• The Weight of Shame by Burk Parsons

    Shame—we all feel it, or at least we should. We are all sinful, and our sin brings shame. Although shame has all but disappeared from our culture’s vocabulary and is largely ignored by many in the church, it exists nonetheless …Read More

  • When Not to Take Communion by Anthony Carter

    When I was growing up, I did not like going to church. For a young boy in a rural town, church was boring, long, and filled with old, stodgy people singing old, stodgy songs. I would have rather been playing …Read More

  • Comfort My People by Michael Lawrence

    Because shame is always hiding, it often catches us by surprise. An unbeliever had been attending my church for several months. Always professionally dressed and well spoken, he often thanked me for my sermons. But nothing in our previous interactions …Read More

  • Why We Feel Shame by Jeremy Pierre

    Cows don’t feel shame. This amazing fact dawned on me at the Lorain County Fair one particularly mild summer in Ohio. What wasn’t mild was my revulsion at the bulging udders caked with filth on display for the world to …Read More

  • Helping the Impossible by Mez McConnell

    Listen to Paul speaking in Ephesians 2:14–16 to a church that is dividing on ethnic and social lines: “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of …Read More

  • Paradise Restored by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    There are any number of ways to capture the glory of Eden. Because it is a garden paradise, we can focus on its bucolic nature. Bereft of thorns and thistles, fruitful and beautiful, it is the ideal location, designed for …Read More

  • What Shame Does by James Coffield

    In a moment pregnant with sorrow and hope, dignity and depravity, and su”ering and glory, a grieving mother stood before the mourners who had gathered to honor a man’s life and spoke the words, “Shame killed my son, Luke. Shame …Read More

  • The Practice of Sinning by Jay Bauman

    It was early in the morning on New Year’s Day in 2006, in Rio de Janeiro, and I was having trouble sleeping. The noise of the New Year festivities had kept me awake. So I decided to take a walk …Read More

  • What We’ve Received by Keith Mathison

    The Westminster Confession of Faith contains a majestic statement on the authority of Scripture:

    The authority of the holy Scripture, for which it ought to bebelieved and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man, or church; but wholly …Read More

  • Why It’s Essential by Michael Kruger

    Inerrancy is not a popular term in the world of biblical studies today. For many, it is viewed asananti-intellectual, fear-motivated invention of nineteenth-and twentieth-century American fundamentalists who were tryingto protect the Bible’s authority from the rising tide of Enlightenment rationalism. …Read More

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