A Faithful Heart
The artist needed more than love; he needed the truth. Vittoria provided both.
Vittoria and Michelangelo had long conversations about art, poetry, and faith. They encouraged each other to keep writing and publish their works which, by that time, had turned almost exclusively to religion. Michelangelo, who had often expressed in his poem his sorrow over sins and his fear of death, found in this “high and godly... Continue Reading
While I Was Still a Marxist: How Christ Rescued Me
It seems mystical, and I can’t even describe well the experience, but it reversed the course of my life.
From where were these thoughts emanating? In my brain, Marxism was settled social science. Lenin’s hatred for the “figment of man’s imagination” called “God” was not new to me. It’s hard for me to convey the strangeness, the otherness, of this experience. I have trouble sitting still during lectures. I like to walk while thinking.... Continue Reading
Reflections on the Christlike leadership of John Stott
"He lived what he preached”—that is perhaps what we most need to remember and learn from as we confront the heartbreaking truth that a number of Christian leaders have failed in this area.
Uncle John’s last lesson to me about service came for me on the day in 2011 that he died. There was a rota amongst the church staff to go down to his residential home and it happened to be my day to go on 27th July. That morning I got there at about 10am. The... Continue Reading
The Soviet government was not satisfied with killing Lohmeyer. They were determined to erase records about his life.
“[God] made me as one fettered, in order to fetter me to himself and to you, and in so doing he gave me the gift of inner freedom from all the mortal burdens of my life. He did all this to me, an innocent victim in the world’s eyes, the martyr of a good cause—and... Continue Reading
A Statement from the Family of Robert and Barbara Lesslie On the Shooting That Took Their Lives and Others
“We do not grieve as those without hope. Our hope is found in the promise of Jesus Christ….”
Read more on the background to this incident here. While we know there are no answers that will satisfy the question “why,” we are sure of one thing: we do not grieve as those without hope. Our hope is found in the promise of Jesus Christ, and we are enveloped by peace that surpasses all... Continue Reading
Rock Hill Doctor, Wife, Grandchildren, Worker Killed In York County Mass Shooting
A gunman opened fire at a Rock Hill, SC home Wednesday, killing five people, including ARP members Dr. Lesslie and his wife, and seriously injuring one person.
UPDATE: Former NFL player Phillip Adams named as suspect in deadly South Carolina shooting. Read more here. [Editor’s note: Dr. Robert Lesslie was an elder in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP). One ARP member remarked, “He was involved in Camp Joy and many other things around our denomination.” Another recalled, “My first memory of... Continue Reading
There Are No Egalitarians When the Dog Attacks
Anyone who thinks I have an obligation to tame my little warrior would change their tune the moment danger came barking.
Bridger Walker, a six-year-old Wyoming boy, was the subject of that story. This little warrior knows better than many males my age what masculinity means. According to an Instagram post published by his aunt, Bridger leapt in front of a charging dog to save his 4-year-old sister….When his father asked him why he threw himself... Continue Reading
Michigan University Can’t Punish Christian Club For Requiring Leaders Be Christian, Judge Rules
A federal court ruled to protect a Christian student organization whose official club status was revoked by a university for requiring its leaders to adhere to its statement of faith.
Judge Robert H. Cleland of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that the university’s actions “strike at the heart” of the First Amendment and are “obviously odious to the Constitution.” He added that the university’s “disparate and discriminatory” treatment of the religious group violates the Constitution’s Free Exercise Clause. He... Continue Reading
The Sword of The Spirit: “Don’t Leave Home Without It!”
As a young and new Christian, I experienced a remarkable and astonishing incident of the Holy Spirit using His sword in my life.
Suddenly, one of the men appeared and fell against my car begging me to help him. As a young woman warned never to pick up strangers, I hesitated. Immediately, a verse of Scripture flashed through my mind. “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these... Continue Reading
Seven Fascinating Minister Types and Preaching
How would you describe the preaching you listen to on Sunday morning? Is it one of these seven types of preaching?
We want you to be our minister. We don’t care about your accent, where you grew up, from what seminary you graduated, whether you like football or ride a motorcycle. We are anxious to hear you preach God’s Word, and happy to be enlightened, encouraged, challenged and convicted. We want to be brought into the... Continue Reading