Rosaria Butterfield’s spiritual autobiography, Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, came out last fall, and has already gone through several printings. It has been so widely read not only because of Rosaria’s unusual story, but also because the book is a wake-up call to churches and individual Christians living in the west. Before her conversion, Rosaria functioned with a firm stereotype of what Christians were like, what they believed and how they lived. When that was shattered by a Reformed Presbyterian pastor, they were able to become friends; Rosaria could see Christ’s love in Christ’s people. She speaks more about that experience and her conversion in this new interview with Marvin Olasky: Continue reading
A friend just passed along this great youtube video of a street preacher in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina on New Years Eve, 2012.
It made me wonder… For all the conferences and coalitions, for all the togetherness around the gospel there is in evangelical and Reformed communities, what would the vitality of the church be like, how much more would God be glorified in the West and around the world, if we grew in simply taking up or purposely creating opportunities to speak the Word of God to friends, neighbors, and communities? Continue reading
A great video clip from our archives: Rich Ganz preaching the holiness of God and the reality of our existence before Him.
The clip below, from The Iron Lady, is spoken in a political context. But I couldn’t help thinking that if I thought more than I felt in relationships, it would be for the better. Not to feel less, but to have that feeling governed by thought: to feel pity, then think what I can do to help; to feel irritation in a disagreement, then think of a solution; to feel hurt at an insult, then think of how to help the other person; to be grateful for kindness, then think of ways to encourage.
But this principle would also help my spiritual life: Continue reading
What will the world will look like in ten years? How can we pass on our cultural genes in a globalized world? How do we view a college education when degrees are devaluing? In this very clever 12 minute TED talk, Ken Robinson explores these questions and offers some solutions:
Pakistan remains a land of tremendous gospel need. The spiritual darkness of false religion, violence, corruption, and persecution surround the small evangelical and Reformed church as a daily reality in this beautiful land.
How can we both aid the spread of the gospel, and strengthen the Christian church in Pakistan? Pray. Pray that faithful evangelists would be multiplied within, and that many would be called to missionary service in Pakistan. Continue reading
This TED talk has garnered lots of attention, partly because it’s just a good listen regardless of your personality and partly because introverts are on the march:
One of the amazing things about the gospel is that will come to, and be effective in every tribe and tongue. Sometimes it comes slowly, through pain and persecution, but by the Spirit it triumphs wherever it goes (Rev. 5:9). In this video, which begins with a story strikingly similar to Jim Elliot’s, we are privileged to see one of the amazing ways in which God is expanding His kingdom of glorious light: