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Why We Must Know God

The very root and beginning of all theological study is known as theology proper or the doctrine of God. Within this field, the existence, being, and attributes of God are considered and his character is defined within the limitations...
Posted February 21, 2019 @ 9:54 AM by Amy Mantravadi

Tripping on Scripture

Humans are amazing pattern finders. We detect patterns everywhere in the world around us: contorted faces in the wood grain, mythical creatures in the clouds, phantom ailments in our aches and pains--there's no end to the patterns our vibrant...
Posted February 19, 2019 @ 7:02 AM by Bruce Baugus

All the Hell You Shall Ever Have

For the better part of my Christian life, I've had a visceral reaction--driven by internal disapproval--whenever I've heard someone describe the hardships he or she experienced in life in the following ways: "It was like hell on earth," or...
Posted February 17, 2019 @ 2:20 PM by Nick Batzig

Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them

Lois Lowry tells a story about how a utopian state required that all of the community's memories going back through the generations be committed to a single person, a receiver. The elders engineered a society where no one but...
Posted February 16, 2019 @ 4:19 PM by William Boekestein.

Union with Christ is Everything

As a missionary, my grandfather taught Greek and Hebrew at a seminary in Igbaja, Nigeria. He labored for years after on a cognate lexicon of New Testament Greek. Such interest in biblical languages may sound heady and high-brow, the...
Posted February 12, 2019 @ 6:51 AM by Joshua Steely

The Spirituality of the Church Speech

Kevin DeYoung recently wrote a post about what has frequently been termed "the spirituality doctrine of the church." I heartily commend this post to our readers, as it is quite a helpful introduction to the basics of Presbyterianism regarding the...
Posted February 9, 2019 @ 9:14 AM by Nick Batzig

The Unthinkable Sin

One day I had the opportunity to preach with John Barros outside of an abortion mill in Orlando. In the message I preached, I made the point that I am also a murderer because Jesus said: "You have heard...
Posted February 8, 2019 @ 8:57 AM by Joseph Randall

A Call for Gospel Centered Preaching

God saved me at a conference at which John Piper was speaking in Atlanta in 2001. Through his public ministry, Dr. Piper has been one of the most influential men in my life. Last month, he wrote a post, Should...
Posted February 7, 2019 @ 6:48 AM by Stephen Thomas Burch

What Will They Do When I'm Gone?

This morning I was reading a well-written and edifying article about cancer, the sovereignty of God and facing the reality of an uncertain future (humanly speaking). I think most parents have, at some time, gone through this thought process:...
Posted February 6, 2019 @ 7:01 AM by Matt Holst

Know When to Hold'em

As any poker player knows (and I am not a poker player--I tend to steer clear of competitions where the victor takes home a bracelet), the hand is over when all the cards have been dealt, all the bets have been...
Posted February 4, 2019 @ 7:54 AM by Carlton Wynne

The Underdog Must Win

David and Goliath. Field of Dreams. Star Wars. Rocky. The Sandlot. The Hunger Games. Underdog stories never get old. We can't help loving them. They also contain a distinctively American flavor, probably because this country only exists because the underdog...
Posted February 1, 2019 @ 2:47 PM by Justin Poythress

3 Crosses of Discipleship

Recently, my pastor has started a Men's Bible Study series on discipleship by examining a classic passage for discipleship: In Luke 9:22-24, Jesus said, "The Son of Man must suffer many things; He must be rejected by the elders,...
Posted January 28, 2019 @ 1:56 PM by Gabriel Williams

He Won't Be Silent Forever

6 years ago this week, John Piper posted, "We Know They are Killing Children--All of Us Know." 6 years later, New York has passed and celebrated a bill that would allow a mother to abort her baby up until the...
Posted January 26, 2019 @ 7:17 AM by Nick Batzig

The Consequences of Ideas in New York

By now, most Christians in America have seen the images: thunderous applause at the New York State Assembly and a festively decorated World Trade Center spire. And what is the great deliverance celebrated by this applause? The legal freedom to...
Posted January 25, 2019 @ 12:54 PM by Richard D. Phillips

No Mere Morality Issue

I was gutted this week when I heard that the New York State Senate passed the Reproductive Health Act, giving women the right to abortion up to the point of birth. I welled up with grief imagining the thousands of...
Posted January 24, 2019 @ 9:10 PM by Nathan Shurden

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