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Why Idolatry Remains a Serious Issue

By Chris Castaldo
July 28, 2021

Some of us would never consider our need for a spiritual awakening, for gospel renewal, for an experience of revival. But often, as we’re going along in our merry, mundane way, the Lord mercifully shocks us out of our lukewarm existence: “Then he said, “Do&...

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The Great Commission on Display

By Geneva Wright
June 21, 2021

How vast and beautiful are the plans of God! Across ages and continents, He has always been at work: redeeming His people, healing divisions, and drawing His diverse church together in the unity of worship. This truth was unexpectedly illustrated to me the summer before my ju...

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From Sickness to Resurrection Hope

By Geneva Wright
April 27, 2021

Sickness has always been a harsh but effective illustration of spiritual truth for me. It’s a reminder of how we human beings are frail creatures, easily knocked down by circumstances outside our control. When I am sick, I cannot simply will myself well. I can try and co...

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Practicing What We Pray

By Stan Guthrie
April 08, 2021

When it comes to sharing the gospel, many of us pray—a lot. We know that if God doesn’t open the sinful human heart to the gospel, then it will remain closed as tightly as a clam. As J.I. Packer has said, “The prayer of a Christian is not an attempt to force ...

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Remembering Our Dragon Skin

By Geneva Wright
March 12, 2021

It was around mid-January of 2020, back before my kitchen table became my full-time workspace. I was working at a real desk in my office, where the nonprofit organization that I work for coordinates a big annual conference in Poland. My co-worker stopped by to chat and mentio...

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The Night I Saw Billy Graham

By Geneva Wright
February 16, 2021

I used to work at Wheaton College’s famous Billy Graham Center. In my three years there, I never had the opportunity to see the renowned preacher in the flesh—except once. Rev. Graham and his team had scheduled a June crusade at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, and I ...

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Persuasive Christian Parenting: A Q&A with Mike D’Virgilio

By Chris Castaldo
February 05, 2021

Mike and Sarah D’Virgilio used to attend NCC before they moved to Florida nearly three and a half years ago. Mike has written a terrific book on how to equip our children for cultural apologetics—how to think and engage ideas of the day from a Christian perspe...

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Finding Rest

By Angela Walters
February 02, 2021

The heart of Jesus to seek, to embrace, and to forgive never ceases to astonish me. I work as a digital marketer, which means being on social media is part of my job. It’s by far the hardest part. I spend my days launching, monitoring, and measuring campaigns. In ...

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Deeper Dimensions of Relational Intimacy: An Interview with Kelly Flanagan

By Chris Castaldo
January 21, 2021

As a pastor, I commonly encounter individuals and couples who desire deeper relationships, particularly with those who are closest to them. There are, of course, many challenges that stand in the way of such closeness, not least of which are our own selfish tendencies. Identifyin...

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Four New Year’s Resolutions for the Church in 2021

By Geneva Wright
January 05, 2021

During 2020, a year that, for many of us, was the most stressful and painful we’ve yet experienced, our nation has been shaken by disease, political tension, and social upheaval. If we wish 2021 to be different, with God’s help, we must work to make it better. With th...

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Surprised by Joy in the New Year

By Chris Castaldo
December 29, 2020

A few years ago. my phone bonged while I was driving to the office. Evidently, when there is an important national news story, my phone departs from the normal vibrate mode and lets out a big bong. In this case, it was a new study showing that many Americans were entering the new...

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A Frank Sinatra Christmas

By Stan Guthrie
December 22, 2020

At the dinner table during Advent about ten years ago, we were discussing the secularization of Christmas. My “indescribably beautiful” (and intelligent) wife suggested we should have two celebrations: a “winter holiday” for the masses who are more into Sa...

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This Is How Hope Wins

By Angela Walters
December 15, 2020

I had a birthday recently. Not a milestone or anything, just another passing year. Yet this birthday was significant in that not only did it bring with it the usual end-of-year introspection, it represented the close of the year when Covid-19 changed everything. I’m one of...

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Living in the “Now and Not Yet” of Advent 2020

By Geneva Wright
December 08, 2020

Why exactly do we celebrate Advent? For many people, the season exists mainly to mark off the days until Christmas. In 21st century America, this lead-up period is almost as much fun as the holiday itself: buying presents, decorating a tree, eating Christmas cookies, and gat...

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Hoping Against Hope

By Chris Castaldo
December 01, 2020

The great English journalist and satirist Malcolm Muggeridge, reflecting on forms of despair in the 20th century—particularly among proponents of Stalin in Russia and Western nihilists devoted to materialism and abortion—said modern man has a “suicidal impulse,&...

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Gratitude for Everyday Miracles

By Stan Guthrie
November 24, 2020

Miracles happen every single day in our universe, and you don’t have to be a Christian to believe in them—and to be thankful. Ponder the planet on which you live and move and have your being. It is situated at a “just right” distance from a slow-burn...

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When Your World Crumbles

By Abby Robert
November 20, 2020

I lost a lot of confidence this year. I lost confidence when my plans for the year were canceled. I lost confidence when a family member passed away due to COVID-19. I lost confidence in our country’s unity. I lost confidence in my college decisions. Others have lost substa...

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We Need Renewal

By Chris Castaldo
November 10, 2020

There is one thing on which most Christians today agree–we need genuine renewal. Faced with rising violence, economic crisis, political turmoil, and a growing sense of despair, we recognize that our fundamental challenge is not political or social; it is spiritual. And beca...

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The Comfort of God's Sovereign Rule

By Geneva Wright
November 03, 2020

This week, America comes to the end of a grueling election campaign. The process has never felt longer, nor the stakes higher. Victory for one side of the political aisle could stoke hatred and anger on the other, and after a year filled with one conflict and disaster after anoth...

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This Political Moment

By Chris Castaldo
October 29, 2020

Last month I was in Grand Rapids performing the funeral of a young father. It was a heart-wrenching service that led me to ponder how the fears and angst of this moment relate to the presence of Christ’s kingdom. In God’s gracious providence, Ryan—a friend and t...

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My Encounter with Christopher Hitchens

By Stan Guthrie
October 20, 2020

Hundreds of Christians and atheists were pouring into the ballroom in Dallas, all eager to hear well-known “anti-theist” pundit Christopher Hitchens debate four prominent Christian apologists on the theme, “Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference...

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When Evangelism Seems Impossible

By Abby Robert
October 13, 2020

In 2020, introducing yourself as a “Christian” may put you at a disadvantage in sharing the gospel. Why? Christians do not have the best reputation. My peers (I am a senior in high school ) view Christians as the crusaders who were sent to kill in the Middle Eas...

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Singleness and Identity in Christ

By Geneva Wright
September 29, 2020

When I was a child, I only wanted one thing for my future: to be married. This was the late 1990s and early 2000s, and I was being raised in a traditional church during the height of the “purity culture” movement. Like many of my counterparts, I eagerly consumed Disn...

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Give Them Jesus

By Chris Castaldo
September 22, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: As we settle into the new school year with some of us educating our children at home for the first time, we are republishing Pastor Chris’ excellent interview with author, Dillon Thornton entitled, “Give Them Jesus.” We believe the insights ...

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Relationship and Meaning

By Stan Guthrie
September 15, 2020

My birth on August 1, 1961, two months early, did not go well. Only three pounds and 11 ounces, I beat the odds and survived. But for the rest of my life I would carry the burden of cerebral palsy. Through the years I have often asked “Why?” and it was hard not to fe...

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Who Are You?

By Chris Castaldo
September 09, 2020

“Who are you?” This question seems simple enough, but the answer is hopelessly entangled with our life experiences. If we happen to be singing on a mountaintop, for example, our self-understanding is backlit by a joyful radiance. But if we’re languishing in a v...

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