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"Untill faith appears"

Jonathan Leeman can take care of himself. I will not pretend or imply that I know well enough to agree with everything, more plain or more nuanced, in Brother Leeman's ecclesiology, though I know we have much in common. However,...
Posted July 4, 2015 @ 4:16 PM by Jeremy Walker

"Respect the Authorities": Summary Thoughts

IntroductionScriptural frameworkA proper subjectionThe prayers of the saintsA godly lifeRespond prayerfullyOur heavenly hopeSummary ThoughtsIn relation to the civil magistrates whom God has appointed, the Lord's pilgrim people live in the space between our Christ's declaration that His kingdom is not...
Posted July 4, 2015 @ 2:16 AM by Jeremy Walker

"Respect the Authorities": Scriptural Framework #5 ~ Our Heavenly Hope

IntroductionScriptural framework A proper subjectionThe prayers of the saintsA godly lifeRespond prayerfully Our Heavenly Hope For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly...
Posted July 3, 2015 @ 6:41 AM by Jeremy Walker

Proclaiming the Unifying Hope in Christ

True unity requires common identity. For Christians, that one unifying factor that binds is the body of Christ, the Church.The Church is a body that grows. Paul uses the term "body" to describe the unity of the Church. All...
Posted July 2, 2015 @ 5:02 PM by Robert Brady

The Origins of Children's Church (Or Not)

The fine team of scholars working around the clock at Lutheran Satire have unearthed footage detailing the late Victorian era origins of Children's Church.  If you're not already familiar with Lutheran Satire, you probably should stop whatever you're doing and...
Posted July 2, 2015 @ 12:00 PM by Aaron Denlinger

Public, Grievous Sins: The Good & The Bad

I find that there are two important biblical perspectives we ought to keep in mind when a Christian or Christians commit a grievous, public sin. These perspectives are sometimes lost, or at least fade into the background, when in fact...
Posted July 2, 2015 @ 11:46 AM by Mark Jones

"Respect the Authorities": Scriptural Framework #4 ~ Respond Prayerfully

IntroductionA proper subjectionThe prayers of the saintsA godly lifeRespond Prayerfully So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: "Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all...
Posted July 2, 2015 @ 3:09 AM by Jeremy Walker

"Respect the Authorities": Scriptural Framework #3 ~ A Godly Life

IntroductionA proper subjectionThe prayers of the saints A Godly Life Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you...
Posted July 1, 2015 @ 2:58 AM by Jeremy Walker

ChinaSource on Rise of Reformed Theology in China

ChinaSource is, in my estimation, the premier resource for anyone interested in Chinese Christianity. The dedicated crew observes closely, researches thoroughly, documents meticulously, and consistently publishes high-quality reports and essays written by Chinese church leaders and others with years of...
Posted June 30, 2015 @ 6:06 PM by Bruce Baugus

Pentecost and the Work of the Spirit Today

Have you ever wondered what happened on Pentecost? What are the implications of what took place on Pentecost for the church today? What expectations ought Christians to have for the work of the Holy Spirit in their own lives...
Posted June 30, 2015 @ 4:37 PM by Robert Brady

The Best Medicine for Fear: Calvin on Gen. 14.1-15.1

"Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, and your exceedingly great reward." So says God to Abraham in the opening verse of Genesis 15. Upon first glance, Calvin admits, God's encouragement to Abraham "to be of good courage"...
Posted June 30, 2015 @ 3:55 PM by Aaron Denlinger

Bannerman on the Church vs. the State

The recent publication of James Bannerman's The Church of Christ has been a boon to Christians simply because of the great value of his material on this important topic.  But given the prospect of increasing conflicts between the federal government...
Posted June 30, 2015 @ 8:00 AM by Rick Phillips

"Respect the Authorities": Scriptural Framework #2 ~ The Prayers of the Saints

Excerpted from the book Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness ( or or Westminster Bookstore or RHB). - See more at: from the book Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness ( or or Westminster Bookstore or RHB)....
Posted June 30, 2015 @ 2:57 AM by Jeremy Walker

Why Most Missionaries Are Liars

No job description I have ever seen for a missionary includes the words "fast and loose with the truth." It is not my belief missions attracts the kind of people who are predisposed to being insincere. Unfortunately, I have seldom...
Posted June 29, 2015 @ 10:20 PM by Guest
TOPICS: missions

Daddy, am I a Christian?

I appreciate IX Marks ministries, and their desire to take ecclesiology seriously. But I did read this from IX Marks and thought it would be good to interact a little with this perspective:Daughter: Daddy, am I a Christian?Me: If you're...
Posted June 29, 2015 @ 7:13 PM by Mark Jones
TOPICS: baptism

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