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Religious Affections (about)

  • Kevin T. Bauder - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 12:17pm
    Kevin T. Bauder This weekend I am traveling to Lake Benton, Minnesota, to address the southwestern fellowship of the Minnesota Baptist Association (MBA). The MBA is the current permutation of what used to be the Minnesota Baptist Convention. It is the organization that W. B. Riley and Richard Volley Clearwaters managed to separate from the […]
  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 6:00am
    In the year 365 a council of church leadership met in the city of Laodicea to discuss various problems that had arisen in the churches of the region and decide what to do about them. The fourth century was a time of theological controversy and unrest in the church. Church meetings had become disorderly; heretics […]
  • David de Bruyn - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 7:00am
    Should Christians persist in referring to “Christian Imagination”? Since we are concerned with truth, should we not avoid terms that have connotations of what is merely fantastical or unreal? We may choose to drop the term Christian imagination. If we do, however, we will have to use several other terms in its place, to capture […]
  • Kevin T. Bauder - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 10:32am
    Kevin T. Bauder According to 2 Timothy 3:16, all scripture is God-breathed or inspired. In other words, inspiration applies to the scriptures themselves, not to the process by which they were produced. The word inspired is a result word, not a process word. The writers were not inspired. The thoughts were not inspired. The various […]
  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 04/07/2021 - 6:00am
    Over the past several weeks I have been developing the biblical idea of the dialogical structure of corporate worship. Historically, church worship services have been designed in such a way to both display and nurture this kind of communion by being structured as a dialogue. God speaks, we respond. God calls us to worship him […]
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Thoughts on Theology (about)

  • Andy Naselli - Sun, 03/07/2021 - 3:16pm

    John Piper’s 751-page magnum opus is now available:

    John Piper. Providence. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2021.

    The print book is available from Amazon, but the best deal is currently from Westminster Bookstore.

    Crossway and Desiring God are generously making the entire book available for free as a PDF.

    My endorsement: “John Piper helps us see and savor God’s purposeful sovereignty by inductively demonstrating what the whole Bible...

Stuff Out Loud

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Institute for Nouthetic Studies Blog (about)

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Institute of Biblical Leadership(about)

  • David Phelan - Tue, 04/06/2021 - 7:39pm

    The Urban Dictionary defines “don’t be that guy” as what you say to someone who is acting stupidly or with
    a high degree of lameness or foolishness. When somebody is being dumb or annoying you say to them, “Dude, don’t be that guy.”

    “...Anyone (who) is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.” Don’t be that guy!

    In this passage, James describes a person behaving stupidly, lamely, and foolishly. They presumably value spiritual truth, taking time to understand what God’s Word says vis-à-vis their own life experiences: their actual behavior,

    character, and motivation. But then, having obtained that tremendous insight about themselves, they do nothing about it! They simply walk away from the understanding they gained. They are unwilling to embrace the spiritual insights God brought into focus for them. Consequently, they are unable to incorporate these truths into their life; they experience no growth or transformation; and languish in a cycle of stagnancy. Let’s do everything we...

  • Dave Deets - Tue, 04/06/2021 - 7:34pm

    In the center of your body, known as the torso, resides a series of muscles that function together to provide stability for your body. These muscles collectively are referred to as your core. Without these muscles working together, you would lose your capacity to effectively maneuver, lift, shift stress from the spine, and accomplish the myriad daily activities we take for granted. Therefore, fitness trainers are very concerned with strengthening your physical core, to ensure your body is functioning as designed.

    Similar to your physical body, you also possess a “spiritual core” which must function as God intended. This core consists of interdependent

    elements that operate harmoniously to stabilize our spiritual walk and service, enabling us to function successfully in life and ministry. These four elements are: our purpose, evident in a heart motivated to glorify God; our being, evident in Christ- like character; our impact, evident as we influence other people to embrace God’s objectives; and our practice, evident through a faithful commitment to Spirit-led leadership disciplines. Similar to our physical core, these four spiritual...

  • Guest Contributor - Tue, 04/06/2021 - 7:29pm

    My first engagement with IBL was during a church leadership summit. IBL was brought in to help guide our church through a new leadership structure. Little did I know a few months later, I would be needing them to guide me through the most difficult season in my life.

    My name is Steven Polk and I serve as the Pastor of Worship and Pastoral Care at FiveStone Community Church in Garland, TX. I have served as a pastor for over thirty years. Never did I think I would need the services that David and Dawn provided in my time of need.

    In January of 2020 I found myself in the loneliest, darkest season of my life. My wife of thirty years walked out on me, saying she was not sure she would ever come back and was not interested in being the wife of a pastor any longer. For those of you in ministry, can you imagine what would happen to your world should you find

    yourself in that moment? I could not. I never imagined I would be facing these unbelievable circumstances. At this point, since you are reading a newsletter from a ministry concerning its counseling services, you are probably expecting to hear a miraculous, happily-ever-after...

  • Guest Contributor - Tue, 04/06/2021 - 7:25pm

    “We need counseling!” I said angrily as I rolled away from my husband in hurt and frustration. Although, for the most part, my husband Mike and I had a great twenty years of marriage, we kept coming up on this same issue, this clash of perspectives and hurtful words spoken that left

    me feeling unloved and scared. To my surprise Mike’s response was, “Sounds good! Let’s go!” With his response came a variety of emotions. I was relieved— that he wanted to work on our marriage, irritated—that we had to “resort to” outside help, that we couldn’t just

    figure it out on our own, and embarrassed—that we had to admit we needed help. But, oh, am I glad we did reach out for help. Through a friend, Mike and I learned about IBL. We were both immediately drawn to the counseling model of IBL. IBL believes the answers to all of life’s challenges are found in God’s Word (II Peter 1:2-4). In addition, IBL believes mature believers, who know God’s Word accurately and are guided by the Holy Spirit, are qualified to counsel others. These truths resonated with us as both my husband and I had previously experienced “Christian counseling” and found it lacking....

  • David Phelan - Thu, 04/01/2021 - 4:06pm
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ChurchWorksMedia Blog (about)

  • Guest Author - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 3:16pm

    We recently introduced a brand new missions devotional called Daring Devotion by M. R. Conrad (available now to order). Here is an excerpt from Day 14. On April 11, 1836, Müller accepted the first children into the orphanage. Soon, the orphanage reached full capacity, and the Lord provided funds for more buildings. Years passed and […]

    The post George Müller’s (extra)Ordinary Faith appeared first on Church Works Media.

By Faith We Understand (about)

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