The Fulfillment of the Great Commission: A Responsibility of the Local Church

Christians who desire to go overseas will benefit from the constant recommendation that they must be actively involved in a local church.

Johnson is to be commended for the gospel-centrality of this book. Churches need a gospel-culture, which means pastors should be preaching the gospel, church members should know the gospel, and both should be sharing the gospel near and far. Moreover, Johnson offers a helpful take on missionary success: “Good gospel work won’t always yield immediate visible results,” for God is in control of... Continue Reading

Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them

I knew just enough of the story to know that it would rattle me vigorously. It did.

As I read the book I felt like I was being asked to carry a tiny fraction of the burden Simonetta and her family bore — and it was still onerous. But I also see the beauty of being part of a community where personal possession of painful knowledge is essential to burden-bearing.   Lois... Continue Reading

Keith and Kristyn Getty’s New Project Challenges Churches to Rediscover the Power of Psalms in Congregational Worship

Keith & Kristyn Getty announce the release of their latest live album “Sing!: Psalms: Ancient + Modern.”

The Sing! Movement was launched in 2017 with the release of their book, Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church, and grew out of Keith & Kristyn Getty’s vision to propel churches towards a deeper, more dynamic view of artistry, theology and congregational singing. Sing! Psalms: Ancient + Modern, blends hymns, old and... Continue Reading

American Gospel: Christ Alone, Film Review

In the U.S. there has arisen a particularly virulent form of false teaching—a gospel which promises cash and comfort to Christ’s followers, and in so doing bilks the poor, the needy, and the ill.

One of the great blessings to the church recently has been the emergence of quality Christian documentary filmmaking. We’ve been blessed by the fruits of the creative labors of folks like Media Gratiae and Stephen McCaskell. The work of Brandon Kimber and his Transition Studios adds to that growing library of excellent films which are educational, entertaining,... Continue Reading

Truth, Idols, and the 9th and 1st Commandments

I first read All That's Good by Hannah Anderson last fall, and I'm rereading it with a group of women from church.

If we ignore truth and the virtues of integrity and honesty, we will be drawn to something else. Hannah writes, “we will find consensus through shared emotional or subjective reality. We will retreat into tribes that validate our own experience and form communities around those biases and tendencies. And when this tribal or party identity is... Continue Reading

…but I Have a Couch

I prayed, and as I sat on my couch, asking God how to do hospitality for Him, a new concept came to me.

Perhaps the most helpful and practical thing to do is to look around and recognize what you have, and then be intentional about using what you do have to obey God. For example, I don’t have a large space, but I do have a couch. So, I now invite women to come share a pot... Continue Reading

Mere Calvinism

In my opinion, Jim Orrick’s Mere Calvinism is one of the finest introductions to Calvinism you’ll find.

Maybe I need to begin by answering these questions: Do we really need another introduction to Calvinism? And should someone like you bother with it? In both cases, I will answer in affirmative. We do need more introductions to Calvinism, not least because there are lots of people who may be associated with this broadly... Continue Reading

Unshackled: The God of WM. Paul Young

The question for discerning readers to ask is whether or not Young’s views measure up to the scrutiny of God’s Word.

It is a great irony that a book which sets out to challenge the so-called “lies we believe about God,” does in fact, promote views of God that fail to match the biblical record. First, Young promotes a soft view of God.Specifically, he argues that God is not in control.   Lies We Believe About God is the... Continue Reading

The Color of Compromise

Outlines a history of systemic racism within the American political system and the American Church—a history of complicity in racism that Jemar Tisby argues remains to this day.

If The Color of Compromise was only six chapters long, it would have been, mostly, a good book. However, at the middle of the book, Jemar Tisby approves of heretical theology from social gospel preachers and liberation theology heretics like Walter Rauschenbusch and James Cone. And when he transitions from slavery and segregation to more modern events,... Continue Reading

3 Thoughts on Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Beyond the general goal of happiness by attaining success, there is not much else.

For Hollis, happiness comes through using faith to contribute to her vision for happiness: namely, success, control, and authenticity. That makes her happy. So she pursues it relentlessly. It is just not clear why this is good. And that is where the religious answer comes into play. For Christians, what is good does not only mean what... Continue Reading