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Hymn Stories: God Moves in a Mysterious Way

by Ryan Kron

Tim Challies writes: “William Cowper was keenly aware of the truth that God moves in mysterious ways. His life, as John Piper describes it in his biography of Cowper, seems to have been “one long accumulation of pain,” especially mental pain. But this hymn writer trusted by faith–not perfectly, but perseveringly–that in this mysterious and maddening […]

How to Shut Down Gossip

by Ryan Kron

Pastor Erik Raymond writes: “It seems that sometimes we deal with sin in the church with the same approach that the government deals with terrorism: It is impossible to remove it completely so we just kind of have to accept it and do our best to keep people safe. Buttressed up against this common practice is […]

Have you evaluated your world of talk?

by Ryan Kron

In War of Words, Paul Tripp writes: “Are there places where your words have followed the pattern of the enemy more than the Lord?  Take time to consider, pray, and confess.  Confess to God and the people with whom you live and work. Are there places where your words challenge the authority of God? (Seeking […]

SHOULD CHRISTIANS ABANDON CHRISTMAS?

by Ryan Kron

Sinclair Ferguson writes: “The other year I read an article by a Christian lamenting the fact that his church celebrated Christmas. He didn’t believe it was “biblical.” After all, evangelical Christians and their churches are guided by Scripture—and there’s nothing in the Bible telling us to celebrate Christmas each year, far less celebrate it on […]

A Hidden Epidemic God Hates

by Ryan Kron

Steve Hoppe writes: “Tom micromanages his wife Sarah’s physical appearance to fit his personal tastes. He picks out her clothes, tells her how she can do her hair, and restricts her diet so she remains thin. When Sarah confronts him on his controlling behavior, he cites Ephesians 5:22: “Wives, submit to your husbands, as to the […]

Lift Her Chin with Love

by Ryan Kron

Greg Morse writes: “She sat staring at me, wondering if I still found her attractive. She sat with her pajamas on, hair undone, and with what appeared to be two tennis balls stuffed in her cheeks — the aftermath of oral surgery. My eyes became her mirror: Was she still beautiful? Without waiting for an […]