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  • Kyle Dunham - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 7:49am
    This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the inception of the modern state of Israel. On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion announced from Tel Aviv the rebirth of the nation, and the United States, minutes after the announcement, became the first nation to officially recognize the fledgling state. The right of Israel to exist and... Read More
  • John Aloisi - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 7:50am
    In the past few weeks, a number of significant new commentaries have been released, and several more are on the immediate horizon. Below are a few of the more interesting additions. Douglas Moo, Romans, 2nd ed., NICNT (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018) Originally published in 1996, Douglas Moo’s commentary on Romans in the NICNT series has... Read More
  • Ben Edwards - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 9:40am
    A few months ago there was a controversy from an exchange the Pope had with a young boy whose father had died. The boy wanted to know if his father, who was a good man but an atheist, was in heaven. The pope’s answer emphasized that God would not abandon someone who had a good... Read More
  • Mark Snoeberger - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 9:58am
    I’ve been reading, recently and with great interest, a blog series defending what is sometimes called the “traditional view” of Christian decision-making—the view that (1) God has an “individual will” for believers and (2) that it can be “discovered.” My intent in this post is not to offer a point-by-point analysis of that series, but... Read More

Religious Affections (about)

  • David Huffstutler - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 7:00am
    This post is the last of three in this brief series on congregational singing, and the points below are conclusions made from an examination of Eph 5:19 and Col 3:16. Read these posts here (Eph 5:19) and here (Col 3:16). — A comparison and contrast of Eph 5:19 and Col 3:16 give us some helpful […]
  • Scott Aniol - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 7:00am
    Week 42: Parables of the Kingdom Weekly memory verse: Luke 19:10 – “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Weekly hymn: “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” (free download) Weekly catechism: What is baptism? Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, instituted by Jesus Christ, to be a sign […]
  • Don Odens - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 4:34pm
    Don Odens My wife’s casket was before me as I stood at the pulpit to present a tribute and the funeral sermon for the love of my life on July 18, 2018. Later, people asked how I could do that. The answer is a combination of God’s grace, long pastoral experience, and a desire to […]
  • David de Bruyn - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 5:30am
    One of the ways you make your mark in the online discernment ministry world is by “outing” a popular and generally reliable pastor or Bible teacher. This promotes you in the eyes of discernment devotees, because you are supposedly spotting error in a teacher that “everyone else unquestioningly follows”, and are willing to be the […]
  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 8:12am
    Last week we looked at several aspects of how various poetic devices were used in Psalm 96 to shape the content and form the singer and listener. Many of these poetic devices are still used in poetry and hymnody today. The most common poetic device in Hebrew poetry is parallelism, which has been captured in […]
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Thoughts on Theology (about)

  • Andy Naselli - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 4:44am

    A few years ago my friend J. D. Crowley and I wrote a book on the conscience. Our target audience was adults, not children.

    Then my daughter Kara, who was eight years old at the time, asked me if I would write a book on the conscience for children. How could I say no to that?

    So I attempted to write my first children’s book (which releases this week):

    Andrew David Naselli. That Little Voice in Your Head: Learning about Your Conscience. Illustrated by Julie Carter. Fearn, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2018.

  • Andy Naselli - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 6:44am

    The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, edited by D. A. Carson, released three years ago. (See my roundup here, which includes eight videos.)

    I worked on that study Bible as the assistant editor for four years full-time and for a fifth year part-time. I managed the project and helped copyedit all of the notes and essays for content and style.

    Zondervan is now repackaging that resource as the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible.

    It’s available from Amazon, and starting today it’s on sale for one week from ...

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Institute for Nouthetic Studies Blog (about)

  • Jay Adams - Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am

    “All things work together for good” is the part of the quotation usually given while omitting the words “to those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.” That is one fact to remember—when quoting the verse, include those words. The fact is, unless one has been called by God (through the Holy Spirit who then also “draws” him to God), the promise should not be made in counseling. Moreover, the promise is to those who “love God” as the verse teaches—a fact often not stressed even though quoted.

    What is this promise? It is a statement about the providence of God.  He is not a God Who fails to care for His creation, but One Who plans His work, then works His plan. He is personally directing the circumstances involved in whatever a person’s situation may be at any given moment. That is why the promise makes sense, and can be relied upon.

    The verse is one that should be used frequently in one’s counseling ministry. Why? Because it is reassuring to those who find themselves in situations that seem to indicate God has forgotten them. This verse indicates that God is in the problem (it is not a random occurrence), that He is up to something in it (there is a...

  • Donn R Arms - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 1:56pm

    Today we have launched a new bookstore and are excited to announce that the Institute for Nouthetic Studies is now a publisher. We have assumed publishing responsibilities for all Jay Adams’ titles formerly published by Timeless Texts and soon you will see them made available in our new online bookstore.

    In addition to making these titles available again we will also be bringing back into print all Dr. Adams’ books that have been out of print and unavailable, in some cases, for many years. While this is a process that will take several years to complete, you will begin to see several important books appear very soon. In fact, we have an entirely new book from the pen of Dr. Adams in the pipeline.

    Want to know more? Follow this link to our new bookstore and explore the site. Please excuse the mess as it is still under construction. Many more titles will be added in the next few weeks, but you can check us out now and order books that are available. Bookmark the page so you can check in with us regularly.


Institute of Biblical Leadership(about)

  • David Phelan - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 5:09pm

    The following article originally appeared in the summer edition of our print newsletter called Side by Side. To download a PDF version of the newsletter, click here.

    We are burdened to make a difference!

    This is the final sentence of IBL’s vision. And it expresses the sentiment of every IBL team member. We long to see God’s leaders advance in their understanding and practice of biblical leadership. We are excited when we see God’s Word make a difference in a leader’s life and ministry, to see their renewed enthusiasm for the work of the ministry, and to observe the God-glorifying impact on the ministries they lead.

    How do we know whether we are having impact that makes a difference? One way is by listening to our clients’ feedback. Earlier this year I received the following note from one of our consulting clients, the senior pastor of a large church in the Southeast.

    ...thank you again for your recent ministry to our church. I am delighted to tell you that we have fully instituted the new structure of the committee you...

ChurchWorksMedia Blog (about)

  • Chris Anderson - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 2:45pm

    Church Works Media is thrilled to announce that we have added Paul Keew to our ministry team as our first full-time employee and merged with his music publishing company Watchsong! Paul will be bringing several of his songs and hymns (including “O God, My Joy” and “Chosen as His Children”) to the CWM catalogue as […]

    The post Church Works Media Merger appeared first on Church Works Media.

  • Guest Author - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 8:56am

    In 280 days, I get to marry my best friend—the man I admire more than anyone else in the world. And some people are surprised he’s black. When Ray Holden and I started dating during my sophomore year, I don’t think I fully understood racism. To me, it was an abstract—a deep feeling that people […]

    The post My “Interracial” Engagement appeared first on Church Works Media.

Strength for Today (about)

  • Diane - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 1:40pm
    So, yesterday by the time I got done with the long-overdue grocery shopping, I was exhausted and decided to pick up some Little Caesar’s for the family for supper. The usual SOP, placing the order, etc. When the gal brought the pizzas to the counter, she opened the lid for me to inspect them.   Me: It’s sort of weird that you are even required to do this. It looks great.   Pizza gal (looking forlorn): I had a woman scream at me because one of her pepperonis was cut in half by the pizza cutter.   Me: Oh dear, really?   Pizza gal: We get a good number of people who refuse their pizzas for stuff like that.   Me: Well, then, please allow me to apologize for all of those people. From what I can see, you’re doing a terrific job.   Pizza gal: (brightening) Have a wonderful day, and thank you!   So first…it doesn’t cost anything to show some kindness. Working in food service is tough. I think there should be some sort of “karma” thing which requires difficult people to spend at least a week on the other side of the counter.   Second…I shudder to think what will happen if things get really tough in this country...
  • Diane - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 3:06pm

    Dear Friends, the accuser of the brethren has his name for a reason. He has great contempt for the Cross and the freedom it has provided for us. Even if we’ve come for forgiveness, the adversary wants to convince us to doubt the truth, to question its thoroughness, to live in such a way that we keep the memory of forgiven faults fresh.

    God cannot lie. He tells us that the believer who has sought forgiveness from God for his or her sin has been freed. God chooses not to remember those past deeds… puts them behind His back where they cannot be seen and will not be rehearsed again…buries them in the deepest parts of the sea where no man has ever ventured… separates them from us as far as east is from west (for they never meet).

    Be blessed today in the assurance that His forgiveness is complete and final. Jesus said “It is finished”…His work as our perfect sacrifice is done. Our God is...

By Faith We Understand (about)

  • Mark Ward - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 6:33pm

    I recently preached a message at the opening for a Christian school in my town, one several church members have attended. It answers the perennial question, “Why do I have to learn this stuff?!”

  • Mark Ward - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:29am

    Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy by Mark Regnerus
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    A quick check of the Goodreads reviews for Cheap Sex by sociologist Mark Regnerus suggests to me that everyone has strong feelings about this book—which tends to support the author’s thesis, I think. In other words, sex is not what Captain Kathryn Janeway said it was in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, namely a component of good hygiene. One time when her crew visited a resort planet she encouraged her senior commanders to make sure to go have sex with the planet’s prostitutes. None of this was stated so bluntly; it was given instead with a wink and a nod and the good-natured air of a friendly schoolmarm doling out health advice.

    There is no Kathryn Janeway, of course. People wrote her lines. Western people. American people. People describing and promoting their worldview...

  • Mark Ward - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:05pm

    A few years ago I had one of those little formative experiences. I was leaving a long-term evangelistic ministry to teenagers in which I participated at my church. After six years of Friday nights, after countless hours of work I loved and loved sharing with other church members, it was time to step aside and let others fill my spot.

    The leader of the group thought it appropriate to have a few words said on my behalf, and to give me some parting gifts from the church bookstore. The books were generous, but it was the words that yielded the lesson. The leader asked two men who’d worked alongside me to speak briefly about my impact. It was a little awkward; it always is when you have to listen to people thank and/or praise you. What they said was very gracious, but it was vague. What they said could have been said of all the other faithful people there, many of whom invested more hours than I (some of whom still do, ten years later).

    But then the leader stood up to say his own parting words, and he was specific. He had carefully noticed the one thing I had most dedicated myself to doing in the ministry; I won’t say what it was. But I was always doing it, and...

Emeth Aletheia


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