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Summer Reading Preview: The Shadow and the Promise

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Are you trying to find books for your middle graders to read this summer? The Shadow and the Promise by bestselling author Marty Machowski follows the adventures of the animals who witness the events of Genesis and Exodus unfold before them. Join badgers in the Garden of Eden, an array of animals in the Ark, groundhogs at Babel, Abraham’s donkey, sheep from Joseph’s herd, the cats in...

Show Yourself a Man

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In our cultural moment, telling a brother to “act like a man” might seem to have negative connotations. But what does David mean when he tells Solomon, “Show yourself a man” (1 Kings 2:2)? And when Paul says, “Act like men” (1 Corinthians 16:13), he clearly has something in mind. In a day when the world pressures the church to erase distinction in gender roles, it’s important to keep the biblical...

Obsessive and Intrusive Thoughts with Mike Emlet

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In this episode of Straight to the Heart, our host Rush Witt speaks with Mike Emlet, counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF). They talk about difficult topics like intrusive thoughts and scrupulosity, and the biblical wisdom that helps us overcome them. Timestamps: 1:21 – Why do you describe yourself as a cup half empty kind of guy?4:25...

God Welcomes You Into His Rest

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When you feel overwhelmed by life’s demands, trials, and emotions, you are not alone. You need to hear the gospel truth that a loving God welcomes you into his rest and peace when life is an unruly combination of responsibilities, relationships, interruptions, dreams, and drama. In You Are Welcomed: Devotions for When Life Is a Lot, women’s ministry leader Trish Donohue helps women who are weary...

How Do I Share the Gospel with My Son?

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Sharing the gospel with your son is both incredibly simple and also very humbling. It is simple because it is just a matter of talking and living like you are a free person—a man who is free from the crushing effects of the law. It is as simple as talking about the gospel when your son sins, pointing him to Christ. It is as simple as seeing your son as a sinner in need of grace—just like you. As...

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