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Watching What We Eat

Written by Bethany Jenkins on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

In 1995, I had surgery to have my wisdom teeth removed. Having fasted for 12 hours, I went into surgery on an empty stomach. When I got out, I did what most people do after having their wisdom teeth pulled—I ate

Why We Obey

Written by Dan Doriani on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

When I was a new Christian, I learned that I owed the Lord obedience in every sphere of life. Yet I was a bit muddled as to why I obeyed. If asked to explain, I answered three ways, which we can call the way of wisdom,

Darren Aronofksys Noah

Written by Gregory Alan Thornbury on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Disclaimer: A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend a screening of Darren's Aronofksy's highly anticipated and purportedly controversial new film on Noah. Our small group spent a considerable amount of time both

Parenting Fear

Written by Andrew Shanks on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

My 5-year-old daughter is fine with scary stories until she has to go to bed. The trouble starts when she is lying under the covers in her darkened room, separated from her parents not only by the admittedly small

Is God a Pluralist

Written by Derek Rishmawy on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

It was in my freshman composition class at the University of California, Irvine, that I first heard a professor say, "Well, you know, most of the differences in religion don't matter. The main point is that God just

Why Nehemiah

Written by Kathleen Nielson on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

I thought of Nehemiah this week, in the midst of a Christian wedding ceremony attended by several thousand, in a country with the world's largest Muslim population. The wedding was like a light shining bright, and I

What Is Conscience

Written by Joe Carter on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Conscience is making a comeback among Christians. Over the past few years, the term conscience has been increasingly referenced in debates occurring both in our churches (e.g., appeals to conscience on moral issues)

Legalist

Written by Dan Doriani on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Shortly after I preached one recent Sunday, I saw an earnest-looking man angling toward me. His brow showed that he was a friendly fellow with a serious question. He had bounced, he told me, from the Reformed tradition

My Brother Zach

Written by Hafeez Baoku on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

I remember as if it were yesterday the first time I heard the gospel preached. Four years ago this month I was invited to a Bible study for football players at my university.

I had never attended a Bible study,

Pastor Stop Lying

Written by Ronnie Martin on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

My heart had become full. Of criticism. To my shame, it was criticism of a fellow pastor. He was a friend, a godly man who loved his family, preached the gospel, prayed regularly, never gossiped, and always believed

Sneering Calvinists

Written by Derek Rishmawy on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

I'm fairly new to the Reformed tradition and still piecing it all together, especially when it comes to the thorny issues of election and sovereignty. In a sense, I'm a reluctant Calvinist; I still prefer words like

Where Would Jesus Live

Written by Melissa Huff on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Where would Jesus live? WWJL? While we may not have the rubber bracelet to prove it, many of us are asking ourselves whether or not we should relocate in order to strategically pursue ministry. Living where you serve

Christian You Are Crazy

Written by Matt Smethurst on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

What does it mean to be an ambassador for Christ? Among other things, it means being considered crazy. And is that such a bad thing?

"We represent the foreign power of the kingdom of God," Mack Stiles explains

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