God could, had He pleased, have been incarnate in a man of iron nerves, the Stoic sort who lets no sigh escape him. Of His great humility He chose to be incarnate in a man of delicate sensibilities who wept at the grave of Lazarus and sweated blood in Gethsemane. Otherwise we should have … missed the all-important help of knowing that He has faced all that the weakest of us face, has shared not only the strength of our nature but every weakness of it except sin.
― C.S. Lewis
During this 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses—the Reformation’s start by traditional reckoning—we see extremes. Some Christians are foaming at the mouth like pit bulls, going for the jugular of their Catholic or Protestant opponents. Others are so open-minded that their brains fall out of their heads. Such variety is reflected in books, conferences, and in general discussion of things Catholic and Protestant. Two books published this year offer bright shining...
This weekend, we put up the Christmas lights, started decorating the tree, and then sang Christmas songs at church.
Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas—which, for many of us, feels like a rush into chaos.
Between all the gift giving, cookie baking, and party hosting, it can be difficult to find time to breathe, let alone reflect. Our consumeristic culture returns each year in full swing, doing all it can to dazzle and distract us; believe me, this Christmas season won’t be...
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shredded peeled zucchini
1/3 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup dried cranberries
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Zest of a small orange
2 teaspoons fresh orange juice
We’ll start by combining a half cup of sugar, a half cup of peeled and shredded zucchini, a third cup of almond milk, one egg and a tablespoon of vegetable oil.
Now, in a separate bowl, we’ll add two teaspoons of baking powder to a cup of all-purpose...
God is not ashamed of the lowliness of human beings. God marches right in. He chooses people as his instruments and performs his wonders where one would least expect them. God is near to lowliness; he loves the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak and broken.
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
On the one hand [Mary] was just a girl, an immature and frightened girl who had the good sense to believe what an angel told her in what seemed like a dream. On the other hand, she was the mother of the Son of God, with faith enough to move mountains, to sing about the victories of her son as if he were already at the right hand of his father instead of a dollop of cells in her womb. … When we allow God to be born in us, there is no telling, no telling at all, what will come out.
One of my not-so-winsome Christmas traditions involves complaining to family members about the relentlessness of The Christmas Carol. Every year it seems there is another spin-off or remake of Charles Dickens’s classic. While I love the story, I am fatigued by the repetition. Ebenezer comes to his senses every December 25 but then reverts to being all Scrooge-like again in time for the next holiday season. Dickens penned this story 174 years ago—maybe it’s time for a new Christmas...
Boneless chicken breasts
1 cup mayo
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
Heads up. We’re using mayonnaise, which may seem a little strange, but you want actually taste the mayo if you follow these directions. We’re going to take a cup of shredded fresh parmesan cheese and combine it with a cup of mayo. This is the reccommended mayo and parmesan if you’re using four chicken breasts. Adjust accordingly if you have fewer breasts. What you don’t want is a heavy coating...
Christmas might be the most heavily mythologized thing of all time. Sure, it starts out with the myth about Santa and eight tiny reindeer, and most of us unlearn that one pretty early, but then there are other myths that start getting broken down. Eventually you learn that December 25 wasn’t Jesus’ actual birthday, Rudolph wasn’t part of the original gang and “Jingle Bell Rock” is terrible.
But no matter how many myths we take down, there always seem to be a few more. Here are some...
Man’s maker was made man that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that Truth might be accused of false witnesses, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die.
― Augustine of Hippo
The renowned British novelist Dorothy Sayers once said that, “Work is not, primarily, a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do. It is, or it should be, the full expression of the worker’s faculties, the thing in which he finds spiritual, mental and bodily satisfaction, and the medium in which he offers himself to God.”
It’s hard to take issue with Sayers’s assertion that we should do work that fully expresses our gifts and brings us “spiritual, mental and bodily...
Are you struggling with insecurity, fear, or uncertainty? How can the Bible help you discover what it means to be unashamed, undaunted, and unstoppable in the Lord?
Bible Gateway interviewed Christine Caine (@ChristineCaine) about her book, Unshakeable: 365 Devotions for Finding Unwavering Strength in God’s Word(Zondervan, 2017).
Briefly explain how and why you founded The A21 Campaign and Propel Women.
Christine Caine: After landing in an airport in Greece, I was drawn to a series...
2 sixteen ounce bags of frozen broccoli
1/2 stick of butter
1 medium onion chopped
8 ounces Velveeta cheese
1 six ounce roll garlic cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
We’ll begin by dicing a medium onion and sautéing it in a half stick of butter. Now, we’re gonna empty two bags of frozen broccoli into our soup pot with about a fourth cup of water. We’ll turn the heat up to high and add a can of cream of chicken and a can of cream of mushroom. Once...
“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 8:15
This verse, and the entire book of Ecclesiastes, provides a different perspective on life than is often taught in the church today. Prevalent teaching in many churches is critical of “life under the sun,” and it encourages Christians...
Title of your most recent book:
My first novel, which is called Missing Isaac, will be released in January 2018 (and is available for preorder now!). It’s set in rural Alabama during the 1960s. The story hinges on the friendship between a wealthy, fatherless white boy and a black field hand who disappears from a tiny farm community.
Who is the book primarily for?
I imagine the primary audience would be women 30 and up, but I’ve had male friends (and of course my dad!) read it, and...
Over the course of his decades-long career, singer-songwriter and author Andrew Peterson has acquired quite the following. His Twitter account has thousands of followers, there are plenty of people who buy and stream his albums, and last year he successfully Kickstarted the pilot for an animated adaptation of his fantasy novel series, The Wingfeather Saga.
Peterson is also the founder of The Rabbit Room, “an experiment in creative community” that, according to its...
The Lord did not come to make a display. He came to heal and to teach suffering men. For one who wanted to make a display the thing would have been just to appear and dazzle the beholders. But for Him Who came to heal and to teach the way was not merely to dwell here, but to put Himself at the disposal of those who needed Him, and to be manifested according as they could bear it, not vitiating the value of the Divine appearing by exceeding their capacity to receive it.
― Athanasius of...
Makes two large servings (as a main entree) or four smaller servings
Sweet Potato Oatmeal
1 c. water
1 c. milk or unsweetened nondairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1/4 t. salt
1 c. old fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
1/2 c. cooked sweet potato*
1/4 c. golden raisins (optional)
1/2 t. cinnamon
1 T. maple syrup
Pecan Pie Topping
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1 T. wheat germ (could omit or replace with a few more pecans if you don’t have on hand or to make...
Laura Frantz's new book, The Lacemaker, publishes on January 2. Her publisher, Revell, sat down to ask her a few questions about the upcoming release.
Can you please tell us about your newest book, The Lacemaker?
Lady Elisabeth Lawson has a great deal at stake when Virginia explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution—her home, her fiancé, and the only life she’s ever known. But she also has much to gain, freedom foremost—for herself, her new country, and a...
The incarnation is a kind of vast joke whereby the Creator of the ends of the earth comes among us in diapers… Until we too have taken the idea of the God-man seriously enough to be scandalized by it, we have not taken it as seriously as it demands to be taken.
― Frederick Buechner
Why is the Bible the bestselling book of all time? Why does it ignite religious debate, social upheaval, and political controversy? How could one ancient book have so much power through the centuries?
Bible Gateway interviewed Steve Green, who, along with his wife Jackie, wrote, This Dangerous Book: How the Bible Has Shaped Our World and Why It Still Matters Today (Zondervan, 2017).
Explain what the title means.
Steve Green: The title of the book reflects our view of the Bible: it’s...