Four Words that Encompass Gospel Ministry

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Are we evangelicals odd and offensive? Perhaps we act oddly at times or do some offensive things. But I’m referring specifically to those things related to the gospel. We sing things like, “In the Cross of Christ I Glory,” “The Power of the Cross,” and “Lift High the Cross.” We quote biblical phrases such as,…



Our Chief Happiness

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In my most recent post, I noted the radical difference between the life, doctrine, and personal expectations of Abraham Cheare and a host of positive-thought, self-fulfillment, wealth-oriented type preachers in America, and indeed across the world, today. I suggested that this difference might be explained, at least partially, in light of the present debate generated…



The Law/Gospel Contrast

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I submit that we need a clear understanding of the law/gospel contrast, if we want to be healthy in our preaching, churches, families, and individual sanctification. The law/gospel distinction is often misunderstood or overlooked, but it is thoroughly biblical and vital. Consider three different places in Scripture that teach the law/gospel contrast: Galatians 4:22-26 says,…



Where is the Sabbath in the early church? (Part 1)

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*This post is the latest in a series looking at the Sabbath. Previous posts include: Ecclesiological Implications of the Sabbath (Part 2), Ecclesiological Implications of the Sabbat (part 1), Sabbath Typology and Eschatological Rest, Paul and the Sabbath,  Jesus and the Sabbath,  The Sabbath and the Decalogue in the OT, a look at God’s Rest as Prescriptive, an…

 

Preparing for Gathered Worship: Put on Love

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If we are to worship God in a way that honors Him, we must first be in Christ, resting in His righteousness alone, trusting in Him alone for our acceptance before God. But we must also, as people called by His name, put on love. In Colossians 3:12–15 Paul tells us: Put on then, as…



Why Preach through Books of the Bible?

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I had a conversation with a minister friend who had been involved in discussing what pastors were preaching in their churches. While most seemed to agree that exposition of the biblical text must have priority in the church, few thought it wise to preach consecutively through books of the Bible—particularly with series that extended beyond…



Answering Questions about the Southern Baptist Convention

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On a fairly regular basis Southern Baptist friends and acquaintances will ask me about relationships and cooperative efforts within the convention. I recently found myself fielding such questions from two congregations whose experiences and backgrounds are widely divergent. Though each church situation has its own unique challenges and concerns, there are several principles that might…



Strange Bedfellows

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The difference between the Christian world view of Abraham Cheare and that of Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, and a barrel full of others of that spiritual orientation is massive. Two books that I have read recently make the distinction so clear and prominent that is shocking. Ross Douthat’s description of Bad Religion unfolds a fascinating…