Study the New Testament with N.T. Wright

There’s no better way to grow in your faith than to get God’s Word into each day—or rather, to let God’s Word get into you.

To gain a truly deep understanding of the Bible, you have to learn to study it inductively—to suspend judgment about a text’s message and let the text speak for itself. [Read more…]

10 Book Recommendations for the Atonement and Resurrection

For Christians, everything hinges on the resurrection. But without his death to pay for our sins (atonement), there would be no resurrection.

With Good Friday and Easter approaching, you may be interested in learning more about these two most important events in history. [Read more…]

Why Matthew Links Jesus with Abraham and David (+ Free Book Download)

By Charles L. Quarles

Just as Son of David implies far more than that Jesus is merely David’s descendant,  so Son of Abraham implies far more than that Jesus is merely born of Abraham’s line. The title Son of David indicates that Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s covenant with David. Similarly, as Son of Abraham, Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s covenant with Abraham. He is Abraham’s promised seed. Son of David implies that Jesus is like David in many remarkable ways. As the Son of Abraham, Jesus is a new Abraham, the Founder of a new chosen people. He will fulfill a role in God’s plan similar to the one fulfilled by Abraham himself. [Read more…]

3 Practical Reasons David Chose Jerusalem—and 1 That Trumps Them All

Thirty-three miles east of the Mediterranean Sea on a limestone plateau in the Judaean Hills rests one of the oldest cities in the world: Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is mentioned 660 times in the Old Testament and 141 in the New—more if you count all its synonyms like Zion, city of God, and Salem.1

No city has been written and sung about as much as Jerusalem.2

Or fought over. [Read more…]

Not Every Sermon Is Worth Hearing

By Lucas O’Neill, author of Preaching to Be Heard

Many sermons are like meals from typical fast-food chains—flavor at the expense of nutrition. It’s easy, fast, cheap, and tastes addictively good. Your

We begin with the text and we surrender the sermon to its dictates.

preaching may be drawing a lot of people, but are they being fed well? [Read more…]