5 Ways the Ascension Benefits You

5 Ways the Ascension Benefits You
by Steve Mathewson for The Gospel Coalition
 
Forty days after Jesus’s resurrection, the biblical storyline takes a remarkable turn: Jesus disappears. “He was taken up before their very eyes,” Luke tells us, “and a cloud hid him from their sight” (Acts 1:9). Two angels then tell the disciples that Jesus was “taken into heaven” (Acts 1:11)
So what do we make of this plot twist in the Bible’s story? How should we understand our crucified and risen Lord’s ascension? Michael Horton observes that we typically “treat the ascension as little more than a dazzling exclamation point for the resurrection rather than as a new event in its own right.”

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3 Ways to Preach Heaven

3 Ways to Preach Heaven
by Colin Smith for The Gospel Coalition
 
 
 
People sometimes talk about living the ultimate life right now. This belief-that we can somehow make the best life possible for ourselves here on earth-has become popular, even among Christians.
 
But this is only possible if we’re going to hell.
 

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A Heart for Our Neighbors

A Plea to the Mission Minded
by Jen Wilkin for The Gospel Coalition
 
There is a people group whose language you may not want to learn, whose customs you may find distasteful, whose dress may offend, and whose values may disappoint. They are worshipers of idols. They raise their children in poverty. Many Christians consider this people group either unreachable or beyond the sphere of their calling.

Why?


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Sharing in the Pastor’s Study

3 Ways I Share in the Pastor’s Study

by Megan Hill for The Gospel Coalition

 

 

My husband and I have a running joke. When the milk puddles on the kitchen floor, or the laundry baskets explode in the family room, or the kids start leaping from the light fixtures, he eyes the door and calmly says: “Well, I’m just going to go to my office to pray and study the Bible now.”  

Typically, I respond by throwing a pair of just-matched socks at him. 

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5 Ways the Ascension Benefits You

5 Ways the Ascension Benefits You
by Steve Mathewson for The Gospel Coalition
 
Forty days after Jesus’s resurrection, the biblical storyline takes a remarkable turn: Jesus disappears. “He was taken up before their very eyes,” Luke tells us, “and a cloud hid him from their sight” (Acts 1:9). Two angels then tell the disciples that Jesus was “taken into heaven” (Acts 1:11)
So what do we make of this plot twist in the Bible’s story? How should we understand our crucified and risen Lord’s ascension? Michael Horton observes that we typically “treat the ascension as little more than a dazzling exclamation point for the resurrection rather than as a new event in its own right.”

Read more...

3 Ways to Preach Heaven

3 Ways to Preach Heaven
by Colin Smith for The Gospel Coalition
 
 
 
People sometimes talk about living the ultimate life right now. This belief-that we can somehow make the best life possible for ourselves here on earth-has become popular, even among Christians.
 
But this is only possible if we’re going to hell.
 

Read more...

A Heart for Our Neighbors

A Plea to the Mission Minded
by Jen Wilkin for The Gospel Coalition
 
There is a people group whose language you may not want to learn, whose customs you may find distasteful, whose dress may offend, and whose values may disappoint. They are worshipers of idols. They raise their children in poverty. Many Christians consider this people group either unreachable or beyond the sphere of their calling.

Why?


Read more...

Sharing in the Pastor’s Study

3 Ways I Share in the Pastor’s Study

by Megan Hill for The Gospel Coalition

 

 

My husband and I have a running joke. When the milk puddles on the kitchen floor, or the laundry baskets explode in the family room, or the kids start leaping from the light fixtures, he eyes the door and calmly says: “Well, I’m just going to go to my office to pray and study the Bible now.”  

Typically, I respond by throwing a pair of just-matched socks at him. 

Read more...