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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Seminary Training in Our Nation’s Capitol

We are pleased to announce that The Master’s Seminary is planning to open its first extension campus this fall in the Washington D.C. area. In the words of seminary president, Dr. John MacArthur: “We have an obligation to train men for ministry in the context of strong local churches, and this extension site allows us to do just … read more »

A Call for Farmer Theologians

By God’s grace I was saved as a teenager under the ministry of faithful ministers at a Southern Baptist church in Houston, Texas. I am tremendously thankful for the men who took the time to love and care for me, faithfully (and patiently) teaching me about Christ and the gospel. Still, until I went to … read more »

Why These 66 Books?

Have you ever looked at your Bible and wondered, “How do we know that these 66 books, and no others, comprise the inspired Word of God?” That is a critically important question, since there are many today who would deny that these 66 books truly make up the complete canon of Scripture. The Roman Catholic Church, for example, claims that the Apocryphal … read more »

How Long Should a Sermon Be?

According to at least one recent poll, the most frequent preaching length is 20 to 28 minutes. If that is true, it is a telling indicator about the spiritual shallowness of churches today. Many churches have already done away with their evening services and if the popular trend is to reduce the sermon time on a … read more »

I Pray This for My Children

The Bible clearly shows that, during our Lord’s earthly ministry, there were parents who wanted Jesus to bless their children: Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from … read more »

A Life Not Wasted: Adoniram Judson

I have been profoundly impressed with the sacrifices made by Christian men and women throughout the centuries of church history. From martyrs to missionaries, these individuals have served their King with greatest intensity and courage, valiantly standing as examples for those who come behind them. They are individuals of whom “this world was not worthy” … read more »

To Be Like God: Virtuous or Blasphemous?

Pursuing Godliness in the Right Ways The first temptation recorded on the pages of Scripture was the enticement to be like God. The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing … read more »

Helping Difficult Sheep

Let’s face it; some people are difficult. For a variety of reasons, life is hard for many Christians, and some of them seek to make life equally hard for their pastors. Even in a healthy church there will be some sheep who simply struggle in their relationships with each other. To quote one seasoned shepherd: … read more »

How to Respond to Sermon Feedback

Today’s post is excerpted from a must-read essay by Charles Spurgeon for all involved in pastoral ministry. The entire essay, entitled ‘The Blind Eye and the Deaf Ear’ can be read here. In this section, Spurgeon focuses on how pastors should respond to the opinions and remarks of their congregants toward their preaching. He writes: To … read more »

The Love You Don’t Need

“All you need is love.” So said the Beatles. If they had been singing about God’s love, the statement would have a grain of truth in it. But what usually goes by the name love in popular culture is not authentic love at all; it is actually a deadly fraud. Far from being “all you … read more »