Facing Rejection in Your Calling? Remember Mark 6:1–6.

Pursuing your calling brings victories—and rejections. 

If downheartedness tempts you to lose focus, remember this thought from beloved rector and Bible scholar R. T. France: “Not everyone was impressed by Jesus.”1

Consider Jesus’ rejection as told in Mark 6:1–6 in the below excerpt from November’s free book of the month, R. T. France’s commentary The Gospel of Mark (NIGCT). [Read more…]

Free This Month: Commentary on Mark’s Gospel from a World-Class Scholar

Looking for an immensely practical commentary—one that helps you see God’s Word more clearly? 

November’s free book, by world-class scholar R. T. France, is for you.

Working from his own translation of the Greek text and culling from research into the world of first-century Israel, France provides an extensive introduction to Mark’s Gospel, followed by insightful section and verse commentary. [Read more…]

‘You Are God’s Tool’: 8 Compelling Ulrich Zwingli Quotes

In almost any discussion of the Reformation, Luther’s name comes up first—as it should. 

Or should it? [Read more…]

How Luther Accidentally Sparked the Reformation

“They were superhuman.”

It’s easy to think that when it comes to the Reformers. They stood up to the world’s strongest power. They did what others didn’t dare to do. They changed the world.  [Read more…]

Save Time on Sermon Prep: Stock Up on Sermon Illustrations

What was the secret sauce in Spurgeon’s most powerful sermons? 

While the Holy Spirit is the source of true power behind any preacher’s sermon, there’s a craft to sermon writing—and Spurgeon mastered it. And more than anything else, Spurgeon mastered the art of the perfectly placed and eloquently delivered sermon illustration. [Read more…]

John Wycliffe: The Morning Star of the Reformation

The Trial of Wycliffe AD 1377 by Ford Madox Brown
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You know about Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Ulrich Zwingli. You may even know about Thomas Cranmer and John Knox. . . . 

But what do you know about the forerunners of the Protestant Reformation? [Read more…]

Kanye Says Jesus Is King: What Does Tim Keller Say?

In case you haven’t heard, rapper Kanye West titled his newest album Jesus Is King. 

“Jesus is king.”

Just three words, but they carry a world of meaning.

Tim Keller explores that meaning in his book with the same title, Jesus the King. See how Jesus came as a king—but a king who had to bear the greatest burden anyone ever has. [Read more…]

Spiritual Formation: 14 Verses on God’s Intention for Spiritual Growth

God calls all Christians to become more like Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 3:18), and this transformation happens in the innermost part of a person: their heart. This progression is called spiritual formation, which involves learning to hear God in his Word, growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, and bearing lasting fruit. [Read more…]

Last Chance: 4 Ways to Save Instantly on Powerful Resources This October

What problems are you (or your church) facing right now? What are you itching to study in the Scriptures? [Read more…]

Douglas Moo: Should Christians Be Environmentalists?

For 40 years, Dr. Douglas Moo has been studying, teaching, and writing about Paul and Romans.

These words from theologian Johann Albrecht Bengel hang on his wall: “Apply yourself wholly to the text. Apply the text wholly to yourself.”

It’s with that spirit he studies and teaches New Testament at Wheaton College.  And that’s why we’re featuring him in this month’s author spotlight[Read more…]