• Purchased by His Blood by Anthony Carter

    Purchasing power is the number of goods or services that can be purchased with a unit of currency. When I was a young boy growing up in rural Michigan, currency was scarce. If I was ever fortunate enough to get …Read More

  • Our Bloody Religion by Anthony Carter

    It has been said that Christianity is a bloody religion. This reference is usually made by critics who point to the wars, inquisitions, trials, and executions carried out over the years in the name of Christianity. While we must admit …Read More

  • A Life of Blessing and Rest by Nicholas Batzig

    Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles …Read More

  • Pardoned and Glorified by Burk Parsons

    If you’ve read Victor Hugo’s classic work Les Miserables, or if you’ve seen the stage production or film, you’ll recall the scene wherein the bitter criminal Jean Valjean has been released from prison and finds safe harbor at a bishop’s …Read More

  • Boasting in His Shame by John Sartelle

    But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14). This was an absurd statement in Paul’s world. The cross was an instrument of execution used by the government. The cross …Read More

  • Christ Forsaken by Joel Beeke

    Ay, ay, d’ye know what it was—dying on the cross, forsaken by His Father—d’ye know what it was?… It was damnation—and damnation taken lovingly.”
          — John “Rabbi” Duncan (1796–1870) “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a …Read More

  • The Wondrous Cross by Keith Mathison

    I sometimes wonder how many Christians stop to think about how incredibly odd it is that crucifixes are used as works of art. Crucifixes adorn church architecture, classic paintings, sculpture, and even jewelry. But consider for a moment what a crucifix …Read More

  • The Agonizing Prayer by Jerry Bridges

    Isaiah wrote prophetically of Jesus that He was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3). Though those words were descriptive of His entire life, we see them coming to a climax in the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus …Read More

  • The National Denier: Fiction Stranger than the Truth! by S.M. Baugh

    It is strange, is it not, that perfectly rational, even brilliant people should believe the most untenable of fables but disbelieve the most believable of historical events? No, it is beyond strange: it is downright tragic, because to deny this …Read More