God designed you with the capacity to pause and ponder. He means for you not just to hear him, but to reflect on what he says.
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God designed you with the capacity to pause and ponder. He means for you not just to hear him, but to reflect on what he says.
Humans are created good and blessed beyond measure, being made in God’s image, with an unhindered relationship with God, and with freedom.
Jesus said that it is out of the overflow of the heart that the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). What comes out of your heart displays what’s in it and what has captured it.
If our salvation depended upon our feelings, we should be lost one day and saved another, for they are as fickle as the weather.
We need to realize that being embodied means that we are designed to relate to one another physically.
We must train ourselves to slow down and recognize the greatest need we have is met in Christ’s coming.
Genesis 1–3 defines marriage and shows us that marriage began in the Garden of Eden, in a perfect world.
Your marriage, like mine, is imperfect. But your imperfect marriage is amazing, more than you might think.
The Spirit makes godly conversations possible, and he expects you to give yourself to them because the people around you—your children—need them.
The fact that you have a cesspool of sin down in your heart doesn’t mean you should camp down there because that’s precisely what God is trying to lead you out of.
The work will never be finished this side of heaven, but it's a reminder for us to trust God for the work. We can stop what we're doing and trust him to establish the work of our hands.
Without trying to be somebody you're not, think about how you can be hospitable to those around you in your current season of life.
We are weak. We are common, plain, fragile, breakable, dishonorable. But our weakness does not diminish the power of the gospel.
Christian salvation is fundamentally a matter of grace, rescue, help, deliverance—it is God invading our miserable little lives and triumphing gloriously and persistently over all the sin and self he finds.
Mourning acknowledges that the world is not the way God meant it to be. Mourning cries out for God’s redeeming, restoring hand.
Where is the line between a healthy enjoyment and an idol?
We need the Spirit to give us power over our idolatrous desires.
The world is not a machine that God made to run on its own. It is a painting, or a sculpture, or a drama.
Knowing that God has promised to complete the work he began in us, we are well equipped to practice perseverance.
Paul's letter to the Ephesian church details how being embraced by the love of Christ truly changes everything.
Sometimes we make studying the Bible more complicated than it has to be. In reality, it's actually just a matter of asking the right questions that point us in the right direction as we seek to relate to God through his Word.
You have many reasons not to go to church. That’s why we see this moment in history as an opportunity to rediscover church.
The essence of obedience is not simply doing the right stuff. Rather, the essence of obedience is the heart, and what must live in the heart of the obedient person is a willing submission to God’s authority.
Tim Chester explains how his book, You Can Change, unfolds.
Over the course of five days, be encouraged by God’s commitment to his own in this devotional adaptation from John Piper’s book, Providence.
The problem with all of our desires to change is that they’re not ambitious enough.
Many of us believe that Christian discipleship is synonymous with self-improvement. But true Christian discipleship is a call to die, not to improve.
It is our achievements that make us; our lack of achievement leaves us wondering who we really are.
Just as much as we Christians take seriously the call to disciple how we think, so we should also take seriously the call to disciple how we imagine.
What does the way you introduce yourself say about how you see yourself, about where you find the source of your identity?
If you are a true believer in Jesus, you are in constant communication with your Lord in some way—either vocally or in your heart.
Dwell in the light of your Lord, and let your soul be always delighted by his love.
When we join Jesus, we join his family and his mission. When Jesus Christ is Lord, he integrates disciples into a missional church family.
The reason we have a hard time talking about wisdom is that we have a very misguided notion of what it is.
God speaks in light of who he is and what he has done, and we respond back to God.
The root of idolatry is pride.
It is all too easy for us to overlook the fact that Jesus knew what it meant to get up and go to work every day.
This side of the sin at the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, our work is ruined by all manner of afflictions moral, physical, emotional, and mental.
Justin Taylor and Duane Litfin, president emeritus of Wheaton College, discuss Litfin’s new book Word versus Deed.
The words of a gracious friend are self-controlled, wise, and hopeful, and those who hear her speak are the better for it.
For Christians, the start of a new year arrives with reminders afresh of the glorious promises that God has made to his people through the Bible.
Women are extremely valuable to society, not because of their own merits but because of the qualities God has given them to use on his behalf.
Please join us in prayer for the many partners of Crossway who are serving on the frontlines of ministry.
Think about it: a woman’s sphere of influence today is far more diverse and extensive than ever before.
If we spend our time gazing only on lesser things, we will become like them, measuring our years in terms of human glory.
Our desires—the things we want—tend to govern our lives and our choices. For that reason, it is important that our desires get formed in a biblical mold.
Just consider the roller-coaster ride of emotions we can experience in the course of a single week (or, for some of us, a single day): anger, love, frustration, joy, sorrow, annoyance, irritation, fear, anxiety, peace, satisfaction, exultation, discouragement, happiness, fulfillment, dissatisfaction, anticipation.
God created us as thinking and feeling creatures, and therefore both are part of being made in his image, therefore both thoughts and feelings are vital components of true faith.
Part two of an interview with Deborah Howard on her book, Sunsets: Reflections for Life’s Final Journey.
Crossway interviews Deborah Howard on Sunsets: Reflections for Life’s Final Journey.
As any student of Scripture quickly learns, the Bible was not written in a vacuum.
Win this 7-volume series about God's enduring faithfulness and the ongoing efficacy of the gospel in the lives of Christians throughout history.
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Full of outstanding content to help children ages 8-12 to understand and enjoy God's Word and transition from a beginner's Bible.
The ministry of Paul David Tripp exists to encourage Christ followers back to the gospel of grace for help in every season of life's challenges.
As another new year begins, let's examine our habits, including our relationships to social media and our phones.
When it looks like we’re facing defeat or failure, we’re often tempted to take things into our own hands.
For Christians, the stakes are even higher for cultivating holy curiosity and the mindset of a lifelong learner.
The reality of a believer's faith will reveal itself in observable and concrete ways—those who endure follow God in obedience.
Salvation comes by grace through faith to believers, who consequently display their faith as they continue to trust in Jesus, heedless of suffering and persecution in this life.
Not everyone who commits these sins is excluded from God’s heavenly kingdom. Yet, those who persistently give themselves over to them demonstrate that they are indeed excluded from eternal life.
Historically, churches have had a false paradigm for what youth ministry should look like. It's far more than getting kids in the door and keeping them out of trouble.
The job of a youth pastor involves equipping the whole church to invest in the whole lives of young people.
The Reformers so clearly point us back to Christ, and point us to Scripture.
God’s incommunicable attributes are important for us to understand because they’re the ones that tell us how God is not like us.
Living in light of our death reorients us to our limitations as creatures and helps us see God’s good gifts right in front of us—enabling us to live wisely, freely, and generously.
When we fellowship with the Lord, we will find a new security, a new peace, and a new confidence in the Lord and in just getting through life.
Every pastor faces that tension of cultivating a rich inner-life, focusing on the spiritual aspect of calling, without neglecting the mundane responsibilities of ministry.
What Owen offers is not quick relief, but long-term, deep growth in grace that can make strong, healthy trees where there was once a fragile sapling.
I believe that Augustine's masterpiece is a largely unread book because people approach it with the wrong expectations, quickly become frustrated, and leave the book unfinished.
John Piper lists seven reasons why we should join him in listening to the message of Ruth.
All believers should seek to learn how to read and understand the biblical prophets on their own. They are a different kind of literature from Romans, as much so as comics differ from the front page of a newspaper.
Trying to understand the New Testament without the Old Testament is like trying to understand the last four chapters of a book without reading the first eight.
Your conscience can function like a moral version of your nervous system.
We make time for many things. But none is so important as the life-giving Word of God.
I’m passionate that every Christian display the gospel in their lives, which is why I’m passionate about church membership.
Sleep is a gift from God. It’s one of his most wonderful gifts to us—when we receive it as he intended us to receive it.
We are so used to training up our children when they’re very young, but it's just as important when they hit the pivotal growth point of the early teen years.
Of all the blessings in my life, one is without a doubt the most wonderful blessing of all. Of all the things I most needed, but could never provide for myself, this was my deepest need.
What does it look like to seek the welfare of our cities? How do you train your high school and junior high students to do this? Why is this important?
Offering students opportunities in the church makes them feel as if they are contributing—here and now.
The theological doctrine of calling is a rich, rich doctrine all of us should wrestle with and embrace.
Preachers should aim to capture the attention and inspire the affection of both unbelievers and believers.
For the Christian, his or her body has been made a sacred location of God’s redemptive presence in the world.
Limits force you to come to grips with both your humanity and your sin nature by showing you that you are not God, but you sure want to be.
What is my vocation? How do I find one? Or, as the self-help books put it, how do I find the vocation that is right for me?
It is the temptation to find your identity in your role.
God didn’t redeem us, body and soul, only for us to leave emotions out of the Christian life.
It is important that every local church find some way to focus their ministry efforts on church planting.
There’s nothing new about parents talking about their child’s misbehavior, but there are some underlying pitfalls that you should consider, especially as the internet magnifies them.
The supreme spectacle of the cross brings a cosmic collision with the spectacles of this world. And we’re in the middle.
There is a strange though consistent message throughout the Bible. We are told time and again that the way forward will feel like we’re going backward.
You may not know how badly you needed silence and solitude until you get to know them.
To grieve well is to have a growing sense of confidence and rest that God's promises of resurrection, centered in the resurrected Jesus, are really true.
God may give me way more than I can handle—and I think that’s normal.
Biblical freedom doesn't mean doing what we want to do, but what we ought to do.
Since God is able to be completely content in himself, we are able to find contentment in him as well. We will never find true contentment with God.
The truth of the gospel frees us from the power of guilt and condemnation.
Spiritual mothering may involve mentoring and coaching, but it is broader.
We can be confident that our translations of the historical documents are accurate and correct and that we know what the authors of those documents originally wrote.
What in the world philosophy has to do with science? The answer to that is very important for Christians to understand.
Justification should not be abstracted from the person of Christ.
A Christian is someone who, by virtue of his reconciliation with God, has been reconciled to God’s people.
The first thing we need to understand regarding why stay at home work matters to God is that God created us for work.
From the very beginning of Scripture we see that the one true God is not a couch potato God, nor did he create a couch potato world.
To do theology we need to do with an attitude of reverence to the God who has made himself known in his Word.
The Lord pursues and offers forgiveness of sins to those who want their own way, who want to have their own kingdom.
How can one know which concepts about Satan and demons are biblically accurate and which are not?
James Montgomery Boice focuses and reflects on the gifts the wise men brought to Jesus.
We want to equip the global church with theologically rich, gospel-centered content aimed at helping God's people better understand and apply the Bible.
Stephen Nichols explains various culprits that get in between us and Scripture.
The push toward the virtual church, we fear, is a push to individualize Christianity. It trains Christians to think of their faith in autonomous terms.
God's not calling you to be a nice person only—he's calling you to be a Gospel-proclaiming person.
The Psalms help us express our pain to God, knowing that he hears our cries.
The devil is a very real, very powerful opponent, far too powerful for us to take on in our own strength.
Why do we need systematic theology? How we answer the question depends a lot on what we think theology is.
The two greatest issues facing Christianity in the West are (1) the Bible’s growing lack of authority in the Church, and (2) the lack of transformed lives among those who attend.
We need a brand-new way of thinking about money, a way that is rooted in the gospel story and its narrative of the lavish grace of God.
There are six major covenants in the Bible. Understanding these covenants is crucial for understanding the Bible's message as a whole.
Like a child going to a parent, we don't have to clean up our spiritual act to pour out our hearts to God.
Why do I need the daily intervention of the body of Christ? The answer is as simple as it is humbling.
The true and living God is too much for us to bear, to handle, to conceive, to adore, to know, to trust, to understand, and to worship. The Incomprehensible One is simply too much for us in every conceivable way.
When it comes to loaded subjects like racism or ethnic tension, too often believers fall into the familiar ditches of denial or despair.
There are reasons we can be hopeful about the pro-life movement. Hear why Russell Moore thinks so.
What is curious is that God is impressed not by Satan’s extraordinary abilities but rather by Job’s character.
What was so unusual and so attention-grabbing about Jesus’s teaching? Part of it was that once people began to challenge him and ask him questions, Jesus proved to be a masterful chess player.
We have laws against murder because people agree that murder is wrong, and so there are moral standards that underlie many, if not all, of our current laws.
We all read things every day and are warned not to believe everything. Why can we believe everything in the Bible?
Tracts are meant to be informal or conversational—easily comprehended and relational in style.
Tracts are creative, short-form gospel presentations, convenient to use and economical to produce and distribute.
Few would argue against the fact that the Scriptures clearly require every Christian to both be a disciple and make disciples.
Jesus’s unusual supernatural conception, issuing in the virgin birth, served as a fulfillment of Scripture.
Why should we study ethics from a biblical perspective? Why should we collect and summarize the Bible’s teaching in a systematic way?
As the world became more modern, more scientific, and more educated, sociologists thought the world was also becoming less religious, but is it true?
If what Paul says in Romans 1 is true, there is ultimately no such thing as an atheist.
The Bible creates the framework for all theological understanding.
But this most excellent righteousness—that of faith, God imputes to us through Christ.
We need to be constantly searching in God's word to see how further reformation needs to work itself out in our lives.
When we fail to value creation, we fail to honor the God who made and sustains it.
Biblical theology is a vital help for pastors to faithfully declare the glorious truth that Jesus is the main point of the whole Bible.
The gospel of Jesus Christ, the message of the book of Hebrews, calls upon the world to give earnest heed to what it has to say.
The Trinity is a doctrine that is to be not only believed but also experienced by the believer.
Because they are a part of the body of Christ, teens should be included in the active community of the church.
Mention the church to a group of Christians and you are likely to get a mixed response.
Christmas is a promise and invitation of a celebration to come.
The very nature of Christian faith is uncomfortable—especially in today's world.
Expository exultation is a unique kind of communication. It is different, radically different, from anything in the world.
The Psalms were written for ordinary Christians leading ordinary lives—lives marked by depression, discouragement, despair, frustration, or maybe even numbness toward God or anger toward others.
Apologetics does not just entail defense. It also involves offense, the positive task of constructing a case for Christianity.
The law in the New Testament is to show us that in the life of the believer, the law is in fact a means of grace because it shows us what pleases God.
Teenagers who are wondering if the Bible is relevant to their lives are often starting off on the wrong footing with Scripture.
Ruth and Esther give us insight to the crucial role of women in the big story of redemption.
These books are rich with God’s truth about our sin and need of redemption as well as his love for us in the savior Jesus Christ.
Each book of the Bible has something unique, something distinct, to teach us about God, about ourselves, and about the meaning of life.
Why study these short Old Testament prophetic books? Because the Lord gives us hope through his Word.
God sent the prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi to speak powerful words of challenge and comfort to his world-weary people, words which are just as relevant and powerful for Christians today.
There’s nothing like a really good story. That’s the first reason I often give for studying the Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah.
Why study Paul’s letters to the Colossians and Philemon? Let me provide three reasons.
The more divisive, the more stressful, the more anxious, and the more lonely our society grows, the more compelling the need becomes for a clear exhortation to love.
1–2 Timothy and Titus are among the most personal and practical books in the New Testament. These letters are often called the "Pastoral Epistles,” but they’re relevant for all Christians, not just pastors.
The same encouragement, hope, and exhortation that the Thessalonians of 2,000 years ago needed, we need today.
Into a historical moment when many Christians feel disoriented, 1–2 Peter helps us recenter our hope on Christ.
This is a theologically rich book that makes a unique contribution to our understanding of our sin and frailty, God’s character and provision, and the plan of redemption being worked out in history.
Chronicles is a reboot. It is not just the same old material; it has a new tone, a new message, new truth about God to communicate.
Although it is rarely taught, preached, or studied, the Song of Solomon is God's gift to the church.
Jared C. Wilson gives three big reasons you ought to give Romans careful study.
The book of Revelation shows us how to live victoriously in the midst of both torment and temptation.
Douglas Sean O'Donnell suggests three reasons to study the Psalms.
We don’t want to miss the heart of Proverbs—what God is saying to his people through this unique portion of Scripture.
Behind the text of Philippians stands a riveting story shared by Paul and the Philippian Christians—what we might call the “fellowship of the cross.”
It is one of the great ironies of Scripture that the generation that saw God’s works most vividly became the epitome of those who refuse to believe him.
Matthew’s account provides a unique window through which to see the glory of Christ.
The whole Bible is from heaven, and the whole thing is profitable (2 Tim. 3:16). But different parts of the Bible serve us in different ways.
When we study this book, will not our hearts burn within us with love for him? And will not this love overflow for the salvation of the world?
If you have trouble mustering up the excitement to read through Leviticus, you are not alone.
The narratives contained in the book of Judges were written to “bear witness” or “testify” to the person and work of Jesus and the great salvation that he has achieved for his people.
The best answers to that question will come when we understand why God gave us this book.
The Gospel of John is an account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus—teaching us about his life and mission and about our salvation.
Perhaps the most important reason for reading the book, however, is that Job’s tragedy—an experience of searing pain and loss which did not make sense within any framework Job had—is all too common.
We should study Jeremiah because we want to know Christ better and see God deepen our endurance in the gospel.
James is an intensely practical book, filled with exhortations to Christians about the way they should live their lives now that they have been given new life in Jesus.
Isaiah is quite lengthy, but there is great joy to be gained from diligently engaging with it.
Hebrews shows us that the Bible is not a collection of unrelated stories, but is rather one unified story.
Genealogies form the backbone of the book of Genesis.
The constant pressure is toward practical atheism, toward falling asleep to the glory of our God. Galatians is given to wake us up.
Ezekiel wants us to know that God is where he always is; he is with his people.
We don’t truly understand who we are as the church of Jesus Christ unless we know our own story.
Ephesians invites us to consider what God has made us to be, do, and have in Christ for a display of the gospel to the world.
Ecclesiastes is consistent with the rest of Scripture in its explanation that true wisdom is to fear God even when we cannot see all that God is doing.
If we have yet to grasp what’s so great about Deuteronomy, it may be that we have misconceived it.
The main purpose of Daniel is to reveal to us who God is—his character, his purposes, his way of working in the world for the good of his people.
The book of Acts does not primarily provide us with human patterns to emulate or avoid. Instead, it repeatedly calls us to reflect upon the work of God, fulfilled in Jesus Christ, establishing the church by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Christian life is impossible to live without 2 Corinthians.
God values all work that's done in his name and in service of others, so you don't need to be embarrassed about your at-home work.
Praying about something right in the moment reminds us of our dependence, but planned prayer has its place, too.
It’s not good to be alone. Why? Because God made us for friendship.
Disciple-making is helping others to see Christ for what he is
Kevin DeYoung shares his heart and vision behind the new book, The Hole in Our Holiness.
John Piper lists why we should affirm others.
Sexual ethics, and a high standard of sexual integrity, are so vital. It is vital because it isn't just a petty taboo.
Serial offers us insights into our culture’s longings, revealing God’s truth in the world around us.
Sanctification is absolutely essential to the life of faith—so much so that Scripture frequently treats holiness as the identifying mark of a true believer.
God's Word is neither shy about topics of sexual victimization nor simplistic when it comes to solutions. Restoration is possible!
If a classic possesses the qualities that people ascribe to them, we know that we want them in our lives.
Thoughtful reading is becoming a lost art. Artful reading is dying. Many people believe it’s drawing a final breath on its deathbed.
Wondering if you should read the book? Here are some recent videos, reviews, and quotes about this new book from Justin Buzzard.
There are many truths in Scripture that speak to the process of sanctification.
every believer is called to recognize Jesus in the face of his little brothers and sisters.
Philosophy matters for Christians because many of the debates are about the "big questions" of human existence.
Why is it imperative to define the kingdom as “power, people, and place”?
Catechism benefits adults and children alike by giving them a deeper understanding of theology and the ability to communicate those beliefs well.
When pastors do the right kind of reading, it can heighten sensitivities to the literary forms of the Bible.
You need to be willing to stand on the shoulders of those that have come before.
Perhaps the most important thing we can do to demonstrate our love for the church is to crucify any trace of careerism.
The knowledge of God that the fear of the Lord brings is not a sterile knowledge. Those who fear God come to know him in such a way that they actually become holy, faithful, loving, and merciful, like him.
You must counsel. It’s not optional. You can’t say no as if it were simply a career choice, a matter of personal preference, or an absence of gifting.
Reading the Puritans can contribute to our growth, holiness, and conviction of the need to stay close to the Lord.
Nothing is more important in your life than being one of God’s tools to form a human soul.
Every boundary that he places in our lives—every limit that he gives us—is for our flourishing.
Feelings are not meant to be our guide. That's the role of God's Word in our lives.
Historically, one of the failures of youth ministry is that kids have not been seen as potential contributors in the church, and that is a disservice to them and to the church as a whole.
One of the things that I love about the stories in the Bible is how many ordinary people you meet.
Feeding your faithfulness is an unremarkable practice in real-time. It’s unglamorous by the world’s standards, yet it is precious as it contributes to a life of holding fast to Christ.
Mourning sin—past, present, and future—is the first step in seeking and celebrating the hope of divine grace.
It is often stated that “motherhood is not for the faint of heart!” But in reality, that’s not entirely true—because motherhood is only for the faint of heart.
Quiet is a means of God’s grace. Why does it make us so uncomfortable?
It's very easy to shelve God and decide we don't really need him, that we just need to believe in ourselves and to invent who we are and what we want to do.
Theological retrieval is a way to draw attention to things that you were assuming that you didn’t even know that you assumed.
Jesus didn’t set the Ten Commandments aside. He fulfilled them.
In our digital age, it’s helpful to remember the importance of real-life relationships and the benefits of older believers in the faith who can offer us wisdom, presence, and pursuit.
There is something sweet that goes beyond just repeating the words of Scripture to each other but actually living in the good of God’s Word together.
One of the best ways men can encourage each other with the gospel is simply with honesty and transparency.
As soon as the Reformation began in 1517, Martin Luther became the most famous man in Europe.
We live for Christ because Christ lived and died for us. But we are not able to maintain a Christ-focused life apart from being “Spirit energized.”
Going to a church has many benefits. If you are physically able to attend a church, you should make it a priority.
After the resurrection of Jesus, God sends the Holy Spirit, who fills not just Israel, but the whole earth with his glory.
How do you know the Bible is true? Why do you trust it? Are you really willing to bet your whole life on it?
John Piper says he wrote A Sweet and Bitter Providence because there is a way to suffer that honors Christ and glorifies God.
Jesus didn't just experience a taste of humanity, he experienced the fullness of what it means to be physically human.
Jesus claims rule over all of heaven and earth. He presents himself not as one possible path to God, but as God himself.
It’s safe to say that on a typical day for most of us, our responsibilities, requirements, and ambitions add up to more than we can handle, whether we admit this or not.
A new book for pastors grounded on the conviction that all Christian ministry must be gospel-centered.
What is Jesus really like, truly like—deep down, through and through?
While my physical pain and emotional stress is difficult, it doesn't just affect me—it affects all of the people around me.
Most of us have some familiarity with the attributes of God, but we probably haven't spent a lot of time contemplating those things.
One of the remarkable things about God is that no one ever named him.
Reward the behaviors you want and don’t reward the behaviors you don’t want.
Where God’s love is fundamentally different than a fallen human being’s love is that it is holy. It is utterly set on himself and his own glory.
It’s much easier for me to practice daily hospitality than it would be monthly because I don’t have to do something different.
To deny God's control over suffering actually severs the root of our comfort when facing tragedy.
It is rare to find an individual who can give a well-rounded and comprehensive declaration of the gospel message.
It is possible to know God because God has made himself known. Our knowledge of God is real but never exhaustive.
We might think it doesn’t matter what we do with our bodies, but the Bible repeatedly and powerfully shows us this is not the case.
Introducing people to Jesus involves showing them how Jesus meets their needs better than anything else.
God is our Father at the level of creation and at the level of redemption.
How serious is it in God’s sight to intentionally cause the death of an unborn child?
If the ship is going down, it’s not arrogant to tell people the truth and point them to the lifeboat. It’s deeply unloving not to.
Our culture is obsessed with wealth and riches. Why, then, does Jesus call the poor "blessed?"
What factors contribute to the rise of anxiety in teenagers today?
Doctrine is a body of teaching. Christian doctrine is the teaching found in the Bible—about who God is, who we are, and why the world exists.
Creation is an important and recurring theme throughout Scripture, because the God who creates is also the God who redeems.
What’s to love about George Whitefield?
In an increasingly pro-women society, you can’t even watch the Super Bowl anymore without seeing media campaigns elevating the dignity and worth of women.
The Bible makes clear that our right standing before God comes not by works, effort, merit, or achievement, but by faith in Christ alone.
Scripture is not silent when it comes to the question of God's sovereignty in our suffering.
Radically ordinary hospitality—those who live it see strangers as neighbors and neighbors as family of God.
It happens sooner or later in every relationship: someone will let you down.
The richness of the Christian tradition can provide guidance for the complex challenges facing Christian higher education at this time.
We seek healing as if we have the power (and right) to obtain it, whereas it is our very weakness and lack of valid claim to such a cure which are defining characteristics of our illness.
When we’re so concerned with keeping the youth entertained or promoting a moral lifestyle, we can easily forget the message of first importance.
What is required of us to live in this world as citizens worthy of all the wonders and relationships belonging to the next?
Knowing who God is and what he’s like as revealed in Scripture is very important as we approach God in prayer.
God saves people for a purpose. Salvation in Christ begins a life spent growing into being like him and serving him faithfully.
We're sinners and are not striving for perfection, but aiming to please God.
Why did God come into this world?
Human beings—as image-bearers of the God who made the world—are responsible to take care of the world and to use their time, talent, and treasure in everything they do for the Lord.
When you do expository preaching you get a sermon's symmetry and structure from the biblical text.
Every consistent atheist ought to be a moral nihilist.
It is vital that you believe and admit that you have no power whatsoever to change your child.
Justification sola fide is the heart of the gospel and the broad Protestant consensus achieved on this article of faith is one of the greatest theological developments since the Chalcedon.
Every elder is a pastor. The New Testament uses three terms that are all distinct, but they all describe the same office.
Perhaps you have come to see your emptiness as your biggest problem. That’s not how God sees it.
This post by Dane C. Ortlund was originally published on May 25, 2011. We're reposting it as we celebrate Crossway's 75th anniversary.
Although we cannot bequeath God to our children, we can help them know him and understand him in ways that prepare them to believe in his name.
We need to know the message so we can live it, speak it, communicate it.
Sometimes we think of Bible reading as a duty, rather than a grand invitation to encounter the living God by opening the pages of Scripture, reading it, seeing him, and understanding more of who he is and how we should follow him.
The case can be made that every Christian is a theologian because every Christian has a theology, whether well thought out or not.
God will dwell with his people in the land that he promised.
There are about eighty direct references to widows in the Scriptures. Why?
Food played an important role in the life of Jesus and continues to be an ingredient in our enjoyment of God's goodness.
Developing doctrine in the church is one more in a series of improvisations.
The Bible calls men today to lead in their churches and in their homes through both doctrine and devotion.
What is God teaching us about his faithfulness in the story of Hosea and Gomer?
The purpose of reading the Bible devotionally is to commune with God and grow closer to him.
Determined commitment propels our path, but reaching the destination is possible only because God gets us there.
Death often brings reality to light. When individuals are thrown onto their last resources, they show where their true hopes lay.
Justin Buzzard helps men remember and re-learn the all-important (and often forgotten) skill of dating their wives.
C. S. Lewis was horrified by England’s declaration of war on Germany [in 1939], but he had no doubt of its rightness.
If the contentment goes and the giving of thanks goes, we are not loving God as we should, and proper desire has become coveting against God.
If we are not just machines, but spiritual beings as well, even the cleverest computer could never replicate the priceless and wondrous imago dei borne by every human.
I have seen empires come and go, but never have I seen anything so radical and pervasive as the gospel of the kingdom.
If there is anyone in the world who ought to have courage, it must be pastors.
Christ fulfills the law by obeying it perfectly during his earthly ministry. This is an important detail that's sometimes left out of gospel presentations.
Questions of right and wrong aren't always straightforward for people today.
Leland Ryken explains why more Christians should read or view Shakespeare than currently do.
times when I actually encourage unbelievers to continue in their error, in fact to do so more.
The Christian is not merely a man who knows now that he’s been forgiven, and that’s the end of it all. Not at all. That’s merely the introduction.
Christianity is a religion that rests on revelation: nobody would know the truth about God, or be able to relate to him in a personal way, had not God first acted to make himself known.
The gospel of Jesus Christ, by its very nature, refuses to be bottled up. It must be shared.
Anytime we spend time gazing at who God is as he’s described in the Scriptures, we cannot help but be drawn into worship.
When defining the term “missional community,” I often take time to clarify what it’s not.
God's sovereignty applies to our everyday lives because it assures us that he working in every circumstance.
Go into any Christian bookstore, and you can find an entire shelf—sometimes an entire section!—of different Bible translations.
In Discovering Jesus: Why Four Gospels to Portray One Person? T.D. Alexander explains how each Gospel offers different themes and perspectives on the account of our Savior.
Culture is more than just what we believe and what we do; it is also our whole framework for comprehending the world, for making sense, or trying to make sense, out of life.
In this video with Drs. David Chapman and John Currid, editors of the ESV Archaeology Study Bible hear why archaeology isn't needed to prove the Bible true.
To faithfully pastor those who are culturally different from you, the first thing you should do is learn as much as you can about your context.
A note from Erika Allen, managing editor of the ESV Women's Devotional Bible.
Why are so many people so unhappy in so many different circumstances?
The longer you live in this fallen world, the more kinds of trouble you face.
Biblical theology provides the basis for understanding how texts in one part of the Bible relate to all other texts.
Biblical theology is crucial for the health of the church because the church is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets.”
Opportunities abound for sharing our faith. Things are happening all around us that cause people to ask religious questions.
There is freedom in admitting that we are not Christ—we are not perfect. But Jesus loves us anyway and only asks that we follow him.
The author of the epistle to the Hebrews reminds us that “it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace” (13:9).
Martyn Lloyd-Jones—often known as “the Doctor” from his medical degree—was one of the greatest preachers of the twentieth century.
Sliding into liberalism is when you no longer take the time or make the effort to define your terms.
The man of lawlessness seeks to make himself the central person of worship, beyond any other religious objects or personages in his day.
In God’s providence, it was to a teaching career that God graciously called John to use his gifts and abilities to serve the larger evangelical church.
A Historical Person Maybe you have never really thought about who Jesus is, or whether his claims have any implications for your life. After all, we’re talking about a man who was born in the …
Regardless of what you personally think about him, surely we can agree that Jesus is a towering figure in the history of the world.
The dispute between the church and Galileo sowed the seed for the apparent divorce between science and faith.
Whether you're a pastor looking for a large print Bible for preaching or you're simply wanting a larger, readable type size for personal reading and study, Crossway offers several editions to suit your needs.
To help you find the Bible that’s right for you or someone you love, we’ve compiled a list of some of our most popular editions, organized by category.
Formal theological training is important, but even more important than seminary would be simply to plant your life in a local church.
We need to remember that the Bible is God's direct speech to us. His word is the source of wisdom. It is God himself speaking to us.
We humans are hoping creatures; we live very largely on and in our anticipations, things we know are coming and we look forward to.
The five solas are inspired by and rooted in Scripture, which states that we are saved by grace and faith in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone.
Loneliness serves a purpose: it points us toward community and toward our heavenly Father.
Sam Allberry explains four common reasons why churches may hesitate to hire single pastors.
A year or two ago, Phil Ryken went through a season of deep spiritual discouragement; some would probably call it depression.
So often we cling with all our might to what we have in this world. But God has something even better prepared for his children.
In some ways the exodus is a death and resurrection story, but in many other ways the death and resurrection of Jesus is an exodus story.
We need more than a podcast to truly grow in our walk of faith.
Stephen Altrogge reflects on how he can be content at Christmastime.
We speak often in the church about how Christianity is a religion of the heart. It is right to speak of Christianity in this way, but not exclusively in this way.
What someone shouldn’t immediately offer to the couple struggling with infertility is a set of solutions to the problem.
Redemption: An Interview with Mike Wilkerson Mike Wilkerson (author of Redemption) sees that many addictions stem from past abuse. The scars of abuse turn to addictions as a means of coping with the pain. Though …
How we live when ambitions are delayed significantly shapes who we become. God uses the wait to teach us to walk in a manner worthy of our calling.
Ministry idolatry is becoming increasingly widespread, reaching epidemic proportions.
For Packer, affirming biblical authority is meant not merely to provoke a debate but to give ethical direction to life.
I wonder what that song was like for Jesus. I wonder because of the other details the Gospel writers also included about that evening—and there are many.
It’s vital that everyday Christians are speaking into nuanced cultural issues from a biblical perspective.
As we savor the good news of the sin-bearing servant of the Lord, we learn to enthuse. The gospel of a surprising salvation can only make us laugh, sing, and cheer.
The problem with so many of us today is that we have close to no anxiety about spiritual realities and endless anxiety about the things of this world.
Often our schedule and God's seem out of sync. He often acts earlier than we had expected, or later than we had hoped.
It is the devil’s work to promote a fear of God that makes people afraid of God such that they want to flee from God.
Recognition of pastoral imperfections and flaws comes with experience and reflection on past ministry.
Jesus is alive, is at work, and he’s bringing men and women to himself.
Sam Storms draws on Paul's interaction with the church in 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:4 to provide some wisdom that we can apply as we seek to grow in godly communication.
When your eyes are fixed on the horizon of eternity, it affects your vision for motherhood.
Here is what you have to understand: forgiveness is a vertical commitment that is followed by a horizontal transaction.
One of the things that’s important for us to do for our own sanctification is to ask the question, “Why am I grumbling and complaining about this?”
Prayer shows our dependence on God. It honors him as the source of all blessing, and it reminds us that converting individuals and growing churches are his works, not ours.
Men who take the time to understand the pressures women face will be able to help them resist the lies from our culture and pursue a biblical vision of beauty.
We realized just how much we had assumed we would have, how many things we believed were almost rights of ours.
The importance of believing in a historical fall of Adam and Eve is seen when we ask the question Who is to blame for the evil in the world today?
The Reformation emphasized preaching the gospel with boldness and clarity.
Sean Michael Lucas shares his new book, God's Grand Design: The Theological Vision of Jonathan Edwards.
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ—including those who have had an abortion.
Sometimes it can be hard to know what to say to someone who is grieving. Yet there are helpful words we can give to people who are suffering—words that will actually help and encourage in the midst of grief.
When you come to church with a consumer mindset, you’re actually never able to fully commit or fully love it.
He made it to the top and thought “There’s got to be more than this.”
A spiritual mentoring relationship is one where a younger believer is tethered to a more mature believer for a season so that he or she might grow stronger in faith and be equipped for ministry.
If you struggle with guilt over your parenting, consider that God does not require perfection from you.
We tend to define our life based on our perception of our progress. Am I where I thought I would be at this age? Are my dreams more or less real today? Unfortunately, our plans and dreams can become idols.
In the midst of your heaviest grief, those around you will likely return to life as normal long before you can. Be realistic about people and their ability to enter into your suffering, to stay, and to remember.
We can do the next thing because we know that God orders the seasons of our lives. Even the most difficult ones.
When you’re facing times of trouble and it feels like God is against you, there are two important things to do.
We are called, as was Job, to begin our lives of discipleship with the fear of God and repentance from evil.
If you're chronically frustrated at church, the primary solution is not to try to fix things but to recenter your focus on God.
When we allow the Bible to show us who we are and who God is, we find that Bible reading goes from being mildly boring to vitally life-giving.
This book is not for one who is necessarily suffering physical trauma or depression. Instead, it is a book for everyone.
Why were Joseph and Mary commanded to name the holy Child “Jesus?” What does his name mean for believing Christians?
Ninety-nine years ago today, Grand Canyon National Park was established after President Woodrow Wilson signed a Congressional act. Learn the invaluable lesson John Piper thinks this national landmark can teach.
In an effort to make the gospel bigger or more relevant, Greg Gilbert introduces three substitute gospels.
In this video, pastor Matt Capps discusses the unique contribution that the book of Hebrews makes to the New Testament.
Women's bodies are weaker because God made their bodies to be weaker than men’s bodies and that's what Peter's talking about in 1 Peter 3.
In our sin, we—who were created to know, love, and obey the God of all glory—stand guilty and condemned before him; we cannot save ourselves.
When God called Paul from being the church’s persecutor to be a gospel preacher, the Lord showed him how much he would suffer for the sake of his name.
For every generation, how we live and what goals we pursue depends a great deal on why we think we are here and where we think we are going.
God’s glorious agenda for our ambition, like his glorious gospel, begins not with what we achieve but with who we are.
Jesus demonstrates to the disciples through footwashing that the greatest among us is the one who serves out of deep and abiding love
Thomas Andrews and Flannery Burke suggest that the opening sequence in the Star Wars films reminds us of the importance of historical context.
I believe God will always give an alternative by which we can do what is right in his sight.
If readers look to Calvin they will find a godly pastor who, with all of his flaws, evades the caricatures and exhibits the sort of piety that we need desperately today.
Faith, hope, and love have been referred to as the three divine sisters. We can think of them as three beautiful sisters joined together, hand-in-hand, swirling around as in a dance.
For Martin Luther, Scripture alone was of ultimate authority for Christians, yet this did not mean that there were no other means of discovering truth.
The authors of a landmark work of biblical theology explain what’s changed in the second edition.
In the midst of pain and suffering, we must preach truth to ourselves rather than listening to the lies in our own heads.
If you are the only elder in your church, be encouraged that God is still working in your congregation.
Youth pastors should dedicate their time to three primary things—spiritual growth, relationships, and Bible study.
What makes the sexual revolution remarkable is that the transgression of boundaries has now become effectively normative within society.
A gospel-centered life is the only life that can truly be enjoyed, no matter your circumstances.
In order to appreciate the significance of Messiah’s coming—and thus to understand the true meaning of Christmas—we need to travel back in time, back to the first Christmas.
You actually can’t tell how effective a sermon was by the response you receive.
Every aspect of pastoral ministry is not meant to be shared at home. Find out what is best kept at church.
We learn from the apostle Paul that the pastor's primary calling is the sanctification of his people.
In many respects, and certainly in spiritual matters, we are all weak and inadequate, and we need to face it.
Here are three things that grieving people wish no one would ever say to them again.
In light of Paul’s and the Bible’s teaching on motherhood, what is the significance of women being mothers?
One of the most important things that modern atheists can learn from David Hume is the limitations of sense perception and reason.
The Preaching the Word commentary series is unique because I’ve asked all the contributors to have preached the content of their commentary viva voce, or live.
What is more wonderful than to be able to put your head on the pillow knowing that if you die during the night it doesn’t matter, that you will go to heaven and wake up there as a child of God?
Pastoral ministry—while having its unique challenges—is also filled with particular, and sometimes unexpected, joys.
What is it that separates evangelicals from the rest of the world, even some other branches of Christianity? The fundamental dividing line is the belief in the inerrancy and authority of Scripture. Why does it matter if we believe this or not?
Spurgeon's ministry was marked by his constant looking to Christ for his salvation.
Jesus explicitly identifies himself with the gathering because the gathering makes his kingdom visible and active through their mutual agreement and testimony.
We are convinced in our heart of hearts that love is a feeling, but God’s word says nothing of the sort.
Crossway shares what some leaders are saying about the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible.
The documents describing Jesus’s career—the four Gospels—make clear that he was a teacher.
Our culture is not one that provides great encouragement for the nurture and development of deep, long-lasting, satisfying friendships.
Stott’s obsession with the snowy owl was more than a charming eccentricity. It reflected some important themes in his theology.
In his two of his newest books, John Piper helps us to understand and enjoy the Bible for what it truly is—the very Word of God.
Do John Calvin’s modern-day opponents really know Calvin’s theology?
Children occupied a precarious position in the Hellenistic society of the first century.
Our responsibilities may have shifted, but our role in the kingdom remains unchanged.
In the phrase definite atonement, the adjective definite does double duty. The death of Christ is definite in its intent and it's definite in its nature—Christ's death really will atone for his people's sins.
It’s the Spirit who brings life to our spirits and enables us to know, love, and worship God the Father through Jesus Christ.
In order to have this unified focus on God and his glory in our lives we must carefully review each area of our lives to see what changes are needed.
Today’s world has more and more information readily available, but less and less wisdom.
Depending on the particular struggle we face, the Lord knows how to renew us sexually in exactly the ways we most need.
What does it mean for living believers to be “caught up together with them in the clouds” and to “meet the Lord in the air?"
For those who want to know God, the study of theology is indispensable.
Christians have disagreed over the details of this passage for nearly two thousand years.
We must be willing to suffer, to give our all for Christ, to persevere until the end in order to obtain the final reward.
Jesus claimed that the fulfillment of the Old Testament hope with its attendant blessings was present in his person and ministry.
Your ability to do your job as a church member depends on pastors or elders doing their jobs.
'Theistic evolution' actually can be a number of different distinct ideas because the term 'evolution' can have a number of distinct definitions.
Believers should not act as if material possessions are the key to the good life, because they are not. The good life is in godly contentment.
Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus.
In this video, Greg Gilbert explains why he wrote What is the Gospel?.
In order to have a vision for community, we need to understand the purpose of community.
People throw the word church around quite a bit, and often they have different things in mind.
There are lots of good questions to ask someone who is hurting, but I think one of the best questions is this: "How are you doing today?"
Following Christ means loving those who don’t follow Jesus, and that love includes sharing the gospel.
Check out this helpful interview with Justin Holcomb (author of Rid of My Disgrace) on the issue of sexual assault and how victims can find hope and healing.
Scientism is so pervasive today—it is the intellectual and cultural air that we breathe.
Progressive revelation is a movement from truth to more truth and so to full truth.
How do we preachers handle the Bible faithfully and accurately so that Jesus is seen in every passage?
If you want both comfort in life and death, start by recognizing the truth about the world and about yourself.
Because Jesus gave himself for us, our lives no long belong to us—we surrender our bodies and our souls to the Lord.
Marriage is the one flesh union of one man with one woman for one lifetime.
Unless you are Jesus, it almost never helps to tell someone that you know exactly what they’re going through.
God shows us how he consistently provides for people who cannot provide for themselves.
A person is gospel fluent when the gospel becomes their "mother tongue."
Do you want to ponder a question that has roots that stretch so far back into eternity past that we will never come to the end of them? How about this: What is God’s ultimate purpose?
The concept of God living on a holy mountain is a significant theme in the Old Testament. However, this same theme frames the entire Bible.
Nearly every few weeks, it seems, another female celebrity is either claiming feminism for herself or renouncing feminism as an unnecessary ideology for women today.
On January 6, twelve days after Christmas, the Western church celebrates Epiphany. What does it mean and where does it originate?
The term sovereignty does not contain the idea of purposeful action, but the term providence does.
The general line of argument is that if the Bible is divinely inspired, it must also be infallible because God would not lead his people astray.
Burnout is physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual exhaustion and breakdown. It is usually caused by living at too fast a pace, for too long, doing too much.
It's important to realize that anxiety and depression are different while being careful to realize that they do sometimes overlap.
What qualities does something possess in order to merit the title classic?
James N. Anderson suggests five different ways to discern someone’s worldview.
James N. Anderson goes into more detail about what a worldview is and what makes up a worldview
James N. Anderson gives four specific reasons why it is beneficial for Christians to think in terms of worldviews.
James N. Anderson outlines five reasons why it’s important to be worldview-aware.
James N. Anderson discusses what a worldview is.
Pastor R. Kent Hughes shares what he misses most about pastoral ministry since retiring nearly a decade ago.
I spent many years of my life wanting to be married. Sometimes I didn't know if I’d ever get married.
God, in his love and wisdom, chose this very specific trial for me.
Although she died a few years ago, I am often reminded of what an amazing lady she was and what the Lord had graciously taught me through her as a young pastor.
It is deeply wounding to be accused falsely and to be treated as if you dishonored the Lord when you haven't.
If we see our lives through the truth about death, then Jesus’s promises begin to take on an entirely different tone for us.
As evangelicals, we tend to go right to the cross and to Jesus dying to save us, and sometimes we forget that’s not the only thing that he did to save us.
The Bible assures us that we already have eternal life here on earth and that cannot be interrupted.
Four things grieving people wish we knew about grief to help us confidently interact and helpfully take action.
Having self-esteem doesn't solve all of our problems, because underneath it, we know our weaknesses and we know our sin.
As New Testament passages abundantly emphasize, God is faithful to sustain and establish us in our relationship with Jesus.
George Mueller (1805–1898) is widely considered one the greatest men of prayer and faith since the days of the New Testament.
It’s natural to feel frustrated that you’re still staring down the same habits of sin in your life.
Put simply, family discipleship is leading your home by doing whatever you can whenever you can to help your family become friends and followers of Jesus Christ.
Brief summaries of each book of the Old Testament.
Brief summaries of the New Testament books.
Scripture, just like good stories, contains truths we should tell and retell until the narrative has shaped us.
When God speaks through his world, we call it general revelation or common grace.
When it comes to underlining and writing in the margins of our Bibles, the choice of writing utensil can make all the difference in preserving the appearance and longevity of the thin Bible paper.
How to respond biblically to the question of natural-born homosexuality with grace and truth.
Sometimes it's hard to nail down what reading God's Word is actually supposed to accomplish.
Is Jesus's Resurrection and Our Justification Linked? Romans 4:25 reads "[Jesus] was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification". The Greek behind our English word for could mean either “because of” or …
If you fail to understand poetic structures and literary devices, you will understand and preach the Psalms improperly.
This verse is commonly found on bumper stickers, signs, cards, etc. to encourage people to have hope for the future. But is that really what this well-known verse means?
The Old Testament identifies several ways in which the third commandment can be violated.
As counterintuitive as it sounds, flourishing is a slow and progressive death that brings abundant life.
Expressive individualism, like a lot of things, captures something of the truth. Human beings do have an inner life, and that inner life is very important to who we are.
All the dead, whether powerful or poor, stand before God’s throne to be assessed by him.
Just like themes such as law, sacrifice, and covenant, the theme of blessing must be understood within the full biblical story, if it is to be understood biblically at all.
Men are to be worshipers, disciples, witnesses, husbands and fathers, leaders, providers, and protectors.
The interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:15 has been an item of great debate among commentators.
“Quietly” does not mean that women are never to utter a word when the church gathers for worship.
What does it mean that husbands are the head of their wives and that they should love them as Christ loved the church?
Faith without works is dead. Genuine faith always produces righteous deeds. But are we saved by them?
How are the rest of us, who never had a revelatory dream or vision and to whom God never spoke directly, supposed to know what God wants us to know?
When Saul can no longer consult the prophet, Samuel, he uses a medium to communicate with him from the dead.
The Lord is undoubtedly favorably disposed to David, but this does not warrant a blanket endorsement of all that David proposes. It is the Lord’s right to decide when and by whom a temple for him should be built.
Jesus has one office, that of Messiah or Christ. He is the anointed one, the one mediator between God and man, the Savior. But this office has three aspects to it: those of prophet, priest, and king.
Because God's love was unmerited, it is unchanging. From before their ancestor’s birth, God has loved Israel.
God’s choice of his people is related to their being predestined to be a part of his family, but predestination is not an end in itself.
What does it mean for Christ to be preeminent, before all things, and holding all things together? Explore the commentary on five verses of Colossians 1.
One’s gifting is certainly a consideration (“able to teach”), but it is not the whole, or even the main thing, that Paul is looking for in an overseer.
There is a particular call to faith in Christ through the call of the gospel. Both God’s gifts and his calling of Jews to faith in Christ remain in force and will not be revoked.
A father who understands the Bible, loves the Lord, and has surrendered his life to Christ should not apologize for being the head of the house.
What is the proof that God is for us? Where else do we need to look other than God giving the most valuable thing in the universe, offering up his one and only Son for his people?
Even those in their prime with perfect health have limits. We need a stronger strength to match our deep discouragements.
I would argue that the author of Hebrews is presenting much more than a definition of what faith is, but also offering a summary of what faith does.
Listen and pay attention—the Lord will give you the right words to bring the gospel to a non-Believer in a way that meets their needs and fulfills their longings.
While Christians are never promised immunity from suffering, they are promised a purpose in the midst of it.
What does God have to do with mathematics? The two subjects have everything to do with each other.
What’s the most frightening thing you’ve ever had to do? Terror is a powerful force that can seize us and render us powerless to act.
That word is an unusual word. It’s a new word; we don’t know of any other instances of the word until Paul coins the word in 1 Corinthians 6 and 1 Timothy 1.
Acts is the story of God’s grace flooding out to the world, from the cross and resurrection of Jesus in Jerusalem to the ends of the earth.
Christians, remember that God has graciously given us his Holy Spirit, who makes us fearless in troubled times.
God does his sustaining work through the actions of human beings.
Bonhoeffer is usually remembered as a university professor, pastor, spy, and martyr, but he also served as a seminary director.
We invite you to learn more or pre-order What Did You Expect: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage.
Luther and the Reformers looked to the church fathers and were shaped by them.
God is present throughout the events of the exodus. But theophanies represent events of intensive presence that underline the principle that he is always present with his people and that he is faithful to his word and his covenant.
Does Jesus’s teaching in the sermon on the Mount to “turn the other cheek” and not resist evil require pacifism on the part of Christians?
If poverty will always exist, does that mean any efforts to alleviate poverty—in our own communities and around the world—are in vain?
There is an enemy of God and humanity. That enemy needs to be known.
Jesus and his apostles considered the Old Testament Scriptures to be the written Word of God, and thus the ultimate authority for life.
If we take the lordship of Christ in our lives seriously, then we should seek to apply that lordship to our participation in politics.
We keep telling ourselves that the next thing will be what satisfies us, but it never does.
Christ not only valued women very highly, but also demonstrated a clear role distinction between men and women.
In a 2012 article for Slate online, Will Oremus asked a provocative question: Was Jesus a homophobe?
No Bible spokesman places more stress on hell as the final consequence of God’s judgment of condemnation than Jesus.
Believers are called to seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, even when it brings them into conflict with natural family obligations.
When we look at Jesus’s life and ministry we also see that he was the greatest evangelist. In his earthly ministry he was the light of the world, the one who always lived in a way that was pleasing to his Father.
Despite the fact that the Mosaic law included provisions regulating divorce, the Old Testament makes it clear that divorce falls short of God’s ideal.
C. S. Lewis provides a case study of what is missing from most youth ministries in the United States.
When the wrath of God is poured out, God gives us over to our desires and we become less and less human.
Churches should carefully assess the character, fruitfulness, and Bible knowledge of the missionaries they hope to send.
Most of us love our Christmas traditions, especially singing the old, familiar carols. From time to time, however, we might well wonder about the correctness of some of the things we’re singing so gustily.
He not only knew about God with his reason but also met God with his emotions. He experienced Joy. And God changed him.
When Jesus is angry, he is right to be angry; the cause of his anger is right, and he expresses his anger rightly.
In what ways might God be calling your church to partner with others?
What can we give as a gift to someone who is going through grief—something that we can do for them that would be really helpful?
Devotional Bible reading is vital for every believer in the same way that eating is vital for every human—it's just the way you're nourished. It's what you do to get stronger and grow.
Sometimes we end up disappointed with Jesus because we want the miracle, the answer, the reconciliation, the restoration, the healing right now.
Our blind spots lead to divisions and disagreements, preventing God’s people from testifying to his grace with one voice.
Our hearts are always captured by something—that’s how God made us.
Apostolic witness, signs and wonders, and regeneration—are all entirely the doing of the Spirit. How the Spirit is working and what he is bringing about depends on the context.
The events detailed in Daniel 9 are fulfilled in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. He is the coming king.
How does knowing the end of the story influence the way we think about the story now?
The most important things about a Christian church are always the things that make it a Christian church. The things that are unique about your church or mine can never be the most important things about it.
Christmas is about the coming of Christ into the world.
John MacArthur shares a few questions to ask ourselves when venturing into gray territory.
It's just not accurate to say that what we are seeing now as expressions of homosexuality were completely unknown to the biblical authors.
We were made for closeness to others and to God through Christ, and yet it doesn’t always feel as though we can grasp God’s nearness to us.
If we give in to impatience with the learning process, we tend to react in one of two ways.
A commonly held prejudice regarding Reformation theology is that the doctrine of predestination and election was the peculiar focus of Reformed theologians.
That‘s a fair question, though it’s a question that would have been strange to anyone in the biblical world.
We know God for who he is, and meet him as he is, when we meet him through his word—the Bible.
Is anybody listening to the voice of John Wesley anymore? Outside the self-identified Wesleyverse, the Wesley Literacy Quotient among evangelicals has declined alarmingly.
It is dangerous and tempting to change behavior without also changing heart and mind.
To obey the law is to look like Jesus Christ. While legalism builds self-righteousness, lawfulness builds righteousness.
It’s really critical that the Bible and theological categories inform the racial reconciliation conversation lest culture and politics become where we start from.
Orienting ourselves by stories involves using their storylines to put our lives in proper perspective.
True worship is not possible unless God himself enables it, because human beings are unable to truly worship him without his enabling.
As much as we try to make sense of our lives, there are things that we simply aren’t able to understand.
There is a disharmony between our thinking and feeling, between our willing and acting. There is a discord between religion and culture, between science and life.
Look at the Jesus of the Bible. Look at him. Don’t close your eyes and hope for a word of confirmation. Keep your eyes open and fill them with the full portrait of Jesus provided in the Bible.
Pilate knew Jesus was innocent, but the crowds roared to free Barabbas and to crucify Jesus.
In Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms, Gloria Furman, a pastor's wife and mother of four, shows us how to pursue a vibrant and ever-growing relationship with Christ in the midst of the busyness of life.
The Biggest Story connects the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.
Get a glimpse into the film's rich content, striking animations, and beautiful storyline.
In the midst of storms in your life, have you forgotten who Jesus is?
Jesus's quoting of Psalm 22 on the cross has been a source of wonder and speculation. What can and can’t we say about this cry?
Leland Ryken encourages us to look at the Christian elements present in Shakespeare's plays.
Was Saul a prophet or was he possessed by a demon? Learn more about 1 Samuel 19 with commentary from the ESV Expository Commentary Series.
Christ is the termination of the law in the sense that he ushers in a new age— both continuous with and different from the former age.
Fred Zaspel shares what he has learned most from Warfield and how that has challenged him.
The final days of Jesus were the most important days of the most important person who ever lived.
Casting off the old self and walking in love is only possible through God's work in us as new creation.
You’re not doing anything, but God is. Waiting is one of the greatest applications of the Christian faith.
We all long for the restoration that will come when God gives us new, resurrected bodies. But we don’t have those bodies yet.
One aspect of the doctrine of vocation flies in the face of every self-help book and occupational seminar, every conversation about “your plans,” and every agonizing bout of decision-making.
Virtual church cannot deliver the water of baptism. It cannot deliver the body and the blood, the bread and the wine of Christ's body broken and his blood shed for us.
Because of Christ we can rejoice in hope, and there is no place for anxiety in the city that is to come.
In Justified by Faith Alone, R. C. Sproul clarifies the differing views of justification.
Zack Eswine, author of Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at his own life and ministry.
In this video, Kathleen Nielson and Gloria Furman discuss the importance of women's ministries in the local church.
A variety of Christian leaders testify to the depth, quality, and gospel-centered practicality of Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament.
Mark Dever suggests that there are nine marks that church leaders and members can cultivate to make their church more healthy.
Pastor and best-selling author Kevin DeYoung answers a controversial question.
We recently sat down with some Crossway authors and asked them, *"What does it mean to be gospel-centered?"
Todd Wilson explains how the book of Daniel ultimately points to the sovereign Lord of history.
In this video, Nancy Guthrie introduces us to the newest addition in her new Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series, The Word of the Lord: Seeing Jesus in the Prophets.
Chris Bruno sits down with Justin Taylor to discuss his new book, The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses
Why Cities Matter provides a comprehensive analysis of urban life that informs, instructs, inspires, and answers questions.
Stories both entertain and educate, occupying the mind and forming it at the same time.
If you treat your church like a business, you will see other churches as competition. You'll worry about turf and market share.
We all know it’s important to study God’s Word, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin . . . especially when you're feeling a bit lost in the middle of Leviticus.
Justin Taylor recently sat down with Greg Forster, author of The Joy of Calvinism, who asserts that Calvinism is a largely misunderstood tradition that is ultimately about joy and the love of a God who saves.
In this video, Paul Miller discusses the impetus for his new book, A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships.
Hayley DiMarco gives a brief overview of her new book, The Fruitful Wife: Cultivating a Love Only God Can Produce.
In mid-April, Matt Chandler and Shane and Shane traveled to six locations on the Explicit Gospel Tour.
Popular pastor and worldwide speaker Matt Chandler writes his first book to remind the church of what is of first and utmost importance—the gospel.
Designed to help strengthen children in their faith and teach them what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
In this video, Tim Keesee sits down with Justin Taylor to discuss his new book, Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World's Difficult Places.
Sam Storms sits down with Justin Taylor to discuss his new book, Kept for Jesus: What the New Testament Really Teaches about Assurance of Salvation and Eternal Security.
David Dockery sits down with Justin Taylor to discuss the Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series and the state of Christian higher education.
Bret Lott answers common questions about writing, shares about his life as writer, and talks briefly about his forthcoming book, Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian.
Paul David Tripp wants to energize you with 365 gospel-centered devotions designed to remember God's mercies all day long.
In this video, popular author and Bible study leader Nancy Guthrie discusses how God used regular time in his Word to work a miracle in her heart.
In this video, popular author and Bible study leader Nancy Guthrie explains a valuable tip for those looking to study the Bible well.
Matthew Newkirk explains how the book of Exodus fits into the storyline of the Bible and sets the stage for the coming of Jesus.
The book of Proverbs offers wisdom for godly living that both glorifies God and leads to blessing for his people.
Rev. Dr. Paul R Gupta, Professor Ephraim Mudave, and Pastor Victor Anukem describe the encouraging growth of the church in Africa and Asia but also the great need for Bible study resources in these contexts.
In this video, singer and songwriter Kristyn Getty shares two passages that have had a big influence on her life and offers some encouragement for those struggling to consistently read God's Word.
In this video, Kristie Anyabwile recounts how God used her study of Leviticus to sharpen her approach to reading the Bible.
In this video, Kathy Keller encourages us to make time for God's Word each day, even if it's just a few short minutes.
In this video, Justin Taylor asks Dane Ortlund about two common objections related to Jonathan Edwards.
Justin Taylor interviews Tom Nelson on Nelson's new book Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work.
Justin Taylor and Lydia Brownback as they discuss her new book A Woman's Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything.
Justin Taylor and Kevin DeYoung, author of The Hole in Our Holiness discuss the topic of holiness.
The terms "disciple" and "gospel-centered" are thrown around often in Christian circles these days, but what do they really mean?
Justin Holcomb, author of Acts: A 12-Week Study, explains how the book of Acts chronicles the spread of the gospel in the early church and offers transformative grace for us today.
In Joseph and the Gospel of Many Colors: Reading an Old Story in a New Way, Voddie Baucham Jr. shows us the crucial role that the story of Joseph plays in redemptive history.
John Piper recently spoke at Wheaton College, addressing the community with a talk entitled "Race, Repentance, and Rejoicing: Ethnicity in the Christian Church".
John Piper reads his illustrated poem The Innkeeper.
John Piper encourages the Crossway staff (and you) to cherish language as the sacred gift that it is.
Justin Taylor talks with author and pastor Joe Thorn about walking through difficult seasons and finding refuge in the triune God.
In this video, Justin Taylor sits down with Sam Storms and Leland Ryken to discuss the life and legacy of an evangelical titan.
J.I. Packer, renowned theologian and author of the forthcoming Weakness is the Way, reflects on his experience of weakness, having been hit by a bread truck as a child and now facing the realities of aging.
J. I. Packer reflects on this "undernourishment" that many Christians suffer from, challenging us to take our faith and God's Word seriously.
In this video, author and Bible study leader Jen Wilkin offers some advice for staying motivated in our reading of God's Word and explains the limitations of topical Bible studies.
In this video, Jani Ortlund offers some advice for staying motivated to read God's Word and making time for Bible study as a young mom.
Don Clark discusses why he creates art and how it has the potential to give us a glimpse of the way the world was intended to be.
Ray Ortlund sits down with Justin Taylor to discuss his new book, The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ.
In the video below, Rob Bentz sits down with Justin Taylor to discuss his new book, The Unfinished Church: God's Broken and Redeemed Work-in-Progress.
Justin Taylor and Steve Nichols, discuss Dr. Edgar's first visit to L'abri and his resulting relationship with Schaeffer.
Kevin DeYoung explains that there are four very ordinary means to pursuing holiness.
In Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ, Elyse Fitzpatrick explores the wonder of the incarnation and the glory of our union with Christ, offering us a sure path to ultimate acceptance and true belonging through the power of the gospel.
This video gives a helpful overview of the Women’s Devotional Bible content, features, and aims.
In this video, Greg Forster sits down with Justin Taylor to discuss his new book, Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It.
In this video, author and speaker Elyse Fitzpatrick explains why she stopped reading through the entire Bible every year and reminds us that God doesn't get "mad" at us when we miss a day of reading his Word.
In this video, Dane Ortlund sits down with Justin Taylor to discuss his new book, Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God.
Have you ever struggled to understand and explain the biblical truth that Jesus is both fully man and fully God?
In this video, Justin Taylor sits down with Don Whitney to discuss what it means to pray through God's Word.
Join Dodson and Matt Chandler as they discuss the topic of discipling through anger.
"Why do we in the evangelical church in the West demand that everyone be “normal” and look the same? Why do we as a culture try so hard (and succeed so well!) at hiding people …
Justin Buzzard, author of the forthcoming book Date Your Wife, recognizes that many married men have forgotten how to date their wife.
In this video, Dane Ortlund sits down with R. Kent Hughes to discuss his new book.
Standing outside Ogilvie Transportation Center, Crossway said good morning to hundreds of sleepy commuters while handing out high-fives, corny jokes, and Starbucks VIA packets to those who were too busy to stop for coffee.
Justin Taylor talks with author Collin Hansen about how Christians can view their differences as opportunities to more effectively engage a needy world with the love of Christ.
In this video, Matt Dirks sits down with Justin Taylor to discuss his new book (with Chris Bruno), Churches Partnering Together: Biblical Strategies for Fellowship, Evangelism, and Compassion.
In these short guidebooks, popular professor, author, and literary expert Leland Ryken takes you through some of the greatest literature in history while answering your questions along the way.
Pastor Jon Dennis, author of Christ + City, and others share their love for these cultural centers and their desire to see the kingdom of God take root in the city.
In the Old Testament: God used judgment of the Egyptians and Canaanites to save the Israelites. In the New Testament: God's righteous judgment on the cross brought us salvation. At the end of time: God's …
Crossway recently asked readers to submit questions about Bible study for Jen Wilkin, author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds.
Crossway recently asked readers to submit questions about Bible study for Jen Wilkin, author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds.
Many Christians have unwittingly embraced the idea that “church” is a once-a-week event rather than a community of Spirit-empowered people.
This video provides a final word of encouragement and advice from Jen Wilkin.
Sometimes interviews don't go the way you planned... Sometimes they get to feeling a little bit weird... And sometimes, yes sometimes, things get downright awkward.
Here are six benefits of praying through the Bible.
We removed verse numbers, section headings, and translation footnotes so as to declutter each page and help readers focus their attention on the biblical text itself.
Yesterday we posted an urgent request from Crossway's president, Dr. Lane Dennis, concerning an extraordinary opportunity to meet a matching grant for $270,000. In the above video, Dr. Dennis provides some perspective on why this opportunity is so important to the ministry work of Crossway.
The ESV Bible app—available for both iOS and Android devices—was designed to facilitate a beautiful and intuitive digital Bible reading experience.
Jesus was excluded by all and abandoned by his friends in a time of need so that we could always be welcomed into relationship.
Theologically understood, justification is the moment—the event—that God declares a sinner righteous in his sight.
Two books, two ways to study the Bible.
One of the best things we can do for our teens is to explain to them that many teens suffer in the same way.
Why are covenants so important in Scripture? Why does it matter in the Christian life?
When we read the Bible, we have a deep-seated instinct to look at particular characters and compare ourselves to them. We wonder, Is this someone I should try to emulate?
The resurrection is the most important thing to behold in God’s word to fuel our desire to pray. But really, we need all of God’s word. We also need God’s people.
Paul loved God and people. His love for God summoned him ever higher into God’s revealed glory, and his love for people summoned him alongside ordinary folks.
Zack Eswine explains how Ezekiel 18 provides a summary of the gospel in the Old Testament.
The teenage years have been hijacked—by pleasure, pressure, entertainment, and distraction. But there is one truth that has the power to totally change the life of a teenager: the gospel.
When we trust Jesus, we displace rules from the center of our discipleship and replace it with his gospel
The question that haunts most people who experience significant suffering and loss—is, “why?”
We don’t have to accept our culture’s ever-changing and ever-more-tyrannical definition of beauty.
Do our hopes and dreams look the same as the world's? Do we claim Jesus is Lord, and then relentlessly pursue a bigger paycheck, a bigger house, a better job, or more leisure?
If we're honest with ourselves, often, in the craziness of life, instead of treasuring and applying more Scripture to a heart that needs it we shy away from time in the Word.
We can’t always say everything, but we want to help people read the Bible well, not merely train them to parrot our conclusions.
We must tell the truth about what the Bible teaches about gender. Among other things, the Bible is clear that there is a normative connection between biological sex and gender identity.
The maker of the universe is not far off—he is nearby. Realizing this is a huge first step in trading anxiety for patience.
If we’re after true and lasting change, we must pray that the Lord work out our sanctification by his Spirit
Review the highlights from our blog this year.
Whether we are leading our families, working in the office, or even studying the Bible, one of the great challenges in life is living in the tension between the forest and the trees.
Gary and Betsy Riccucci urge us to focus on what it looks like for husbands to love their wives redemptively and vice-versa.
A disciple of Jesus follows in Jesus’s steps, doing as Jesus taught and lived. But it means more than that.
James M. Hamilton Jr. discusses the challenges of being human, bearing the image, striving to know God, to find truth, and to help others find their joy, satisfaction, purpose, meaning, and life in knowing God through his Son, Jesus Christ, by the power of the Spirit.
Being a woman means being human. And this is good news.
Giving out of scarcity declares in an especially profound way that God is better than money.
When facing doubts and fears, the last thing you want to do is isolate yourself and struggle alone.
I was excited when I learned that John Piper was writing a book on race and the gospel of the cross. When John gave me the privilege of reading the manuscript, I devoured it and …
The goal in studying the Bible is to find out what the Bible meant, what it means, and how it applies to us.
We know that suffering is a result of sin and a fallen world, but that usually feels inadequate when we're in anguish.
At the break of dawn on April 9, 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged. As they prepared him for his death, he preached a final sermon.
On this day in history, as night turned to day on February 18th, the earthly life of Martin Luther, the most famous man of the sixteenth century, came to an end.
When John Owen died on August 24, 1683, his reputation as “the Calvin of England,” was firmly established.
The struggles of his Calvin’s life tested his faith. At the heart of his faith was the confidence that for the sake of Jesus, God was his loving heavenly Father.
Today marks the 113th anniversary of the death of Hudson Taylor, missionary to China. His legacy of faithfulness lives on.
It was January 31, 1892, and after twenty-four years of ill health, the ‘Prince of Preachers’ went to be with the Lord, aged just fifty-seven.
When Edwards came to preach in Enfield, God blessed the preaching of his Word in an extraordinary manner.
On this day in history John Stott, one of the most influential Christian leaders of the twentieth century, was born. This year marks the centenary of his birth.
We can learn three important lessons from this episode in history.
On this day in history, the most significant Christian apologist of the twentieth century was born at home in Belfast, Ireland.
A few weeks ago we posted a crash course on Bible cover materials, and now we turn our attention to the interior of the Bible.
Mormonism and Christianity advocate two deeply contrasting and conflicting worldviews.
God plays the symphony of our salvation in three movements. Each of these movements is associated with and facilitated by a different Person of the Trinity.
When every moment of our iWorld existence conditions us to celebrate the self, the church boldly celebrates something bigger, grander, and more compelling.
Christians are often prone to focusing on symptoms rather than looking at underlying causes.
We need to look to Christ. We need to draw our strength from him. The way we grow is simply by looking to Christ.
Proverbs tells us that there are two voices calling out in the marketplace.
Escape from difficult circumstances can easily turn into idolatry and unhealthy coping mechanisms. But God always provides a way out.
We have much to learn from the apostle who had the ability to be blunt and corrective while striving toward peace with others in kindness.
At Crossway, we would be grateful for your urgent prayers and gracious support for our upcoming ministry projects.
Do you ascribe something to yourself that is only true about God?
Justin Holcomb shares some important statistics related to sexual assault in our country and around the world.
WARNING: What you are about to see is probably completely real and might be disturbing to some.
I entreat that your time may be thus spent. Let it not be about your dressing, your plays, your profits, or your worldly concerns but let it be the wonders of redeeming love.
Salvation from the judgment of God into fellowship with God is all of God. It is not of us.
There is no story more worthy of being retold in our families than the true account of Jesus's life, death, and resurrection.
Continued from part 1 of Makoto Fujimura's chapel address at Crossway on January 21, 2011.
Your family and friends can be the toughest people in the world to approach on matters of faith, especially those that want nothing to do with God.
When Jesus, the Clean One, touched an unclean sinner, Christ did not become unclean. The sinner became clean.
As we approach another Father’s Day, Timothy Witmer asks us to reflect with him on the top two ways we can love our children.
The Holy Spirit, through time, has preserved a couple of key archaeological finds. Learn about two of the most important.
Temptation is typically gradual. There's more going on behind the scenes before one gives in to full-blown sin. Russell Moore explains the three stages of temptation.
Brett Lott discusses the third dimension of writing.
Our obedience should be the result of our gratitude to God for his work in Christ.
If we are going to understand why Matthew reports these words, we must remember that the theme of Jesus' destruction of the temple has already been introduced.
The defense of the faith is not a luxury or an intellectual vanity, but instead is a task appointed by God that you should be able to give a reason for the hope that is in you as you bear witness before the world.
The root of legalism is almost as old as Eden, which explains why it is a primary, if not the ultimate, pastoral problem.
The mechanisms that theistic evolutionists propose are the means by which God created are themselves demonstratively not creative. That’s a big problem—a scientific problem.
The event around which we gather shows the erosion of folk culture just as much as it fosters it.
The nature of temptation is not random. There is strategy, purpose, and power involved.
If the church is to prosper and mature, she will need faithful men to lead and care for her.
Over the course of 365 days, read through Scripture chronologically, and see how the story of redemption has unfolded over time.
In the book of Jude, we find two realities about perseverance that we must keep in tension if we are to persevere in faith.
When people read and interpret the Song of Songs, there are a couple of mistakes that they often make.
Through this video devotional, beging to grasp God’s vision for love and marriage by working through the Song of Songs.
The truth of the gospel is the only answer to our beauty crisis.
We've created a free, 5-day devotional leading readers through the five solas of the Reformation.
Preaching is central to the pastor’s ministry because that is primarily our calling.
A double-minded woman is two-minded; she is divided between two ways of thinking, and, as a result, she is ruled by competing options.
Most of us would be quick to speak up and protest our innocence. It’s just human nature to want to speak up and justify ourselves.
Jesus knew that everything about his earthly life, including the body he inhabited, was to fulfill God’s intended purpose.
This universe of self-love is collapsing in on itself. It’s like a black hole that shrinks itself into a smaller and smaller space.
The Song of Songs does give us some guides for navigating marital conflict.
Maybe in every story is a thread that the human heart that can’t give up the belief that one day, true love will come along.
Learn from the stories of a handful of the Bible’s scoundrels and see more clearly the ways in which they reveal the generous grace of Jesus toward sinners.
God wants me to learn how to wait so that I can wait well, even if my waiting continues for the rest of my life.
If we imagine that Jesus was born in a freshly swept, county fair stable, we miss the whole point. It was wretched—scandalous!
Sexual intimacy in marriage is not only allowable, it is sacred.
What does it mean to take a Sabbath? Does this Old Testament law even practically apply today?
Technology and the media have played a significant role in the triumph of the sexual revolution—specifically in terms of the LGBTQ+ movement.
Prayer and evangelism are both part of the plan—the all-embracing, all-pervasive, unstoppable providence of God is the only hope for making our efforts effective.
God did not create us to be self-protective, so being so will eventually lead to misery rather than safety.
Remembering and embracing Christ’s death means an end to helicopter mothering ourselves and the people around us.
The biblical exodus is recalled and made part of our lives through baptism, the Lord’s supper, and these other celebrations that place us within their pattern.
Jesus’ resurrection does not only change us by saving our souls, making us holy, and filling us with power to live.
Christianity rests on a single, history-changing event: the resurrection of Christ.
There are encouraging indications that Reformed theology is being embraced by an increasing number of African American Christians today.
As has often been pointed out, Christianity is Christ. It all centers around Him, and every doctrine that we have and every idea that we possess is something that comes from Him.
Bret Lott writes a guest post to accompany the publication of his newest book, Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian, hoping his words can be of help to those thinking about being a writer.
Apart from God, man gets himself into all sorts of spiritually dangerous and eternity-threatening situations.
The more delight we take in the Bible, the more we want to get into it, and the bigger difference it makes in our spiritual lives.
We’re called to leave the past behind, but that doesn’t mean that the scars of painful things are gone.
The most lasting impact of the Reformation is gospel-centered mission. The Reformation unleashed a movement that continues today as Christians everywhere take the good news to the entire world.
A red herring is something that distracts, whether intentionally or not, from the real purpose and goal.
Spurgeon was an avid student of Scripture, but is not often thought of as a theologian.
The highest meaning and the most ultimate purpose of marriage is to put the covenant relationship of Christ and his church on display.
Just as we can hardly fathom the divine ferocity awaiting those out of Christ, it is equally true that we can hardly fathom the divine tenderness already resting now on those in Christ.
The Spirit gives exactly the right gifts in exactly the right measure at exactly the right time to exactly the right people for the well-being of the local church.
A call to ministry is a call to die—to self, to sin, to selfish ambition, to idolizing your own success, and to enhancing your own image.
Here is a brief tutorial for utilizing the settings within ESVBible.org on your web browser for a similar reading experience as an e-reader edition.
Central to our faith is the answer to this question: How is one right with God?
Only when we catch a glimpse of this God and his glorious purposes that our lives finally make sense and can truly be purpose driven.
Lesson number one on God’s holiness and the people’s sinfulness was delivered in the form of instructions for offering sacrifices at the tabernacle.
The global economy can be a little frustrating because globalization and the global economy are terms that mean different things to different people.
It's important to remember our families are members of our churches and not unpaid staff.
We are to treat a promise of God as reality, as someone treats a check. We are to take the promise and endorse it with our own name by personally receiving it as true.
The day is coming when our God Who Heals will consummate his kingdom where there will be no more sickness.
With the work of the home being increasingly outsourced and professionalized, it can feel unglamorous. But the home isn't about compensation or perfection—it's about people.
Sanctification demonstrates that right actions work their way out from the inside and not the other way around.
There is no ideal standard of a woman that we are supposed to achieve apart from the virtues found in Christ himself.
Is moral value whatever we say that it is?
Young children cannot “lead” parents to a Jesus they do not know, but parents can lead a child to a Jesus the parents know and love.
A church’s commitment to prayer is one of the greatest determiners of its effectiveness in ministry.
When it comes to how we think about conversion, it’s crucial to get both our doctrine and our practices right. Churches should believe that God makes people radically new, not just nice, through conversion.
We are drawn to order, predictability, comfort, ease, pleasure, appreciation, fun, and personal happiness. We don’t like difficulty of any kind.
As we live in our identity as a priest—which means that we are near to God—there are a couple of things that emerge as we look out into the world.
It is life-changing to know and believe that Jesus came so that we would have all that we need to live as he intended right now.
If we know the presence of God as it is expressed across the pages of Christian scripture, it can and will transform the way we understand and live our Christian lives.
Today, we're introducing a new 7-day reading plan on ESV.org to guide you through some of the prayers Jesus uttered during his earthly ministry.
Jesus’s ministry on earth as a human was marked by a devotion to prayer. Through his prayer life, we see what it means to truly depend on God.
Sometimes, in God’s plan and providence, this ministry takes us to the farthest corners of the world.
Double listening . . . is the faculty of listening to two voices at the same time, the voice of God through Scripture and the voices of men and women around us.
There is a vast difference between simply conveying information to people, which can be cold and ineffectual, and true preaching and witness.
The paradox of evangelism is that when we remember that evangelism is impossible, we are more likely to evangelize.
God is unswervingly active in bringing about good from troublesome circumstances in the Christian’s life.
People threw off the shackles of the church and the state and they began to look inward. They began to look to themselves for what is true and what is real.
Crossway talks about Lous Klopsch and the origins of the red-letter Bible.
Finding out your children have special needs is kind of like being given an orange.
After extensive research in both economics and biblical ethics our conclusion is this: poor nations must somehow produce their own prosperity, and it is possible for them to do this.
I don't know if you know this, but the Bible is not ultimately about you—the Bible is about God.
Distraction is a huge issue for the modern Christian parent.
Pride is, by definition, idolatrous and insurrectionist because it is rooted in ingratitude. It glorifies the creature over against the Creator and claims the inheritance rights of image-bearers without acknowledging that we have these things …
The church could not be as grateful to anyone as they can and should be to Athanasius.
The New City Catechism Curriculum features 52 engaging lessons designed to help children ages 8–11 learn the core doctrines of the Christian faith.
In the midst of life's complexity, what does it mean for a woman to nurture?
Being faithful to the ABC’s of Christian living can have such a profound evangelistic impact upon your children.
What attracts people to ministry to youth? Why are they in this field?
The Bible is God speaking to us, ever pointing us to Christ.
It is no exaggeration to say that the Bible is the most sweeping and engrossing and enthralling epic ever written.
This groundbreaking book documents evidential, logical, and theological problems with theistic evolution, opening the door to scientific and theological alternatives.
Jesus is lowly, he's accessible. You don't have to go through security to get to him. You just have to humble yourself.
In the 21st Century, though, we not only continue to face that challenge that the Reformers had with the Roman Catholic Church but also a bigger task.
Check out this interview with Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert where they give a little sneak preview as to what they'll be addressing in their upcoming book What is the Mission of the Church.
For those of us who are parents, God wants us to esteem the field he’s given us. It’s not a tiring distraction from the true mission field we should be tilling.
Our work, when earnestly undertaken, lays us open to attacks in the direction of depression.
Putting together the biblical covenants is central to the doing of biblical and systematic theology.
We can learn something about how previous cared about theological points because the worship of God, the purity of the church, and the understanding of Scripture were at stake.
The measure of God’s love for us is shown by two things. One is the degree of his sacrifice in saving us from the penalty of our sin. The other is the degree of unworthiness that we had when he saved us.
If the Son of God had not joined himself to us in our humanity, what could it possibly mean to say that Jesus is Savior?
We live with a God who has many, many, many ways of meeting us, and it's good to become aware of them all.
Catechesis is meant to be a robust witness to biblical faith and practice, a tool which in the hands of skilled practitioners to be used to instruct, form, and make mature disciples.
If we try to influence the world by using its methods, we are doing the Lord’s work in the flesh.
The Gospels tell us that the Lord’s Supper occupies a significant place within redemptive history.
Any good news in the hospital is a glimmer of God’s grace. Any cure reflects not the power of our own hands, but rather his provision for us.
There is no emotion, no experience, and no quest more authentically human than love.
Theistic evolutionists accept that the theory of evolution is an unguided process. But then they say that God somehow guided the process. That’s why they’re theistic evolutionists.
Most people associate the word “catholic” with the Roman Catholic Church. Yet, when used with a little c, the word simply means worldwide or universal.
St. Patrick had a deep certainty of the will of God for his life: to live out his days in Ireland so that the Irish might come to know God as he had.
Who Was St. Patrick? Patrick was raised in a nominally Christian home in Britain during the collapse of the Roman Empire. At 16 he was captured by Irish pirates and taken to the west coast …
Who Was St. Patrick? Patrick was raised in a nominally Christian home in Britain during the collapse of the Roman Empire. At 16 he was captured by Irish pirates and taken to the west coast …
Jesus's life brings to fulfillment the entire spectrum of theophanies of God in the Old Testament.
In honor of Reformation Day today, here's a selection from Stephen J. Nichols' book, The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World.
When we first began work on the ESV Study Bible, we could never have anticipated the way God would use it to encourage and equip Christians to study his word.
Why does the Great Commandment instruct us to love God first, others second? Because this is the order in which God himself loves.
The Bible is incredibly helpful in leading us to understand why parenting is so challenging.
Everyone wants to have a good life. What will make you truly blessed?
If we have stripped ourselves bare of all besetting sins and every hindrance, and have begun to run with perseverance our race, we are then given the focus that guarantees our finishing well.
As you prayerfully saturate your mind with God's Word, it begins more and more to control your thinking and behavior.
It seems to me that suffering without grumbling is one of the world's rarities.
Our contentment is unshakeable when it is rooted in our unchanging God.
God loves beauty, and he gives it to us as a gift. He is the source of beauty, and he is beauty himself.
There is no doubt about it—the Bible is a big-picture book that calls us to big-picture living.
In justification God does not merely decide unilaterally to forgive us our sins.
Despite the commercialization of Christmas and its overall worldly cast, God still infuses wonder into the season.
For Calvin, self-denial was not a special requirement for the few but a norm for all believers, and we deny self because we have been united with God, not because we want to achieve such a union.
Jesus has come to inaugurate that peace among God’s people and to unveil the true joy of Christmas.
Dying and rising is the pattern not only of Jesus’s life, but of our lives—of our everyday moments.
How do the supernatural and the natural intersect in the act of preaching?
Excerpts from the introduction of Ken Myers' book, All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians & Popular Culture.
The church is the single most important institution on earth, the organism through which God advances his kingdom.
Love is messy. You know what else? The gospel is messy. It means loving sinners—people like you and me.
We need to know that we are not in charge and we need to know how to submit to God as the one who is in charge.
Reclaiming the biblical meaning of marriage in our culture today matters because the darkness of our generation is deep and profound.
Preach to your people a theology of suffering that places all our trials in the hands and will of a loving Father.
The more you know about lament, the more things really come alive to you in reading Jeremiah's lament. His lament is so relevant to the suffering that we’re going through right now.
To be in those high-demand years is a great blessing, so enjoy it. Enjoy your kids!
From ancient times, books have had a profound and mysterious power to move us. We find this in every culture and in every time period.
Zach Eswine shares his own story of loss and the stunning realization that true faithfulness is not synonymous with ministry success.
We (here at Crossway) had the opportunity to hear an exclusive behind-the-art perspective on The Four Holy Gospels from Makoto Fujimura during chapel on Friday, January 21.
I am amazed by God's great love and compassion for his church.
If we are honest, our real image is nowhere near as attractive as we want it to be.
We can (and should) command repentance from sin, but it is grace that enables repentance and belief that accompanies it.
This gospel meditation by Paul David Tripp encourages us to turn to Christ in our hardships, taking even our most difficult moments to him.
The ESV is a treasure that has been transmitted to us—a treasure we have sought to transmit to the body of Christ, to a new generation, and even to generations beyond.
Learn about the origin of the English Standard Version in this 10-minute documentary about its history.
Theology is essentially the way in which the Christian church has received the Word of God revealed to us in the Bible and in Jesus Christ.
As leaders of God’s people, we all long to make a difference for Christ. We don’t want to be unfruitful. The main reason to nurture gentleness is neither pragmatic nor historical, but biblical.
One of the most prominent burdens felt by society and church in the early 20th Century was the plight of orphans.
Bobby Jamieson explains what he thinks is the essential quality of a disciple-making pastor.
The ESV is an “essentially” translation of the Bible in contemporary English emphasizing “word-for-word” accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning.
The Greek-English Interlinear ESV New Testament is an essential volume for all who study the New Testament in the original Greek.
As we listen to the Bible’s story, we begin to understand where we fit in and how the moments in our lives and the things around us fit together.
What we see in Eden is God preparing a home that he intended to dwell in with his holy people.
Christianity is not declining contrary to many of our perceptions, whether we are secular or religious.
Mother-daughter discipleship can have a crucial role in the growth and formation of a young girl. Hear why from Jacquelle Crow.
Retributive and restorative irony ultimately finds its zenith of expression at the cross.
This is the first post ([part 2]http://www.crossway.org/blog/?p=35254), part 3) in a 3-part series by Tim Keesee on the role of American missionaries in the 21st century.
We need not only solid teaching and preaching about obedient Christian living, we also need to see holiness in practice.
What we say and write reveals what we place our hope in. Our words are the overflow of what is going on in our hearts.
If the people in our charge are to teach, admonish, and exhort each other daily, no doubt we pastors may do the same for one another
We are not just individually liberated from death, hell, and the Devil—the whole of creation is on an exodus journey as well.
People are rebellious, even God’s people, but God himself insists on doing his people eternal good anyway.
Writing to people who were discouraged by living, after the exile, Zechariah encouraged them to look forward to the day when the Lord would act once again.
Designed to help Christians think more theologically about the nature of true biblical worship, Rhythms of Grace shows how the gospel is all about worship and worship is all about the gospel.
The book of Titus is a letter from Paul to a young pastor, urging him to lead his people deeper into the gospel.
We gain insight into the loving nature of the God who inspired this Song, and are made able to love him in return although we constantly require his fidelity, protection, and undeserved love.
The language of redemption permeates the story of Ruth.
Romans explains the saving work of Jesus reported in the Gospels, and unpacks many of the teachings that were foundational to the churches that arose in Acts.
The book of Revelation is a triumphant vision of God’s final victory over all the forces of evil in the world.
Jesus considered the book of Psalms to be ultimately about him.
The book of Proverbs is one of the “many ways” God spoke, leading us to his only Son Jesus.
If there ever was a clarion call to rejoice because of the gospel, it is Paul’s epistle to the Philippians.
The central gospel themes in Paul’s shortest letter are surprisingly substantial.
As an oracle of judgment, Obadiah presents unique challenges for gospel application.
Numbers is especially relevant for God's people in “wilderness” times when we must practice faith and trust in God's guidance and provision.
Rather than focusing mainly on human faithfulness to God, the book of Nehemiah shows God’s faithfulness to his unfaithful people.
In a variety of ways, the prophecy of Nahum brings home the gospel and carries along the redemptive story that culminates in Jesus Christ.
God deals with sinners in one of two ways: deserved justice, or undeserved grace.
For Matthew, the gospel is the good news that God has inaugurated the final stage of his plan to reclaim the world from the destruction of sin and establish his just and merciful reign over it.
The Gospel of Mark is presented in a way that demonstrates the fulfillment of Old Testament promises.
The book of Malachi contains six oracles (or disputations) that each begin with a saying of the people, to which the Lord responds through his prophet.
Luke’s presentation helps us see clearly that the gospel of Jesus is about the comprehensive blessedness of God available to us through Jesus Christ.
Is Leviticus just a collection of disconnected laws? How does this book of the Bible really point to Christ?
Out of the smoking ruins came cries of lamentation and confession, and the daring hope of restoration.
The book of Judges portrays the people of God languishing without good leadership. Who would lead the people of God into battle?
Where is the gospel in Jude’s epistle? In such a compact space, we actually receive a potent portrait of the gospel.
Even Joshua’s name (“Yahweh Saves!”) points away from himself to the real hero of the story. Joshua is a story of grace.
Once we begin to pull back the layers of the story, we discover that it is not really about what Jonah is doing for God, but what God is doing for Jonah.
Everything John tells us about Jesus leads us to his cross and his empty tomb—to his substitutionary death and glorious resurrection.
In typical prophetic form, Joel gives his readers both the bad news of God’s judgment and the good news of his promised deliverance.
The book of Job helps free us from believing in a “score-keeping” God.
Jeremiah plays a strategic role in God’s revelation of his purposes that will be fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
James is a beloved epistle, eminently practical and full of vivid exhortations to godly living.
Isaiah’s messianic profile informs Christian worship of Jesus as the suffering servant who brings a new creation through his life-giving resurrection.
The salvation God has accomplished in Messiah Jesus is the fulfillment of all that was prophesied in the Old Testament.
While Hebrews clearly makes its own unique contribution, it joins other New Testament books in exulting in the same amazing grace in Jesus that forms the Bible’s main message.
Haggai is all about the ongoing work of building up the people of God, a work that is primarily God's.
Like the book of Job, this book presents important gospel truths for people who encounter difficulties that seem incomprehensible.
The foundation stories of Genesis set the stage of the drama of Scripture in many ways.
Galatians is a letter is about protecting the truth of the gospel, which declares what God has done in Christ for sinners.
God’s covenant promises are gloriously on display as this weak, struggling remnant returns to Jerusalem after the exile to live together again as his people.
Understood rightly, however, Ezekiel contains and continues a beautiful story of God’s grace to his undeserving people.
Exodus offers the greatest paradigmatic redemption event in the Bible prior to Christ’s incarnation.
For believers today, the significance of the book of Esther is that it coordinates with the rest of the Old Testament to foreshadow Jesus as deliverer and mediator for God’s people.
There may be no other book in all the Bible that packs in as much gospel per square inch than Ephesians.
Throughout Ecclesiastes we are led forward to other answers, other solutions, and other wisdom than the world’s vain promises of satisfaction, happiness, and fulfillment.
Deuteronomy is clearly one of the most important books in the Old Testament.
The “gospel according to Daniel” comes in glowing revelations of the power of God to redeem his people, overcome their enemies, and plan their future.
Of all the books in the Bible, Colossians may rightly be considered the most Christ-centered.
In four ways, the Old Testament book of Amos is essential for a robust understanding of the gospel.
Acts shows that the new Christian movement is not a fringe sect but the culmination of God’s plan of redemption.
Paul’s second letter to Timothy is a call to endurance amid opposition and suffering for the sake of the gospel.
Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians is a letter of comfort to those eagerly awaiting the promised return of Jesus Christ.
The faithfulness needed to combat wickedness requires an experience of God’s powerful grace in the gospel.
Second Corinthians is filled with the astounding paradoxes of the gospel.
The thrust of 1 Timothy is that godliness is central to the Christian’s continuing in the gospel and the church’s proclamation of the gospel.
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul cannot stop rejoicing that the gospel came to the Thessalonians in word, in power, and with full conviction by the Holy Spirit.
Peter writes to encourage a “mixed bag” of believers with dear but easily forgotten truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The gospel—the good news of what God has done for sinners through Jesus Christ—permeates 1 Corinthians.
The word “gospel” never appears in the letters of John. Yet it is hard to imagine a book more intimately connected to the gospel of saving grace in Christ Jesus than John’s first letter.
In the riveting stories of 1 and 2 Samuel we catch glimpses of who God is, what he does, what life is like with him and without him, and what life can become by his grace and in the power of his Spirit.
The clear contrast between God’s covenant-keeping and Israel’s covenant breaking, particularly among Israel’s kings, is perhaps the most important theme in the book of Kings.
As the last books in the Hebrew Old Testament, the books of 1–2 Chronicles prepare God’s people for the arrival of Jesus.
We can proclaim the saving significance of the gospel, but may we never forget that “it” is not very good news at all unless “he” is truly present to save.
In their book Faithmapping, Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper challenge us as we witness to our communities
The gospel of Jesus cuts the nerve of hatred and anger and the bent to be a blaming person.
Christ's resurrection is more than just a historical event—it is good news about eternal life!
Human marriage is not the ultimate human experience. Our relationship with God is. But under Christ, marriage is the most profound human relationship we have.
Wives bend toward the nourishment and the leadership of their husbands—they are turning themselves toward what is for their good.
One of the hardest people to love is a self-righteous sinner who thinks he has his spiritual act together.
Are we swimming in the mental and emotional universe of what God has told us our future is?
Why would anyone ever fast? What is to be gained from giving things up?
When the church ceases to treat the Bible as a final standard of spiritual truth and wisdom, it is going to wobble between maintaining its tradition in a changing world and adapting to that world.
You can either put God at the center of the universe in your heart or you can put yourself or something else there.
In 1655, when the matter of his soul was settled, John Bunyan was asked to exhort the church, and suddenly a great preacher was discovered.
A faithful response to sin involves drawing near to God in faith through confession, repentance, and trusting the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
We need not just remember the men of the Reformation, but also the women, and make sure their stories get told.
It’s good to mourn, it’s healthy to be sad, and it’s appropriate to groan. Something is wrong with us, something is missing in our hearts and our understanding of life.
John MacArthur discusses the historicity and significance of Adam in the Bible.
In the forthcoming book Life's Biggest Questions: What the Bible Says About Things That Matter Most, author Eric Thoennes briefly addresses what the Bible says about final judgment and hell.
In this video series, well-known New Testament scholars explore the background and significance of the history-shaping events that occurred during Jesus's last week on earth.
In this video series, well-known New Testament scholars explore the background and significance of the history-shaping events that occurred during Jesus's last week on earth.
In this video series, well-known New Testament scholars explore the background and significance of the history-shaping events that occurred during Jesus's last week on earth.
Archaeologists get very excited about pottery as very few people elsewhere in the world do.
The gospel is calling us to be faithful to the Lord now, during this mere blink of time, so that we then enter into the eternity of his embraces and his love.
Jesus's resurrection body is the foretaste of what is going to happen to all of us. We will all be raised to new physical life.
Crossway announces the publication of the ESV Study Bible into Korean, the first complete translation of the ESV Study Bible into another language.
The Heirloom Single Column Legacy Bible was designed to be a Bible that would last a lifetime. In keeping with it’s name, it is an edition that can be passed from generation to generation.
Through various partnerships, Crossway can focus on what we do best and our partners focus on what they do best, and together we can better serve the worldwide church.
The gentle and quiet spirit of which Peter speaks, calling it “of great worth in God’s sight” (1 Peter 3:4), is the true femininity.
I thank God tonight that James Innell Packer’s course is not yet finished and that he is still running the race.
Economists are looking at things that people have to make trade-off decisions about. That includes material resources, time, and relationships.
The economy is a system of choices we make about all of our resources. Every choice we make is an economic choice.
Cultural Christianity is on the decline, a reality that should not cause despair, but should actually lead us to hope.
Why has there arisen this impulse in our day toward pastor-scholars and scholar-pastors? Why are so many in the younger generation reluctant to let the pastoral and scholarly roads diverge?
Money will either bless you or curse you. It will be a tool in the hands of a God of grace, or it will be a doorway to bad and dangerous things.
God has always existed as the Holy Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God came to dwell with man and as man at Christmas. Coming to the manger should lead us to worship.
Paul uses the picture of the body to teach the horizontal dimension of union with Christ.
What does the Bible say about Christ's death and atoning sacrifice for sinners? Learn more from this look into the ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible.
God speaks definitively to us in Scripture and we can trust the Bible as his words.
Benedictions are God’s good words for us as he looks on us with joy and love and grants us grace and peace.
What does the Bible say about Christ's return? Learn more from this look into the ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible.
Good deeds matter to God in regards to their purpose for the church, the world, our sanctification, and God’s glory.
Having your family in a Christ-exalting, gospel-centered, Bible-teaching local church is crucial to Christian parenting—but it is not enough.
Paul hated legalism but he enjoined discipline upon all of his followers for the purpose of godliness.
To become truly gospel fluent is to be able to listen to somebody well enough to hear the real longing or hurts that they're dealing with.
Truly, we are lost in a darkness of our own making, and we got here by dethroning God and enthroning ourselves. We’ve deified ourselves. And it’s led to our demise.
Rich communities can be harder to reach because wealth and comfort tend to make people think that they’re invincible.
Four years ago, Cameron Cole came face-to-face with his worst nightmare. The one thing that he hoped and prayed would never happen, did happen.
On January 3, 1521, Luther was excommunicated. The severity of excommunication is not to be underestimated.
The knowledge of God and the knowledge of self always go hand in hand. There is no true knowledge of self apart from the knowledge of God.
If you limit knowledge to science, then you must see if all of the important questions of life can be answered by science.
Self-care has become a thing. The trend got traction by appealing to necessity—you can’t care for others if you don’t first care for yourself.
Lament is a rich but untapped reservoir of God’s grace, and there is a danger in neglecting lament in the church.
Though the issues are fairly complex, a nuanced approach to the use of labels can provide several clarifying benefits.
Let's discuss the emotions we often feel when caring for the hurting.
We are all familiar with the hashtags around social media. The word blessing gets thrown around a lot, so people have an idea of what they think blessing means.
The cross of Christ was more than a victory for Christ alone. It was a triumph in which we, too, can participate.
Learn more about the impetus and creation of the ESV Reader's Bible, Six-Volume Set with Chapter and Verse Numbers.
Authority can be dangerous. But, if used rightly, it can also be a blessing.
The resurrection is the guarantee that the wrath of God has been appeased by the sacrifice of Jesus.
Children are not commodities to be bought and sold, or products to be manufactured, or objects to be designed for someone else’s use.
An example of the power of God’s word to awaken well-grounded faith, even if the believer does not know how to describe what has happened.
When Jesus walked the earth, he wasn’t afraid to touch hurting people. He drew people in close. He met them empty and left them full and turned everything upside down.
Joy is fostered in us as we come together as God’s people, with God at the center.
Am I faithfully obeying God as his child by meeting the genuine needs of others, or am I pursuing self-actualization, self-fulfillment, or selfish ambition apart from him?
It has long been assumed that the rise of modernity will be accompanied by the decline of religion, but the scholarly consensus today rejects the secularization hypothesis.
This gospel meditation by Paul David Tripp contrasts the broken cities of this world with the restored one to come.
The church has a vital role to play in reconciliation between people of different ethnicities. It actually goes to the essence of what it means to be a Christian.
God is using the power of the church’s shared witness in remarkable ways all over the world.
Pastor Jeff Vanderstelt explains why he no longer tells people to "go be Jesus" among the lost.
There are four essential identity markers of the church: oneness, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity.
There is no greater need for the church today than to think rightly about Jesus, biblically and theologically.
It’s not to the government, nor to any king or pope or any other ruler, but rather to the church that the keys of the kingdom of God are given.
In various times and places and life circumstances, God calls his people. For all the outward variety in our testimonies, we actually have a common story.
Of the many complexities involving the church and homosexuality, one of the most difficult is how the former should speak of the latter.
No matter how you feel about holiday parties, you need to know that you have been invited to a very important celebration this Christmas that you don’t want to miss.
The New Testament answers the question about whether Christians at the point of death are in heaven with the comfort that they are “away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
The Spirit of Christ burns in our hearts, awakening us to the presence and activity of Jesus Christ. Sleeper, awake!
We don’t need more information. We need God’s revelation.
Learn more about how Jane Austen's faith went from sympathetic to genuine.
You can go here to learn more or pre-order What Did You Expect: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage.
Christian ministers must be vigilant, prepared to endure.
Pastor's wife and blogger Jen Thorn talks about the unique calling of the pastor's wife to the church and her family.
Max Lucado reads his book, The Boy and the Ocean.
If the American Medical Association were to label boredom a disease, we would have to declare an epidemic.
You must somehow hear the Bible’s message—whether by reading it yourself or hearing someone else read or explain it—in order to become a Christian.
The symbolism of the book ranges through the entire Old Testament canonical Scriptures and drives us back to the very beginning.
The most important blessing of the church’s new existence will be its similar experience of the immediate, palpable presence of God.
Kids need to know how classic Bible stories connect to Scripture’s overarching message about God’s glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people.
The call to pastoral ministry is unlike anything else you're going to do in life. What's the key to staying the course?
In thousands of cities across the globe, churches large and small haven’t considered the amazing things God could do through them in partnership with others.
Though the Bible compiles the voices and writings of many individuals, it is, in fact, one story—written by God.
The way so many of us treat the Scriptures—as God's "how to" book—doesn't seem quite right when we carefully look at what its own pages say.
Although the Bible nowhere discusses “other religions” as such, much in it is relevant to the subject.
The emergence of Islam and the Qur’an can be properly understood only within the larger context of the Bible and the monotheism of Islam’s two main predecessors, Judaism and Christianity.
For the believer wanting to know God’s will for her life, the first question to pose is not “What should I do?” but “Who should I be?”
A lot of people think that the reason they are to study the Bible is so that they can know the Bible well. But when we study the Bible, we always should be coming to an increasing knowledge of God not just the Bible.
What does God give us to face our inevitable struggles and sufferings? The resoundingly glorious answer of Romans 8 is that he gives us the only thing that can truly provide the rescue, wisdom, and strength we need.
No human marriage, no matter how good, can bear the weight of our expectations.
In God's economy, blessing our spiritual family becomes a blessing to us.
Why should expository preaching be recovered and faithfully practiced?
Christians live in the painful paradox of salvation begun but not completed.
God delights in identifying with us in our suffering. He feels the sting in his chest when you hurt. He takes
The whole reason we care about sound doctrine is for the sake of preserving God’s beauty,
Lewis insists on something that is radically out of step with the modern world.
This gospel meditation explores the idea of being worried and confused with the Christian life, offering an invitation to turn to God when life doesn't make sense.
The news of the kingdom of God is simultaneously good and bad—good for the cosmos and bad for sinners. Systematic theology helps us personally resolve the bad news of the kingdom.
You need to understand that there are two parts of the Christmas story, and you need both parts to make proper sense out of the whole story.
What, we may well ask, in literary terms, is the plot structure of the Old Testament or even of the entire Bible as a single text?
Even though solid biblical and theological teaching on the subject is available, the doctrine of the Trinity continues to be treated as an awkward guest in the evangelical household.
This new book calls us to embrace the uncomfortable aspects of Christian community, whether that means believing difficult truths, pursuing difficult holiness, or loving difficult people.
Ours is not a time of great respect for authority. For most people, including many evangelical Christians, personal freedom and liberty are avidly pursued virtues.
What are some sure signs of misdirected priorities in sports?
Over the next five days, learn more about the apostle and be encouraged to imitate his example of unwavering confidence in God's grace and love toward others.
One great temptation of singleness is an unrelenting self-focus. We need to be reminded to look outside of our circumstances and ourselves.
We live in a time of high moral obligation. The question is who gets to determine what those obligations are?
The Psalms have an important message: God loves you.
God has begun to fulfill his promises in and through Jesus, but he's not quite finished yet.
The fifth commandment is found in the middle of a list of commands clearly addressed to adults, targeting issues that are, developmentally speaking, primarily the concerns of adulthood.
Lament boldly reaffirms the trustworthiness of God. But, first we need to learn how to do it.
In ministry, there will be a war in which you’re called to come and lay down your life as Christ laid down his life.
Everyone has to live for something and if that something isn’t the one true God, it will be a false God–an idol.
There are two pretty big things that young people have to face when trying to follow Christ in a post-Christian world.
Media doesn’t create a sense of entitlement—a sense of “I deserve”—but it fuels that belief by holding in front of our eyes what others have and do.
What do you do when that’s the way everyone is talking about someone who has died, but you’re not sure that you ever saw any genuine relationship with Christ?
God not only forgives your sins and guarantees you a seat in eternity, but welcomes you to a radically new way of living.
Living a balanced life does not mean doing everything in moderation; rather, it means being obedient in every area of life.
What if not just one man but a whole generation of men takes a bold stand against the new slave trade of our time—pornography?
When reading God's Word, it is essential that we pay close attention to the broader ideas and themes at work in a particular chapter or verse.
Redeeming love has purchased for us this blessed assurance: that Christ has regarded our helpless estate and has shed his own blood for our soul.
It's easy to idolize both the "super mom" identity and the "messy mom" identity—instead, let faithfulness and service be your standard.
The Super Bowl, as are other large sporting events, is also a magnet for sex trafficking and child prostitution. It is possibly the largest sex trafficking event in the US.
Here are a handful of suggested Crossway reads on the death and resurrection of Jesus.
The question we must always ask of suffering is this: What could possibly be worth it? Jesus’s flabbergasting claim is that he is.
In these circumstances, we may find ourselves wondering, Where is God? How can these things be happening if God is perfectly good and all-powerful? Can’t he stop them? Doesn’t he want to?
This 7-day Bible reading plan was created to help you draw encouragement from God's Word in the midst of suffering—leading to hope in the gospel through the power of the Spirit.
Get more insight into the truths of Scripture through the lens of original languages using the Hebrew Old Testament language tools on ESV.org.