From an exposition on the beatitudes, to finding lasting contentment, to a lesson in church history, here are twelve books you should gift this Christmas—as recommended by our faculty and staff.
Like a doctor slapping a smiley face sticker over a cancerous tumor, all some Christians know to do in the face of calamity is to pave it over with platitudes. But Lamentations teaches us, “Don’t downplay your suffering.” Minimizing suffering is more than just unhelpful to the pained, it’s also unappreciative of God’s plan. And by staying in a state of denial we deny ourselves and others true comfort and a unique opportunity to glorify God.
Here is a recap of our readers’s top ten favorite articles of the year!
What other word can we have for you but “partner”? It is not just your giving, but your example, that encourages us to be faithful to the work that God has entrusted to us. You are part of our TMS family. You train men for gospel ministry.
As with many holidays, Thanksgiving is deeply rooted in Christian theology and practice. In the hearts and homes of the redeemed, the focus of Thanksgiving must not be on traditions or limited to a single day in late November. For us, giving thanks is to be a deeply spiritual exercise that naturally flows from a transformed heart.
Many elements of the doctrine of salvation are non-experiential—you don’t feel them when they occur. But there is one reality in salvation we do experience, and that is conversion. The true church is the society of the converted.
In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus warns that the deceitfulness of riches chokes the Word that falls on thorny soil. But money is just a thing, how could it be deceitful? Or perhaps a better question, what exactly are the lies money tells? If we aren’t careful, even Christians can fall prey to these fiscal falsehoods.
Psalm 46 was written as a refuge for God’s people in this age of suffering. Whatever storm we are facing, if God is our Savior and stronghold, we will not be shaken. Since God is the only real source of safety and security in times of great disaster and danger, the true believer need not fear because God’s protection and ultimate victory over the world is inevitable.
There is a clear distinction between Bible exposition and expository preaching. While these two tasks are related, they are not identical. If you want to be an expositor, you shouldn’t sermonize the text. You should strive to grow in your understanding of biblical truth.
Becoming a seasoned expositor of God’s Word requires a method or a series of specific steps. Equally important, however, is your starting point. Biblical exposition must start with reverence for God.