Category: Academic Work

The Necessity of Hardships: Why God Often Leads His Saints Into Dire Straits

2 Corinthians 1:8–9, “For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” When Jesus announced his impending death, he just as quickly announced the kind of “death” required of his disciples. Luke 9:23–24 reads, 23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny...

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Good & Angry (David Powlison)

Which angry person are you? The Domestic Gunslinger? The Volcano? The Iceberg? Maybe you don’t think you’re an angry person at all like I did before reading this book. Or maybe, you think your anger is always and on every occasion sinful. This book is for you. All of you, in fact, as Chapter 2 points out. In Chapter 2, called “Do You Have a Serious Problem With Anger?” author David Powlison says the following: “Yes” (23). That is the entire chapter. Simple as that. We all have a serious problem with anger. It takes different shapes and sizes...

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Shaped by the Gospel (Center Church) – Tim Keller

A few years ago, Tim Keller released one of the most significant works on church planting and development to hit the shelves this century. Center Church is a massive examination of what it looks like to do gospel-centered ministry in your community. It received overwhelming praise from a majority of readers. However, if I had to guess, those who chose not to read it in spite of the reviews probably didn’t do so because of its size. The first edition of Center Church was a 400-page piece of work, emulating more of a textbook than anything. That’s why Keller’s...

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Weekly Dose of Apologetics – 18-24 September 2016

E-Book PDF: Open in New Window | DownloadSubscribe iTunes | Android | Email | Google Play | Stitcher | RSSCurrent Events Syria: Ceasefire Broken, New Bombing Campaign Targets Civil Defense Centers “NBC News reports that the bombing campaign killed as many as 30 people and at least one member of the Syria Civil Defense service known as the White Helmets.” North Korea: Christians Crucified, Burned, Steamrolled in Onslaught of Brutal Persecution “Christians in North Korea are being enslaved, raped, tortured and killed, according to a report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide.” Bible Study/Preaching/Apologetics Kevin DeYoung – The Attraction of Idolatry...

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The Mission of God and the Local Church

Just as every organization and church has a foundational set of beliefs about how the members ought to interact with each other, so also they have beliefs about how to interact with those outside themselves. A local church needs to have a shared understanding as to why the local church exists and what she is called to do. Church after church sits idle and aging because the mission of God is not front and center. However, if we are to build leaders according to God’s design, we must bring acute clarity to our convictions. A necessary theological conviction for...

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