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Tell Us How You Really Feel: Comments About the Church Plant Initiative

What do you think about our church plant initiative in Richmond, Virginia? From the outside looking in, you can only say so much. The video we created to spread the word and the website we have, which is dedicated to share...
Posted April 21, 2014 @ 7:50 AM by Leon Brown

Concern for the prodigal son

Doing a little study this afternoon, I came across this illuminating section from B. B. Warfield on the parable of the prodigal son, and the danger of make it a definitive statement of the gospel. Given the parable's present popularity...
Posted April 19, 2014 @ 10:03 AM by Jeremy Walker

Your Wife As Your First Ministry: A Good Thing or Bad?

On numerous occasions, I have heard pastors and parishioners remark, "Your wife is your first ministry." The aforementioned statement can easily be expanded to, "Your family is your first ministry." However, for the purposes of this brief post, I will...
Posted April 18, 2014 @ 9:29 AM by Leon Brown
TOPICS: ministry, wife

A Faith That Fights

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Posted April 18, 2014 @ 7:48 AM by Aimee Byrd

The Triune God

Our latest book, The Triune God, has recently been published in partnership with P&R Publishing. It is high testament to the blessings of God upon some very hard work as it's the culmination of many years of steady and faithful...
Posted April 17, 2014 @ 11:03 AM by Robert Brady

Christians and Depression

Recently David Murray's HeadHeartHand Media produced 5 videos each telling the story of a Christian who knows what it is to struggle with depression. Murray is the author of Christians Get Depressed Too which I highly recommend. He demonstrates a...
Posted April 16, 2014 @ 2:04 PM by Todd Pruitt

Reviewing Beauty

Let's face it, all women get tangled up in the whole beauty issue. Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitaker tackle it head on in their new book True Beauty. If you want to know a little more about the book, I...
Posted April 16, 2014 @ 12:43 PM by Aimee Byrd

Just one of the guys?

Last week's MoS generated what has been voted the best line in the show so far.  No, not our personal favourite ("If anyone could make me a feminist, it would be you two.") but la prima Donna's probing question "What...
Posted April 16, 2014 @ 6:47 AM by Carl Trueman

Aimee Byrd on The Confessing Baptist podcast

The Confessing Baptist podcast interviews our own Amiee Byrd, Housewife Theologian. With probe:- What got you to writing a book?- Are women to "study to show themselves approved?- What is true beauty?- What is modesty?- Chastity?- How do you help...
Posted April 15, 2014 @ 1:58 PM by Robert Brady

Pastor: Will You Burn Out?

I continue to be haunted by a question Tim Rice, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, asked me at the Hunger Games (also known as the PCA Assessment Center). As one of our assessors, he asked me during our two-hour interview,...
Posted April 14, 2014 @ 9:26 PM by Leon Brown

Reading for Holy Week (or any week)

From Glory to Golgotha by Donald MacLeodScandalous:The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus by D.A. CarsonFifty Reasons Why Jesus Came To Die by John PiperThe Truth of the Cross by R.C. SproulThe Cross He Bore by Frederick LeahyThe Message of the...
Posted April 14, 2014 @ 6:40 PM by Todd Pruitt
TOPICS: books

Church Planting in Grand Rapids?!?

This coming Wednesday, April 16th, at 7pm Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church a "new, old church" will launch its first public gatherings in the heart of the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The church plant is beginning with its Wednesday evening...
Posted April 13, 2014 @ 9:50 PM by Gabriel Fluhrer


Unfortunately I was not able to attend this year's Together for the Gospel conference. I hated to miss out. Each year has been a blessing. After hearing a few of the messages now it is clear that this year's T4G...
Posted April 12, 2014 @ 9:15 AM by Todd Pruitt

Our Church Plant Bible Study (A Photo)

God is doing amazing things at our Wednesday evening church plant Bible study. One of the parts I love is hearing and seeing the children participate. Last night our children read scripture, read the Westminster Shorter Catechism, and prayed. I...
Posted April 10, 2014 @ 7:17 AM by Leon Brown

The neutrality of bigness

Last Lord's day, despite the absence of a few, we had an encouragingly large congregation. By some standards, it was large. By others, pitifully small. By ours, with a visiting family of believers, and a number of visitors from the...
Posted April 9, 2014 @ 6:40 AM by Jeremy Walker
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