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Jewish Life and Thought Among Greeks and Romans

When we read Scripture, an important element of engaging the Word of God includes the historical context of the events recorded in its pages. This includes matters of history, geography, culture, political structures, religious beliefs, and philosophical constructs. This involves a bit more than referring to the maps in the back of your Bible. While useful for identifying locations of cities mentioned for instance in the Book of Acts, there is the added necessity to dig deeper in order to understand for instance why Paul chose to go to the Areopagus in Athens or how the influence of Greek...

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A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness through Abiding in Christ

Union and communion with Christ are two of the least understood and among the most important doctrines in the Christian life. Many people in my experience get confused about only resting in Christ to the neglect of still actively working out their salvation with fear and trembling. How does the Christian bear fruit that glorifies God? In his helpful new book A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness through Abiding in Christ Pastor Stanley D. Gale seeks to help readers understand the grace that stimulates the fruit and maturity of a sanctified life comes to God’s people is through Jesus Christ....

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Jesus Is Better Than Marriage and Singleness

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help singles think through how to be single in the church, those who are married but don’t have kids to continue to pursue each other and those who are married to excel at parenting by the grace of God. Dr. Brian Cosby opened the series with a look at six ways his church connects the church and the home. Mike Boling helps us understand the proper balance between social media and parenting. Mathew Sims wrote about how families can rehearse the gospel. Matthew Fretwell wrote about how married couples can...

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Book Giveaway 10/24/2014-10/31/2014

Coming October 31 is our second Issue of Theology For Life on the person and work of Jesus Christ titled “Christology: Christ, the Church, and the Christian Life“.  This issue will help you to not only understand what the Bible teaches about this vital topic but also to be equipped to answer objections to this doctrine. I encourage you to read our second issue Friday October 31 and be encouraged, but for now I hope you’ll enjoy our giveaway sponsored by our friends at Crossway, B&H Academic and Dutton Adult and please encourage your friends and family to check...

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When A Pastor Gets Depressed

Pastor, you are not weird if you battle with depression. You aren’t sub-Christian if you are in despair. It happens. You are human. You are real, organic matter—you are not like the unmeltable ice cream sandwich. Last Monday, an untraceable sadness came over me. It wasn’t because we had a “bad Sunday.” We didn’t (whatever that means.) A young man, someone who I had been praying would come to Christ, pulled me aside before the second service and wanted to become a Christian. Hallelujah! I live for these moments. I preached on Proverb 4:23 and watching our hearts, having...

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