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Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World

A “significant” move of the Spirit. The “Next Big Thing”. Programs. Young, Reformed, and Restless. These concepts, approaches, and perceptions are a few of the items that seem to consume believers these days. Words such as ordinary, sustainability, and steadfastness seem to be shoved to the sidelines in favor of the more shall we say glamorous ways of “doing the Lord’s work”. Michael Horton, in his latest book Ordinary seeks to provide a needed corrective to the search of riding the wave of the sensational which seems to be the focus of many. To be called ordinary frankly will...

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Three Ways Pastors Should Address Cultural Issues from the Pulpit

How do pastors preach on contemporary cultural issues? Or should they? This is a question every pastor faces as he contemplates both the spiritual needs of his congregation, the questions swirling in society, and the weighty commission to preach the Word of God. When I pastored, I constantly wrestled with when to address certain topics, how to address them, and in what format. I’ve also observed and watched pastors of large and small churches organize their preaching. Here are a few ways I’ve seen pastors address contemporary cultural issues: 1) Textual: Personally I feel the most healthy way for pastors to structure...

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Counter Culture

Mention one or more of the hot button social issues of our day like abortion, homosexuality, pornography, sex tracking or any other issue like it and you’re guaranteed to get a variety of opinions. In response to these issues, Christians have a treasure trove in the Word of God that is inspired, inerrant, authoritative, and sufficient to rule over their lives, and to inform their reality. This is why I greatly enjoyed Counter Culture: A Compassionate Call To Counter Culture In a World of Poverty, Same-Sex Marriage, Racism, Sex Slavery, Immigration, Persecution, Abortion, Orphans, and Pornography by David Platt....

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Jesus, The Temple and the Coming Son of Man

 Matters of eschatology are arguably some of the most difficult theological issues of Scripture. How one exegetes certain passages and the manner by which the interpreter applies the purpose of the text is of great importance in determining exactly what the author is alluding to and how his statements should be understood. Of additional importance, especially in passages such as that of Mark 13, is understanding the timing of events. In his book Jesus, The Temple and the Coming Son of Man, noted New Testament professor Robert Stein takes a close look at Mark 13, providing for the reader...

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Three Ways to Pursue Purity

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what holiness is, and how to reflect the holiness of God through Christ in a sinful world. Chris Poblete shares David Brainerd’s thoughts on longing for holiness. C. Walter wrote on the beauty of holiness. Brian shared directions to walking with God. Today Dave writes on three ways to pursue purity. ************************************************** Christians have been called out of darkness and into Light. As such they are to put off the flesh and put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14). As a result of being...

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