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Do We "Go to Sleep" When We Die?

PillowSome sincere Christians believe in “soul sleep,” the idea that when we die we lose consciousness until the resurrection. I’ve received many letters from people who argue this coherently and passionately, and cite Scripture to support their position.  In the following video, EPM’s Julia Stager offers the finest and most complete summary of the pros and cons of soul sleep that I’ve ever seen. 

Alex and Brett Harris: Continuing to Do Hard Things

Alex and Brett HarrisNearly seven years ago, I shared on my blog about the release of an excellent book called Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations, by Alex and Brett Harris. So where has the Lord taken the Harris twins since Do Hard Things was published? This article from The Gospel Coalition shares how Brett and Alex have remained faithful while doing hard things in very different ways—each true to their particular calling and life circumstances. 

Overcoming Pornography: Cultivating Our Inner Lives

Quiet timeThe battles that are waged every day in our minds and on our computer screens take their spiritual toll.  By cultivating our inner lives, we are more likely to experience daily victories.  

 

Overcoming Pornography: Changing Our Behavior

ArrowsThe existence of a desire does not justify or necessitate succumbing to that desire. We live in a hedonistic society that tells us desires are meant to be fulfilled. But every desire need not be fulfilled, and indeed, in many cases, should not be.

Overcoming Pornography: Choosing Obedience

walkingCountless believers are in bondage to this sinful behavior and many feel hopeless about being able to overcome it. We’re in a battle—big time—and we need a strategy to have victory in this area of sexual temptation. This is a spiritual battle (Eph. 6:12), but as children of God, we are equipped to win it (1 Cor. 10:13).

New Discovery: We Live in a Supercluster of Galaxies with a Hawaiian Name

LaniakeaThe celestial heavens declare God's glory (Psalm 19). There is so much we don't know, but astronomers are always discovering something new for which God deserves the credit. Here's one of the latest.

A Glimpse into an African Ordination

Pastoral candidateMy friend Garry Friesen was a member of the Bible College faculty at Multnomah University for 37 years. He is now in his second “dream job”, teaching at Africa College of Theology (ACT) in Kigali, Rwanda.

I was struck by Garry’s description of an African ordination of pastors, which he shared recently.

 

Charles Simeon's Example of Starting by Finding Common Ground

Wesley and SimeonCharles Simeon (1758–1836) reinvigorated the English church with his emphasis on the primacy of Scripture and the necessity of practical application.

Simeon was a Calvinist but disliked the label. In a sermon on Romans 9:16, he said,

Many there are who cannot see these truths [the doctrines of God’s sovereignty], who yet are in a state truly pleasing to God; yea many, at whose feet the best of us may be glad to be found in heaven. It is a great evil, when these doctrines are made a ground of separation one from another, and when the advocates of different systems anathematize each other.… Mutual kindness and concession are far better than vehement argumentation and uncharitable discussion.

The Crowded Kindnesses of God

FoxgloveAlexander Maclaren advised, “Seek to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.”

Why the Reality of the Resurrection Means You Don’t Need a “Bucket List”

Bucket, BeachThe term “bucket list” was popularized by the 2007 movie of that name. It’s an inventory of things people want to do before they “kick the bucket.” The idea is, since our time on earth is limited, if something is important for us to do, we have to do it now, because this is our only chance to do it.

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