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  • Aaron Berry - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:56am
    Pastor Ben preaches from Zechariah 3 on the nature of God’s gracious salvation. The interaction between the High Priest Joshua and God shows that salvation is solely an act of God and there is nothing we can contribute to it. Download and subscribe to our Podcasts here
  • Tim Miller - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 9:19am
    A local pastor recently asked me to recommend a reliable Greek guide for working through a New Testament text. He was planning to preach through the text, and while he had plenty of commentaries, even commentaries based on the Greek text, he was looking for something that engaged the Greek more directly. I was thrilled... Read More
  • Aaron Berry - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 1:52pm
    How do you measure a successful ministry? Dave Doran Jr. preaches from 1 Corinthians 4 and reminds us that “you are called to minister as a servant who is measured by faithfulness and focused by hope.” Download and subscribe to our Podcasts here
  • David Doran Jr - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 3:15pm
    Brother or Sister in Christ,   Every one of us must find our righteousness in Jesus Christ and in Him alone. He lived perfectly (the way we couldn’t) and died sacrificially (in our place) and rose victoriously! He is our hope for being made right with God, overcoming sin and reaching glory. This confidence in Christ’s... Read More
  • David Huffstutler - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:36am
    Based on some practical questions I received in response to my earlier post on transgenderism, I thought it would be helpful to give a follow-up post on the question, Should a Christian use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun? While I have not had to practically face the question in the title above for myself, it... Read More
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Religious Affections (about)

  • David Huffstutler - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 7:00am
    In Galatians 3:6–9, Paul supports the truth that God declares one righteous by faith alone by quoting three passages, Genesis 12:3, 15:6, and 18:18. The first quotation supports the truth that righteousness comes to all by faith alone by holding up Abraham as the paradigmatic example of this truth. Quoting Gen 15:6, Gal 3:6 states, […]
  • Central Seminary - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 1:59pm
    Once each year Central Seminary uses In the Nick of Time to make an appeal. The reason is unique to our situation in Minnesota: the organization giveMN features an annual giving event for all charitable organizations called “Give to the Max.” During the event, giveMN offers special incentives, including cash awards, to organizations that participate. […]
  • Scott Aniol - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 8:19am
    Ron Horton, a philosophy professor at Bob Jones University, recently gave a presentation on Christian taste that is excellent and well-worth reading. Here’s a snippet: What is the God’s-eye view of present-day art and art entertainment in what is called the post-Christian world? This question meets surprising resistance from Christians who one might think would […]
  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:15am has just added hi res images of every page of Hymns to the Living God in their index of the hymnal. This will only increase the usability and impact of this hymnal.
  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 7:00am
    Psalm 130 is one of seven psalms that church tradition has labeled the “penitential psalms” (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143), another way of saying “songs of repentance.” This penitential psalm includes all of the necessary elements of heartfelt confession to the Lord. The psalm has four stanzas, each progressively expressing true repentance. In […]
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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)

  • Donn R Arms - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 3:26pm

    The National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC), now known as the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), has had a powerful influence in my life and ministry for over 35 years. As a young pastor, I looked forward each year to spending a few days with men who influenced the course of my ministry through their teaching and example. Bill Goode, Jay Adams, Tim Turner, George Scipione, Howard Eyrich, Wayne Mack, Lloyd Jonas, and Randy Patten were among the men who helped and encouraged me in ways they probably never knew. The friendships I formed with other pastors who were learning and growing with me remain a valued part of my life today.

    Those who are regular readers of our little blog know that my enthusiasm for the organization began to wane about seven years ago, and will recall several blog posts from those days in which I expressed my disappointments. Last year, however, marked a turning point for me. I came away from the conference in Louisville with a renewed hope for the direction of ACBC. The leaders were beginning to address many of the concerns I had, and many loose procedures were being tightened up.

    Last week I attended the annual...

  • Jay Adams - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:00am

    How would you like to have your words written down when you didn’t know they were going to be?

    Well, listen to Job 19:23-24:

    I wish my words were written down,
    That they were recorded on a scroll
    Or were inscribed on a stone forever
    By an iron stylus and lead.”

    He got his wish! Only from what he says later on in the book, I doubt that he would want them to be written anywhere by any kind of instrument after having been laced out by the Lord.

    Still think he’d want his words to be recorded? Listen to Job 40:4:

    I am so insignificant. How can I answer you?
    I place my hand over my mouth.

    So much for bolstering self-esteem! So much for questioning the Lord’s will as Job did.

    “Will all of my words be recorded somewhere?”

    Who knows?

    Have you read Luke 12:3 lately? I suggest you get out your Bible right now and do so. It might have a salutary effect on your speech!

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Institute of Biblical Leadership(about)

  • Derick Jarvis - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 9:42am

    In our training resource, “The Biblical Basis for Co-laboring Team Ministry,” IBL highlights an important truth in God’s plan for leaders in the church: God calls for His people to co-labor as they serve in His kingdom.

    God sets the standard for co-laboring in the perfect collaborative work of the Trinity. In both creation and redemption, God’s Word reveals the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit co-laboring together in diverse ways and in perfect unity (Genesis 1-3, Ephesians 1:3-14).

    When Moses’ father-in-law Jethro observed Moses’ judging “from morning till evening,” he told Moses, “what you are doing is not good.” “You are not able to do it alone.” Listening to Jethro, Moses “chose able men out of all Israel,” and divided the labor (Exodus 18:13-27).

    The apostle Paul presents the church as the “body of Christ,” each part chosen and arranged by God (1 Corinthians 12:18). Typically, Paul ends his letters recognizing and thanking his co-laborers in ministry, referring to them as fellow servants, fellow prisoners and “fellow workers for the kingdom of God” (Colossians 4:7-11).

    From beginning to end, the Bible reveals a co-laboring team culture in God’s...

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ChurchWorksMedia Blog (about)

  • Paul Keew - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:53pm

    So you have just over a month before Reformation Sunday 500, and you’re wondering how you can help your church make the most of it. Perhaps you weren’t able to plan ahead, so now you feel like you’re scrambling. I can empathize. That’s my story at the moment. I’m the music director at my church. […]

    The post Reformation Music: A Late-comer’s Guide appeared first on Church Works Media.

  • Chris Anderson - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:52am

    “How did you come to work with Bob Kauflin?” I’ve heard that question a lot in the last 6-7 months. The short answer is, I asked. The longer answer covers about a decade. Let me share it with you. I’ve appreciated Bob Kauflin before I knew who he was. Before he was with Sovereign Grace Music, […]

    The post Reformation Hymn Backstory appeared first on Church Works Media.

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Strength for Today (about)

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By Faith We Understand (about)

  • Mark Ward - Sat, 10/28/2017 - 3:04pm

    This is a choose your own adventure post. You make it what you want! See below!

    Not long ago my little budding reader, six years old, noticed in a liberal relative’s home a sign full of slogans. This is the one:

    He read it out loud flawlessly. I was rather impressed (as was our beloved liberal relative); he had only just started performing this trick.

    But then, can you really call what a six-year-old does with this text “reading”? Decoding, maybe. But reading? With the likely exception of the text in white at top and bottom, I feel confident that he understood every word and none of them at the same time.

    And where would I even begin explaining these slogans to him? Each one has a backstory that it is attempting to summarize—and weaponize; that’s what political slogans do. They’re most effective when they put opponents on the defensive. They are rhetorical moves on the level of “Did you beat your wife today?” Who’s going to deny, strictly speaking, that African-American lives are important, that women are human, that to be human should be permitted by governments worldwide, that Bill Nye and Mr. Wizard really did those cool...

  • Mark Ward - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 12:00pm

    Alan Jacobs is interviewed by his now-unbelieving former Wheaton student, Emma Green, who nonetheless provides insightful journalistic coverage of evangelicals. They discuss his new book How to Think.

    And Jacobs says this:

    Conspiracy theories tend to arise when you can’t think of any rational explanation for people believing or acting in a certain way. The more absurd you think your political or moral or spiritual opponents’ views are, the more likely you are to look for some explanation other than the simplest one, which is that they believe it’s true.

    One category that’s gone away in America is “wrong.” Nobody is just “wrong.” They’re wicked, they’re evil, they’re malicious, they’re the victims of these vast subterranean forces.

    But sometimes we get things wrong, because politics is hard. Knowing the right policy in any case is difficult, because you’re having to predict the future and the variables are astronomically complex. But we want to believe that it’s...

  • Mark Ward - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:01am

    I read pretty much anything Alan Jacobs publishes. How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds was yet another great read.

    This book is Alan Jacobs not half-baked but maybe 90% baked, and it’s still a fantastic read. It felt to me like one long essay, very much in the Jacobs style, which means a lot of trenchant intellectual commentary, delivered smoothly, on interesting stories. But whereas Original Sin, which was very much in the same vein, felt to me like it drove me to a point and wrapped a theological bow around it; this topic—good thinking—is simply too large for this small book to handle with anything feeling like finality (that’s what I mean by 90%). If this book had been titled “How to Keep Cool in a World of Social Media Firestorms,” it might have felt more complete. Jacobs does deliver numerous insights for the social-media-addled. (For example, “Remember that you don’t have to respond to what everyone else is responding to in order to signal your virtue and right-mindedness.”)

    But his self-critical exploration of...

  • Mark Ward - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 8:16pm

    I am so far from telling other Christians what they should do with VidAngel. So far. I don’t want to be a member of the Fraternal Order of Discernment Police. I’m just wary of my own flesh. I hate the feeling of spoiled pleasures; I love the feeling of pure ones.

    I’m putting this out there for your thoughts: am I overreacting?

  • Mark Ward - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 1:37pm

    A lesbian at Yale starts exploring Christianity (a must read):

    At the time, I knew two girls who were seriously dating each other. One was training to be a Lutheran minister. I wanted to know how they could reconcile their lives with Jesus and his teachings. They assured me that any appearance of conflict rested on historic misinterpretations of Scripture. They thrust a packet into my hands, and I ran back to my room to discover what the Bible really says about sexuality.

    The packet had a neat internal consistency. It pleased me greatly. But as I looked up the verses it claimed to be expounding, I grew frustrated. These revisionist interpretations just didn’t line up with the plain meaning of the Bible’s words. Feeling duped, I threw the packet on the floor in disgust. Clearly, I had been foolish to hope that this old-fashioned religion had any room for me.

    She becomes a Christian and gets plugged into a Bible study group on campus. She has to decide what to do with her sexual desires...

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Emeth Aletheia


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