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Healing in Dayton

Just south of central Dayton, Ohio, in the heart of one of the city's historic districts, is a stretch of road familiar to all the locals: A two block section of Fifth Avenue that is home to an eclectic mix...
Posted August 15, 2019 @ 12:47 PM by Amy Mantravadi
TOPICS: Death, Sin, Suffering

Affirming Ignorance, Certainty and Intellectual Death

In Col 3:10, the apostle Paul describes one of the most stunning aspects of the Spirit's re-creative work in uniting us by faith to the risen Christ. In that verse, we read that the natural man is, by that Spirit,...
Posted August 15, 2019 @ 11:43 AM by Carlton Wynne

Leaving the Faith: Reflections of a Prodigal

By now the firestorm of commentary around Josh Harris' public announcement--that he has not only divorced, but departed from the Christian faith--has died down. People have moved on, but not before delivering a slew of analysis, indictments, pleas, condemnation, and...
Posted August 12, 2019 @ 9:09 AM by Lisa Robinson Spencer

The God of Creation

Our featured resource this month is The God of Creation - Truth and Gospel in Genesis 1 by Richard Phillips. We've discounted the price, so get your copy at Reformed Resources today! About  There are other books on Creation and dealing...
Posted August 9, 2019 @ 12:00 AM by Ben Ciavolella

How Not to Fall Away

"I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus. The popular phrase for this is 'deconstruction,' the biblical phrase is 'falling away.' By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not...
Posted August 8, 2019 @ 7:21 AM by William Boekestein.

To Nurture a Community

One year I made a resolution to get my hands dirty and grow potted plants on my back porch. It was my first foray into all things botanical. I went to the garden section of my local Home Depot and...
Posted August 7, 2019 @ 1:25 PM by Christina Fox

Loving the Church, For Better or Worse

Something is terribly wrong when professing Christians do not identify with the church and love being a part of her. Something is wrong when professing Christians fail to be passionate about every aspect of the church and long to invest...
Posted August 5, 2019 @ 3:15 PM by Derek Thomas

A Prayer for the Commissioning or Promotion of an Officer

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...
Posted July 29, 2019 @ 10:04 AM by Chad Van Dixhoorn

Pastor, Keep Preaching the Gospel to Yourself!

Do you want to be a gospel-centered pastor? Just keep preaching the gospel. Doing so is much more than merely pinning John 3:16 to the tail of every sermon or conversation. The first person we must preach the gospel...
Posted July 26, 2019 @ 2:23 PM by David Prince

Embracing God's Rest

The following is taken from the introduction to Entering God's Rest by Ken Golden, a thorough-yet-accessible discussion of the Sabbath and its relevance for us today. You can purchase the book here (also available as an eBook and on Amazon Kindle). We live in a busy world. Our...
Posted July 25, 2019 @ 6:26 PM by Ben Ciavolella

Van Til's Limiting Concept

I have recently been wading into the thought of the 20th century Reformed theologian Cornelius Van Til in order to consider his use of the term "limiting concept." These words appear throughout his collected works, both in his full-length...
Posted July 22, 2019 @ 8:44 AM by Amy Mantravadi

Bargain Book Sale!

Summer is the perfect time to kick back and enjoy a nice book. Or two. Or twelve.To boost your reading list, the Alliance is pleased to announce their Bagain Book Sale. Products are available while supplies last, so be sure to...
Posted July 18, 2019 @ 5:00 PM by Ben Ciavolella
TOPICS: Books, Reading

Defending Door-to-Door and Open Air Evangelism

I first met Nick Batzig in 1993 when I became the pastor of Golden Isles Presbyterian Church (PCA) on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Nick and his family were members of the church. Nick was sixteen years old and a member of...
Posted July 15, 2019 @ 11:00 AM by Al Baker

Pastor, Keep Preaching the Gospel!

As I was busy rushing from one place to another, I noticed a man looking at me with a big smile on his face. He had just stepped out of a work van and was doing some sort job nearby....
Posted July 11, 2019 @ 7:47 AM by David Prince

The Westminster Statement on Biblical Sexuality

Ray Ortlund, one of the original signers of the Nashville Statement, in his book Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel, wrote poignantly on the gospel implications of taking a public stand on sexual issues in a culture such as...
Posted July 8, 2019 @ 7:13 AM by Jeffrey Windt

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