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  • Tim Miller - Mon, 03/30/2020 - 1:55pm
    This is a review of the book, The Saints of Zion: An Introduction to Mormon Theology Are Mormons Christians? If you don’t know the answer to that question, or if you know the answer but don’t know why your answer is right, then this book is written for you. The author, Travis Kerns, wrote his... Read More
  • Ben Edwards - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 8:45am
    Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that Jacob Elwart is officially joining the faculty of DBTS as Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling after successfully defending his ministry research project for the Doctor of Educational Ministry in Biblical Counseling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His project focused on equipping seminary students for biblical... Read More
  • Mark Snoeberger - Fri, 03/13/2020 - 1:51pm
    No doubt the readers of this blog have reached the saturation point on articles about the Coronavirus. Still, some angles of the issue are getting less attention, and I am hopeful that the following points, in no particular order, may be of some value. When the government asks or tells the church not to meet,... Read More
  • Ben Edwards - Fri, 03/13/2020 - 9:46am
    With increasing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus through travel and large gatherings, we have decided to adjust the format for the Rice Lectures this year from an in-person lecture to a webinar. Since we will not be meeting in person, the schedule has been slightly adjusted. 8:30 – 9:30 am – Session 1:... Read More
  • Tim Miller - Tue, 03/03/2020 - 7:47am
    Though I am not a pastor, I want to stay current with the literature written for pastors. So when I heard that this book won both the 2020 Christianity Today award for church and pastoral leadership and the 2019 Gospel Coalition ministry book of the year award, I determined I needed to read it. I... Read More
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Religious Affections (about)

  • David de Bruyn - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 8:14am
    The exact day of the week of Christ’s death has been debated for centuries. The day, while not fundamental to the gospel, is of some import, especially in countries like South Africa which celebrate Good Friday as a public holiday. Churches hold Good Friday services (were we allowed out the house!) What support is there […]
  • Michael Riley - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 11:43am
    Some readers of this column had parents or grandparents who could recall the Depression. Unsurprisingly, living through that even left a mark on that generation. While it certainly didn’t affect everyone the same way, often those of that era were often especially frugal. They understood that provision can be fragile and that waste is unwarranted. […]
  • Scott Aniol - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 1:00pm
    One of the things I’m going to miss most (among many!) during this unusual season when our church can’t gather is our annual “Facing the Cross Service,” a simple service we observe each year during Holy Week that recounts the last few days, death, and burial of our Lord through Scripture readings and hymns. Since […]
  • Jeff Straub - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:59pm
    Jeff Straub We are living in unprecedented times, to be sure. On Friday, New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio suggested that all churches and synagogues who do not comply with the notice to suspend meetings could be forced to close…permanently. News has just come out that a prominent Florida pastor was arrested over the weekend for […]
  • Becky Aniol - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 8:45am
    Some of my favorite Christian homeschool video curricula is on sale this week. I recommend Visual Latin (approximately 6th grade and up), Grammar of Poetry (junior high and up), and Old Western Culture (high school). I pay attention to sale prices, and this is the lowest price of the year on Visual Latin, so snatch […]
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Thoughts on Theology (about)

  • Andy Naselli - Tue, 03/03/2020 - 9:21am

    I recently moderated a panel on the millennium:

    The title of the panel is “The Millennial Maze,” which misled many people at the conference to assume the panel would be about millennials!

    The panel was part of the Bethlehem College & Seminary Conference for Pastors + Church Leaders and took place on February 4, 2020.

    Here’s how I introduce the three panelists:

    1. Dr. Rob Green is Pastor of Counseling and Seminary Ministries for Faith Church in Lafayette, IN. Rob’s responsibilities include overseeing Faith Biblical Counseling Ministry, chairing the MA in Biblical Counseling program, and teaching New Testament at Faith Bible Seminary. He has written two books that start with the word tying:...

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  • Chris Anderson - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 3:46pm

    The modern church has lost the Psalms. We certainly don’t sing them. Sure, we’ll sing phrases from them. We’ll copy and paste a verse that makes us happy or hopeful into a greeting card or its twenty-first-century equivalent. But we don’t make use of the Psalms—entire Psalms, beginning to end, including dark shades as well […]

    The post Sing the Psalms. Like This. appeared first on Church Works Media.

  • Chris Anderson - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 7:43am

    “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Word nerds everywhere are grateful to Inigo Montoya for this profound statement. People use words they don’t understand all the time. Simple words, even. Joy is one of those, I think. Christians speak, sing, and pray about joy. Good! But what […]

    The post Fighting for Joy in Times of Trouble appeared first on Church Works Media.

  • Chris Anderson - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 12:41pm

    In these difficult times, we wanted to share an article that we thought would be particularly encouraging (and challenging). This is Day 1 from our devotional Gospel Meditations for the Hurting by Chris Anderson and Joe Tyrpak. We pray that it will minister God’s grace to you today! Read Psalm 100. “For the Lord is […]

    The post God Is Always Good appeared first on Church Works Media.

  • Chris Anderson - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 8:26am

    I had a meeting over the weekend with a potential new member at the church I pastor, Killian Hill Baptist Church in Lilburn, GA. It wasn’t an ominous meeting. I had reason to hope that this family would lean in and become part of our church family. But I wasn’t sure, and I was nervous. […]

    The post Invalid Validation appeared first on Church Works Media.

  • Chris Anderson - Wed, 02/26/2020 - 12:35pm

    Matt Merker’s “He Will Hold Me Fast” has quickly become a beloved hymn of Christ’s church. It’s so encouraging, so soothing, so hope-building. And because of Matt’s exceptional writing, it’s so Christ-filled. The first two stanzas of the song were written by Ada Habershon, a friend of Charles Spurgeon, D. L. Moody, Ira Sankey, and […]

    The post Succinct, Stirring, Christ-Saturated Theology: “He Will Hold Me Fast” appeared first on Church Works Media.

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Strength for Today (about)

  • Diane - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 2:01pm

    I’m an organizer. My administrative skill set is a big part of who I am. So, spontaneity is not my strong suit.  My husband has joked that I need to plan to be spontaneous.  When you’re married and have kids, doing things “on the fly” elbows its way into your life, whether you want it or not. So, when our single daughter came to us with the news that she was expecting a child, I had a decision to make. With my mind reeling in that moment, would I trust the grounding truth that God could work it out for good?

    Well, the “could He” question is a bit ridiculous. In my head I know the doctrine of God’s omnipotence. He can do anything.  But my heart often feels conflicted. My feelings tend to lean upon their own understanding.  So in situations like these, that act as a match and light the bonfire of my emotions ablaze, I have to step back and gain perspective. I needed to...

By Faith We Understand (about)

  • Mark Ward - Mon, 03/30/2020 - 11:25am

    I have now completed a video series working through Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible—one video per chapter.

  • Mark Ward - Sun, 03/22/2020 - 1:31am

    I recently read a promoter of exclusive use of the King James Version who argued that if anyone has trouble understanding KJV English, they can just go to Matthew Henry’s commentary for all the explanations they need.

    I was skeptical. I still am. It’s just not the job or the concern of a turn-of-the-18th-century commentator to help turn-of-the-twenty-first-century readers understand turn-of-the-17th-century English words that have either died or changed in the last 400 years.

    So I checked one of my false friends passages, Romans 5:8—and sure enough… If you know what you’re looking for, Henry nails it. 1) If you realize you don’t understand the word “commend,” and 2) if you realize that Henry’s use of the word commend is putting on display his knowledge of 17th century English, you’ll hear Henry explain the word to you.

    So stop: what does commend mean in Roman 5:8 in the KJV?

    But God commendeth his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

    Ask ten redheaded Christians what that word means in that context, and I think eight of them will tell you it means “demonstrates...

  • Mark Ward - Fri, 03/13/2020 - 5:02pm

    I come to the Trinitarian Bible Society’s twopart, 38,000-word “Examination of the New King James Version,” written by Albert Hembd, with a question. The question is precise and direct: Will the author ever mention a specific passage in which the NKJV translators made a better choice than did the KJV translators? I am writing this paragraph before reading anything Albert Hembd has ever written; I’ve never even heard of him before writing these words—and he’s got a lot of space in which to say something positive about the NKJV. But, based on what I know of the Trinitarian Bible Society for whom he writes, I’m guessing—with sadness—that the answer to my question will be no....

  • Mark Ward - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 11:31pm

    I’m a fan of the music of Philip Glass. It’s the Western classical tradition stripped down to its essentials: triad after exciting triad (until it gets old, which it sometimes does, but listen to the composer play Mad Rush and tell me if the repetition gets old!). My introduction to Glass was through my brilliant cinephilic friend Elijah W. and the profound, wordless documentary (?) Koyaanisqatsi. Good stuff.

    I was excited recently when Spotify notified me that a recording of new Glass music—Glass has been an active composer since the 1960s—had just been released. In this case, it was music he wrote for a Broadway production of King Lear. A few of the pieces contain some lyrics, delivered in a rough Cockney by an actress/singer. The words are straight from Shakespeare, and they include this rhyming couplet:

    Fortune, that arrant whore, / Ne’er turns the key to th’ poor....

  • Mark Ward - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 1:20pm

    I originally posted this article on the Logos Talk Blog, and I obtained permission to repost it on my personal blog because I’m trying to have a reasonably complete record of my thoughts on the KJV under my “KJV” category for anyone out there in Internet Land who is interested.

    In my recent book, Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible, I argued that there were two major kinds of archaic words in the KJV, not one.

    And in the most flagrant example I’ve ever seen of plagiarism by time machine, I just discovered a commentator from 150 years ago saying precisely the same thing.

    In his Lectures Exegetical and Practical on the Epistle of James, published in 1871, Robert Johnstone quotes a verse from the...

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  • Joe Fleener - Sun, 03/01/2020 - 11:56pm
    I have read quite a lot in the media both from overseas and here in New Zealand regarding the ongoing developments related to the spread of Covid-19. The fallout is significant to be sure. The economic impact is likely to grow worse in the coming weeks or even months. Inevitably there will be may effects […]