Most people would say they know a good sermon when they hear one. Yet, listing the specific characteristics is a more difficult task. For preachers, knowing the answer to “What makes a good sermon?” is crucial.
The almost true is the slough of confusion in which today’s evangelicalism seems to be drowning. In his new book, Five Half Truths, pastor Flip Michaels does the hard work of disentangling five of the most notorious half-truths plaguing popular Christian thinking today.
As you make your resolutions for 2019, the challenge of God’s Word to you is that you would resolve to strive after godliness by pursuing the kind of righteousness you see in the life of Christ, and by fleeing from the wickedness that He hates. Looking at Psalm 1 will help us learn to make the resolutions of the righteous.
If Jesus had never been born, we would have no salvation from sin, no victory over death, and no mediator between us and God. But because of the incarnation, we have a place in the family of God through faith. Take time this Christmas to reflect on those theological truths—worshipping the One who humbled Himself for our sakes.
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.