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  • Ben Edwards - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 1:40pm
    Adoniram Judson entered Burma in 1813 and began laboring in sweltering heat and seemingly constant battles with sickness, disease, and death for the next thirty-eight years. He did not see a convert for the first six years of his ministry. After serving for eight years, Ann Judson, his first wife, was so sick that he... Read More
  • Kyle Dunham - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 1:27pm
    A persistent question concerns whether or not God intended ancient Israel to serve as an emissary proclaiming salvation to the nations. At the recent E3 Conference I considered this debate and surveyed the Old Testament contribution to a biblical theology of mission. Over several posts, I would like to share my conclusions. This first post... Read More
  • Aaron Berry - Mon, 10/28/2019 - 9:53am
    On October 17-18, 2019, pastors, missionaries, and church members joined DBTS for the annual E3 Pastors Conference. The theme of the 2019 conference was “The Missionary Church.” The general sessions and workshops provided attendees with theological and practical content for a biblical philosophy of missions, church planting, and discipleship. If you attended, we hope that... Read More
  • Tim Miller - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 8:56am
    NOTE: This is the second in a two-part series on one of the most significant fake letters in the history of the church. The previous essay introduced the reader to the letter, explained what it says, and showed the historical and factual problems with the narrative. This post will address why the letter was written... Read More
  • Mark Snoeberger - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:44pm
    The NT Scriptures frequently mention the Christian’s need for “power” or “strength” from God to obey him, endure persecution, and bear witness for him (Phil 4:13; Col 1:11; 1 Pet 4:11; etc.). This is the case not primarily because of our finitude, but because of our spiritual deficiencies. All persons are born under the crippling... Read More
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Religious Affections (about)

  • Kevin T. Bauder - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 12:21pm
    Kevin T. Bauder We must beware of mixing the metaphors that God uses to teach us about salvation. For example, the work of salvation can be viewed under the metaphor of a courtroom in which the guilty sinner stands before God as judge. In this metaphor, God charges the believing sinner’s guilt to Christ, who […]
  • Scott Aniol - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 12:18pm
    I’ve had several recent academic article publications that may be of interest to readers: “The Holy Spirit’s Work in Worship: Extraordinary Experience or Disciplined Formation?” Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 24 (2019). Download “Worship that Cannot be Touched: A Theology of Christian Worship from the Book of Hebrews.” Journal of IRBS Theological Seminary, 2019. Print version […]
  • Scott Aniol - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 12:10pm
    In honor of the Advent/Christian season, we are offering some special prices for Hymns to the Living God: Individual Copies – $13.99 each plus shipping (regularly $17.99) 6 Copies – $78 with free shipping! Other bulk discounts (10+, 50+, 100+) available on the single copy page. Copies are also available on for $19.99 each with free shipping for Prime Members. […]
  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 7:00am
    For the past several weeks, I have been tracing what influences formed what today we might call “Evangelical worship,” including German Pietism, American Revival, and the Wesleys. Developments in nineteenth-century America also had considerable influence. The nineteenth century in America was a critical time in its cultural, political, and religious development. The nation was still […]
  • David de Bruyn - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 7:00am
    I was about ten when the first Rock ‘n Roll evangelists came to town. They weren’t proselytizing on behalf of Iron Maiden. They were there to tell us about the rampant satanism and occultism in contemporary rock and pop. To rapt audiences, they played snippets of songs backwards: “[ssshkp]…[ssshkp]…[ssshkp]…meeshnar eep… [ssshkp]… eeg zatan… [ssshkp]…’There! Hear […]
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Thoughts on Theology (about)

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  • Chris Anderson - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 2:28pm

    This week, Chris Anderson is traveling in Indonesia with two young families from the church he pastors who are praying, strategizing, and planning to move there. This excerpt from Gospel Mediations for Missions is a fitting thought for the occasion! “Why in the world do they do it?” I’ve often wondered what would motivate missionaries […]

    The post For the Sake of His Name appeared first on Church Works Media.

  • Chris Anderson - Wed, 11/06/2019 - 9:07am

    During my theological training, I regularly heard challenges on the need to be exceptional for the glory of God. I was taught that excellence was a cardinal Christian virtue, which honestly did me a world of good. I heard that it is a sin to do less than your best. And so it is, though I […]

    The post Jars of Clay: A Philosophy of Grace vs. Glory appeared first on Church Works Media.

  • Chris Anderson - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 10:38am

    When I was a kid, we would say (rather irreverently, I admit), “I swear on a stack of Bibles.” The meaning was as clear as “I swear on my mother’s grave”: The speaker was telling the truth—or at least wanted you to believe he was. If swearing on one Bible in a court of law […]

    The post A Stack of Bibles appeared first on Church Works Media.

  • Chris Anderson - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 2:17pm

    It’s natural for pastors to equate increasing numbers with ministry success. I’d like to challenge that idea a bit, beginning with an illustration from my own family. This summer I “married off” the oldest of my four daughters. When I finished walking my wife down the aisle, I whispered to her, “We did it.” I […]

    The post Grow to Shrink appeared first on Church Works Media.

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By Faith We Understand (about)

  • Mark Ward - Wed, 11/06/2019 - 12:00pm

    A friend of mine is something of a seeker, entertaining and exploring Christian faith and often apparently inhabiting it—but still struggling in a move from darkness to light. That’s the best way I know how to describe him.

    He wrote me an eloquent letter in which he used his training in philosophy to wonder out loud if Christianity is merely a set of Jungian archetypes, a set of myth-making stories that echo something deep in the human psyche that somehow over evolutionary millennia we have found useful. This is the way Jordan Peterson treats the biblical narrative, too.

    He couldn’t bring himself to conclude that Jung and Peterson are right, but he had to work through their ideas nonetheless.

    Here was my response.

    You can play this game of spotting the True Truth underneath the mere stories until you are blue in the face—and blue in the spirit. Who’s to say that the materialist/scientistic viewpoints aren’t equally beholden to archetypes encoded by evolution into the human psyche over millennia? They aren’t “true,” just exceptionally and demonstrably useful for the survival and propagation of...

  • Mark Ward - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 6:18pm

    Free speech issues have made the news recently as political tensions rise—along with distrust in and fatigue with social media.

    No one has helped me understand the issues at stake better than Stanley Fish. His Winning Arguments is very helpful, and this article from Fish on Mark Zuckerberg may whet your appetite for more Fish.

    And if you need help appropriating Fish into a Christian framework, I’m your redheaded man.

  • Mark Ward - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 5:29pm

    Faithlife’s brand new Bible Study Magazine podcast, hosted by yours truly, launches today.

    ​The first season of twelve episodes (four available today; one released per week after this) is focused on how to achieve and promote biblical literacy.

    In the first episode, I talk to Kevin Vanhoozer about biblical illiteracy—and I manage to sneak in a reference to Stanley Fish.

    Other episodes talk about the story of the Bible, canon, textual criticism, and other topics relevant to biblical literacy. My guests include Vern Poythress, Leland Ryken, Trevin Wax, Wendy Widder, Peter Gurry, and others.

    (Just so you know: they didn’t tell me they were doing a photo shoot, and I don’t normally wear hats to work. I’m not that cool.)

  • Mark Ward - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 4:06pm

    I’m almost done with a year-long project writing a BJU Press Bible textbook on biblical worldview for sixth graders. I needed to quote a verse that helps them understand that Christians are called to live lives of practical good works for their neighbors. I turned to Titus 3:14. Here it is in the English Standard Version:

    And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.

    This comes in a list of short instructions. There isn’t really much immediate context to help us know what this means. It stands more or less on its own.

    But I think I get it:

    1. Christian people under Titus’ care should be told to dedicate themselves to doing good.

    2. They’re supposed to look for cases of urgent need.

    3. This way they can avoid being unfruitful.

    Got all that?

    Now what can you get out of the Elizabethan English of the King James Version? Same verse:

    And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.

    1. Who is “ours”? I think this is a little difficult or obscure, but it’s not...

  • Mark Ward - Sat, 10/26/2019 - 5:57pm

    I work for a Christian publisher, and we have made Bibles of various kinds. If you could listen to our internal discussions, you would hear quickly that Crossway sets the standard for Bible publishing. More beautiful typography and more innovative editions have come from Crossway than from any other organization serving the Bible-reading public. The most popular post in the history of my blog is an implicit argument that the ESV’s market share among Bible readers has a lot to do with Crossway’s leadership in beauty and innovation.

    Crossway has just come out with four more editions of the English Standard Version, all of them worthwhile and well-executed variations on existing ideas. I say: more makes me merrier. If the market is actually sustaining all these niche editions, that says something good about the market (as long as people are actually using these editions and not just sticking them on shelves—I pray they are).

    Let’s take a look at each of the four new ESV editions.

    1. The ESV Reader’s Bible, Six-Volume Set, with chapter and verse numbers...
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