The Commons

The Commons

Why Jesus Came

“…This, I think, is my favorite Advent text because I don’t know any other that expresses so clearly the connection between the beginning and the end of Jesus’s earthly life — between the incarnation and crucifixion….”                                                                                        …

Three Dangers of a Successful Vaccine

“…it seems that the Bible warns of three dangers that might accompany a successful vaccine—and therefore three spiritual warnings. These, I suspect, are not so obvious. They’re certainly not in our newsfeeds….”   3 Dangers of a Successful Vaccine    
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Truth and Pain, in “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

A  57-year-old widowed father of six children, the oldest of which had been nearly paralyzed as his country fought a war against itself—wrote a poem seeking to capture the dynamic and dissonance in his own heart and the world he observes around him that Christmas Day.   The True Story of Pain and Hope Behind “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”  

I Fear God, and I’m Afraid of God

“… But now life is hard because I see that God’s sovereignty may also be inclined towards the things I dread, the things I would not wish for.”   I Fear God, and I’m Afraid of God  

“A Night of Lament for Racial Justice.”

There are many ways Christians can respond to injustice, but one response we should never neglect or minimize is prayer…. You are invited to join Christians and churches around the world in guided prayer and song.

Deus Absconditus

Even when we cannot glimpse the contours of our Father’s plan, he is still good. We can trust his hand even in those moments when we cannot see his face.  

When Moses’s Wish Came True

“Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” (Num. 11:29). “Moses’s response was more than just a personal expression of humility. His answer expressed a longing of redemptive-historical proportions…”

Before Your Suffering Comes

Before the storms of suffering blow against a person’s soul, we should try to put five foundation stones under their faith.

Feasting in the House of Mourning ?

Under the sun no good gift is ours to keep. That’s what we learn in the house of mourning, and it’s a hard lesson.

Trusting God for Every Tomorrow

The Bible speaks some brutally honest words for the surety of our uncertainty.   Uncertainty is certain. Or at least, so it seems to creatures like us.

What Mercy Says in Calamity

The people listening to Jesus that day were looking for an answer that all people of all eras look for: Why this suffering? Why this evil, and why did it befall these victims? What can I do to escape from it befalling me? The answer Jesus gave accomplished, in one stroke, a number of crucial theological corrections.

Marriage amidst Quarantine

In times of trial, and because each spouse processes situations differently, it’s all too easy to take out our frustrations and anxieties on one another.

Medicine from a Cave

Enter Psalm 57, a psalm of David, written in a cave while he is actively being hunted. I imagine he could relate to feelings of isolation and fear. What does it look like for you and me to run to God as our refuge, to say along with David, “In the shadow of your wings I will take refuge till the storms of destruction pass by”? I think it looks like resting in truth and responding in faith.

Quality Discounted e-Reading for Children and Adults Alike

In this “stay home” moment, a number of publishers have steeply discounted or made several books available for free. The TGC bookstore has an extensive roster of quality titles for your to browse:

Good Samaritans Amidst a Pandemic

One of the primary postures of a Christian is outward. Our salvation means that the curse of the inward curve of sin is broken, and we’re now free to turn outward—to love God and neighbor…           

Flattening the Curve

The protein-thorned crown of COVID-19 has, in a way,  silenced the noise of modern life by seizing what C. S. Lewis called “God’s megaphone”:   pain…. Physicians reflect theologically on three unique Christian contributions to COVID-19 preparations.

Anxiety, Waiting and the Coronavirus

Writing about events while they are happening is always a bit dangerous. It’s easy to encourage over-reactions and reinforce unhelpful panic in our hearts. That said, the COVID 19 coronavirus provides us with an opportunity to think about how we respond to anxiety.