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  • Ben Edwards - Mon, 10/05/2020 - 8:16am
    From time to time someone raises a concern about how a particular event, trend, or activity will harm the “evangelical witness.” “Evangelicals” are warned that their “witness” will be damaged because of high-profile scandals from “evangelical” leaders, too much involvement in the culture wars, unpopular responses to the current pandemic, being too political (especially Republican),... Read More
  • Jacob Elwart - Mon, 09/28/2020 - 1:44pm
    In 2009, I pastored at a church north of Detroit. Because I had intended to be there for a long time, I made a goal to preach through the entire Bible. One of the last books that I planned to preach through was Revelation, because as you can  imagine, I thought, “It was too complicated…There... Read More
  • Mark Snoeberger - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 7:03pm
    The intersection of Acts 5:29 and 1 Peter 2:13 encapsulates a tension facing many churches today. Harmonizing these texts is not a simple task. Still, it can be done. The simplest harmonization goes something like this: “We must obey the government unless the government explicitly tells us to disobey God.” This is a good starting... Read More
  • Ben Edwards - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 10:00am
    One of the most important skills a believer can develop is the ability to utilize God’s Word to help those who are hurting. That ability lies at the heart of biblical counseling. I am excited to share some news at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary that will enable us to better serve local churches by helping... Read More
  • Tim Miller - Fri, 08/28/2020 - 12:49pm
    Dr. Dunham recently had an article published in the Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament. Here is a snapshot summary, along with a link to the article.   Intertextual links between Deuteronomy and Ecclesiastes have begun only recently to garner interest as a possible literary source for Qohelet. In examining these proposed... Read More

Religious Affections (about)

  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 6:00am
    When the apostles experienced persecution in Acts 4, they looked to Psalms 2 for comfort. They recognized that the ultimate example of what they were experiencing was the crucifixion of God’s Anointed—the nations raging against the rule of God by killing his Son, Jesus Christ. And when we face the kind of opposition and conflict […]
  • David de Bruyn - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 7:00am
    The two domains of God’s revelation are general revelation and special revelation. God has revealed Himself to all men generally through the created order, and God has revealed Himself specifically to some through His Word, mediated through various agents. If we wish to perceive the beauty of God, we will find it in both domains, […]
  • David Huffstutler - Mon, 10/19/2020 - 7:00am
    “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2 ESV). This past week, I had the privilege of leading six men through a Doctor of Ministry class at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC: “The Theology and […]
  • Kevin T. Bauder - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 1:45pm
    Kevin T. Bauder The book of Job includes a conversation, spread over several chapters, about what God needs from humans. Job speaks, then Eliphaz replies. Job speaks again, then Elihu answers. Job never replies to Elihu because God interrupts. God challenges Job with these words at Job 41:11. “Who has given to Me that I […]
  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 10/14/2020 - 6:00am
    Psalms 1 and 2 express two different images of life under God—as a flourishing tree, or as an oppressive bondage. Which image controls you will determine your path and your ultimate destiny. The wicked imagination of God’s rule that we discussed last week has been enacted throughout history. Think about the serpent’s counsel to Eve: […]
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Thoughts on Theology (about)

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Stuff Out Loud

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Institute for Nouthetic Studies Blog (about)

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Institute of Biblical Leadership(about)

  • Dave Deets - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 9:54am

    “Flatten the curve,” “slow the spread,” “we’re all in this together,” “social-distancing,” “mask-up”—all of these phrases were not in our vocabulary at the start of 2020, but here we are with a whole new set of buzz words.  COVID-19 has rocked the world like a devastating global earthquake.  Everyone has needed to adjust their way of life and way of working. 

    A leader’s ability to respond wisely to the ever-changing world in which they minister determines the effectiveness of the organization they lead.  This has been made abundantly clear through the challenges of COVID-19.  At IBL we have the dual challenge of adapting our own organization and its ministries even as we simultaneously come alongside leaders and organizations who are drastically adapting their ministries.  We are responding in a number of important ways.

    Engaging our International Partners.  One of the biggest challenges we have faced is in our International Training ministries.  Thus far we’ve needed to postpone four international training conferences due to COVID-19 traveling restrictions.  The multitude of...

  • Guest Contributor - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 9:48am

    Our first engagement with IBL was sixteen years ago.  Through that process and in the years since, it has become abundantly clear that Father is using this ministry to do exactly what they state on their website:  to overcome ministry barriers, discern God’s direction, and become as God desires. We at FiveStone Community Church have experienced all of these up close and personal as IBL has walked side-by-side with us through both very challenging situations as well as positive times of ministry.


    We initially reached out to IBL during a very difficult and tumultuous time in the life of our church. I had followed the founding pastor of thirty-two years. After three years as the Senior Pastor, I began to lead the church through a relocation process. The concept and plan was initially embraced with enthusiasm and excitement. Our church had experienced rapid growth in the prior three years and the new location and associated ministry strategy would enable the church to continue reaching more young families.


    During the relocation process it became evident that a small group of the leadership...

  • David Phelan - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 9:38am

    Last year I spoke with you about the need to grow our staff to serve the increasing number of leaders asking us for assistance.  In this article I provide more details and a status report of the growth initiative we have undertaken.  I also ask you to consider helping us reach our support goal.

    The Need

    The reach and impact of IBL has expanded considerably since its founding in 1987.  Our small staff and team of volunteers are now developing and encouraging leaders on every continent. Yet the need for equipping and supporting leaders both here in the U.S. and around the world continues to grow.  For several years we have functioned at and beyond our capacity, yet all of us sense that God wants us to do more.

    Our heart is to broadly impact
    the next generation of ministry leaders
    by becoming the preferred organization
    for ministry leadership
    and ministry-team development.

    This desire is not spurred by self-aggrandizement but by a Holy-Spirit-given burden to make a real difference in the lives and ministries of God’s leaders across the US and around the world....

  • David Phelan - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 8:39am
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  • Dawn Phelan - Thu, 08/27/2020 - 1:50pm

    In this vlog series Dr. David Deets and Dawn Phelan discuss the reasoning behind irritation that arise when things don’t go the way we planned.

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ChurchWorksMedia Blog (about)

  • Chris Anderson - Thu, 10/01/2020 - 10:30am

    I recently read an excerpt from Paul Wolfe’s My God Is True! which provides an encouraging reminder of the importance and power of patient, long-term faithfulness in preaching the Word. Wolfe encourages preachers not to seek to “wow” our hearers with something novel and life-changing every week, but instead to nourish people with line-upon-line exposition […]

    The post Brick by Brick: The Lasting Benefits of Expository Preaching appeared first on Church Works Media.

  • Chris Anderson - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 11:16am

    Pastor Alex Montoya has ministered in the inner city of Los Angeles for almost 50 years. In his book Preaching with Passion he addresses the need of the pastor to proclaim the Word of God with zeal, not a dry, cold stoicism. Chapter 3 urges the pastor to “Preach with Compassion,” and it ends with this moving testimony […]

    The post People Need the Lord appeared first on Church Works Media.

By Faith We Understand (about)

  • Mark Ward - Mon, 10/19/2020 - 11:15pm
    Bavinck: A Critical Biography

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Herman Bavinck’s fame as a theologian has been steadily growing in my circles—especially since the Dutch Translation Society began putting out his Reformed Dogmatics in English in 2003. All four volumes sit proudly on my own shelves along with the first volume of his Reformed Ethics.

    I like to know the stories and circumstances of my theologians. I like to know what concerns drove them, what conversations they found themselves in. And this book delivers. It’s not a warm-hearted book (more on that in a moment), but it reads as eminently careful. The footnotes and the discussions very strongly suggest that Eglinton has made himself the master of Bavinck’s writings—in Dutch, no less. He is a servant to Bavinck, not a lord: he helps readers of today understand who Bavinck was in his own mind and in his own times.

    This is about to be the squishiest criticism I’ve ever given of a book, the most subjective: I did feel that Bavinck failed to come alive for me in...

  • Mark Ward - Fri, 10/09/2020 - 10:05am

    This blog has shifted over time to reflect the interests of its proprietor. I use it as much as a “weblog”—a journal of my own thoughts, a means of forming those thoughts—as I do anything else. I search my own blog all the time for quotes and illustrations to use in other writing.

    But I want to serve you, my readers (one of whom told me years ago that the “both of you readers” joke is old, so I won’t use it here). So tell me what you want me to talk about. What brings you here? Are you okay with what this blog has become, or do you want it to return to the days when it had more Bible tech tips—like Unicode tutorials?

    What else would you like me to talk more about? Maybe language? Worldview?

    What would you like me to talk less about? Maybe the KJV…? I want to know!

  • Mark Ward - Fri, 10/02/2020 - 1:03pm

    An ex-evangelical acquaintance of mine recently posted a link to an academic journal article critiquing inerrantist biblical scholars. It contained this paragraph:

    Well, turnabout is fair play, especially with insufferably tendentious arguments. (I’m sorry: I believe in graciousness, I do, but there’s got to be some room for “hating…with perfect hatred” those who hate God a la Psalm 139:22. My blood boils when I see supercilious ex-evangelical patronization of those like me who still ardently cling to Christ.)

    The same distinction operates within the realm of secular academic biblical studies practices. Not all kinds of academic activity involve specialized intellectual practices, even if they do involve less systematized or less deliberately maintained beliefs about proper methodology and other matters. It is thus significant to note that non-inerrantist academic biblical studies practices are specialized discursive actions. This finding can orient relevant sociological expectations: Only certain kinds of people in certain kinds of social and economic settings will have both the ability and the interests to participate in such...

  • Mark Ward - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 6:55pm

    A brand new book I wrote this past year, Basics for a Biblical Worldview has just been released. It’s a sixth grade biblical worldview textbook for BJU Press. For this project I was privileged to rejoin as a freelancer the team I was on at BJU Press for nine years, the Biblical Worldview Team. I really need to underline that I didn’t write this book like I wrote Authorized; that book was an individual effort while this one was decidedly a team effort. For this new book I wrote according to a theological vision provided by the gifted friends and mentors I worked with and under at BJU Press. I wrote according to an outline and a set of careful lesson objectives that was already prepared by that experienced and excellent team. One insight they had that felt exactly right to me was that identity issues needed to get a lot more attention than they did a number of years back when we planned and produced a twelfth grade book on biblical worldview. In this new book we also spent...

  • Mark Ward - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 1:05am

    I regularly get questions just like this:

    Mark, I am thankful for your book Authorized, which I recently finished. I currently pastor a church that is KJV-Only and I am personally reviewing that position for myself and in the future of possibly leading the church in a different direction. I have not yet come to a fully formulated position but I am getting closer each day. I know that you have purposefully avoided the textual side of the debate, but would you have any other resources (articles, books) that you have written or would recommend on that topic? I would greatly appreciate any guidance there. Thank you for the blog and work you are doing. May God bless. Thank you. —X.

    So I’ve written a standard reply to send. Here goes!

    First: thank you! Thank you for reaching out and for your kind words. I have indeed purposefully avoided the textual debate on my YouTube channel and in direct conversation with my KJV-Only brothers. I’ve done this because the Bible (it seems to me) is far clearer on the principle that “edification requires intelligibility” (1 Cor 14) than it is on the textual...

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