A radical choice for equality in Tunisia

Category: News
Tunisia, the North African nation that ignited the 2011 Arab Spring, keeps sparking new lessons for Arab and Muslim countries in the basics of democracy. Last Sunday’s election of a new president was no exception. The surprise victor, law professor Kais Saied, won in large part because

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Unresolved Anger

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“But God said to Jonah, ‘Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?’ ‘It is,’ he said. ‘And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.’” Jonah 4:9 Anger is a silent killer. Not only can it fester in our hearts and cause our blood pressure to rise — it also discolours […]

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Dealing With Anger

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
Read: Colossians 3:8-17 Christians are called to put aside “anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech” (Colossians  3:8). The command is clear, but the process of achieving and maintaining this goal may seem confusing and overwhelming. The first step is to recognize anger in our

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New poverty busters get their due

Category: News
Global poverty has been cut by more than half in the past couple of decades and one reason may be a new type of poverty-buster. A new branch of economics has radically changed views about poor people and what they are capable of. On Monday, three leaders in the field were honored with the 2019

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A La Carte (October 15)

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
Today’s Kindle deals include a nice little list of titles (though, to be fair, a good number of them seem to go on sale every month or two). (Yesterday on the blog: Do We Care for the Sheep or Do We Use the Sheep?) Ten Things You Should Know about John Henry Newman (1801–1890) John […]

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Flemming Rutledge on Advent

Category: ALL, Interviews, Outreach
Fleming RutledgeAdvent: The Once & Future Coming of Jesus Christ Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2018.Available at Eerdmans and Koorong By Laura Thierry Perhaps one of the most delightful, if curious, ‘church trends’ over the last few decades, amongst a broad range of Christian

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Better a Millstone

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than […]

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Saying ‘Thank You’

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“He brought them out of the gloom and darkness and broke their chains.   Let them give thanks to the Lord.”  Psalm 107:14-15 Worship is when you’re aware that what you’ve been given is far greater than what you can give.  Worship is the awareness that were it not for His

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A La Carte (October 14)

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
Today’s Kindle deals include a selection of great books from Matthias Media (which I don’t think I’ve ever seen on sale before). Now’s the time to read The Trellis and the Vine and other excellent titles. (Yesterday on the blog: The Bone-Lazy Pastor) Dark Material: The Gospel of Philip Pullman

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Embracing God’s Call

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, ‘Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.’ Jonah 3:1-2 “Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, ‘Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message […]

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The Bone-Lazy Pastor

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
One of my relatives, a great uncle, was a pastor—a clergyman for the Church of England who served in Canada’s province of Quebec. Family lore is that he was not a particularly good pastor. My mother was recently sorting through some old family papers and came across a letter that would seem to

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Disability and the Way of Jesus

Category: ALL, Interviews, Outreach
Bethany McKinney FoxDisability and the Way of Jesus: Holistic Healing in the Gospels and the Church Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2019.Available at IVP  and Koorong By Laura Thierry The Gospels present us with a stunning picture of a shalomic Messiah who brings healing in abundance. But

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Be Calm. Be Strong. Be Thankful!

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 Her warm, cheerful country kitchen was a lovely place to sit with a coffee and talk about life. The wooden plaque on the wall spoke volumes. “Be calm. Be

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Category: Daily Devotions
A grateful heart sees each day as a gift. Thankful people focus less on what they lack and more on the privileges they have. I attended a banquet recently in which a wounded soldier was presented with the gift of a free house. He nearly fell over with gratitude. He bounded onto the stage with

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Weekend A La Carte (October 12)

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
I’ve been blessed to spend the past few days in Hawaii to speak at the Pacific Church Leadership Conference. What a joy it has been to spend time with brothers and sisters from all across the region (and with Alistair Begg who is decidedly not from the region). Today’s Kindle deals include a

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