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Posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Jonathan
Over the weekend, in the wake of the first gruesome Planned Parenthood video (the second one has since been released), Justin Taylor posted the above video on his blog. Its aim is to help you defend life as the national conversation about abortion is brought back to the forefront.
In it, Scott Klusendorf shows you how to establish a clear, concise, and compelling defense of the pro-life stance, one that would be useful even in conversations with unbelievers. In sum: “Use science to show that the unborn are human; use philosophy to show that there is no relevant difference between what we were in the womb and what we are today that would justify killing us.”
For a full written version, go here.
(HT: Justin Taylor)
Posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Radical
You may already know that Samaritan’s Purse sends shoeboxes full of supplies to children in need each Christmas through Operation Christmas Child. But did you know that those shoeboxes are only one part of a much bigger strategy of making disciples in places where there are great physical and spiritual needs? Watch the video above to learn more about The Greatest Journey.
Samaritan’s Purse is one of our Counter Culture ministry partners on the issue of poverty, and they have designed The Greatest Journey Bible study course in order to teach children, and then hopefully their families, what it means to follow Jesus. Children who get a shoebox also get a presentation of the gospel in their own language. Then they have the option of being a part of The Greatest Journey Bible study. This course teaches children about the gospel and about the basics of the faith, including how to share their faith with family and friends. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches, so children who want to follow Jesus are connected with a local body of believers.
Samaritan’s Purse is seeking to introduce the gospel to children, families, and entire villages. The Greatest Journey is a great of example of meeting both physical and spiritual needs. To learn more about The Greatest Journey or to give a gift, go here. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we highlight other aspects of this ministry, as well as personal testimonies from those who have been impacted by it.
Posted on July 20th, 2015 by Radical
“The culture doesn’t listen to us on issues of sexual immorality and impurity, not only because their hearts are hard and they don’t want to believe the truth, but also because Christians have had a nasty little habit of talking about sexual issues from a standpoint of arrogance and superiority instead of mutual brokenness. The reality is every single Christian – every single Christian – has sinned sexually, and every single Christian will sin sexually again.”
Dr. Heath Lambert goes on to talk about why it is so important for the church to begin with humble introspection when it comes to addressing issues of sexual sin.
Heath Lambert serves as Executive Director at the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, a Counter Culture ministry partner. ACBC is the largest biblical counseling organization in the world with certified counselors and counseling training centers in 17 countries. He is also the author of Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan, 2013). Learn more about Lambert here.
Sexual immorality is one of the most pervasive issues covered in David Platt’s latest book, Counter Culture. Learn more at CounterCultureBook.com.
Posted on July 6th, 2015 by Jonathan
Christopher Yuan is a former homosexual who became a believer while incarcerated for dealing drugs. From personal experience, he encourages Christians who are “in the trenches” with the fact that God’s Word (and only God’s Word) has the power to change and save people.
Christopher Yuan is now a speaker on faith & sexuality, a professor at Moody Bible Institute, the co-author of Out of a Far Country, and an HIV+ survivor. You can find out more about Yuan at christopheryuan.com.
Homosexuality and sexual immorality are discussed in David Platt’s latest book, Counter Culture. Learn more at CounterCultureBook.com.
Posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Radical
This message was delivered by David Platt at CROSS 2015. In it, he shares his own personal longing to go to the unreached while urging all believers to give their lives for the spread of the gospel among the unreached. Below are his three main points:
- Surrender to Christ regardless of the cost.
- Abide in Christ and follow where He leads.
- Trust in Christ, for He is the great reward.
Heath Lambert counsels people with two practical first steps to take in defeating their addiction to pornography. Both are humble pleas for help:
- Pray: “No matter how guilty you’re feeling, no matter how ashamed you are of what you’re doing… that is the moment when you need to draw near to the throne of grace and receive help in your time of need” (Heb 4:16).
- Tell Someone Else: “You have to find a pastor or a wise Christian friend who can help you. Don’t tell one of your peers who also struggles with the same thing. By definition, they won’t know what to say. You need someone with spiritual maturity and wisdom to get you some place where you are not.”
Dr. Heath Lambert is a professor who serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. ACBC is the largest biblical counseling organization in the world with certified counselors and counseling training centers in 17 countries. He is also the author of Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan, 2013). Learn more about Heath here.
Posted on June 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan
Jackie Hill Perry proclaims the gospel differently than I, and that’s a good thing. In fact, if you’ll listen to the two videos below, part of her encouragement to us is to use whatever gifts God has given us to tell people about Christ in whatever ways we can think of. This means there are an infinite number of possibilities, because everyone is different. Discover your giftings, obey your calling, and proclaim the gospel as faithfully as you can.
Posted on May 27th, 2015 by Jonathan
In Secret Church 7: Angels, Demons, and Spiritual Warfare, David Platt addresses the issue of demon possession and how we should biblically think about it. To view the teaching in its entirety, go here.
Posted on May 14th, 2015 by Jonathan
Conrad Mbewe is the pastor of Katwaba Baptist Church in Zambia, Africa. In addition to his faithful ministry in his home country, he is a prolific writer and preaches all over the world. Below, he offers three helpful ways to pray for the continent of Africa.
In each of the three categories Pastor Mbewe mentions (especially the second – urbanized Africa), good theological training would be a huge help. There’s a great way to get involved in equipping Christians in Africa with just such resources. The Gospel Coalition International Outreach is producing a resource to combat a rampant problem throughout Africa: the prosperity gospel. Once the resource is complete (its contributors are Pastor Mbewe, Michael Otieno Maura, Ken Mbugua, Wayne Grudem, and John Piper), this book will be distributed for free throughout Africa and beyond.
You can help by donating here. A gift of $25 provides roughly 30 copies. The previous donation link includes a great information page featuring another interview with Conrad Mbewe, a video of John Piper on the prosperity gospel, an explanation of the resource they’re creating, a summary of English in Africa, and links to other related posts.
We’re thankful for the faithful ministry of TGC International Outreach in giving relief to Africa and other areas of the world suffering from a “theological famine.”
Posted on April 14th, 2015 by Jonathan
Rosaria Butterfield helps us think through the following question: “What are some of the first steps for ChristIans who want to engage friends who identify themselves as gay or homosexual?”
Many of the issues Butterfield addresses are discussed in David Platt’s new book, Counter Culture. You can learn more at CounterCultureBook.com.
Butterfield is a former tenured professor of English at Syracuse University. After her conversion to Christianity in 1999, she developed a ministry to college students. She has taught and ministered at Geneva College and is a full-time mother and pastor’s wife, part-time author (The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert), and occasional speaker. Find out more at RosariaButterfield.com.
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