Randy Alcorn's Blog

Ray Ortlund on What Makes a Gospel-Centered Church

By Randy Alcorn | March 17, 2017
I deeply appreciate Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., just as I did his father and mother, who I’ve mentioned before. I have really enjoyed Ray’s powerful little book, The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ, which I would highly recommend to anyone desiring to start or help refocus a church on the Gospel.

Should We Give Money to the Poor Even When There’s a Risk of Waste or Misuse?

By Randy Alcorn | March 13, 2017
Every good thing can have a bad effect. The solution isn’t to avoid sponsoring children or to never support national ministries, but to exercise great care. We know that Christ commands us to give, to help the poor and needy, and to lay up treasures in Heaven. So the solution is not to give less, but to give carefully and wisely while still giving generously.

Lottery Winner Says Winning “Has Ruined My Life”

By Randy Alcorn | March 10, 2017
One of the great ironies of gambling is that the vast majority of people lose money, while the few who win discover money doesn’t make them happy—and often it actually ruins their lives! One study reported that “six months after winning the lottery, you are likely to be no happier than if you had been paralyzed in a car crash.”

The Key to Your Lasting Happiness

By Randy Alcorn | March 8, 2017
The Christian life is largely won and lost on the battlefield of ideas regarding what makes us happy. If we believe the lie that saying no to sin means saying no to happiness, then no amount of self-restraint will keep us from ultimately seeking happiness in sin.

Five Reminders As We Serve the Dying and Their Families

By Joel Woodard | March 6, 2017
Before I started Eternal Perspective Ministries, I served as a pastor for 14 years. When I was in the ministry, I found myself spending a great deal of time ministering to dying people and comforting their families. People look to pastors for guidance, help, and perspective during difficult times of life.