The Gospel in Acts

Spreading the Gospel Acts is the story of God’s grace flooding out to the world, from the cross and resurrection of Jesus in Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. Nothing is more prominent in Acts than the spread of the gospel. Jesus promises a […]

At God’s Mercy: Psalm 88

Psalm 88 is an individual psalm of lament by someone so overwhelmed with troubles (v. 3) that he is abandoned by his friends and feels abandoned by God. This psalm is a song of distress and misery that offers no simple answers for the grief, […]

How Does Jesus Build His Church?

 “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18 When reading this passage, many people focus on figuring out who or what the “rock” is upon […]

God and Parenting: Tenderness, Affection, and Patience

How we think God responds to us shapes how we respond to our children. God’s tenderness, affection, and patience is an amazing and important foundation for our parenting. My friend Michael Horton writes about John Calvin’s view of God: “Across Calvin’s writings, one of the recurring […]

When You Are Asked The Baby Question

“Where do babies come from?” At some point, you can count on being asked this question by your child. Preparing ahead of time can help make conversations more casual, more natural, and consequently, more effective. Children ask: “Where do babies come from?” because they are curious. Their […]

An Open Letter to Survivors of Abuse

Dear survivors of abuse, What happened to you was not your fault. You are not to blame. You did not deserve it. You did not ask for this. You should not be silenced. You are not worthless. You do not have to pretend like nothing […]

What Does Acts 1:8 Mean?

Story of Grace Acts is the story of God’s grace flooding out to the world, from the cross and resurrection of Jesus in Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. Nothing is more prominent in Acts than the spread of the gospel. Jesus promises a […]

Helping Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Children can experience trauma from a variety of experiences, including neglect, physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, death of a loved one, bullying, racial trauma, sickness, and more. Trauma occurs when children are exposed to an experience perceived as threatening or harmful and respond with intense fear that affects them physically, emotionally, and spiritually.   The compassionate and […]

Why Study the Book of Ecclesiastes

Examining Life Socrates is known for his famous quip that the unexamined life is not worth living. The book of Ecclesiastes offers a poignant reflection on this point. The book of Ecclesiastes is named after its central character, Qohelet (translated “the Preacher” in the ESV). Qoheleth is the Hebrew […]