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Blessed Are Those Who Mourn (Their Sin)

The nature of Jesus’s public ministry wasn’t random. It didn’t spring out of a vacuum. Seven centuries earlier, the prophet Isaiah had anticipated an age when God’s Suffering Servant would minister to God’s exiled people: The Spirit of the LORD God is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to . . . comfort all who mourn. (Isa. 61:1–2; cf. 40:1; Luke 4:21). This declaration eventually forms the backdrop for Jesus’s famous second beatitude: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”…
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What the Soviets Intended for Siberia, God Intended for Good

When Evgeny Bakhmutsky’s grandfather baptized him, the older man cried—but not just happy tears. “He was crying because he knew I might be arrested the next day,” Bakhmutsky said. “And he was crying because he knew Christianity is a road to suffering and pain and likely death.” Peter Bakhmutsky wasn’t being overly dramatic. In 1945, the pastor had been exiled to the labor camps in Siberia, shoved from one mine to…

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Long-Lost Bavinck Manuscript Is a Timely Work on Reformed Ethics
Discoveries of never-before-seen manuscripts written by historic figures are rare outside the pages of conspiratorial fantasy fiction. With the obvious exception of something like the Dead Sea Scrolls, such discoveries tend to be more noteworthy for the sheer curiosity of how the lost treasure was found than for its actual substance. After all, there’s probably a reason an author left a certain manuscript unpublished, and sometimes the reason is simple: The material isn’t very good. The publication of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics: Created, Fallen, and Converted Humanity is a striking exception to this rule. The actual contents are equal to…

Long-Lost Bavinck Manuscript Is a Timely Work on Reformed Ethics

One of the most exciting manuscript discoveries from a revered Christian theologian.

Why Christians Need a Poetic Imagination

Poetry gives name to ineffable mysteries.

A Guide to Prevailing in the Battle of Prayer

Prayer is a constant struggle in the Christian life.

A Book That Witnessed to Nazi Germany (and Still Witnesses to Us)

‘Life Together’ reminds us of the sweetness of face-to-face fellowship in the church.