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Posted on February 28th, 2014 by Jonathan
This week’s selection includes an essay on a new era of Christian missions, a stirring testimony from a former Muslim who is now passionate for Jesus, and guidance on how short-term missions ought (and ought not) to be done. May these posts serve you with sound instruction and motivate you to be about the work of the harvest.
Christian Missions in the Third Millennium, Albert Mohler: Now facing its third millennium, the Christian church faces a moment of great historical importance and opportunity. The modern missionary movement is now over two centuries old. Looking back over those years, it is clear that God mobilized His people to make great strides in taking the gospel to many parts of the world... READ MORE
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity, Justin Taylor: Nabeel Qureshi grew up in the United States with an extremely devout Muslim family. In fact, they were descendants of a long line of missionaries to Islam. If someone ever sought to share the gospel with him, he would use it as an opportunity to explain why Islam is true and Christianity is not… WATCH VIDEO
There’s Nothing Short About Short-Term Missions, Ramon Lull: Are our short-term “missions” trips really helping the cause of missions? By “missions,” I mean the process of Christians from reached people groups sharing the gospel with unreached people groups (UPG), implying that languages must be learned and cultures must be understood. Language acquisition and cultural understanding take years, perhaps even decades — not days… READ MORE
Posted on February 14th, 2014 by Cory Varden
1. Crucifying Defensiveness by Jared Wilson: The biggest problem in my life and ministry is me. And the biggest problem among my many idiosyncratic problems is the impulse toward self-defense and self-justification.
2. Nine Lies in the Not-Yet-Married Life by Marshall Segal: Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, perhaps one of the more polarizing holidays of our year. It’s very fun and exciting for the love birds, too commercial and insincere for the skeptics, and sometimes especially lonely for the single.
3. The Other Shoe Drops in Kentucky: Federal Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in the Commonwealth by Albert Mohler: “As far as this Court is concerned, no one should be fooled; it is just a matter of listening and waiting for the other shoe.” Those are the words of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, drawn from his dissent in the case United States v. Windsor, handed down last year.
Posted on January 27th, 2014 by Jonathan
A Scripture-saturated excerpt from the letter that William Tyndale wrote to his best friend, John Frith, right before Frith was burned at the stake for his loyalty to God’s Word.
Your cause is Christ’s gospel, a light that must be fed with the blood of faith…. If when we be buffeted for well-doing, we suffer patiently and endure, that is acceptable to God; for to that end we are called. For Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow his steps, who did no sin.
Hereby have we perceived love, that he had lain down his life for us; therefore we ought also to lay down our lives for the brethren…. let not your body faint…. If the pain be above your strength, remember, Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, I will give it you. And pray to our Father in that name, and he will ease your pain, or shorten it…. Amen.
Taken from Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ (Crossway), by John Piper, p. 52
This post was originally seen on the Secret Church blog. Be sure to check it out for updates and information on Secret Church gatherings and the persecuted church.
Posted on January 10th, 2014 by Cory Varden
1. How Mark Dever Passes Out Authority by Jonathan Leeman: Over the years Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., has seen plenty of opportunities to accrue authority, some of which he keeps, many of which he passes out. And the way he passes out authority has shaped the culture of our church in countless ways.
3. Worship in Spirit and Truth by David Mathis: The issue is not whether we will worship, but what. Even better, whom and how.
2. The Ten Commandments of Twitter by Keving Deyoung: And the Lord of Twitter spoke all these words saying, I am the Lord your God, who gave thee computers and tablets and smartphones, the Holy One of all social media who foreknew the internet before the foundation of the earth, yea even when the world of handles and hashtags was without form and void:
Posted on December 13th, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. When We Send a Person to His Death by John Piper: Ronnie Smith was shot and killed in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday. He was 33. He was a husband and father. The leaders of his home church have given me permission to respond to his death publicly and carefully.
2. How to Get People to Read the Bible Without Making Them Feel Dumb by Trevin Wax: If we are to lead people to grow in their knowledge in Scripture, people who not only master the Bible’s content, but who are then mastered by the God of the Bible, then we need to do a reality check: the Bible is a tough book.
3.Christmas in Dark Places from Revival Media: It’s Christmas now… whatever the weather, Some soak in the sun, some huddle together. But fair days or foul, our plight He embraces. Real Christmas can shine in the darkest of places.
Posted on November 22nd, 2013 by Cory Varden
1 .The Word of the Year by Tim Challies: Every year Oxford Dictionaries announces a Word of the Year. This is a word, or expression, that has attracted a great deal of interest that year. Throughout the year the Dictionary staff track words using all kinds of interesting means and in November they narrow in on a few for special consideration. A final selection team is made up of lexicographers and consultants to the dictionary team, and editorial, marketing, and publicity staff. This year, all of that effort led to this word: Selfie.
2. 3 Common Ways to Read Scripture by Matt Smethurst: I’m always a little skeptical when I hear people talk about reading Scripture “devotionally” rather than, say, “academically” (or vice versa). Who says we have to choose? I wonder.
3. Ted Turner says he does not want to go to hell by Denny Burk: CNN has a fascinating and wide-ranging feature on Ted Turner today. Among other things, it says that Turner has grown more reflective about his mortality in his later years. Turner even confesses that he doesn’t want to go to hell. It’s a provocative piece in many ways.
Posted on November 2nd, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. Eldering, Economics, and Calling to Ministry by Bobby Jamieson: How does this eldering-and-economics view of “calling” inform our thinking and speaking on the subject? Here I’ll suggest some gentle course corrections.
2. Max McLean Recites and Interprets the Entire Gospel of Mark via Justin Taylor: I found this interpretation—absorbed in one sitting rather than piecemeal—to be an enriching, edifying experience.
3. Parents, Require Obedience of Your Children by John Piper: I am writing this to plead with Christian parents to require obedience of their children. I am moved to write this by watching young children pay no attention to their parents’ requests, with no consequences.
Posted on October 25th, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. Ohio State’s must-see Michael Jackson tribute via Denny Burk: Ohio State University’s marching band did the coolest thing I’ve ever seen a marching band do during the halftime of Saturday’s game. In the midst of a musical tribute to Michael Jackson, they actually formed into a figure of Michael Jackson which moonwalked across the field. This is not to be missed.
2. Where Did All These Calvinists Come From? by Matt Smethurst: The contemporary resurgence of Calvinism is a phenomenon many celebrate, many lament, but none can deny. May Christ grant us grace to press forward in a hostile world with truth, humility, unity, and love.
3. A Clear and Present Danger: Religious Liberty, Marriage, and the Family in the Late Modern Age – An Address at Brigham Young University by Albert Mohler: I come as a Christian theologian to speak explicitly and respectfully as a Christian—a Christian who defines Christianity only within the historic creeds and confessions of the Christian church and who comes as one committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to the ancient and eternal Trinitarian faith of the Christian church. I have not come as less, and you know whom you have invited.
Posted on September 27th, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. John MacArthur and Strange Fire by Tim Challies: It’s the elephant in the room, isn’t it? We can’t all be right and we can’t both be right. Sooner or later we have to have a discussion about charismatic (continuationist) theology and whether or not the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit remain in operation in the church today (or, if you prefer, about cessationist theology and whether or not the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit have ceased in the church today).
2. The heavens [and octopuses] are telling of God’s glory by Denny Burk: When I see things like this, it provokes me to wonder: Can something like this really be explained by time and chance and a random collocation of molecules? Not in a million years…or even a few billion.
3. Mother’s Are Never Alone When Alone by Courtney Reissig: Becoming a mother changes everything. There is so much they don’t tell you when you sign your discharge papers at the hospital. Of course they prepare you for things like feeding, changing a diaper, and general hygiene. But they don’t tell you how exhausted you will feel in those early days, or how uncertain you will feel about your skill as a mother, or how lonely you feel when your every day suddenly feels like Groundhog Day.
Posted on September 6th, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. How to Criticize a Preacher by David Murray: So you’ve heard a sermon and you’re not happy. You feel the preacher got it badly wrong in either his interpretation, his words, his manner, his length, his whatever. What now?
2. 60 Seconds with a Worship Leader by Matt Mason: Every year that I have the privilege of serving as a worship pastor I feel like I’m learning new lessons. If I could share for only 60 seconds with worship leaders just starting out, these are some of the things I’d try to cram in.
3. How Logic Can Help Save a College Student’s Faith by Dave Sterrett: Logic and reason are tools that can certainly help prevent our sons and daughters from leaving the faith. But the most important means of preventing your child from leaving the faith is pointing them to spiritual conviction of Christ’s grace.
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