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The Bible and Islam

Timothy C. Tennent

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.

6 Lessons from Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice contains some poignant lessons for Christians. Learn more about how her characters can point us to the Gospel.

10 Key Bible Verses on Greed

Godliness with contentment is great gain. Read and be encouraged by Scripture on how not to covet after wealth and be glad in God.

5 Myths about Gender Identity

Samuel D. Ferguson

While we should be careful not to reduce gender to cultural stereotypes, we must realize that uprooting gender from biology effectively kills it. If gender can be anything, it ends up being nothing.

5 Ways Stephen Hawking Was Wrong

Scripture is true in all that it claims, and when interpreted rightly, it harmonizes perfectly with the book of nature. The church had misunderstood this principle and used Scripture to silence science.

Don’t Be True to Yourself

Kevin DeYoung

I’d like to offer different advice than what you might hear elsewhere: “Do not follow your dreams. Do not march to the beat of your own drummer. And whatever you do, do not be true to yourself.”

6 Keys to a Rewarding Digital Detox

Tony Reinke

Our screens project images to us that are more attractive than our real lives, and that’s all by design. Lured in, we escape into our screens, get hooked, and find it difficult to escape.

Resources Related to Abortion and the Sanctity of Life

In light of the recent ruling by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, we wanted to highlight a number of resources that will help Christians to understand the truths of the pro-life position, to articulate that message, and to truly reflect on the sanctity of life.

Unpacking “Love Is Love”

Rosaria Butterfield

“Love is love” proudly pronounced that the lover's authenticity determines the love's integrity. Who can judge love? it asked. But does God define love, or do I? Is God love, or are my feelings my God?

A Prayer for Racial Reconciliation

Mark Vroegop

Divisions of mistrust and historical bias run deep. Without God, nothing will ever change. In our pain and our weariness, we know that only Jesus can change our hearts and unite the church.

Can a Christian Have Mental Illness?

Tom Karel, David Murray

Some Christians believe that Christians cannot have mental illness. If a professing Christian is depressed, anxious, or bipolar, they think it’s because they are not a real Christian, or it's because of unrepented sin.

5 Questions about Mental Illness

David Murray

Mental illness is an old problem; as old as the fall. Although God made everything very good, when sin entered, humanity—together with the rest of the creation—came under the divine curse.

You Become Like What You “Like”

Tony Reinke

Social media has become the new PR firm of the brand Self, and we check our feeds compulsively and find it nearly impossible to turn away from looking at—and loving—our “second self.”

5 Myths about Body Image

Sam Allberry

Unrealistic standards of beauty are being pushed on us almost constantly by the media, and the cumulative effect is that it can leave us thinking about our bodies in a seriously distorted way.

Help! My Job Is Just a Job

Bryan Chapell

Our occupation is what occupies us as we make a living. The word vocation originates in a word for “calling” and refers to what God has called us to do to fulfill his mission in our lives.

Is Google Making Us Ungodly?

Samuel D. James

Is it true that it's not just the messages that we find on the web that influence us but that it’s the web itself, the process through which the web puts us as we engage its powers?

Unpacking “You Do You”

Brett McCracken

Consensus is hard, especially in an individualistic culture where “have it your way” consumerism is the air we breathe. Sometimes it’s just easier to say, “You do you, I’ll do me.”

An Open Letter to Christians Who Doubt

Randy Newman

Just defining or describing the doubt helps me talk to God more pointedly about it. And in some instances, he gives me insight or perspective that alleviates (but not totally removes) the doubt.

5 Myths about Atheism

We should admit up front that there are some decent reasons a person might have for being an atheist.

The Common Calling of All Women

Abigail Dodds

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?

Your Gender Is God’s Good Design

Rachel Gilson

For someone born female, discipleship includes living faithfully as a female. For someone born male, discipleship includes living faithfully as a male. Each of us needs the grace and wisdom of God to do it well.

The Danger of Self-Care

Lydia Brownback

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.

5 Myths about Making Decisions

Aimee Joseph

The sooner we learn to see decisions as a blessing rather than a burden, the more we will begin to experience the God-intended delight that comes with the decision-making process.

Unpacking “New Year, New Me”

Jen Oshman

While our collective declaration of “New year, new me” is powerful on January 1, it loses steam quickly. The second Friday in January is known as Quitters Day because so many of us give up by then.

Christian Economics 101

Greg Forster

With a Christian perspective, we can see the economy as a social web that God has created for people to serve each other with their work.

The Crisis Facing Our Pastors

Peter Orr

Of course, every Christian faces difficulty—Jesus called us to a life of carrying our crosses as we follow him. However, the challenges of those in pastoral ministry are often more acute.

The Power of Double Listening

Tim Chester

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.

4 Ways to Redeem Your Time

We each have a blink. We can waste it in sinful busyness or laziness or discontentment or distraction. Or the gospel of Jesus Christ can change how we spend our time.

The Contagion of Grace

Rosaria Butterfield

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.

How to Pray for the African Church

Conrad Mbewe

Major news outlets in the world tend to concentrate on the economic poverty and social deprivation that characterizes much of Africa, but then many believers miss what God is doing in his church across the continent.

The Antidote to #MomGuilt

Abigail Dodds

It’s at the cross that we lay down our indifference and our fears about the work set before us in shepherding eternal souls in favor of full investment and commitment to the job.

Words of Truth for a New Year

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.

Renouncing Narcissism

JR Vassar

Life is a war for glory. Even those of us who have rested in Jesus to bring an end to our battle for glory still fight skirmishes in which we feel our reputations are at risk.

The Believe-in-Yourself Gospel

Jen Oshman

We’re a generation that has been raised on spiritual fast food, and we’re sick. It’s time for us to sit down at the table, linger, and sup on the feast the King has for us.

Innovation Exists by God’s Design

Tony Reinke

Innovators—both virtuous ones and nefarious ones—are created by God. Scripture protects us from the myth that God is trying his best to stifle and subdue the unwieldiness of human technology.

Living a Life of Presumption

David Gibson

As we move through life, the world just constantly dupes us into believing a false story. Our heads and our Bibles might tell us, “God willing,” but we are immersed in the oxygen of the world, which says, “Me willing.”

The Demise of the Deified Self

Jen Oshman

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.

All Brain, No Soul?

Brad Sickler

The allegation is that we should no longer believe in souls because science has solved the problem of consciousness, leaving nothing for souls to do.

Why Am I So Unhappy?

Why are so many people so unhappy in so many different circumstances?

5 Myths about C. S. Lewis

Harry Lee Poe

In spite of C. S. Lewis’s fame, several myths have attached themselves to him which might give an unbalanced view of the man who wrote the Chronicles of Narnia.

5 Myths about Galileo

Allow us to introduce Paolo Sarpi, a contemporary of Galileo, and the most formidable adversary of the Counter-Reformation in Italy.

5 Myths about Anger

Christopher Ash

We live in an angry world, and most of it is obviously destructive. But anger is not intrinsically evil, essentially evil, or necessarily evil.

Immigrants: Legal, Illegal and the Old Testament Law

James K. Hoffmeier

This article originally appeared on Crossway's blog in June 2010. In light of the recent protests related to the immigration reform bill currently stalled in the House of Representatives, we thought our readers might once again benefit from this post that explores how to think biblically about this divisive issue.

Is Christianity Bad News for Women?

Jen Oshman

The true Christian faith elevates, cherishes, protects women. Women are drawn to it. Our God created us imago Dei, and his desire is that each life will be cherished and protected.

Why Are Movies So Powerful?

Grant Horner

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.

12 Notable Quotes from Enough about Me

Self-care may produce happiness and temporary relief from stress or hardship, but real joy comes when we stop serving ourselves and find meaning and purpose in something outside of ourselves.

Artist Spotlight: Peter Voth

Learn more about German designer and illustrator, Peter Voth, and his work on the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series.

I Pledge Allegiance

Drew Hunter

As the election season nears its end, we are left wondering how to process it all, and what the Bible has to say in times like these.

What Is Feminism?

Courtney Reissig

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.

7 Notable Quotes from Surviving Religion 101

The college years can challenge your faith and belief in the Bible, so it’s important to equip yourself to engage secular challenges with intellectual honesty, compassion, and confidence.

The Search for Love

Mike Cosper

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.

Issues of Race in Scripture

John Piper

Jesus was forceful about the issue of ethnocentrism, the conviction or the feeling that one’s own ethnic group should be treated as superior or privileged.

Putting Health in Its Place

Bob Cutillo, MD

G.K. Chesterton said that "life is as bright as diamond and as brittle as a window pane." Our lives and health are beautiful but fragile, and we need to cherish them.

When Did I Get a Right to Life?

Scott Klusendorf

Some say that just because we exist as human beings at the embryonic/fetal stage doesn’t mean we have the same rights, including a right to life, at every stage of life. How should we respond to this?

Misunderstood Christian Classics

The way to get attention and be mainstream in the secular establishment is to debunk what has been accepted as true for centuries.

Finding Rest in a Restless World

It’s easy to settle for a subhuman life. Despite all our efforts, achievements, and success, many of us discover each night that our hearts don’t rest.

What Makes Evangelicals Different?

Kevin DeYoung

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?

How to Read a Classic

Leland Ryken

If a classic is a work that possesses the qualities that I ascribed to it, and if there are good reasons why some of our reading should be reading the classics, then how should we go about our reading of them?

The Normalization of Pride

Russell Moore

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 …

Let’s Be Thankful

Remember that God is good even outside of the gifts he often graciously bestows to his children.

Is Success a Friend or Foe? (by Dave Kraft)

Dave Kraft

Maybe, just maybe, we need to revisit our working definition of success to see how much of what we believe is truly biblical and not merely cultural, with a few verses added for “seasoning” here and there.

9 Notable Quotes from Weep with Me

In the Bible, lament is a prayer that leads to trust, which can be a starting point for the church to “weep with those who weep."

Your Most Basic Need

We must train ourselves to slow down and recognize the greatest need we have is met in Christ’s coming.

From Mecca to the Messiah (Part 3)

Thabiti Anyabwile

I lived a lost, God-rejecting, self-seeking life for about a year. Not surprisingly, my marriage grew empty as well, and the difficulties started to appear overwhelming. Then, my wife and I learned that we were …

From Mecca to the Messiah (Part 4)

Thabiti Anyabwile

The Doctrines of Grace My wife and I returned to North Carolina full of wonder and joy. We were changed. The world sparkled with a newness and freshness we didn’t know was available. Everything was …

D.A. Carson on Evangelicalism—from ETS 2009

Dr. D. A. Carson presents a biblical/theological definition of evangelicalism that is rooted in the New Testament’s description of the gospel, and then proceeds to demonstrate its continuing relevance and our need for its scripturally defined boundaries.

What Are Your Blind Spots?

Our blind spots lead to divisions and disagreements, preventing God’s people from testifying to his grace with one voice.

Why Serial Captivates Us

Serial offers us insights into our culture’s longings, revealing God’s truth in the world around us.