Podcast by Tim Keller (27 minutes) Christianity teaches that Jesus is the only natural Son of God; everyone else must be adopted. Once someone becomes a Christian, they immediately become a child of God. Being a child is a legal relationship—it means that we don’t cease to be his children when we behave in ways that are displeasing to the Father. It even means that God loves us as much as he loves his only natural Son.
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
Meditation Exercise by Jan Johnson One of the primary ways to connect with the heart and mind of God is to meditate on his Word. But most of us need coaching to hear God better in Scripture. This meditation roughly follows the pattern of lectio divina, but also includes elements from the Ignatian style of Scripture meditation.
Book by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall (145 pages) The Cure gives the diagnosis of this century’s religious obsession with sin management. It has poisoned the church, obscuring the original good news and sending millions away wounded, angry, and cynical from nearly any organized expression of faith.
God: As He Longs for You to See Him
Book by Chip INgram (304 pages) Join Chip Ingram in this fascinating study of seven attributes of God: his goodness, sovereignty, holiness, wisdom, justice, love, and faithfulness. Readers will see God in a whole new light and discover that our view of God impacts every decision in our lives. It will change the way we pray, the way we live, and the way we think about the world around us.
Good and Beautiful God
Book by James Bryan Smith (232 pages) We all have ideas that we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true—but many are false. Turning to the Gospels, Smith invites you to put your ideas to the test to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God.
The Prodigal God
Book by Tim Keller (192 pages) Taking his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity, Timothy Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside his most familiar parable. Within that parable, Jesus reveals God’s prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic.