Have you read the entire Bible?
I recently came across a statistic claiming that only about 10% of professing Christians have read the entire Bible. Does that 10% include you? Why or why not?


Don’t be offended!
Have you ever wished the Christian life were easier? Life’s everyday challenges don’t evaporate the minute we profess faith in Christ, and it’s easy to grow frustrated when difficult questions or repeated temptations continue to vex us...


Christian perspective on the heavens: the Leonid Meteor Shower
If you needed an excuse to get out of the house in mid-November, it doesn’t get much better than this: the Leonid Meteor Shower was on vivid display this month.


How wired is your church?
Much has been written about church websites (good and bad) and the different ways that Christian organizations do ministry online. What level of internet presence does your church have? A simple website? An elaborate web presence that makes use of Twitter, Facebook, and other trendy tools?


Temptation: not just for the rich and famous
Not a season goes by that we don’t hear of some public figure’s fall from grace. A famous pastor is exposed as a hypocrite. A politician’s career is engulfed by scandal. We watch, and we wonder at the many ways in which sin brings down the high and mighty. But we're not so immune to temptation as we might like to think...


What “sacred cows” has your church or ministry decided to give up?
Has your church or ministry ever had to make the difficult decision to give up a “sacred cow”? After running the numbers, praying about it, and discussing it with the community, have you ever had to put an end to an activity, event, or practice that you’d been doing “since forever”?


Did Christianity cause the crash?
There’s a fascinating and disturbing new article by Hanna Rosin in The Atlantic that wonders if popular Christian teaching about money and finances contributed to the recent economic crash.


Is Swearing Sinning? - The Gospel.com Blog
The English languages collection of four letter words are extraordinarily popular. They’re peppered throughout our media and can be overheard just about anywhere you have someone upset or angry. But is it alright for Christians to cuss or swear? I’ve heard passionate appeals from Christians on either side of the issue (and heard from others who think we’re wasting our time making it an issue). What about you though? Do you think that swearing is sinning? Here’s a perspective on cussing/swearing from GotQuestions.org: Question: “Is it a sin to cuss / swear / curse?” Answer: It is definitely a sin to swear (curse, cuss, etc.). The Bible makes this abundantly clear. Ephesians 4:29 tells us, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” First Peter 3:10 declares, “For, whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.” James 3:9-12 summarizes the issue: “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” James makes it clear that the lives of Christians—the “brothers”—should not be characterized by evil speech. By making the analogy of both salt water and fresh water coming from the same spring (which is uncharacteristic of springs), he makes the point that it is uncharacteristic for a believer to have both praise and cursing come from his/her mouth. Nor is it characteristic for us to praise God on one hand and curse our brothers on the other. This, too, is uncharacteristic of a true believer. Jesus explained that what comes out of our mouths is that which fills our hearts. Sooner or later, the evil in the heart comes out through the mouth in curses and swearing. But when our hearts are filled with the goodness of God, praise for Him and love for others will pour forth. Our speech will always indicate what is in our hearts. “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). Why is it a sin to cuss / swear / curse? Sin is a condition of the heart, the mind, and “the inner man” (Romans 7:22), which is manifested in our thoughts, actions and words. When we swear and curse, we are giving evidence of the polluting sin in our hearts that must be confessed and repented of. Thankfully, our great God is “faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). When this happens, we receive a new nature from God (2 Corinthians 5:17), our hearts are transformed, and our speech reflects the new nature God has created within us. Read the article at Question: “Is it a sin to cuss / swear / curse?”. Share your thoughts!


The Bible on Your Video Game Console - The Gospel.com Blog
In December you’ll be able to read the Holman Christian Standard Bible on your Xbox360. Lifeway books is preparing to launch an application of sorts called Bible Navigator X that will sell for about five US dollars. The idea came from Aaron Linne, a Lifeway employee. In the video below, Linne talks about how he consumes almost all of his media and content through his Xbox… everything except for books. He is “more comfortable with a controller in my hand than I am with a book in my hand.”


Jesse - a Christian perspective
Jesse was the father of David, the famous Old Testament king. Jesus is sometimes called the Root of Jesse--a descendant of that kingly line, destined to save Israel from her sins.