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Trying Not to Remember

I've been thinking a lot about self-deception and the lies we tell ourselves. Sometimes we lie to others so that we can advance ourselves. Sometimes we lie to others so that we can gain a foothold to a place...
Posted January 17, 2017 @ 11:23 AM by Adam Parker

Praying Through the Scriptures: Joshua 23

Over the years it has been my practice, learned from others, to offer up praises and petitions framed by a passage of Scripture. Some of these passages were read in preparation for preaching, others offered material for meditation in daily...
Posted January 16, 2017 @ 8:17 AM by Chad Van Dixhoorn
TOPICS: Prayer, Scripture

Striving to Escape the Fall

Marathons, mud runs, CrossFit, Yoga, diets, non-GMO and gluten-free foods, Christian financial programs, anti-vaccination and homeschooling have--each in their own way--taken over the driver's seat of the lives of so many in the church. While all of these things, in and...
Posted January 14, 2017 @ 7:34 AM by Nick Batzig

Proverbs 8:23, the Eternal Generation of the Son and the History of Reformed Exegesis

The debate that raged last year concerning intertrinitarian relations fueled my desire to go back and revisit Richard Muller's volume on The Triunity of God in his Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics (a volume that I cannot commend strongly enough). In doing so, I...
Posted January 10, 2017 @ 2:19 PM by Nick Batzig

A Spiritual Reality Check

What is reality? That question is one that is already wide opened in our culture. From television shows about artificial intelligence gaining consciousness to virtual reality devices, 2017 is already being declared the year that virtual and augmented reality...
Posted January 9, 2017 @ 9:47 AM by Caleb Cangelosi

Inevitable Side Effects of a Church Growth Ministry Model

Some athletes, fascinated with body growth, employ "biological steroid enhancement." Why? Because they know that it works...at least for a while. They will get bigger, stronger and faster...for a while. But soon they discover injected steroids also bring the...
Posted January 5, 2017 @ 9:25 AM by Harry Reeder

Death, The New Year And The Hope of Christ

2016 was a sobering year for our celebrity-driven culture. A recent CNN article reminded us of the many well known individuals that we lost over the course of the last year. More names have been added just in this...
Posted January 2, 2017 @ 7:09 AM by Matt Foreman

Calvin on the Sacraments

For some, John Calvin seems to be at his most feisty when he writes on the sacraments. Against those who complain that infant baptism is a travesty of the Gospel, in the Institutes he stoutly insists, "these darts are aimed more...
Posted December 30, 2016 @ 7:45 AM by Sinclair Ferguson

Borrowed Conviction

It has happened a few times before. It happened again recently. Someone without a good church gets in touch, referred by a mutual friend. Or someone drops an email asking for advice. Or there is a conversation at a...
Posted December 28, 2016 @ 9:13 AM by Jeremy Walker

Shepherds and Self-Awareness

When ministers and elders gather together, it is usual for them share their ministry burdens with each other. The calling of a minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is high and hard; the weightiness of the...
Posted December 27, 2016 @ 9:13 AM by William VanDoodewaard

The Wondrous "Why" of Christmas

Christmas is a time of mystery and wonder. The Virgin Mary was told by the angel that she would conceive and bear a son: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will...
Posted December 23, 2016 @ 9:30 AM by Richard D. Phillips

When in Babylon...

Regard for the Lord's Day is on a steep decline, and, sadly, has been for quite some time. Disregard for the Lord's Day is evidenced by the fact that many churches have decided to cancel their worship services this Sunday...
Posted December 21, 2016 @ 9:42 AM by Adam Parker

Despair at Work

"Remember," Paul writes, "that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world" (Eph 2:11-12). This is spiritual...
Posted December 19, 2016 @ 8:24 AM by Bruce Baugus

The Advent Season: Not Just Christmas

Early in my pastoral ministry a thoughtful young man came with an interesting question while our congregation was in the midst of celebrating the Advent season. The question arose from a hymn sung during a Lord's Day worship service. The...
Posted December 16, 2016 @ 12:57 PM by Harry Reeder

Experiencing the Trinity (Free Ebook)

Crossway is giving away an ebook version of Experiencing the Trinity, by our friend, Joe Thorn. All you have to do is fill out a brief survey. In light of all the recent debate about the intertrinitarian relations, this would...
Posted December 16, 2016 @ 6:24 AM by Editors
TOPICS: Giveaway, Trinity

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