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It is not an easy thing to be the pastor of a mega-church. There are peculiar pressures and temptations that accompany such a role. Not least is the temptation to believe that you are big enough to write your own rules. The church's "success" is so intricately woven to your own that you become too...
I was raised in a large Southern Baptist church in Houston, Texas. I was educated in Southern Baptist institutions. I was ordained in a Southern Baptist church. Coming of age in the 1980's I remember well overhearing the discussions at home and church about the conservative resurgence within the...
The cross is the perfect statement both of God’s wrath against sin and of the depth of his love and mercy in the recovery of the damaged creation and its damagers. God’s mercy, patience, and love must be fully preached in the church. But they are not credible unless they are presented in tension...
My plan is to add the following to my current reading list for this summer. I have already started on the two biographies. Great stuff. Truman by David McCullough John MacArthur by Iain Murray The U Turn Church by Harney & Bouwer
Over at First Thoughts, Joe Carter has posted his top 50 Summer Reads . This is a great list because many of the books are quite accessable rather than a bunch of high brow nonsense. Of the books that make Carter's list that I have read I heartily recommend: Enders Game All The Pretty Horses The...
Take time to listen to this excellent lecture and Q/A session from Dr. Carl Trueman on Martin Luther. You will be enriched.
“For centuries the church stood solidly against every form of worldly entertainment, recognising it for what it was — a device for wasting time, a refuge from the disturbing voice of conscience, a scheme to divert attention from moral accountability. For this she got herself abused roundly by the...
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One of the best books I have read on the Gospel and the nature of salvation is John Ensor’s The Great Work of the Gospel. In a chapter entitled “The Great Work Enjoyed” Ensor writes: Those whom God declares righteous, he makes righteous: “You shall be clean from all your uncleanness…and I will give...