You Already Own the Best Discipleship Manual


If you want to personally train someone else in Christianity, what discipleship curriculum is at the top of your list? I urge you to consider a resource you already own: the Gospel According to Matthew.

Matthew’s overarching objective in his Gospel is to enlist and train followers of King Jesus. From his first to his final statement, Matthew demonstrates that Jesus of Nazareth is God’s chosen king to rule forever on earth so that people from every nation will commit their lives to him. [Read more…]

A Great Bible Study Topic for the New Year

Rarely are biblical scholars unanimous, but NT scholars pretty well all agree on one thing: the kingdom of God is the central theme of Jesus’ preaching.

Some students of Scripture have argued that the kingdom of God is also the central theme of all Scripture. At the very least, it is one of the Bible’s most important topics. Given the significance of the kingdom of God, why not study the topic this year? [Read more…]

Read the Bible in a Year with D.A. Carson


I took a class with D.A. Carson in seminary that completely changed how I read the Bible.

Prior to the class, I understood the Bible’s general storyline, but you couldn’t drop me somewhere in 1 Chronicles and ask me to relate it to Christ and his redemptive work.

At the end of the class, you could. Carson not only walked us through the major themes and motifs of Scripture to show how it held together, he gave us the tools to make our way to Christ from any passage (while still honoring its meaning for the original audience). I now understand every passage of Scripture as a small stream feeding into one grand river, one message: that Christ redeemed fallen creation through his life, death, and resurrection.
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Who Has the Authority to Edit the Bible?

How strange would it sound if a friend described what they did this morning like this? “After she got out of bed, she took a shower and then made a quick breakfast for herself—just some coffee and a bagel. I was in such a hurry that I didn’t even finish my bagel and just took the coffee with me!”

Be honest. You would probably wonder if your friend needed medication. Although your friend was describing what she did this morning, the first few details sounded like she was talking about someone else. If the information was about her and spoken by her, why not use “I” and “my”—what we call “first person” pronouns in grammar? Why would she refer to herself in the third person? We just don’t talk or write like that.
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What Does Every Marriage Need the Most?

Why do some marriages burn with passion, while others fade into joylessness?

According to bestselling author and marriage expert Dr. Paul Tripp, it has little to do with mutual attraction, shared interests, or romance. Take care of bigger commitments, and you’ll have plenty of romance.

So what are those bigger commitments?

That’s what Paul Tripp discusses in his live marriage conference. Check out the trailer below to get a feel for the content.
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Are There Really Two Versions of Jeremiah?


If we look beyond the details of Jeremiah’s anguish and apparently fruitless ministry, we can spot a dual emphasis in the book that bears his name: judgment and repentance. But emphasis is not the only double issue. Two full versions of the book have survived from antiquity—and they diverge in many ways.
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How to Think Like a Christian Should

We rarely think about thinking. Many very smart people fail to see the assumptions hidden underneath their reasoning. How often do news articles assume that the only really reliable way of knowing truth is the scientific method? [Read more…]

Tips on Psalm 2

Put yourself in the shoes of the original readers of the famous second Psalm:

The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”

Who would you, original reader, think the Lord’s “Anointed” is? That depends a good deal on when the psalm was written—and Scripture doesn’t tell us. [Read more…]

What’s the Difference between Lament and Complaint?

What’s the difference between lament and complaint? Or is “lament” just a name we give to complaining when it’s in the Bible?

Recently I attended the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, where I heard Tremper Longman deliver a paper on Psalm 46 that asked and answered that question. [Read more…]

How to Teach the True Meaning of Christmas to Your Kids

The rear seating in our 2004 Yukon must have some kind of magnetic field that provokes good questions from kids. This week it was, “Why do we decorate trees at Christmas? What does that have to do with Jesus being born?” I don’t remember asking such sophisticated questions at age 7.

But at age 37, I have an answer. [Read more…]