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So's Your Face

Well I'm not sure why. With all the creepy spiders that crawl on my Facebook page, why did the Internet powers that be decide to give me this particular advertisement in my newsfeed? But there it was: Facetune.This is an...
Posted August 1, 2014 @ 6:54 AM by Aimee Byrd

Preaching Job

In recent weeks I have been preaching through Job. The series is not a verse-by-verse exposition but a thematic overview. I suspect the series will consist of nine sermons. However, I always reserve the right to call an audible. Preaching...
Posted July 30, 2014 @ 9:43 AM by Todd Pruitt

The Gift that Keeps on Giving discussed on the Spin that Keeps on Spinning

This week's Spin is up. In this episode, we move swiftly from discussing a recent example of the problems created for innocent pastors by the broad evangelical parachurch culture of the Top Men to reflecting once again on that...
Posted July 30, 2014 @ 6:00 AM by Carl Trueman

Good Stuff

On The Brink: Grace for the Burned Out Pastor is the title of a new book by Clay Werner. I don't know of another book on the subject quite like it. Werner does a faithful job of offering encouragement, some...
Posted July 29, 2014 @ 10:05 AM by Todd Pruitt

The Use and Abuse of Video Church

"I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation" (Ps. 111:1).One of the more popular features on our church website ( is the live video webcast that allows people...
Posted July 29, 2014 @ 10:02 AM by Rick Phillips

A Real Balanced Man

I am I am, I am I am I think I am, I think I am I'm glad I am I'm proud I am A real [balanced] manWho is this person in the middle who carefully avoids extremes in his theologizing? It is all...
Posted July 28, 2014 @ 8:01 AM by Mark Jones

Subjects suitable to an immortal being

A reminder from Spurgeon to deal in our ministry with subjects suitable to an immortal being, taken from a sermon on The Word of the Cross (#1611):If I were able to explain to a general audience how to make unlimited...
Posted July 26, 2014 @ 6:57 AM by Jeremy Walker

"If We Build It They Will Come" No Longer Works

Church planting requires many administrative tasks. From setting up email accounts and registering the church's 501-C3 status to fundraising and sending update letters, one can easily spend over one-hundred hours on the front end tackling these necessary duties. In addition...
Posted July 25, 2014 @ 7:18 AM by Leon Brown

Counsels for old age

John Pye Smith was a Congregationalist of the first half of the nineteenth century. He was theological tutor at the Dissenting academy known as Homerton College near Hackney, London, for forty-five years between 1805 and 1850. In addition he was...
Posted July 25, 2014 @ 7:12 AM by Jeremy Walker

Donald MacLeod on the Atonement

Among contemporary theologians there are two I would rather read than all others. One is J.I. Packer and the other is Donald MacLeod. Like Packer, Donald MacLeod knows that theology is ultimately not for the academy but for the church....
Posted July 24, 2014 @ 7:15 PM by Todd Pruitt

From Bondage to Liberty: The Gospel According to Moses by Anthony Selvaggio

It is difficult to overestimate the importance of Moses to the unfolding of God's plan of salvation. Arguably, Moses is the most significant Old Testament figure because of his unique role as mediator of the old covenant. In this sense,...
Posted July 23, 2014 @ 5:20 PM by Robert Brady

Should We Alter or Stop Using the Language of "Personal Relationship" in Evangelism?

As far back as I can recall, Christians have utilized the phrase, "personal relationship" in evangelism. It is oft-times used as a synonym for "salvation." Perhaps pressing the phrase to its unlikely meaning, we might suggest that the phrase, "personal...
Posted July 23, 2014 @ 11:40 AM by Leon Brown

Other people's pornography

There is little doubt that an appetite for pornography is endemic in the modern West. That this is the case was driven home on a recent voyage. On my outward journey, I settled in to my seat for what was...
Posted July 23, 2014 @ 7:43 AM by Jeremy Walker

Blood on the Hands

This week's MoS discussion is on strength in weakness.  Moving from reflections on boy bands through discussion of Bill Shatner's outstanding career as thespian ('He's our greatest cultural icon!' according to the Arts section of Canadian Librarian Monthly) to Aimee's...
Posted July 23, 2014 @ 6:30 AM by Carl Trueman

Who is Jesus Christ - Mark Johnston

Life and relationships have become all too superficial in our present age. It is the easiest thing in the world to say we know someone and yet really have nothing more than a nodding acquaintance. Indeed with the influence of...
Posted July 22, 2014 @ 10:13 AM by Robert Brady

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