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Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners

Every Christian desires to become more like Christ. But if we are honest with ourselves, we often feel discouraged at our progress. So, how do we really change? Dane Ortlund, in his new book Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners, argues that change is a matter of going deeper into the glorious riches of Christ and our identity in him. Ortlund’s book provides answers to the question: “What must happen in the individual human heart, most fundamentally, most deeply, for a man or woman to get traction and grow?” (173). The first way in which the Christian grows is by...

Jesus Is Gentle and Lowly

John Piper once wrote, “Books don’t change people, paragraphs do—sometimes sentences.” But every now and then, a book comes along that has such a dramatic impact that you don’t want to stop reading it. Dane Ortlund has written one such book. Gentle and Lowly: Christ’s Heart for Sinners and Sufferers is a work that you won’t want to stop reading, yet at the same time requires slow and thoughtful meditation. While many books have an immediate impact, Gentle and Lowly may have an effect upon its reader for years to come. What makes this book so profound is how Ortlund captures the...

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life And Sexuality

What makes the Christian worldview on life and sexuality defensible in our secular age? Is it possible to demonstrate in any compelling way that the Bible’s teaching on the value and dignity of human life, gender, marriage, and family actually lead to the greatest human flourishing? In Love thy Body, apologetics professor Nancy Pearcey provides immense help in the task of understanding the philosophical and historical underpinnings of secular thought that inform current views on abortion, euthanasia, hookup culture, homosexuality, transgenderism, and the family. With intellectual precision, Pearcey demonstrates over and over how the secular view of human life and...

On Anselm’s Pursuit of Joy

Unknown author / Public domain Gavin Ortlund is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Ojai, California. He is also the author of an academic commentary on Anselm of Canterbury’s (1033–1109 AD) Proslogion. He has also authored a number of other works such as Finding the Right Hills to Die On and Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals.  In short, Ortlund models something that Christians have done since the very beginning: a pastoral pursuit of theological thinking for the sake of the church. Not every pastor has the capacity or opportunity to pursue scholarly writing such as is the case with Anselm’s...

Timely Words for a People in a Peculiar Time (a Review of Help My Unbelief)

In the wake of our new pandemic reality, there has been no shortage of articles, videos, or memes to help guide us from a place of struggle to a meditation on hope. It is important to remember that these calls for hope in a time a trial are not uniquely the work of the church. It appears that the world at large is being quieted and called to consider life, death, and meaning. Gone are the days where societal fragility was assumed to be something we have evolved beyond. These are trying times and trying times are times of opportunity....

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