But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Besides being a full-time wife and mom, and a part-time ER nurse, our daughter Angela is also the women’s ministry director at her church. She has a heart for women and most importantly, for the Lord, as I think you’ll see in what she writes. Nanci and I couldn’t be prouder of her...

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Both of our daughters, Karina and Angela, are Christ-centered women and wonderful wives and moms who serve their families and churches well. They are very wise, and I have learned a lot from both of them. 

Angela Stump is a part-time ER nurse, and the women’s ministry director at Gresham...

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I highly recommend you attend or send someone to the Canvas Conference coming up August 11-12, in Portland, Oregon. I spoke at last year’s conference, and it was incredibly refreshing to see young creatives assemble in a place where God was exalted, sound doctrine elevated, and the...

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This week the revised and updated version of my book The Treasure Principle was released. It includes much new material, plus an added chapter and a bonus section addressing frequently asked questions about how to live generously in everyday life. Every paragraph has been carefully edited...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 17:00

Jon Bloom on You Become What You Eat

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I often read things I appreciate, and frequently those things appear in a Desiring God blog post. I really try to read one or more of them daily. Once in a while I read something that causes me to say, “Yes, yes, yes!” (Sometimes aloud!) More than once I have gotten my Golden...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 17:00

Help Relieve Theological Famine in East Africa

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Theology isn’t a dried-up system of intellectual affirmations divorced from passion for God; rather, it’s a life-transforming, gospel-centered summary of God’s truth we’re to gladly embrace. Sound doctrine is critically important because how we think about God and...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:00

Was Jesus Capable of Sinning?

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This is a question with far-reaching implications. The interpretative problem is how to reconcile two biblical passages:

“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone”  (James...

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Over the years, I’ve often thought about the power of brief encouraging words spoken to us and by us. When I was a student at Multnomah Bible College, one of my favorite theology professors, Dr. Joseph Wong, scratched on my term paper: “You should consider being a writer.” I took...

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One of the most frequent questions I’ve been asked about Heaven over the years is about the nature of marriage there. As I share in my book Heaven,there will be one marriage in Heaven, not many. That marriage will be what earthly marriage symbolized and pointed to, the marriage of Christ to...

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Today’s blog is from an interview I did with Joshua Becker, which was originally posted onthe Unitive.

Joshua Becker:For over 25 years, you have been writing and speaking, inviting the church to live out Christ’s teachings on money and possessions. Based on your experience, what are...

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As Kevin DeYoung, one of my favorite bloggers, attests, the question of whether a believer should attend a homosexual wedding is now frequently asked. (I’ve addressed the question previously in a video, and also shared some ideas for how someone could lovingly decline attending such a...

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I have written before, sometimes with a fair amount of pushback, about the large number of young men in our culture who are not working (or serving or reading much besides social media), and instead are playing video games and watching TV and movies large number of hours each day.

Many of the young...

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The issue of the Bible’s nature and its inerrancy will inevitably affect how we approach the reading and study of Scripture, as well as our personal time with God and how we listen to sermons in our churches. It will largely determine whether we trust God’s Word or trust ourselves or...

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Ever heard of a “gospel patron”? Most probably haven’t, yet it’s a revolutionary concept that has the potential to encourage God’s people to pursue greater, eternity-impacting generosity.

John Rinehart is the author of a book I highly recommend: Gospel Patrons: People...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 17:00

Will All People Be Equal in Heaven?

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All people are equal in worth, but they differ in gifting and performance. God is the creator of diversity, and diversity means “inequality” of gifting (1 Corinthians 12:14-20). Because God promises to reward people differently according to their differing levels of faithfulness in...

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Today's guest post is from Kathy Norquist and Stephanie Anderson, who are both on staff with Eternal Perspective Ministries.

Last month, The New York Timesran a feature story about Maddi Runkles, a high school senior and straight A-student at a private Christian school in Boonsboro, Maryland, who...

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This interview on happiness and the Christian life, and specifically related to my devotional60 Days of Happiness, originally appeared on Lifeletter Café.

What is the most important thing you are hoping to accomplish in 60 Days of Happiness?

 My hope is that readers will experience some...

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Before I get to today’s blog, thought I’d share this photo I posted on my Facebook page last weekend. So, Nanci and I get junk mail from Verizon and others, nothing new about that. And occasionally we get mail addressed to somebody else. But this came last Saturday, and it was a first:

Ac...

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As I’ve written and talked about happiness, I’ve heard from lots of people wondering how we can experience true, heartfelt, and Christ-honoring happiness in a broken world where life can be difficult. They often ask something like, “What should I do when I just don’t feel hap...

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Ten years ago today, EPM shared my first blog post, “There is a God,” which featured Bryant Young, then defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers. We’ve since shared over 1,300 posts on a wide range of topics, including Heaven, suffering, giving, prolife issues, happiness,...

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A Barna survey found that 59% of American adults believe that “Christians and Muslims worship the same God even though they have different names and beliefs regarding God.” And it’s not just secular people who believe that “all religions are basically the same”:

One...

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The last 27 years I’ve been with Eternal Perspective Ministries. Before that I was a pastor for 14 years, and I have a number of close friends who are pastors. I feel like I understand their worlds.

I understand why pastors struggle with the many political issues people want them to address in...

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I’ve blogged before about the Logos Hope, a ship owned and operated by OM Ships International. The ship ministry, the brainchild of one of Operation Mobilization’s founders, George Verwer, began in 1970 as part of OM’s global Christian training and outreach movement. Since...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 17:00

God’s Works of Art Point to Him

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If you go to an art gallery, you can watch people sit for hours staring at a single great work of art. They’ve seen it and pondered it before, perhaps many times, for dozens or even hundreds of hours. The human artist unleashed his or her creative instincts on a canvas, for months—if...

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image My long-time friend Barry Arnold, one of the pastors at Cornerstone Church, shared this video of his 4-year old granddaughter Ellery. After a conversation with her dad Brian, Barry’s son and also my friend, Ellery prays for a member of their church, April, who was a youth leader at...

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