The Bible makes some astounding promises about prayer. And few are more so than Jesus’s unblushing statements in Matthew 7:7–8 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who […]

Why Hasn’t God Answered My Prayer? 4 Possible Reasons


I recently got on the phone with Rachel Jankovic, author, speaker, and mom of seven, to talk about the Bible Reading Challenge that originated at her church. Christ Church, pastored by Doug Wilson up in Moscow, Idaho, renovated its women’s ministry two years ago. Previously, they’d done monthly meetings, weekly studies, […]

Join me in the Summer Bible Reading Challenge!



by Justin Dillehay   I once saw a comic strip of B.C. by Johnny Hart. You know, the one where all the characters are cave men? In this particular piece, two of the characters are talking, and one of them says “I hate the term ‘Good Friday.’” “Why?” the other […]

3 Reasons Why We Call it Good Friday


  Hair wisps over her ears and into her eyes, straight and the color of straw. Her hands are fat as she reaches up from the crib, clinging to a stuffed dog named Hank that technically belongs to her big sister. It’s still dark outside, but the first moments of […]

In our hearts are highways to Zion



Mary Magdalene ran. She had worn prostitution on her sleeve, on the top of her mind and in her face, always. Since she was 13, since the men first wanted her, since she first learned to know that her body was to be used up, since she knew the contempt […]

Mary Magdalene ran


2018 Advent Series – Day 24 This is the last day of our advent, which means that tomorrow is Christmas, our figurative feasting day, the day of his coming, the day of our rejoicing. But we all know that today is not the last day of our advent. We have […]

Day 24 – A Feast on a Mountain



(Note from Justin: this piece was delivered as a meditation at the Lord’s Supper for my church on December 10, 2017. I have chosen to leave the style and address unaltered.) For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night […]

Waiting for Advent at the Lord’s Supper


2018 Advent Series – Day 20 We’re so familiar with nativity story told in Matthew and Luke. A full inn. A swaddled babe in a manger. Shepherds in their fields by night. Wise men coming from afar. These images have impressed themselves forever in our minds as The Christmas Story. […]

Day 20 – Nativity in the Book of John



2018 Advent Series – Day 18 This morning, be blessed by this excerpt of J.I. Packer’s Knowing God, from a chapter entitled “God Incarnate”:   The Incarnation] is the real stumbling block in Christianity. It is here that Jews, Muslims, Unitarians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and many of those who feel the […]

Day 18 – God Incarnate


2018 Advent Series – Day 21 I love Christmas. But Christmas also makes me uncomfortable. The presents make me uncomfortable. The giving and receiving of presents, both/and. I haven’t yet worked out my feelings for stuff: Is it good? Does God intend for us to enjoy ourselves at Christmas? How […]

Day 21 – Embarrassed by Blessing