent Just for Pastors

I remember daydreaming at my desk in the moments before my first seminary Greek class began. Finallythe New Testament will be clear. All those tricky passages Ive never understood will make sense, and exegesis will be a piece of cake! That misguided dream died five minutes later when my professor offered this humbling bit of... Read more

God or Satan? On Davids Sin in 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles

Given our weakness, why would God ever lead us . . . into temptation? Martin Luther provided one answer: Unus Christianus temptatus milleOne Christian who has been tempted is worth a thousand [who have never been tempted]. God works in our lives through temptation. That was true of the Lord Jesus. For him, temptation was... Read more

Tim Keller on Race, Justice, and Other Uncontroversial Stuff

Tim Keller, co-founder of TGC, has just completed a series of essays on the Bible’s view of race and justiceand how it compares to the reigning paradigms of our day. Altogether the series totals more than 37,000 wordsa book-length treatment. Here are the installments: “The Bible and Race” (2,700 words) “The Sin of Racism” (4,600... Read more

The Blessing of (Good) Authority: Lessons from a Kings Last Words

Editors’ note:  Take part in TGCs Read the Bible initiative, where were encouraging Christians and churches to read together through Gods Word in a year. People today are scared of authority. Yet should they be? From elementary school through graduate school, Western educators teach us to question authority, the authority of the church because it... Read more

When God Says No to Your Earnest Prayers

Amys cancer appeared with a vengeance. She was a faithful wife and loving mother of three young children. Her diagnosis was grave, but her faith was great. She knew her God is good and that he could heal her. So, she prayed. Her husband prayed. Her children prayed. Our church prayed. We pleaded for God... Read more

You Dont Have to Do It All

Im a 38-year pastoral veteran, now serving in a semi-urban, multi-ethnic congregation. I’ve never felt more overwhelmed. Though I’m not necessarily clocking in more pastoral hours, I am investing more grief and empathynot to mention all the hours mulling over the threat to (and opportunity for) love, justice, unity, and mission that todays issues present.... Read more

3 Reasons Evangelicals Shouldnt Become Roman Catholic

The much-publicized “reversion” of formerChristianity Today editor Mark Galli (he’d been baptized in the Roman Catholic Church as a child) quite naturally leads thoughtful sons and daughters of the Reformation to evaluate the biblical and theological support beams of their faith. After all, if someone who’d ascended to the summit of an evangelical magazine founded... Read more

Introducing TGC Essays: Theology for the Global Church

For more than a decade, The Gospel Coalition has been publishing a wide range of articles, podcasts, videos, books, and more. This work is driven by an observation in our Foundation Documents: We have become deeply concerned about some movements within traditional evangelicalism that seem to be diminishing the churchs life and leading us away... Read more

What Taking the Lords Name in Vain Means

Life continues amid a pandemic, but it seems weve lost the stability we once enjoyed, both as individuals and also as a church. The hour is desperate. How should we respond? One option is to complain, feel pity for ourselves, and blame God. A more faithful option is found in an erudite and compelling new... Read more

The Gospel Coalition Podcast: Literary Tools to Understand Deborah

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Kathleen Nielson: It is a delight to spend the session digging into the Old Testament story of Deborah together. At the start, I would like to mention four specific goals for this session.... Read more