Category: What We Write About

An Open Letter to Those Frustrated by Their Progress in Sanctification

Dear friend, We all love it when life leaps into forward gear and we make all kinds of progress. Problems just seem to fall away. Perhaps in your life you’ve had a season like that, a season when your life seemed to shine and flourish. Maybe it was when you first became a believer or during some period when you were very well nurtured by good community and wise input. Then there are those seasons where things go very slowly. You wonder, “Is this all there is? Why do I keep struggling with the same old things? I keep...

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Episode 104- Matthew Barrett– God’s Word Alone—The Authority of Scripture: What the Reformers Taught…and Why It Still Matters

Welcome to the 104th episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews Matthew Barrett on his book God’s Word Alone—The Authority of Scripture: What the Reformers Taught…and Why It Still Matters (Zondervan Academic, 2016). What you’ll hear in this episode: What is Sola Scriptura? Why Reformation around biblical authority was needed in the 16th century. The modern shift in authority and how it affects biblical interpretation today. How the Bible is under attack today. How Christians should respond in love to attacks to the Bible. How God has spoken in covenantal words. The inspiration of Scripture....

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A Plea for Holistic Christianity

What Is to Blame for Burnout? In a survey (see the infographic) conducted by Crossway last fall, 76% of men and 88% of women admitted that they had experienced burnout for a significant period of time. Of those who experienced burnout, 31% of men and 26% of women suffered for up to three months. It went on for up to six months for a further 23% of men and 24% of women, with the remaining 46% of men and 50% of women enduring this for over six months. When asked what contributed to their burnout, answers fell into two...

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Ministering to Those Who Perpetually Struggle

I grew up listening to stories my grandfather told of his childhood during the Great Depression and his time in the army during World War II. The experiences he had of childhood poverty, family brokenness and the horrifying images of war were forever etched in his mind and heart. They changed him in profound ways, leaving lasting scars, both inside and out. Believers who walk with a limp There are many people whom we sit next to in church on Sunday mornings who live with their own stories of brokenness. Their life has been darkened by trauma, violence, deep sins (theirs...

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Five Lessons from John Calvin on the Christian Life

July 10, 2017, marked the 508th birthday of John Calvin. But the streamers and balloons are nowhere to be found. Simply put, we live in a day that is so wrapped up in technology and new inventions that we tend to forget the lessons of the past, especially the lessons of a dead guy. Calvin’s life was a pilgrimage that was characterized by God’s providential grace. It was God’s providential grace that led him from place to place, equipping him for a lifetime of ministry. It was God’s providential grace that sustained him during his period of exile and sheltered him...

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