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The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Empowering Love of the Father

Yesterday was Easter Sunday and, as usual, Christians all over the world celebrated the truly-distinctive mark of their faith, one of the most well-documented and attested historical events in all of antiquity, namely the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead. In academic circles, no one seriously denies that Jesus was an itinerant Jewish

How Do We Keep Following Christ As It Becomes Less Popular with the World Around Us?

I’d be far from the first person to suggest that following Christ is becoming more difficult in our country, and the trend isn’t likely to change anytime soon. While the vast majority of Americans still identify as Christians, the truths that actually define historic, biblically-rooted Christianity are becoming increasingly out of step with our mainstream culture.

That’s no reason to panic. Throughout history, the Christian faith and those who hold to it have often thrived while in the cultural minority. But we should think carefully about what our changing culture entails if our goal is to follow Christ in a biblically faithful way in the days and years ahead.

Glenn Harrison, the Head of Department of Psychiatry at University of Bristol, UK and a Christian, helps point us in the right direction. Here are four key observations from his recently published book, A Better Story: God, Sex, and Human Flourishing:

Does God Make Sense?

Does it make sense to believe in God? Author and pastor Tim Keller thinks so, and has written a book to explain why. I’m convinced it’s one his best efforts, as well as one of the best books I’ve ever read.

The book is called Making Sense of God, and it’s particularly helpful in challenging many widespread beliefs associated with modern secularism, including the idea that belief in God is based on non-rational faith, while non-belief simply makes sense of the facts. Following Dave’s excellent sermon from last Sunday, reading the book would be a great next step for anyone wishing to strengthen his or her own belief, or grow in the ability to engage contemporary challenges to truth and reasonableness of Christian belief.

By all means pick up a copy for yourself, but here are a few quotes to give you the flavor of the book:

In the Fullness of Time, with Perfect Measure

As someone who became a believer in Jesus after decades of debauchery, I find it difficult to consistently embrace a child-like gratitude for all that God has done for me; I often find myself grappling with a near-constant regret over the disaster that is “my former life.” In other words, even after all these years

Four Novels to Celebrate Black History Month with Older Children

A few months ago, I shared a list of picture books that promoted racial reconciliation along with a rationale for why books like these are important for all children. This week, I’d like to share four young adult novels that do this as well and can be used to help older children (upper elementary-middle school) celebrate Black

Resources for Spending Time with God in 2017

Like many people, the New Year has brought with it a renewed desire in me to spend meaningful time with God each day. Throughout different seasons of my life, this has looked different but has always involved meditating on God’s Word and spending time in prayer. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that one

Four Books I’m Glad I Read in 2016

It’s no secret that 2016 has felt like a year full of side-taking and division for many of us. Lisa Lucas, head of the National Book Foundation, recommends that one of the best ways to understand the perspectives of others is to read. “My life is small and I think books are a way to