Author: Brian Cosby

Give Up the Gimmicks, Youth Pastors

It’s amazing what youth will eat. I love sushi, but it’s quite different than eating a live goldfish. I sat near the back of the crowd and watched with a curious sea-sickness—gazing at the teenage wonder while keeping one eye on the nearest trash can! A loud unified chant shook the entire room: “Mar-cus, Mar-cus.” And down it went, to the praise of cheering youth. He was the envy of every guy and the disgust of every girl. The champion collected his prizes and walked off the stage with a hero-notch on his belt. “So what can we do next week,” I...

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Theological Fitness: Why We Need a Fighting Faith

Aimee Byrd, Theological Fitness: Why We Need a Fighting Faith (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2015). 188pgs., ppb. Co-host of the popular Mortification of Spin podcast (with Carl Trueman and Todd Pruitt) and author of Housewife Theologian (P&R, 2013), Aimee Byrd employs the biblical metaphors of physical fitness—integrating them with her own love for being fit—into an expose of Hebrews 10:23: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Aimee is described as an “ordinary mom of three,” but she’s also been a martial arts student, coffee shop owner, and Bible...

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Honest Evangelism: How to Talk About Jesus Even When It’s Tough (A Review)

Rico Tice, Honest Evangelism: How to Talk about Jesus Even When It’s Tough (UK: The Good Book Company, 2015). Paperback, 105 pgs. If I love Jesus and delight in God and enjoy fellowship with other Christians and believe in a real heaven and hell, then why don’t I evangelize more? Probing the idols of the heart, Rico Tice’s Honest Evangelism does a wonderful job exposing the hidden reasons why most Christians find the idea of telling people about Jesus either overwhelming or intimidating. When I was in seminary, I read gobs of books on evangelism. Most of them had...

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The Presidential Fitness Award and the Gospel

In a concrete bunker, hidden beneath high-tech layers of super-secret stuff, someone resembling Richard Simmons conceived of an idea called the Presidential Fitness Award. Like all super-secret ploys with taxpayer funding, its purpose is to weed out the middle class. Either you have what it takes or you don’t. I first heard of this prize when I was in high school. In those Pine-Sol linoleum hallways and gym classes, my hormones runneth over and I tried my best to embellish the small traces of manliness frustratingly hidden beneath the volcanic bumps and peach fuzz on my face. I read...

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#4: The Sovereign Grace of God[Sermon]

http://media.blubrry.com/equipping_you_in_grace/p/www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/servantsofgrace.org/mediafolder/TheSovereignGraceofGod.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Play | Stitcher | RSS | Equipping You in GraceJoin Dr. Brian Cosby as he looks at Hosea 2:14-23. In this hope-filled passage you’ll learn how God reveals himself as the sovereign Lord of all things. His grace and compassion gives the foundation to his people’s hope and...

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