... The Kingdom of God is a realm of true spiritual power, which works to transform the world according to the promises of God and the upright rule of King Jesus (Ps. 45:6). As Jesus rules at the right hand of God, He is advancing His Kingdom, causing His power to confront, ...Read more >
... Mankind is different. We are different because of our response to the Creator. Certainly we know that all of creation declares the glory of God and worships Him. We learn as much in Psalm 19, as well as other passages of Scripture. However, only man responds to his Creator willfully to worship. ...
... I've been watching the discussion about complementarianism - "new wave" and "old wave." ... I wonder if there's an aspect in this conversation that has been overlooked. It's not about the specifics of complementarian viewpoints, but the kind of culture that sometimes grows up around complementarianism.Read more >
The Spirit of God has given gifts to all the people of the Lord (1 Cor. 12:7-11). However, most of them seem content to allow others to bear the responsibility for the work of ministry. Ministry is not just what we do by leading programs or classes.
We call the core beliefs that have united Christians through the ages orthodoxy, or “right belief.” Understanding the faith, once entrusted for all, is critically important today, for we live in a time…when Christians and the civilization they helped to build are under assault.
... restored to Christians the doctrine of the Resurrection and New Heavens and Earth as the goal of human history. The pastor who actually mentions this, however, risks severely disquieting those congregants who are troubled with the consequent thought that their departed loved ones are not already experiencing the fullness ... Read more >
... The unlikely human agent in Christ's pursuit of Mrs. Butterfield was the pastor of a small reformed church from what some might call an obscure denomination. A friendly letter asking simple questions . . . Subsequently a friendship formed with the pastor and his wife. Then she found herself obsessed with reading the Bible Read more >
... The energy to minister comes from many places. Not all of them are good. We can minister out of ambition, or self-inflated estimation of our gifts, or pride, or religious duty tied to a supposed righteousness coming from our works. We can minister out of pride from our studies in seminary. ... There is a better way.
... People all over the world are demanding an answer to the question of evil. It comes only to those who claim that God is mighty and that God is good. How could a good God allow these things to happen? How can a God of love allow killers to kill, terrorists to terrorize, and the wicked to escape without a trace?
Religious liberty is being redefined in America, or at least many would like it to be. Our secular establishment wants to reduce the autonomy of religious institutions and limit the influence of faith in the public square. The reason is not hard to grasp.
Every week it seems there is another scandal breaking out with a high-profile person, whether in politics, sports, media or the church. A person could have done much good their whole life but with one act of passion destroy everything they have built.
A growing phenomenon within the ranks of churches, large and small (but mostly large), is the cult of personality. What is a cult of personality? It's when a person becomes the center of attention rather than Christ; an individual looms larger than a mission; a figure is given more status than the organization itself.
... Newton points out that while most Christians succeed in avoiding the more gross external sins, many nonetheless overlook blemishes on their character by passing them off as mere "foibles." ... As a result, these "small faults" cause large swaths of the Christian population to have little influence on others for Christ.
... Rights matter so much because they determine how our society governs itself. ... But for just that reason, everyone who wants something demands it as a right! ... So how do we make sense of this seemingly chaotic war of rights, and how does it create a cultural entry point for the gospel?
In this context, what is the real significance of the Gosnell trial? The Gosnell trial exposes the abortion license for what it is. It forces Americans to look square in the face at what they usually cover up in euphemism and indifference. Gosnell killed human beings. He regularly killed them inside the womb, and he regularly killed them outside the womb.
Looking for evidence that our society is losing its mind? Just look at the controversy over so-called "emergency contraceptives" and a federal judge's effort to make these drugs available, over the counter, to girls of any age. ... available without a doctor's prescription or parental permission to girls without any restriction on age.
... you have encountered your own set of villains. You've noticed that they fall into two camps. One is the devil himself and all his cohorts. The other are people who are supposed to be on your side but instead of helping the program, they seem to spend their days and nights scheming and searching for ways to bring it down.
... What, I wonder, if the conservative evangelical church world came to be dominated by ... media organisations, and big conferences? What if leadership, doctrine, and policy were no longer rooted in the primacy of biblical polity and the local church? What if, in other words, all of this became a function of an Evangelical Industrial CompRead more >
... the National Day of Prayer. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, recently named to be the next Transportation Secretary by President Obama, has instead declared today to be "A Day of Reason" for his home city. This is not original to Foxx. The American Humanist Association , whose slogan is "Good without a God," created the NatioRead more >
I have been troubled by recent reports about alleged religious liberty violations in the United States military. Some of the reports have turned out to be more hype than help, but there has been enough reporting to suggest some serious issues of concern.
I was taken aback by a recent article that appeared on Christianity Today's Her.meneutics blog. The author, Rachel Pietka, ... criticized John Piper's recent remarks about whether men ought to read Biblical commentaries written by women. On the basis of 1 Timothy 2:12, Piper argueRead more >
I gratefully accept this prestigious Wilberforce Award, if you agree to certain conditions, okay? We New Yorkers are tough negotiators, as you know, so, listen carefully to these conditions: Ready? Condition #1: that receiving this award be an occasion, like every event in life should be, for me to praise God, from whom all blessings flow, and HisRead more >
How many times have you heard the line, "I need to go where I'm fed. Or it's corollaries,"I wasn't being fed. I just wasn't growing there. I just needed some meat. I wanted something more in-depth." First, an encouraging word to all of you pastors out there: we have ALL had this said of us, our teaching, and our churches. ... So what's up? Two thingsRead more >
... But such a "concept of nature…is entirely dependent upon supernatural (or at least metaphysical) convictions" ... And, the pragmatist account would add, one only comes by such convictions thanks to a community of practice that passes them on, in which one is trained to see the world in such a way.
I have noticed that many abortion advocates have been acting as if the atrocities of Kermit Gosnell are a one-off anomaly-as if there are no other late term abortionists in the United States who have to deal with infants born alive. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Several years ago, Jennifer Senior wrote a fascinating, agonized essay for New York Magazine on abortion and the challenges facing the pro-choice cause. Of the piece's many memorable passages, this stretch in particular stood out ... This is quite a brave confession for Johnston-or any pro-choice person-toRead more >
... Eventually gathered together in a single work titled Mere Christianity, the work continues to make Christianity known to millions. You may have heard of this book. Its appeal rests on two levels: as a first-rate work of apologetics, meaning a case for the Christian faith. But on a second level, it is because of the dynamicRead more >
John Stonestreet asks scholar Ryan Anderson to answer some basic questions about the issue of "same-sex" marriage
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We, God's People: 31 Days of Dependence
Pastors, focus your congregation on God's call to His people for both revival and renewal. As the United States cultural climate formalizes its acceptance of a twisted standard of morality, you understand the implications, but does your congregation? In leading up to Independence Day, 2013, we invite you to lead God's people to express our "dependence" during this time of spiritual crisis. For more information about how, click here.
National Simulcast June 14th
This 90 minute simulcast will air Friday, June 14th, 7pm eastern, 6pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific. Featuring Dennis Rainey, Stephen and Alex Kendrick, Comedian Michael Jr. and appearances by Sammy Rodriquez, Pro Athletes and Celebrities. Learn more and register at Courageous Dads.
Acton University June 18-21 Grand Rapids Michigan
Learn more about being part of a free and virtuous society. Guided by a distinguished, international faculty, Acton University is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and integrate rigorous philosophy, Christian theology and sound economics.