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The Rich Heritage of Gospel Preaching

Keith Essex | April 25, 2016

(Today’s post is adapted from Keith’s article “Evangelistic Preaching in the Book of Acts,” originally published in Expositor Magazine.) Evangelistic preaching has a rich heritage. The first evangelistic sermon of the Church Age was preached by the Apostle Peter nearly 2,000 years ago on the Day of Pentecost. Luke records the essence of Peter’s message in Acts […]

Did the Early Church Teach Transubstantiation?

Nathan Busenitz | April 22, 2016

Today’s post is intended to answer an important question from a historical standpoint. However, it ought to be stated at the outset that Scripture must be our final authority in the determination of sound doctrine and right practice. The word “eucharist” means “thanksgiving” and was an early Christian way of referring to the celebration of the […]

Should You Use Illustrations from Movies?

Jesse Johnson | April 21, 2016

A good friend of mine asked me what I think of pastors using illustrations from movies in their sermons. My friend uses them because he thinks they are helpful in relating to a culture that increasingly has their worldview formed through entertainment. But I don’t buy it. In my experience, illustrations sparked by the golden […]

10 Reasons I Love Being a Pastor

John MacArthur | April 20, 2016

I remember reading Iain Murray’s excellent biography of Jonathan Edwards. I found much to identify with, especially the personal heartaches Edwards endured as pastor of the same church for twenty-three years. After all that time his flock voted him out. Though I have never been expelled by a congregation like Edwards was, I know what it is to […]

10 Reasons Pastors Must Be Prayer Warriors

Nathan Busenitz | April 19, 2016

Here are ten reminders for pastors about the vital need to cultivate their personal prayer life, as articulated by notable ministers from church history. 1. True effectiveness in ministry comes not through methods, but through prayer. A. C. Dixon: When we rely upon organization, we get what organization can do; when we rely upon education, we […]

Did Jesus Never Address Homosexuality?

Michael Riccardi | April 18, 2016

I want to address a popular argument made by those who try to reconcile homosexuality with Christianity. The argument is that Jesus Himself never said a word about homosexuality. Those who make this argument grant that Paul condemned it as sinful (Rom 1:26–27; 1 Cor 6:9–10; 1 Tim 1:9–10). But the sentiment behind this objection is that Paul had corrupted the […]

Preaching as an Act of Worship

Eric Dodson | April 7, 2016

When considering how to preach, we often think about certain words: faithfully, exegetically, expositionally, passionately, clearly . . . I’d like to take this post to encourage you to preach doxologically. Preach in such a way that drives you — and your listeners — to unbridled worship. Consider the example of Scripture. Paul, after discussing the faithfulness of God as seen […]

Cowardice, Courage, and the Death of Cranmer

Nathan Busenitz | April 6, 2016

A brief sketch from the pages of Reformation history. Four hundred sixty years ago, on March 21, 1556, a crowd of curious spectators packed University Church in Oxford, England. They were there to witness the public recantation of one of the most well-known English Reformers, a man named Thomas Cranmer. Cranmer had been arrested by Roman […]

Augustine and Christian Joy

Michael Riccardi | April 5, 2016

Many Christians recognize the name of Augustine of Hippo from his valiant defense of the biblical doctrine of divine sovereignty against the man-centered heresy of the British monk Pelagius. And we know that the Reformers made exceedingly frequent references to Augustine’s work as they fought against the man-centeredness of the Roman Catholic Church. But what […]

Methuselah’s Age and the Patience of God

Nathan Busenitz | April 4, 2016

A Short Reflection on the Man Who Lived the Longest Anyone who’s ever played Bible trivia knows that Methuselah lived longer than anyone else. He died at the ripe old age of 969. But have you ever wondered why? Putting aside all of the environmental factors of a pre-Flood world (where lifetimes lasted a lot longer […]

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