Archive for April, 2012

  1. When Helping Hurts

    Posted on April 30th, 2012 by David Burnette

    When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself (Updated Editon)

     An expanded edition of When Helping Hurts has just been released by Moody Publishers. Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert tackle an issue – caring for the poor – that is important for all Christians, but one that is fraught with confusion and misinformation. The subtitle helps explain the authors’ goal: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself.

    You can visit the Helping without Hurting website here to learn more, and the book can be purchased through Amazon or Covenant College Bookstore.

    You can read David Platt’s foreword to the book below:

    We live in a world of urgent spiritual and physical need.

    Nearly three billion people are living on less than two dollars a day, and over a billion of them dwell in desperate poverty. They are starving in slums, sold into slavery, orphaned due to AIDS, and dying of preventable diseases. Some of them are our Christian brothers and sisters while others of them have never even heard of Christ.

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  2. Unreached

    Posted on April 30th, 2012 by Cory Varden

    Arab, Iraqi of Iraq

    Most scholars consider Arabs from the Arabian Peninsula to be the original Arabs. Modern day Iraq is the home of the ancient Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian empires. Today three-fourths of Iraq is Arab. Although the Iraqi Arabs have settled in towns or villages, they have held on to their tribal affiliations. Social life is extremely important to them and Islam has greatly influenced the way they live. To preserve their people, they are only allowed to marry those inside their own group. Inheritances are passed down through the males. In this system, men inherit more than women. Since children are considered a family’s greatest asset, females are valued mostly for their ability to bear children. God loves the Iraqi Arabs! Most of them only know a god called “Allah”, but Jesus, the Savior wants them to hear and know of His great love. Most believe Jesus is a prophet, teacher, and a good man; just not God’s Son. Many have a great spiritual hunger, which has increased since the overthrow of the Sunni- led government of Saddam Hussein. Others are hearing His name for the very first time and responding. Continue Reading

  3. Well Said…

    Posted on April 27th, 2012 by David Burnette

    Here’s our weekly roundup of some helpful, insightful, and in the case of #3 below, humorous posts. See what you think:

    1. Rest in the Gospel or Strive unto Holiness?  In this panel discussion on sanctification, D.A. Carson and Fred Zaspel answer questions like:  “If we have only one nature, why do we still sin?” From the Clarus ’12 conference.

    2. Should I Divorce My Spouse from an Unbiblical Marriage?  Jeremy Pierre tackles this emotional, and for some, very real question about divorce and biblical faithfulness.

    3. Bring me the Head of a Pig.  Kevin DeYoung on being cultured and the discomfort of flying first class.


  4. Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions

    Posted on April 26th, 2012 by David Burnette

    Pastor David’s address at Together for the Gospel. All the audio for the conference is available here.

  5. 10 Who Changed the World

    Posted on April 25th, 2012 by Cory Varden

    We wanted to make you aware of Danny Akin’s new book: 10 Who Changed the World. Akin gives us a snapshot of ten men and women who were greatly used by God for the spread of the gospel. Think of each chapter as a snapshot of a missionary’s life and service, with a healthy dose of biblical exposition mixed in.

    This book will be our Featured Resource for the month of May, so keep an eye out for some upcoming posts and excerpts from the book. We look forward to seeing how God will use this work to spur others on to advance His glory among all nations.

    You can read David Platt’s foreword to the book below:

    Apart from the Bible, the most profitable books that I have read in my spiritual journey are personal biographies, particularly the stories of saints who have gone before us.

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  6. A Royal Marriage

    Posted on April 25th, 2012 by David Burnette

    Martin Luther, as only he can, on finding our righteousness in Another:

    “Who then can fully appreciate what this royal marriage means? Who can understand the riches of the glory of this grace? Here this rich and divine bridegroom Christ marries this poor, wicked harlot, redeems her from all her evil, and adorns her with all his goodness. Her sins cannot now destroy her, since they are laid upon Christ and swallowed up by him. And she has that righteousness in Christ, her husband, of which she may boast as of her own and which she can confidently display alongside her sins in the face of death and hell and say, “If I have sinned, yet my Christ, in whom I believe, has not sinned, and all his is mine and all mine is his…”

    (“The Freedom of a Christian” in Three Treatises, 287)

  7. Video and Pre-Orders Now Available

    Posted on April 24th, 2012 by David Burnette

    Good news – all the resources for Secret Church 2012 are now available online, including the video. PDF’s of the study guides are also available for download. You can get all that by going to Radical’s Resource tab, or by clicking right here.

    If you want to pre-order DVD’s, CD’s, or a spiral-bound study guide, you can do that now by going to the  online store.


  8. Four Truths About the Cross

    Posted on April 24th, 2012 by David Burnette


    “And the cross, which as a way of salvation seems the height of feebleness and folly, is actually the greatest manifestation of God’s wisdom and power.” (225)


    In the concluding section of The Cross of Christ, John Stott gives four spheres in which the cross should be central for us, all from the book of Galatians. Stott’s summary statements are listed below, along with an added question for further reflection:

    1) The cross is the ground of our justification. 

    Am I trusting in Christ’s death (and resurrection) as the basis for my acceptance before God?

    2) The cross is the means of our sanctification.

    How does Christ’s death affect the way I view my daily battle with sin?

    3) The cross is the subject of our witness.

    Do I trust in my own ability to present the gospel, or do I rely on God to use the saving message of the cross?

    4) The cross is the object of our boasting.

    Do I find my joy and identity in being identified with the One who died for me?

  9. Unreached

    Posted on April 23rd, 2012 by Cory Varden

    Ansari of India

    Ansari is Arabic and is derived from Ansar (also Arabic) which has a literal meaning of “those who support”.  Ansar originates from the Medinan people who assisted the prophet Muhammed as he migrated from Mecca to Medina. These people later became his emissaries and soldiers.  The Ansari reside in most countries of South Asia.  They are predominately artisans by trade and are mostly poor and illiterate.  The Ansari are Muslim and they practice folk Islam, incorporating many superstitions into their observance of the religion. There are almost no followers of Christ among the Muslim Ansaris. The friendliness of the Ansaris can open doors for believers to develop closeness with them and opportunities to share the gospel. Continue Reading

  10. Well Said…

    Posted on April 20th, 2012 by Cory Varden

    Here’s our weekly roundup of some helpful (and somewhat humorous!!) links from around the web for the week of April 16th.  Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

    John Piper on being fully missional…

    Kevin DeYoung on standing before Jesus…

    Jared Wilson with rules for dating his daughter…

    Thabiti Anyabwile on celebrity pastors…