Make the Bible your Native Tongue: “With tweets, blog posts, predigested podcasts, and fingertip access each week to downloads of some of the most engaging Bible teachers in the world, it’s tempting to develop an on-going input of the Bible at the hands of others that overshadows, or even eclipses, input from personal time spent pouring over it on our own.”
Lessons from the 2013 VMAs: “Youth culture is spiritually hungry. Augustine said that “our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.” The VMAs were like a cultural ultra-sound that allow us to see just how restless the heart of youth culture really is….We need to realize just how counter-cultural the Gospel is and how counter to the Gospel our culture can be.”
Why College Ministry Needs the Local Church: “When college ministry is an integrated part of the church, real relationships have a chance to form in a much different way than if a student simply shows up to a church on Sunday but doesn’t know anyone.”
“A Christian is not a person who has made a new start in life, but a person who has received a new life to start with.” —John Blanchard
“The more you know about Christ, the less you will be satisfied with superficial views of him.” —C.H. Spurgeon
“Our call to war: to love the captive soul but to rage against the captor.” – Kristyn and Keith Getty, “O Church Arise”
Today is the beginning of a new semester at John Brown University. With a new year of classes, I always encourage students to set some goals for the upcoming year. Obviously, each person has the goal of finishing the semester with the highest grades possible, but what about spiritual, relational, vocational, and personal goals?
Paul knew the persecutions that would be faced by those who lived a godly life in a godless culture. By the time he is writing to Timothy, he has been stoned, shipwrecked, snakebitten, jailed, beaten, left for dead, spat upon, cursed, jailed again, and condemned to die. Though our society isn’t as hostile to Christianity as Paul’s was, we will still face degrees of persecution as believers. Paul recognized that there was one thing that had helped him face his persecutions and would help Timothy face his: Scripture: the only unchanging truth in a changing world. Continue reading →