But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Friday, 17 March 2017 05:19

Biblical Literacy

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I concluded my article titled “Biblical Illiteracy” with these words: “Biblical illiteracy is well recognized today.  There are many reasons why not only the general population but also the evangelical church has little understanding and knowledge of Scripture, and I have...

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Friday, 27 January 2017 07:36

Biblical Illiteracy: Its Tragedy and Remedy

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Both statistical research and anecdotal observation come to the same conclusion – America, a nation once steeped in Scripture if not always living in obedience to God, has joined the ranks of the biblically illiterate from around the globe.  Theologians and sociologists both speak of our...

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Strength in the River is written for Christians who are going through sorrow, pain, suffering and trials from any number of sources.  Especially in focus, as the first chapter indicates, are those who have endured pain for a long time and think it is never going to stop.  For such people,...

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It is commonly held that inerrancy is the doctrine upon which evangelicalism stands or falls, and is one of only two doctrinal requirements to be a member of the Evangelical Theological Society (p.9).  It is therefore vital to understand how the term is being defined today within...

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David Wells believes the biblical understanding of salvific conversion has been distorted in modern times and needs to be reclaimed by the church.  From at least the Reformation on, evangelicals saw conversion as a supernatural act of God due to the depravity of human nature (pp. 18-20,...

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 09:08

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

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Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize for this fictional story of an aging and dying pastor who wants to leave for his young son a written legacy of his life.  John Ames is a third generation pastor in the little town of Gilead, Iowa.  He has spent virtually his whole life in Gilead, and most...

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The Master’s Academy International has self-published this excellent volume on the challenges facing biblical inerrancy globally.  There are 18 Master’s Academies in 17 countries today.  Leaders of the academies each wrote a chapter discussing the unique implication of...

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 09:03

Rejoicing in Lament by J. Todd Billings

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Todd Billings, professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary, was in his late thirties when he was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2012.  Rejoicing in Lament chronicles his journey through chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, suffering, and uncertainty about his...

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 09:14

Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ronald Sider

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Originally published in 1977, Rich Christians, now in its sixth edition, is perhaps the most important book within the Christian genre calling for social justice. While everything from environmental issues to politics is addressed, the thrust of the book is alleviation of poverty throughout the...

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The kingdom of God has been at the forefront of Christian thinking since the day Jesus walked the earth, and in fact is dominant in the Old Testament as well.  Get the kingdom of God right and you will comprehend the Lord’s plan for humanity.  Get it wrong and you will inevitably go...

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For a no-holds-barred, well documented, and biblically sound critique of the Lausanne Movement, this work by E. S. Williams would be difficult to beat.  The concluding statement demonstrates well what the author intends to prove, “In light of the evidence presented in this study, we must...

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Ray Comfort admits that the title of this book is not the best.  No parent is capable of bringing their children to Christ, nor to keep them there, both being a work of God.  Still he chose to stick with the title (p. 13).  Nor does the author turn Proverbs 22:6 into a promise that...

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The Pastor as Public Theologian is the latest in several recent books calling pastors back to their role as theologians.  This one, interestingly, is written by two academians, neither of whom is a pastor: Kevin Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical...

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Friday, 07 October 2016 11:18

Muslim Dreams and Visions

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Kent Annan would be in the Shane Claiborne ecclesiastical camp which focuses almost entirely on social justice within a Christianized context.  The contention of Annan, and others holding his view, is that we are in the kingdom of God now, but the kingdom has not yet come in all of its...

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Kevin Bauder, who wrote the vast majority of the essays within this volume, is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis.  Joining him are two other professors at the seminary, Jonathan Pratt and Dan Brown.  Together they write on a...

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While there are numerous books written to help preachers communicate better, there are few written to aid the listener to get the most out of the sermons they hear.  Helping Johnny Listen is one of those few, and it is a good one.  Bergmeier defines preaching as the “Proclamation of...

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Jesus Calling, written by Sarah Young and published in 2004, is one of the best-selling books in history, and has had a powerful influence within the church.  Young, who holds degrees from Wellesley College and Covenant Theological Seminary, has served as a missionary in Japan and Australia,...

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The author clearly outlines the direction and purpose of this book in the Preface, and I believe he succeeded in what he set out to accomplish. We begin our task by defining the hindrances to a balanced Fundamentalism and identifying those ingredients which have prohibited authenticity in its...

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Friday, 29 July 2016 13:01

Does Doctrine Matter Anymore – To Pastors?

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What comes to your mind when you think of pastors and, especially, pastoral responsibilities?  The range of response could be from that of shepherds, administrators, CEOs, promoters, organizers, evangelists, and Bible teachers, among other options. Without discussing any of these roles at this point, I would suggest that few would see pastors
Monday, 11 July 2016 12:25

Him We Proclaim by Dennis E. Johnson

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It is humbling that the sovereign God of the universe chose to redeem sinners with the precious blood of His Son. Adam’s fall was not the end of man, but the beginning thread of a rich redemptive tapestry that would reveal the Messiah. Christ must be proclaimed from the Gospels and Epistles, but the Law and Prophets look forward to His
Monday, 11 July 2016 12:20

The Prayer of the Lord by R. C. Sproul

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The best known prayer in Scripture is surely what is normally called the “Lord’s Prayer.” Sproul rightly declares that when the Lord gave this prayer to His disciples in response to their request to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1), He was not giving a prayer that He expected us to recite regularly. Rather, it was to serve as a
Paul Seger is the Director of Biblical Ministries Worldwide, a conservative mission agency with hundreds of missionaries serving throughout the world. Prior to taking the helm at BMW Paul was a missionary in South Africa for 17 years and grew up as a missionary kid in Nigeria. With this background Seger is well-equipped to offer insight into
Hermeneutical approaches have greatly expanded in recent years even within conservative Christianity. Proponents of various methods often share much common ground and therefore come to many of the same conclusions, and yet important differences often arise. In this volume the editors selected five prominent hermeneutical views and assigned a
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:16

Anger

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The follow material is closely related to the book "Uprooting Anger: Biblical Help for a Common Problem," by Robert D. Jones. To read Pastor Gary's review of this book click here. To order the book click here. Teacher's Manual Student's Workbook PowerPoint

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