Biblical Illiteracy: A Plague Upon the ChurchFeatured
Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Dangers of a Life Lived Apart from the Bible’s Influence
Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Dangers of a Life Lived Apart from the Bible’s Influence

Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Dangers of a Life Lived Apart from the Bible’s Influence

A life characterized by an immersion in the Bible, and a thoughtful understanding of its more than 31,000 verses, offers weighty benefits. In the 23rd chapter of the Old Testament book that bears his name, Job declared that he treasured the words of God’s mouth...

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Biblical Illiteracy: A Plague Upon the Church
Three Strategies for Developing Biblical Literacy
Three Strategies for Developing Biblical Literacy

Three Strategies for Developing Biblical Literacy

Have you ever helped someone learn how to read? It is an exciting journey, but it is a long one. A child does not wake up one morning and decide, “Today I will learn how to read.” Instead, it takes them weeks or months to develop basic phonics skills before they...

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Biblical Illiteracy: A Plague Upon the Church
Let My People Read! Encouraging God’s People to Read the Bible
Let My People Read! Encouraging God’s People to Read the Bible

Let My People Read! Encouraging God’s People to Read the Bible

The United States has never been more educated than it is now. More people hold high school diplomas, undergraduate degrees, and graduate degrees than at any point in our nation’s history. And yet, research shows a worrying trend—Americans are spending fewer hours...

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Biblical Illiteracy: A Plague Upon the Church
What Is Biblical Illiteracy and Is it a Problem Within the Church?
What Is Biblical Illiteracy and Is it a Problem Within the Church?

What Is Biblical Illiteracy and Is it a Problem Within the Church?

One subject that isn’t getting enough coverage in contemporary Christian books and Christian media is the significant issue of biblical illiteracy. Two researchers who have looked into this problem in the Church, George Gallup and Jim Castelli, write, “Americans...

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Biblical Illiteracy: A Plague Upon the Church
When Darkness Seems to Hide His Face: Applying the Word of God in Seasons of Despair
When Darkness Seems to Hide His Face: Applying the Word of God in Seasons of Despair

When Darkness Seems to Hide His Face: Applying the Word of God in Seasons of Despair

I love the hymn “The Solid Rock” by Edward Mote. It has been a battle hymn for my soul these past two years. For the past two years at times, I have battled with despair and depression. I have felt like I have been going in circles with no clear direction in the...

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Biblical Illiteracy: A Plague Upon the Church
The Centrality of the Word in the Life of the Church
The Centrality of the Word in the Life of the Church

The Centrality of the Word in the Life of the Church

“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching” (1st Timothy 4:13). John Calvin is considered one of the primary influences of the Protestant Reformation. Today we cannot consider his whole life but here’s one...

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Biblical Illiteracy: A Plague Upon the ChurchFeatured
Growing Our Longing for and Delight in God’s Word
Growing Our Longing for and Delight in God’s Word

Growing Our Longing for and Delight in God’s Word

What got you out of bed this morning? A blaring alarm clock, an enthusiastic dog, or a crying baby? Maybe you were excited to be one day closer to the weekend or your next vacation. If I’m honest, my love of coffee lures me from my bed most mornings. Sometimes I...

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Biblical Illiteracy: A Plague Upon the ChurchFeatured
Interview on Biblical Illiteracy – with Dave Jenkins
Interview on Biblical Illiteracy – with Dave Jenkins

Interview on Biblical Illiteracy – with Dave Jenkins

Sarah: Hello, Dave. Thanks for doing this interview for Theology for Life! We’re excited about the new book you’ve just had published—The Word Explored. As I already know, but our readers may not yet, this book is about the problem of biblical illiteracy. This is a...

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Biblical Illiteracy: A Plague Upon the Church
Another Gospel? – An Interview with Alisa Childers
Another Gospel? – An Interview with Alisa Childers

Another Gospel? – An Interview with Alisa Childers

T4L: Today we are interviewing Alisa Childers. Thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview with Theology for Life Magazine, Alisa. Can you tell us a bit about your life, marriage, and your ministry? Alisa: My husband and I live in the Nashville, TN area...

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Union with Christ
Union with Christ in Scripture, History, and Theology by Robert Letham
Union with Christ in Scripture, History, and Theology by Robert Letham

Union with Christ in Scripture, History, and Theology by Robert Letham

Union with Christ is one of the most neglected doctrines in Christianity today and also one of the one of the Gospel’s greatest mysteries. In his helpful book Union with Christ in Scripture, History, and Theology, Dr. Robert Letham notes that “Union with Christ is...

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Union with Christ
Practical Suggestions for Cultivating Communion with God
Practical Suggestions for Cultivating Communion with God

Practical Suggestions for Cultivating Communion with God

Does the idea of communion with God draw you in or push you away? There is much in our lives that distracts and prevents us from experiencing genuine communion with God. Living in a fast-paced society, with endless demands and countless opportunities, can mean that...

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Union with Christ
The Puritans on Union with Christ, Justification, and Regeneration
The Puritans on Union with Christ, Justification, and Regeneration

The Puritans on Union with Christ, Justification, and Regeneration

a true and real union, (but which is only passive on their part,) [the elect] are united to Christ when his Spirit first takes possession of them, and infuses into them a principle of new life: the beginning of which life can be from nothing else but from union...

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Biblical Counseling: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp

Ted Tripp’s book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, is a thoughtful book written for parents with the aim to teach children about their need for the gospel so that they may live in response to the gospel. The means by which this is accomplished begins by teaching young...

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Biblical Counseling: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
From Pride to Humility: A Biblical Perspective by Stuart Scott
From Pride to Humility: A Biblical Perspective by Stuart Scott

From Pride to Humility: A Biblical Perspective by Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott’s book, From Pride to Humility: A Biblical Perspective, is a small, accessible book designed to help counselee’s identify sinful pride, repent of it, and replace it with God-centered humility. The book is an excerpt taken from Scott’s...

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Biblical Counseling: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
Finally Free; Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert
Finally Free; Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert

Finally Free; Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert

Heath Lambert’s book, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace, is an issue-specific book for men and women (but particularly men) who struggle with sexual sin, specifically in the area of pornography. In the introduction of the book Lambert puts...

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Biblical Counseling: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
Get Outta My Face: How to Reach Angry, Unmotivated Teens with Biblical Counsel by Rick Horne
Get Outta My Face: How to Reach Angry, Unmotivated Teens with Biblical Counsel by Rick Horne

Get Outta My Face: How to Reach Angry, Unmotivated Teens with Biblical Counsel by Rick Horne

Rick Horne’s book, Get Outta My Face: How to Reach Angry, Unmotivated Teens with Biblical Counsel, is an extremely practical and helpful book written for any adult seeking to help teens see the bigger picture of their actions, in an effort to direct their attention...

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Biblical Counseling: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
The Goal of this Personal Ministry We Call “Biblical Counseling”
The Goal of this Personal Ministry We Call “Biblical Counseling”

The Goal of this Personal Ministry We Call “Biblical Counseling”

The Lord of the Church is at work. Jesus Christ is building His Church. However, He is not only building His Church, He is also making her holy—a work that He will not stop performing until she is blameless: “…Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for...

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Biblical Counseling: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
How to Equip Yourself to Counsel Biblically
How to Equip Yourself to Counsel Biblically

How to Equip Yourself to Counsel Biblically

“For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10). After 70 years in exile, when Israel was returning to Judah, Ezra was charged with re-establishing the interpretation and...

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Biblical Counseling: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
A Task Interrupted: Why and How the Church Departed from Biblical Counseling
A Task Interrupted: Why and How the Church Departed from Biblical Counseling

A Task Interrupted: Why and How the Church Departed from Biblical Counseling

When I was introduced to biblical counseling, it seemed as if I had discovered some rare jewel. There were several aspects of the biblical counseling movement that captivated my attention. Classical soul care drew upon a rich heritage of faithful practice by...

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Biblical Counseling: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
Biblical Counseling, the Church, and Church Discipline
Biblical Counseling, the Church, and Church Discipline

Biblical Counseling, the Church, and Church Discipline

As a pastor, I love one of David Powlison’s definitions of biblical counseling: Counseling is one part of the overall ministry of Christ that meets us publicly, privately, and interpersonally…biblical counseling is part of the interpersonal ministry of the Word....

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Biblical Counseling: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
Establishing A Biblical Counseling Ministry from Scratch
Establishing A Biblical Counseling Ministry from Scratch

Establishing A Biblical Counseling Ministry from Scratch

You are excited about Biblical counseling! Perhaps you were exposed to Biblical counseling at a conference you attended. Perhaps you or a loved one received Biblical counseling and found peace, hope, and joy through the careful study and application of God’s word....

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Biblical Counseling: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
Why the Local Church Should Care About Biblical Counsel
Why the Local Church Should Care About Biblical Counsel

Why the Local Church Should Care About Biblical Counsel

Scott and Laura were married 12 years ago, but recently, Scott got involved in affair with a woman at work. He’s a “Type A” kind of guy, making it to an executive vice-presidency within three years of joining the company. He’s married to Laura—a shy, retiring kind...

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Biblical Counseling: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
Interview with Dr. Bob Kellemen Gospel-Centered Family Counseling An Equipping Guide for Pastors and Counselors
Interview with Dr. Bob Kellemen Gospel-Centered Family Counseling An Equipping Guide for Pastors and Counselors

Interview with Dr. Bob Kellemen Gospel-Centered Family Counseling An Equipping Guide for Pastors and Counselors

T4L: For those of you who read our other articles in this issue, we are interviewing Dr. Bob Kellemen on his other biblical counseling book, Gospel-Centered Family Counseling: An Equipping Guide for Pastors and Counselors. We previously spoke with him about the...

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Biblical Counseling: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
Interview of Dr. Bob Kellemen Gospel-Centered Marriage Counseling An Equipping Guide for Pastors and Counselors
Interview of Dr. Bob Kellemen Gospel-Centered Marriage Counseling An Equipping Guide for Pastors and Counselors

Interview of Dr. Bob Kellemen Gospel-Centered Marriage Counseling An Equipping Guide for Pastors and Counselors

T4L: Today we are interviewing Dr. Bob Kellemen. Thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview with Theology for Life Magazine, Dr. Kellemen. Can you tell us a bit about your life, marriage, and ministry? Dr. Kellemen: Thanks for inviting me, Dave. I have...

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Finding Hope in Divine Justice
Enjoying God: Finding Hope in the Attributes of God – R.C. Sproul
Enjoying God: Finding Hope in the Attributes of God – R.C. Sproul

Enjoying God: Finding Hope in the Attributes of God – R.C. Sproul

Enjoying God: Finding Hope in the Attributes of God by R.C. Sproul is written with the layman in mind. The author intentionally sets unnecessary theological jargon aside and aims for hearts and minds of everyday people. The end result is a biblical vision of God,...

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Finding Hope in Divine Justice
Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking – Raleigh Sadler
Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking – Raleigh Sadler

Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking – Raleigh Sadler

“Preach the gospel—and if necessary use words.” This pithy quote by St. Francis of Assisi has captured the hearts and minds of many. The sentiment sounds right and may even feel right, but fails in the final analysis to do justice to the gospel. Yes, the gospel is...

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Finding Hope in Divine JusticeFeatured
The Danger of Neglecting Lament in the Local Church
The Danger of Neglecting Lament in the Local Church

The Danger of Neglecting Lament in the Local Church

“Positive and encouraging.” When I tune my radio to the local Christian station, that’s the theme I hear—over and over. It’s not just the station’s motto. The music is upbeat. The hosts are jovial. There’s plenty of laughter. The only “downer” is the news. But then...

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Finding Hope in Divine JusticeFeatured
Biblical Apologetics: How Shall We Respond to Unbelief?
Biblical Apologetics: How Shall We Respond to Unbelief?

Biblical Apologetics: How Shall We Respond to Unbelief?

Unbelief is in the air. Unbelief is gaining ground in postmodern culture. Over 100 years ago, the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great innermost corruption, the one great instinct of revenge, for...

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Finding Hope in Divine Justice
Divine Justice: Responding in Worship to the God of Grace
Divine Justice: Responding in Worship to the God of Grace

Divine Justice: Responding in Worship to the God of Grace

As I write this article on July 1st, 2020, the United States is facing a crisis on multiple fronts. On one front, you have the COVID-19 epidemic. On the other front, you have protests which are (for the most part) okay, but many of those protests have turned to...

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Idolatry: The Secret Sin of the Heart
How to Embrace Your Emotions Without Being Ruled By Them
How to Embrace Your Emotions Without Being Ruled By Them

How to Embrace Your Emotions Without Being Ruled By Them

Growing up on a large lake, I developed a great appreciation for the power of the wind. I enjoyed many summer days sailing with friends on the family sailboat. When the weather was fair and there was a steady wind, it made for a delightful day. The wind carried you...

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Idolatry: The Secret Sin of the Heart
Idolatry: The Desire to Be Lord of What One Worship
Idolatry: The Desire to Be Lord of What One Worship

Idolatry: The Desire to Be Lord of What One Worship

The consistent biblical testimony is that idolatry is inexcusable. Scripture never condones idolatry on the grounds that men knew no better, but condemns it on the assumption that they did, and that irrespective of whether they had encountered any part of God’s...

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Idolatry: The Secret Sin of the Heart
Idolatry and Getting a Right Understanding of God’s Love
Idolatry and Getting a Right Understanding of God’s Love

Idolatry and Getting a Right Understanding of God’s Love

In Exodus 3:14, God says, “I am who I am.” Such a declaration is powerful because the Lord God was declaring not only who He is at His absolute essence, but also declaring to the world, “I am the only God!” As we fast forward to the New Testament, the Lord Jesus...

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The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus
Recommended Reading on The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus
Recommended Reading on The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

Recommended Reading on The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of Jesus’s High Priestly ministry and what that means for daily Christian living and ministry. We understand that we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer that,...

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The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus
The Sufficiency and Superiority of Christ’s High Priestly Ministry
The Sufficiency and Superiority of Christ’s High Priestly Ministry

The Sufficiency and Superiority of Christ’s High Priestly Ministry

The writer of Hebrews focuses not on any earthly ministry—not on believers and not on an earthly priest—but on Jesus Christ in heaven. It is His person and work that the author of Hebrews has been expounding on since the beginning of chapter 7. It was Christ who...

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The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus
The Incarnation and Jesus’ High Priestly Ministry
The Incarnation and Jesus’ High Priestly Ministry

The Incarnation and Jesus’ High Priestly Ministry

Several of the earliest controversies and key battles in Church History were over Christ’s divine and human natures. One of the classic texts to explain why Jesus Christ had to become fully man, so that He might perform priestly service before God on man’s behalf,...

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The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus
Could Christ Have Sinned? A Defense of the Christ’s Sinless Perfection
Could Christ Have Sinned? A Defense of the Christ’s Sinless Perfection

Could Christ Have Sinned? A Defense of the Christ’s Sinless Perfection

A crucial theological question in Christology is: could Jesus have sinned? This question is not easy to answer, and as such, it requires careful reflection, given the variety of issues involved. Historically, classical Christology has argued that our Lord Jesus...

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The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus
Tri-perspectivalism: How This Concept Impacts the Church An Interview with John Frame
Tri-perspectivalism: How This Concept Impacts the Church An Interview with John Frame

Tri-perspectivalism: How This Concept Impacts the Church An Interview with John Frame

T4L: Today we are interviewing Dr. John Frame. Thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview with Theology for Life Magazine, Dr. Frame. Can you tell us a bit about your life, marriage, and ministry? Dr. Frame: I was born in Pittsburgh in 1939, received...

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The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus
Our Better Hope: Eight Priestly Comforts for Times of Need
Our Better Hope: Eight Priestly Comforts for Times of Need

Our Better Hope: Eight Priestly Comforts for Times of Need

It was a heartbreaking sight. The wild turkey had dashed onto the road, frantically scurrying its skinny legs in a sprint for its life as a line of cars came barreling head-on. As I drove on a narrow, two-lane country road, I had enough distance to slow down and...

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The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus
Perseverance and the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus
Perseverance and the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

Perseverance and the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

Jesus has entered the heavenly sanctuary on our behalf. He has gone there as forerunner, a designation found only here in the New Testament, but which appears in a variety of athletic and military contexts of the Hellenistic world. In Hebrews, where the term is...

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The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus
Our Confidence in the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus
Our Confidence in the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

Our Confidence in the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

In Hebrews 2:14, the writer says it is “our confession” that Christians must hold fast to. The early church employed theological formulas to express the faithful’s confession like the Apostle’s Creed. These confessions remind believers that there is true content to...

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The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus
Assurance, Perseverance and the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus
Assurance, Perseverance and the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

Assurance, Perseverance and the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

Jesus Christ meets the qualifications to be the Mediator and High Priest to His people. Someone may be qualified for a position without actually having the authority to hold it. Qualification is a prerequisite, but there must be an appointment to the office if the...

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Holiness: The Beauty of Grace in the ChristianFeatured
Crucified with Christ: How the Cross Kills Sin
Crucified with Christ: How the Cross Kills Sin

Crucified with Christ: How the Cross Kills Sin

The most graphic image that Scripture uses for the killing of sin is crucifixion. The cross has rightly stood at the center of Christian theology throughout church history. Crucifixion was so painful that a word was invented to describe it: excruciating, which...

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Holiness: The Beauty of Grace in the ChristianFeatured
Distinguishing Between Sanctification and Legalism
Distinguishing Between Sanctification and Legalism

Distinguishing Between Sanctification and Legalism

Fear of being accused of legalism has, in some circles of Evangelicalism, led to decreasing calls for personal holiness. This is, I believe, particularly true among younger Christians. Many of them have grown up in a form of hyper-fundamentalism that was marked by...

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Holiness: The Beauty of Grace in the ChristianFeatured
Why We Need J.C. Ryle’s Teaching on Holiness Today
Why We Need J.C. Ryle’s Teaching on Holiness Today

Why We Need J.C. Ryle’s Teaching on Holiness Today

There is a large, two-sided cart at my local library with a faded laminated sign that reads, “Books, a dollar a bag.” I make it a point to visit that cart every time I stop by in search of the proverbial needle in the haystack, and I am always struck by the number...

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Holiness: The Beauty of Grace in the ChristianFeatured
Who is J.C. Ryle? An Interview with Ben Rogers
Who is J.C. Ryle? An Interview with Ben Rogers

Who is J.C. Ryle? An Interview with Ben Rogers

T4L: Hello, Dr. Rogers, and welcome to Theology for Life Magazine. Can you tell us a bit about yourself, including the current ministries you are involved in? Ben Rogers: I am the husband of Christie, the father of Henry and Hugh, the pastor of a small church, and...

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Holiness: The Beauty of Grace in the ChristianFeatured
The Necessity of Spiritual Discipline for Every Christian
The Necessity of Spiritual Discipline for Every Christian

The Necessity of Spiritual Discipline for Every Christian

Imagine a woman named Jane (a person you’ve never met). She is a mature and growing Christian who loves Jesus, gives wise counsel, and helps others come to know more about Jesus…but she does not pray, read her Bible, or go to church. What did you think as I...

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Holiness: The Beauty of Grace in the ChristianFeatured
Four Ways to Handle Temptation When It Comes
Four Ways to Handle Temptation When It Comes

Four Ways to Handle Temptation When It Comes

How do you handle temptation? I’m not talking about the fleeting, seemingly benign thought of sin that may hold initial allure, but is easily dismissed (though we should be on guard against these kinds of thoughts, too). No, I’m talking about that moment when...

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Holiness: The Beauty of Grace in the ChristianFeatured
Union with Christ Drives Us To Extraordinary Prayer
Union with Christ Drives Us To Extraordinary Prayer

Union with Christ Drives Us To Extraordinary Prayer

Many of us are dissatisfied with our prayer life. It could be that we never really got started on one. It may be that we are not entirely convinced of its importance. Most do not pray like Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, or George Whitfield. We don’t give four...

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The Sufficiency of ScriptureFeatured
Recommended Reading on the Sufficiency of Scripture
Recommended Reading on the Sufficiency of Scripture

Recommended Reading on the Sufficiency of Scripture

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of the sufficiency of Scripture and how it helps Christians to no longer be tossed to and fro (like a wave in the ocean), but to stand wholly on the Word of God no matter what ministry...

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The Sufficiency of ScriptureFeatured
The Sufficiency of Scripture and Pastoral Ministry
The Sufficiency of Scripture and Pastoral Ministry

The Sufficiency of Scripture and Pastoral Ministry

The aim of pastoral ministry is to shepherd the people of God toward Christ that they may be formed into His image. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ....

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The Sufficiency of ScriptureFeatured
The Sufficiency of Christ and the Sufficiency of Scripture
The Sufficiency of Christ and the Sufficiency of Scripture

The Sufficiency of Christ and the Sufficiency of Scripture

The big idea in Hebrews chapter 1 is the point of all of Hebrews: the Son is superior to all others because in Him we have the fullness and finality of God’s redemption and revelation. We do pretty well understanding the fullness piece. Everything in the days “long...

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The Sufficiency of ScriptureFeatured
The Divine Breath: The Sufficiency of Scripture
The Divine Breath: The Sufficiency of Scripture

The Divine Breath: The Sufficiency of Scripture

During every era of Church history, men and women have proclaimed, apart from Scripture, “God told me”, “God revealed to me”, and “God said to me”, as if these “revelations” are equal to the authority of God’s revealed Word in Holy Scripture. Why do we do this? Why...

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The Sufficiency of ScriptureFeatured
The Sufficiency of Scripture: What It is and Why It Matters
The Sufficiency of Scripture: What It is and Why It Matters

The Sufficiency of Scripture: What It is and Why It Matters

The sufficiency of Scripture is a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith. When we talk about the sufficiency of Scripture, we are speaking about how the Scriptures are all the Christian needs to equip them for a life of faith and service to God. The sufficiency...

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The Sufficiency of ScriptureFeatured
The Authority, Sufficiency, Finality of Scripture
The Authority, Sufficiency, Finality of Scripture

The Authority, Sufficiency, Finality of Scripture

If God has given us the Scriptures to be the canon or rule for our lives, it follows that we must regard them as the supreme authority for our lives. Paul tells us that they are 'breathed out' by God. There can be no more authoritative word than one that comes to...

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The Sufficiency of ScriptureFeatured
What You Should Know about Biblical Counseling: An Interview with Dr. Jim Newheiser
What You Should Know about Biblical Counseling: An Interview with Dr. Jim Newheiser

What You Should Know about Biblical Counseling: An Interview with Dr. Jim Newheiser

T4L: Thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview with Theology for Life Magazine, Dr. Newheiser. Can you tell us a bit about your life, the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship, and the counseling program at Reformed Theological Seminary...

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Doubt
Recommended Reading on Assurance and the Person and Work of Christ
Recommended Reading on Assurance and the Person and Work of Christ

Recommended Reading on Assurance and the Person and Work of Christ

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of doubt and how to deal with it with the help of the promises found in God’s Word and godly people. We understand that we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer...

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Doubt
Doubt and the Promises of God An Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick
Doubt and the Promises of God An Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick

Doubt and the Promises of God An Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick

Elyse holds a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEF (San Diego) and an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored 23 books on daily living and the Christian life. Along with her husband, Phil, Elyse is a member of Valley...

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Doubt
Doubt and the Authority of Scripture An Interview with Dr. Josh Moody
Doubt and the Authority of Scripture An Interview with Dr. Josh Moody

Doubt and the Authority of Scripture An Interview with Dr. Josh Moody

Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton. He is a pastor, author, conference speaker (Moody Founders Week, Basics Conference), and college campus speaker (Yale University, University of Illinois, Durham...

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Doubt
Is This a Dream? Engaging Today’s Cultural Reality with Hope
Is This a Dream? Engaging Today’s Cultural Reality with Hope

Is This a Dream? Engaging Today’s Cultural Reality with Hope

If we shadows have offended, Think but this (and all is mended) That you have but slumbered here, While these visions did appear. –Puck’s Epilogue, A Midsummer’s Night Dream It was only a dream. This is how Shakespeare decided to reconcile the chaos he created in...

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Facing Grief, Illness, and Loss
A Three-Pronged Approach to Ministering to Grieving People
A Three-Pronged Approach to Ministering to Grieving People

A Three-Pronged Approach to Ministering to Grieving People

 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 (ESV) When ministering to someone who is grieving, please don’t be like Job’s friends. They were full of good advice, counsel, and were well-meaning. If you know the story you know that, in...

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Facing Grief, Illness, and Loss
Being the Friend Who Cares For the Lonely and Grieving
Being the Friend Who Cares For the Lonely and Grieving

Being the Friend Who Cares For the Lonely and Grieving

Loneliness and grief are deeply personal subjects that affect everyone. In high school, I remember before my parent's divorce sitting on the upstairs stairs in our house, in the Greater Seattle area listening to my parents’ argue, and being deeply affected with...

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Facing Grief, Illness, and Loss
Susie Spurgeon: The Help and Support behind Charles An Interview with Ray Rhodes
Susie Spurgeon: The Help and Support behind Charles An Interview with Ray Rhodes

Susie Spurgeon: The Help and Support behind Charles An Interview with Ray Rhodes

Ray Rhodes, Jr. serves as founding pastor of Grace Community Church of Dawsonville, GA and as president of Nourished in the Word Ministries. He has served four congregations over three decades of pastoral ministry, and for fifteen years, he has led Nourished in the...

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Facing Grief, Illness, and Loss
GriefShare: A Ministry for Loss, Grief, and Suffering Am Interview with Nancy Guthrie
GriefShare: A Ministry for Loss, Grief, and Suffering Am Interview with Nancy Guthrie

GriefShare: A Ministry for Loss, Grief, and Suffering Am Interview with Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie and her husband, David, are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 10,000 churches nationwide and also host Respite Retreats for couples who have experienced the death of a child. She is also the host of Help Me Teach the Bible,...

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Facing Grief, Illness, and Loss
Seven Practical Things You Can Do for People Who are Grieving
Seven Practical Things You Can Do for People Who are Grieving

Seven Practical Things You Can Do for People Who are Grieving

Let’s talk for a minute about the things someone can do for one who is grieving. The list below isn’t exhaustive—there are only 7 things—but it is meant to give us all a starting point. Hopefully these 7 things will be helpful to you in your relationships, whether...

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Facing Grief, Illness, and Loss
Loving Your Friend through Cancer: Moving beyond “I’m Sorry” to Meaningful Support An Interview with Marissa Henley
Loving Your Friend through Cancer: Moving beyond “I’m Sorry” to Meaningful Support An Interview with Marissa Henley

Loving Your Friend through Cancer: Moving beyond “I’m Sorry” to Meaningful Support An Interview with Marissa Henley

Marissa Henley, the author of Loving Your Friend through Cancer: Moving beyond “I’m Sorry” to Meaningful Support, loves to write and speak about suffering and God’s character. She lives in Arkansas with her husband, three kids, and one disobedient dog. She’d love...

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Facing Grief, Illness, and Loss
What Not to Say To Your Friend With Cancer (And What to Say Instead)
What Not to Say To Your Friend With Cancer (And What to Say Instead)

What Not to Say To Your Friend With Cancer (And What to Say Instead)

I spent most of my young adult years quoting Romans 8:28 to friends and family who were suffering. This promise from God’s Word has always been one of my favorite verses: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are...

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Expository Preaching: Scripture and the Church
The Relationship Between Preaching and Counseling
The Relationship Between Preaching and Counseling

The Relationship Between Preaching and Counseling

“I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house” (Acts 20:20). Many pastors are reluctant to counsel. Some fear that individual counseling will interfere with the primacy of their...

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Expository Preaching: Scripture and the Church
Trendiness, Busyness, and Biblical Illiteracy An Interview with Andreas Köstenberger
Trendiness, Busyness, and Biblical Illiteracy An Interview with Andreas Köstenberger

Trendiness, Busyness, and Biblical Illiteracy An Interview with Andreas Köstenberger

Dr. Andreas Köstenberger is the founder of Biblical Foundations™ and Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology and Director of the Center for Biblical Studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. T4L: Thank you very much for...

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Expository Preaching: Scripture and the Church
Let No Man Despise Your Youth: Pastoral Reflections of a Young Pastor
Let No Man Despise Your Youth: Pastoral Reflections of a Young Pastor

Let No Man Despise Your Youth: Pastoral Reflections of a Young Pastor

In November 2013, my life changed: I was called by a normative sized local church, with an average age of 70, to be their pastor at the age of 25. My wife and I were the youngest in the church by nearly 20 years. To put this in perspective: The only...

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Expository Preaching: Scripture and the Church
Recommended Books on Biography, Pastoral Counseling, Pastoral Ministry, and Preaching
Recommended Books on Biography, Pastoral Counseling, Pastoral Ministry, and Preaching

Recommended Books on Biography, Pastoral Counseling, Pastoral Ministry, and Preaching

This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been discussing the primary place of expository preaching for the life and health of the local church. From attacks on the Word of God, to essential biblical doctrines, there are a lot of issues that relate to and...

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Expository Preaching: Scripture and the Church
Answering Two Important Questions About Expository Preaching
Answering Two Important Questions About Expository Preaching

Answering Two Important Questions About Expository Preaching

Many people today hear preachers talking about preaching, and they get lost in the fog of ambiguous theological language. When a congregation hears a pastor reference expository preaching, often there are members in attendance who have no idea what...

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Expository Preaching: Scripture and the Church
The Importance of Preaching in the Christian Life
The Importance of Preaching in the Christian Life

The Importance of Preaching in the Christian Life

Recently I’ve noticed a trend among some Christians who don’t regularly attend church, as well as those who do attend regularly, but suggest that they don’t need to hear a sermon weekly because they’ve “moved” past that stage of their Christian life. I...

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Expository Preaching: Scripture and the Church
Reading and Interpreting the Old Testament An Interview with Jason DeRouchie
Reading and Interpreting the Old Testament An Interview with Jason DeRouchie

Reading and Interpreting the Old Testament An Interview with Jason DeRouchie

Jason DeRouchie (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis and an elder of Bethlehem Baptist Church. His resource website is...

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Expository Preaching: Scripture and the Church
Christians and the Public Square: The Necessity of Apologetics in the Marketplace of Ideas
Christians and the Public Square: The Necessity of Apologetics in the Marketplace of Ideas

Christians and the Public Square: The Necessity of Apologetics in the Marketplace of Ideas

Acts 17:16-34 is a model of the Great Commission proclamation, matched to an apologetic in defense of Christian truth. In that passage, Paul is standing at the center of apologetic ministry in the first-century city of Athens. Athens was the most intellectually...

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Expository Preaching: Scripture and the Church
Biblical Counseling: A Ministry to Serve and Shepherd
Biblical Counseling: A Ministry to Serve and Shepherd

Biblical Counseling: A Ministry to Serve and Shepherd

In the past five years, as more and more books have come out on biblical counseling topics, I have consumed more and more on this subject. The result of this reading has been the opening of my eyes to the need for biblical counseling in the local...

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Expository Preaching: Scripture and the Church
Five Lessons I’ve Learned From the Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Five Lessons I’ve Learned From the Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Five Lessons I’ve Learned From the Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones

I owe more to the ministry of Martyn Lloyd-Jones than I can put into words. In what follows, I will try to summarize some of the most life-changing lessons I have learned from his preaching. Preach the Word Dr. Lloyd-Jones practiced expository preaching...

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Expository Preaching: Scripture and the Church
Five Benchmarks for Making Sure You Are Preaching God’s Word (And Not Your Ideas)
Five Benchmarks for Making Sure You Are Preaching God’s Word (And Not Your Ideas)

Five Benchmarks for Making Sure You Are Preaching God’s Word (And Not Your Ideas)

“I charge thee in the sight of God, and of Christ Jesus, who shall judge the quick and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom; preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2...

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Expository Preaching: Scripture and the Church
Charles Spurgeon and A Theology of the Holy Spirit In Preaching
Charles Spurgeon and A Theology of the Holy Spirit In Preaching

Charles Spurgeon and A Theology of the Holy Spirit In Preaching

Charles H. Spurgeon’s understanding of the connection between the Holy Spirit, prayer, and preaching can be paradigm shifting. His understanding of the connection between preaching and the ministry of the Holy Spirit is not new, but it does need to be...

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Biblical Gender and Sexuality: An Expose On Manhood and Womanhood
Transforming Homosexuality: What The Bible Says About Sexual Orientation And Change
Transforming Homosexuality: What The Bible Says About Sexual Orientation And Change

Transforming Homosexuality: What The Bible Says About Sexual Orientation And Change

Few issues are as controversial as the topic of homosexuality in our day. Within the past several years, in large part due to a decision by the United States Supreme Court on gay marriage, the number of books coming out on gay marriage has significantly...

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Biblical Gender and Sexuality: An Expose On Manhood and Womanhood
Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality by Nancy Pearcey
Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality by Nancy Pearcey

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality by Nancy Pearcey

The publication of Nancy Pearcey’s book, Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity sent shockwaves throughout the evangelical world and helped equip a new generation of apologists. Total Truth confronted the notion that scientific...

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Biblical Gender and Sexuality: An Expose On Manhood and Womanhood
God’s Grand Plan for Motherhood: Nurturing Life for the Glory of Christ
God’s Grand Plan for Motherhood: Nurturing Life for the Glory of Christ

God’s Grand Plan for Motherhood: Nurturing Life for the Glory of Christ

God’s grand plan for motherhood is the same plan that He has for everything He has created. He created all things for his glory. So to put it bluntly, motherhood is about nurturing life. God has created and equipped women to nurture the life...

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Biblical Gender and Sexuality: An Expose On Manhood and Womanhood
How Should Christians Share the Gospel with Practicing Homosexuals?
How Should Christians Share the Gospel with Practicing Homosexuals?

How Should Christians Share the Gospel with Practicing Homosexuals?

How should Christians share the Gospel with practicing homosexuals? I’d start by saying that you preach the same gospel that you would preach to someone who is not in the homosexual lifestyle. That’s the most important thing to say. I think what the...

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Biblical Gender and Sexuality: An Expose On Manhood and Womanhood
August 2018 Recommended Books for Theology for Life
August 2018 Recommended Books for Theology for Life

August 2018 Recommended Books for Theology for Life

This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been taking a look at biblical gender roles and the authority of the Word of God. From attacks on the image of God, to the authority of the Word, to a man being a man and a woman being a woman, many people have a...

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Biblical Gender and Sexuality: An Expose On Manhood and Womanhood
Talking to Your Children About Transgenderism
Talking to Your Children About Transgenderism

Talking to Your Children About Transgenderism

I have three young children who each profess faith in Jesus Christ. As we bring them up, my wife and I are continually reminded that we are doing so in an age that is hostile to the Kingdom of Christ and to the Word of God. Of course, this is nothing...

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Biblical Gender and Sexuality: An Expose On Manhood and Womanhood
Biblical Beauty, Gender Roles, and the God Who Makes All Beauty in His World
Biblical Beauty, Gender Roles, and the God Who Makes All Beauty in His World

Biblical Beauty, Gender Roles, and the God Who Makes All Beauty in His World

Beauty. It’s a word that is loaded with meaning. To many in our culture, influenced by the Greco-Roman idea of beauty, beauty is about a perfectly sculpted body. It’s hiring a whole team of people to make you physically attractive to (now) someone of...

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Biblical Gender and Sexuality: An Expose On Manhood and Womanhood
Gay Christianity: What is the Biblical Worldview and a Biblically Faithful Hermeneutic?
Gay Christianity: What is the Biblical Worldview and a Biblically Faithful Hermeneutic?

Gay Christianity: What is the Biblical Worldview and a Biblically Faithful Hermeneutic?

It happened again. Only, this time, I was charged with being intolerant, unloving, and bigoted. You see, I had written an article detailing why biblical Christianity is against the idea of “gay Christianity”. I was told—literally—that, “[I] hate gays as...

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Biblical Gender and Sexuality: An Expose On Manhood and Womanhood
Marriage and Friendship: Becoming Best Friends With Your Spouse
Marriage and Friendship: Becoming Best Friends With Your Spouse

Marriage and Friendship: Becoming Best Friends With Your Spouse

Marriage is often painfully hard. After all, marriage is the joining of two sinners, preferably if they are Christians (so saint-sinners) together in covenant before God. Marriage according to the Genesis 3 world is not perfect. In the New Jerusalem,...

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Biblical Gender and Sexuality: An Expose On Manhood and Womanhood
A Seasoned Ministry Leader Writing a Letter to Young Men Beginning in Marriage
A Seasoned Ministry Leader Writing a Letter to Young Men Beginning in Marriage

A Seasoned Ministry Leader Writing a Letter to Young Men Beginning in Marriage

Dear Young Man, I remember well the joys of finding the lady I would marry. Let me tell you the story. I was twenty-six years old at the time. Since I was nineteen years old, I wanted to meet a young lady who loved Jesus and the church. I searched...

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Biblical Gender and Sexuality: An Expose On Manhood and Womanhood
Adorning Sound Doctrine: A Case for Sound Doctrine and a Biblical Sexual Ethic
Adorning Sound Doctrine: A Case for Sound Doctrine and a Biblical Sexual Ethic

Adorning Sound Doctrine: A Case for Sound Doctrine and a Biblical Sexual Ethic

When we begin to think about the question, “What is a ‘biblical sexual ethic’?” we must first take a look at Genesis 1 with God creating Adam. There we see that man is not an accident; God made Adam from the dust, fashioned him in His likeness and...

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Biblical Gender and Sexuality: An Expose On Manhood and Womanhood
What About Those Who Reject the Christian Sexual Ethic?
What About Those Who Reject the Christian Sexual Ethic?

What About Those Who Reject the Christian Sexual Ethic?

One of my friends once asked asked me if it was morally permissible to sleep with his girlfriend. She was pressuring him to sleep with her, and he was contemplating giving in to her requests. By the time he approached me, he had almost talked himself...

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Biblical Gender and Sexuality: An Expose On Manhood and Womanhood
Challenges and Opportunities for Biblical Gender Roles An Interview with Gavin Peacock
Challenges and Opportunities for Biblical Gender Roles An Interview with Gavin Peacock

Challenges and Opportunities for Biblical Gender Roles An Interview with Gavin Peacock

Gavin Peacock is husband to Amanda, father of Jake and Ava, and a pastor at Calvary Grace Church in Calgary, Alberta. He is also the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s (CBMW) Director of International Outreach. He was a professional soccer...

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Biblical Gender and Sexuality: An Expose On Manhood and Womanhood
Equipping for Life An Interview with Andreas Köstenberger
Equipping for Life An Interview with Andreas Köstenberger

Equipping for Life An Interview with Andreas Köstenberger

Dr. Andreas Köstenberger is founder of Biblical Foundations and has recently accepted a position as Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Director of the Center for Biblical Studies....

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From the Alpha to the Omega: A Portrait of Jesus
The Lamb of God, Worship and the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus
The Lamb of God, Worship and the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

The Lamb of God, Worship and the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

The question and theme, “Where is the Lamb?” spans the entire Old Testament. Abraham, who was thankfully spared by God from fulfilling the task, offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice atop Mount Moriah. 2nd Chronicles 3:1 teaches that it was...

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From the Alpha to the Omega: A Portrait of Jesus
How to Deal with Guilt, Condemnation and Shame with the Gospel
How to Deal with Guilt, Condemnation and Shame with the Gospel

How to Deal with Guilt, Condemnation and Shame with the Gospel

Joe and Barbara are both solid Christians. They regularly spend quality time in the Scriptures, in prayer, and are routinely involved in the life and ministry of their local church. Both though struggle with feelings of condemnation. Joe has secret sins...

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From the Alpha to the Omega: A Portrait of Jesus
A Brief Word on the Gospel and the Old Testament
A Brief Word on the Gospel and the Old Testament

A Brief Word on the Gospel and the Old Testament

The English word “gospel” is an approximation of the Greek word εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion), which means “good news” (Friberg). While it is presently in vogue to refer to the whole Bible, or at least salvation history, as “the gospel”, this term...

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From the Alpha to the Omega: A Portrait of Jesus
How Jesus Would Have Understood the Old Testament to Have Been Written to and About Himself
How Jesus Would Have Understood the Old Testament to Have Been Written to and About Himself

How Jesus Would Have Understood the Old Testament to Have Been Written to and About Himself

  There has been something of a biblical-theological revolution over the past several decades. It is not a revolution in which new doctrines are being uncovered, so much as it is one by which our understanding of a Christ-centered and...

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From the Alpha to the Omega: A Portrait of Jesus
Why Justification by Faith Alone is Necessary for Good Works
Why Justification by Faith Alone is Necessary for Good Works

Why Justification by Faith Alone is Necessary for Good Works

“Justification by faith alone frees me to love my neighbor disinterestedly, for his or her own sake, as my sister or brother, not as the calculated means to my own desired ends,” writes Timothy George describing the reason why the...

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From the Alpha to the Omega: A Portrait of Jesus
Three Critical Historical Evidences For the Resurrection of Christ
Three Critical Historical Evidences For the Resurrection of Christ

Three Critical Historical Evidences For the Resurrection of Christ

The historical evidence for the resurrection of Christ is very good. Scholars such as William Lane Craig, J.P. Moreland, Gary Habermas, and others have done an especially good job of detailing that evidence.1 It is the aim of this article to...

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From the Alpha to the Omega: A Portrait of Jesus
To Focus on Jesus and His Resurrection—Spotlight the Bible
To Focus on Jesus and His Resurrection—Spotlight the Bible

To Focus on Jesus and His Resurrection—Spotlight the Bible

Do not believe anyone who tells you that the way to focus on Jesus and His resurrection is to take the spotlight off the Bible. The entire Bible is a blessing to the believer, not a burden. It is not an obstacle to effective evangelism; it...

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From the Alpha to the Omega: A Portrait of Jesus
“But Now”—Learning to Live in the Newness of Christ
“But Now”—Learning to Live in the Newness of Christ

“But Now”—Learning to Live in the Newness of Christ

It has often been observed that the “last days” are not just some future event of tribulation and doom, but are instead the days of Christ’s church, inaugurated by His resurrection. Thus, as Acts 2:17 and Hebrews 1:2 teach us, the last days...

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From the Alpha to the Omega: A Portrait of Jesus
Biblical and Historical Arguments for The Triumphant Resurrection of Christ
Biblical and Historical Arguments for The Triumphant Resurrection of Christ

Biblical and Historical Arguments for The Triumphant Resurrection of Christ

  Jesus in John 11:25 said, “I am, the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” The lengthiest explanation of Jesus’ resurrection is found in 1st Corinthians 15. This whole chapter is about...

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Engaging with God: A Foray into Prayer and Spiritual Warfare
Recommended Books on Prayer and Spiritual Warfare
Recommended Books on Prayer and Spiritual Warfare

Recommended Books on Prayer and Spiritual Warfare

This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been taking a look at prayer and spiritual warfare. In our day, many Christians struggle with their prayer lives and even more struggle with the reality of spiritual warfare. With this issue of Theology for Life,...

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Engaging with God: A Foray into Prayer and Spiritual Warfare
Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks: A Way of Life in Christ
Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks: A Way of Life in Christ

Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks: A Way of Life in Christ

Near the end of his first letter to the church of Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul issued an exhortation that at once seems inviting and impossible. He writes, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will...

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Engaging with God: A Foray into Prayer and Spiritual Warfare
Elijah’s Suicide Prayer and the Whisper of God
Elijah’s Suicide Prayer and the Whisper of God

Elijah’s Suicide Prayer and the Whisper of God

The book of James gives remarkable insight into the prayer life of the great prophet Elijah. James 5:17-18 says Elijah controlled the weather with his prayers. He prayed, and it did not rain. For three and half years not a drop fell from the sky. Elijah...

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Engaging with God: A Foray into Prayer and Spiritual Warfare
Pastoral Ministry and Four Strategies for Spiritual Warfare
Pastoral Ministry and Four Strategies for Spiritual Warfare

Pastoral Ministry and Four Strategies for Spiritual Warfare

Pastoral ministry is unrelenting spiritual warfare. There was a time in Protestant history when an emphasis on spiritual warfare in the Christian life and in pastoral ministry was standard fare. Such works as Richard Gilpin’s Daemonolgia Sacra, Thomas...

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Engaging with God: A Foray into Prayer and Spiritual Warfare
Spiritual Warfare and the In-breaking Kingdom
Spiritual Warfare and the In-breaking Kingdom

Spiritual Warfare and the In-breaking Kingdom

Matthew 12:22-32, “Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?” But when the Pharisees heard it, they...

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Engaging with God: A Foray into Prayer and Spiritual Warfare
Prayer: A Precious Remedy Against the Flesh’s Devices
Prayer: A Precious Remedy Against the Flesh’s Devices

Prayer: A Precious Remedy Against the Flesh’s Devices

Evagrius of Pontus once wrote, “If your soul grows weak, pray. As it is written, pray in fear and trembling, earnestly and watchfully. We ought to pray like that, especially because our unseen and wicked enemies are vehemently trying to hinder us.”[i]...

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Engaging with God: A Foray into Prayer and Spiritual Warfare
Praying with George Mueller’s Faith and Joseph’s Results
Praying with George Mueller’s Faith and Joseph’s Results

Praying with George Mueller’s Faith and Joseph’s Results

You are reading a theological journal. You are, no doubt, then familiar with the story of George Mueller; a story that is equal parts wonder at the amazing faith of a man with a heart for orphans and an amazing God who provided in response to his faith....

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500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation TodayFeaturedTheology For Life
Four Convictions for Boldness from John Knox
Four Convictions for Boldness from John Knox

Four Convictions for Boldness from John Knox

  John Knox was born in Haddington in 1514, though admittedly there is some debate on the exact date. We do know that Knox was born into a poorer family with not a lot of resources. Upon completion (another point of historical contention) of...

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500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation TodayTheology For Life
Recommended Books on the Five Solas, Church History and Reformed Theology

Recommended Books on the Five Solas, Church History and Reformed Theology

Recommended Books on the Five Solas, Church History, and Reformed Theology This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been considering the Five Solas and how we need Reformation inside the local Church. In our day, many believe that truth is all about how...

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500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation TodayFeaturedTheology For Life
Why the Reformation Still Matter by Michael Reeves and Tim Chester
Why the Reformation Still Matter by Michael Reeves and Tim Chester

Why the Reformation Still Matter by Michael Reeves and Tim Chester

October 31s, 2017, marks the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This quin-centennial celebration is remarkable in many ways, as Protestants around the world will remember the accomplishments of the Reformers, most notably the bold move...

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500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation TodayFeaturedTheology For Life
The Five Solas of the Reformation and Their Importance Today
The Five Solas of the Reformation and Their Importance Today

The Five Solas of the Reformation and Their Importance Today

The Reformation in the 16th century is long known as a religious renewal movement, which we refer to today as the Protestant Reformation. This movement is known to have changed the course of Western civilization, but what is often not understood about...

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500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation TodayFeaturedTheology For Life
Soli Deo Gloria: To Glorify God Alone
Soli Deo Gloria: To Glorify God Alone

Soli Deo Gloria: To Glorify God Alone

It has been said that Soli Deo Gloria is “the glue that holds the solas together”;[1] the way we view God influences everything about us. It influences how we parent our children. It influences our work ethic. Our view of God influences the way we...

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500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation TodayFeaturedTheology For Life
Reforming Mission: How the Reformation Informs the Task of Missions
Reforming Mission: How the Reformation Informs the Task of Missions

Reforming Mission: How the Reformation Informs the Task of Missions

  Over the past several decades there has been considerable debate among Christians regarding this question, “Should the term “mission” be used exclusively to refer to the task of evangelism and disciple-making, or can it be broadened to include...

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500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation TodayFeaturedTheology For Life
The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation by Mike Reeves
The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation by Mike Reeves

The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation by Mike Reeves

The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation Reviewed by James Forbis The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation, by Michael Reeves, may be the most important book you can read this year in...

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500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation TodayFeaturedTheology For Life
Why Christians Should Read the Dead Guys
Why Christians Should Read the Dead Guys

Why Christians Should Read the Dead Guys

"Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” But they said ‘We will not walk in it.’ (Jeremiah 6:16, ESV) We are living in an unprecedented age...

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500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation TodayFeaturedTheology For Life
Is Calvinism Good for the Church?
Is Calvinism Good for the Church?

Is Calvinism Good for the Church?

It’s an innocent question at first, “Is Calvinism good for the church?” Some people will not be alarmed by that question in any way, shape, or form. Others will think that this question doesn’t need to be asked at all. To them, Calvinism is a disease, a...

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500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation TodayFeaturedTheology For Life
What Is Revival and Where Do We Find It?
What Is Revival and Where Do We Find It?

What Is Revival and Where Do We Find It?

The idea of revival originates in the reality that, on the one hand, God is the decisive giver of all spiritual life and, on the other hand, humans, even those who are born again and part of God’s covenant family, from time to time drift into a kind of...

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500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation TodayFeaturedTheology For Life
Sola Scriptura: Returning to the Fount of the Word
Sola Scriptura: Returning to the Fount of the Word

Sola Scriptura: Returning to the Fount of the Word

One of the greatest truths rediscovered during the Reformation was Sola Scriptura. Men such as John Wycliffe and John Huss affirmed this doctrine and called people to return to the Bible. When challenged by hostile church officials, Huss repeatedly...

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500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation TodayFeaturedTheology For Life
Sola Gratia: Understanding Grace Alone
Sola Gratia: Understanding Grace Alone

Sola Gratia: Understanding Grace Alone

On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther hammered his now famous Ninty-Five Theses to the castle door at Wittenberg. It wasn’t long before his “beef” with Rome went viral and led to his excommunication. Less than four years later, Luther was summoned to...

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500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation TodayFeaturedTheology For Life
A Brief Introduction to the Life and Ministry of William Tyndale
A Brief Introduction to the Life and Ministry of William Tyndale

A Brief Introduction to the Life and Ministry of William Tyndale

William Tyndale’s life story is one of adventure (see the movie God’s Outlaw; 1986). This is not the story of some scholarly, ivory-tower theologian. Tyndale had a singular desire, and that was to see the Word of God available in the native language of...

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The Reformation, Preaching, and What is Needed Today
The Reformation, Preaching, and What is Needed Today

The Reformation, Preaching, and What is Needed Today

Five centuries ago, an unknown Augustinian monk named Martin Luther rocked the world with his Reformation theology and preaching. What started out as an attempt to engage in a debate turned into the greatest awakening in human history since the...

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Theology For Life500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation Today
Christ Alone as Central to the Reformation Solas
Christ Alone as Central to the Reformation Solas

Christ Alone as Central to the Reformation Solas

Reformation theology is often summarized by the five Solas. Scripture Alone (Sola Scriptura) stands as the formal principle of the Reformation, and the foundation of all theology. God’s glory alone (Soli Deo Gloria) functions as a capstone for all...

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The Protestant Reformation and Biblical Counseling
The Protestant Reformation and Biblical Counseling

The Protestant Reformation and Biblical Counseling

On the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I am profoundly thankful for the many efforts to commemorate the theological themes central to the great recovery of the gospel in the 16th century. Most people summarize those key themes in the...

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Sola Scriptura: The Heart of the Reformation
Sola Scriptura: The Heart of the Reformation

Sola Scriptura: The Heart of the Reformation

Within a year of posting his Ninety-Five Theses, Martin Luther was summoned to appear before Cardinal Cajetan to be examined for his accusations against the Roman Catholic Church’s theology and practice. When the Cardinal pressed him on the issue of the...

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Theology For Life500 Years of the Reformation: Why We Need Revival and Reformation TodayFeatured
Sola Fide: Trusting in the One Who Saves
Sola Fide: Trusting in the One Who Saves

Sola Fide: Trusting in the One Who Saves

Critical to the Reformation was the recovery of the great doctrine of justification by faith. Martin Luther believed this doctrine was the doctrine on which the Church stands or falls. I will not assume that everyone understands the meaning of the word...

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The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice MeetFeatured
Four Powerful Outcomes of Sharing Your Pain with the Church
Four Powerful Outcomes of Sharing Your Pain with the Church

Four Powerful Outcomes of Sharing Your Pain with the Church

Churches are filled with people who are, and will be, experiencing hurts and disappointments in life. Jesus promised we would experience troubles in this world, but to take heart, He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Pain and suffering are marks of...

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The Sovereignty of God: An Anchor in the Midst of the Storms of Life
The Sovereignty of God: An Anchor in the Midst of the Storms of Life

The Sovereignty of God: An Anchor in the Midst of the Storms of Life

When the storms of life wreak havoc on all you know and love, what theological truths anchor your soul? What doctrines do you turn to when the world around you seems to give way under your feet? What truths about God bring you the most comfort when life...

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The True Meaning of Justice in the Workplace
The True Meaning of Justice in the Workplace

The True Meaning of Justice in the Workplace

Biblically speaking, to be just means to use your strength on behalf of the weak. Justice most certainly includes an overall “fairness”, truth, integrity, honesty and refusing to show partiality. But the essence of justice goes beyond that. The essence...

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Three Critical Truths about the Sovereignty of God and Prayer
Three Critical Truths about the Sovereignty of God and Prayer

Three Critical Truths about the Sovereignty of God and Prayer

There is no theological issue more complicated than the relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility. And this is no mere academic question, for our understanding here (or lack thereof) significantly affects such practical areas as...

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Interview with Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton on Hope When It Hurts
Interview with Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton on Hope When It Hurts

Interview with Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton on Hope When It Hurts

Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton are the authors of Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (www.TheGoodBook.com). T4L: You each have been diagnosed with Lyme disease and continue to suffer the...

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Suffering, Adversity, and Character Development
Suffering, Adversity, and Character Development

Suffering, Adversity, and Character Development

Whatever difficulties you face, it's safe to say there is something else going on than what meets the eye. In what way is God working all things for good? According to Romans 8:28, God is conforming us to the image of His Son. Jesus Himself was brought...

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Putting to Death the Fear of Man in the Glory of God in Christ
Putting to Death the Fear of Man in the Glory of God in Christ

Putting to Death the Fear of Man in the Glory of God in Christ

John 12:35-43, “So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in...

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ISIS: Loving Our Neighbors and the Judgment of God
ISIS: Loving Our Neighbors and the Judgment of God

ISIS: Loving Our Neighbors and the Judgment of God

Few issues are as volatile right now as the problem of ISIS. Former President Obama, during his Presidency, stated multiple times that Islam is a “religion of peace”. While some denominations of Islam may seek to have peace, the statement that Islam is...

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Four Ways Why Being God-Centered Matters in the Lives of His People
Four Ways Why Being God-Centered Matters in the Lives of His People

Four Ways Why Being God-Centered Matters in the Lives of His People

The Bible from beginning to end is the story of God. There is but one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Is. 45:5-7; 1 Cor. 8:4), an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three...

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Sovereignty, Suffering, and the Work of Missions
Sovereignty, Suffering, and the Work of Missions

Sovereignty, Suffering, and the Work of Missions

If God is sovereign and all powerful, He must not be good. Or if He is good, then He must not be sovereign and all powerful. So reason many who believe that there should simply not be any suffering in the world. But even if they understand some...

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The Suffering of Christ and the Sovereignty of God
The Suffering of Christ and the Sovereignty of God

The Suffering of Christ and the Sovereignty of God

As we examine the topic of the suffering of Christ and sovereignty of God, we see that it is one that many people face and struggle with mightily. In this article, we will begin the journey through this topic by considering what is said in the Book of...

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Interview With Dave Furman on Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting
Interview With Dave Furman on Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting

Interview With Dave Furman on Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting

Dave Furman (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) serves as the senior pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which he planted in 2010. Dave and his wife, Gloria, have four children. He is the author of Being There How to Love...

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Theology Matters When Counseling the Suffering
Theology Matters When Counseling the Suffering

Theology Matters When Counseling the Suffering

Consider these ministry scenarios: you are teaching a Bible study and during a time of group discussion, a woman reveals that her husband left her for another woman. What do you say? Or someone you serve in ministry learns they have a debilitating...

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Sovereignty over Suffering and Satan’s Hand in It
Sovereignty over Suffering and Satan’s Hand in It

Sovereignty over Suffering and Satan’s Hand in It

The impetus for this article comes from the ultimate reality of God as the supreme value in and above the universe. God is absolute and eternal and infinite. Everything else and everybody else is dependent and finite and contingent. God Himself is the...

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Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation
Recommended Reading on the Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation

Recommended Reading on the Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation

Recommended Reading on the Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been considering Hermeneutics: the art and science of biblical interpretation. We are living in a time where many people—though Bibles are a plenty—are...

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Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation
Doing Investigative Theology: Asking Proper Questions of the Biblical Text
Doing Investigative Theology: Asking Proper Questions of the Biblical Text

Doing Investigative Theology: Asking Proper Questions of the Biblical Text

A result of the trend towards biblical illiteracy and sound-bite approaches to theology is that of the difficulty many have with proper interaction with the biblical text. The big nerdy term for how to interpret Scripture is called hermeneutics. Subsumed within the...

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Drinking Deeply from the Fountain of Biblical Theology
Drinking Deeply from the Fountain of Biblical Theology

Drinking Deeply from the Fountain of Biblical Theology

When Jesus approached His two disciples departing Jerusalem on the day of His resurrection, He asked, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” (Luke 24:17). Deftly, he quizzed them about the events of his own death, burial, and...

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The Scripture Cannot be Broken: Twentieth Century Writings on the Doctrine of Inerrancy
The Scripture Cannot be Broken: Twentieth Century Writings on the Doctrine of Inerrancy

The Scripture Cannot be Broken: Twentieth Century Writings on the Doctrine of Inerrancy

Ever since the serpent in the Garden of Eden asked Eve, “Hath God said”, Scripture has been under attack. Unfortunately, this attack is not merely coming from outside the walls of Christianity. Increasingly, the questioning of the inerrancy of Scripture, in...

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The History of Interpretation and Current Approaches To The Bible
The History of Interpretation and Current Approaches To The Bible

The History of Interpretation and Current Approaches To The Bible

Biblical Interpretation through the Centuries Throughout the centuries there have been hot debates about the meaning of Scripture. In fact many church councils were called to end what was considered heretical teachings and debates about the meaning of God’s written...

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Preaching Christ in All of Scripture (Edmund P. Clowney)
Preaching Christ in All of Scripture (Edmund P. Clowney)

Preaching Christ in All of Scripture (Edmund P. Clowney)

Most of us read the Bible as if it is telling a story, one that culminates in the person and work of Jesus Christ. We get the overarching narrative of Scripture and can see that Scripture sets out to tell a story about Christ. For some reason, however, it is more...

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Three Keys to Sermon Listening and Note-Taking
Three Keys to Sermon Listening and Note-Taking

Three Keys to Sermon Listening and Note-Taking

Going to church each Sunday and sitting under godly, loving, biblical, and practical preaching week in and week out should be enjoyed as a privilege by God’s people. While some people, like myself, learn best by sitting and listening, I know many people get more...

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The Illuminating Work of the Holy Spirit in Daily Bible Reading and Discipleship
The Illuminating Work of the Holy Spirit in Daily Bible Reading and Discipleship

The Illuminating Work of the Holy Spirit in Daily Bible Reading and Discipleship

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” (John 16:13) In verse 12 of chapter 16 of the Gospel of...

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Hermeneutics, Preaching, and the Problem of Biblical Illiteracy
Hermeneutics, Preaching, and the Problem of Biblical Illiteracy

Hermeneutics, Preaching, and the Problem of Biblical Illiteracy

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, ESV) When it comes to understanding the Christian life, knowing and applying the Bible is a non-negotiable: one...

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Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation
The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy and What to Do About It
The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy and What to Do About It

The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy and What to Do About It

One of the biggest issues that isn’t being talked about enough is the issue of biblical illiteracy. Researchers George Gallup and Jim Castelli put the problem squarely: “Americans revere the Bible–but, by and large, they don’t read it. And because they don’t read...

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Biblical Meditation As Experiential Reading
Biblical Meditation As Experiential Reading

Biblical Meditation As Experiential Reading

Perhaps one of the greatest ironies should be assigned to our current situation: we have more access to Scripture and its rich historical truths than ever before, and yet we have in our churches an ever-increasing lethargy when it comes to the exploration of said...

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Walking with Jesus through His Word Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures
Walking with Jesus through His Word Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures

Walking with Jesus through His Word Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures

Luke 24 is one of the most significant and important passages in the Bible as it pertains to what is known as redemptive history. In Luke 24, Jesus sets forth how all of Scripture is about Himself. From the front cover to the last page in the Bible, Jesus is the...

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The Five Biblical Basics of Biblical Interpretation
The Five Biblical Basics of Biblical Interpretation

The Five Biblical Basics of Biblical Interpretation

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke 24:27) The word “interpreted” in Luke 24:27 comes from the Greek word διερμηνεύω (transliterated as diermēneuō), which means either to...

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The Doctrine of God: Eternal Creator and RedeemerFeatured
The Doctrine of God: Eternal Creator and Redeemer
The Doctrine of God: Eternal Creator and Redeemer

The Doctrine of God: Eternal Creator and Redeemer

  The doctrine of God has been either neglected or under attack for more than a century. Yet, it is one of the most neglected doctrines in the Church today. From understanding the doctrine of the Trinity, creation, prayer, Satan and demons, God’s providence,...

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Spiritual Warfare: How Christians Should Think of Satan and His Demons
Spiritual Warfare: How Christians Should Think of Satan and His Demons

Spiritual Warfare: How Christians Should Think of Satan and His Demons

Spiritual warfare, particularly in the area of demonology is quite neglected in many reformed churches. This is a problem because it creates a vacuum for those whose position on demons and spiritual warfare is influenced more by unchecked testimonials and Hollywood...

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Searching Hearts and Testing Minds The God of Biblical Counseling
Searching Hearts and Testing Minds The God of Biblical Counseling

Searching Hearts and Testing Minds The God of Biblical Counseling

The Gospels record that those who heard Jesus teach were “astonished” and “amazed” by the authority with which He spoke (Matthew 7:29; Mark 1:22; John 7:46). Whether Jew or Gentile, Jesus’s audiences were frequently captured, not only by His knowledge of God’s...

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What Matthew Henry Can Teach Us about Prayer
What Matthew Henry Can Teach Us about Prayer

What Matthew Henry Can Teach Us about Prayer

In all of the time I have been a Christian and in all of the time I have served in my ministry at the local Church I have never heard anyone say the following sentence: “I am satisfied with my prayer life.” For many in the local Church their prayer life is...

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What Are the Incommunicable Attributes of God?
What Are the Incommunicable Attributes of God?

What Are the Incommunicable Attributes of God?

In the study of the doctrine of God, a primary concern is to develop an understanding of His attributes. In this article, we’ll look at specific characteristics of God, such as His Holiness, His immutability, and His infiniteness, to gain a coherent understanding...

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What Are the Communicable Attributes of God?
What Are the Communicable Attributes of God?

What Are the Communicable Attributes of God?

Theologians often like to use fancy words to describe biblical teaching and categories. In two articles in this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, I’m going to explain what the communicable and incommunicable attributes of God are. In this article, we’ll start...

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God’s Self-Sufficiency: Embracing the Reality that God Doesn’t Need You
God’s Self-Sufficiency: Embracing the Reality that God Doesn’t Need You

God’s Self-Sufficiency: Embracing the Reality that God Doesn’t Need You

In 2009, my wife and I purchased a home in Atlanta, Georgia. Despite being a larger house in a nice neighborhood, it was what our realtor called “a handy man special”. It needed some serious TLC. The fact that dogs had used the walls to “mark” their territory and...

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Patristic Contributions to Trinitarian Theology
Patristic Contributions to Trinitarian Theology

Patristic Contributions to Trinitarian Theology

The historical development of Trinitarian theology was anything but unencumbered and straightforward. Articulating and explaining how one God exists in three persons—who are equal in substance, essence, and glory from all eternity—was the primary theological task...

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Creation: Why, How, and When Did God Create the Universe?
Creation: Why, How, and When Did God Create the Universe?

Creation: Why, How, and When Did God Create the Universe?

Genesis 1:1 - “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Scripture begins with a simple, clear, and important declaration. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. There is no explanation of where God came from. We are simply told God...

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The Holiness of God: Awakening to His Character
The Holiness of God: Awakening to His Character

The Holiness of God: Awakening to His Character

If there is one truth evangelical Protestants can all get behind, it is the holiness of God. To deny the holiness of God would be to deny the Christian faith and the Scriptures altogether. Countless studies and books have been tailored to exploring this particular...

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The Beginning of Redemptive History through the Lives of Adam and EveFeatured
The Beginning of Redemptive History through the Lives of Adam and Eve
The Beginning of Redemptive History through the Lives of Adam and Eve

The Beginning of Redemptive History through the Lives of Adam and Eve

Few issues are as controversial in the church today as the debate that surrounds the issue of Adam being a real person in real history. This debate centers more around one’s convictions about the Bible itself and its authority than it does about Adam and science....

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Adam, Eve, the Gospel, and the Truthfulness of Scripture
Adam, Eve, the Gospel, and the Truthfulness of Scripture

Adam, Eve, the Gospel, and the Truthfulness of Scripture

The historicity of Adam is one of the most debated issues in modern Christianity. There are many who simply do not believe Adam and Eve existed, even within the Church. Some scholars do not believe that the existence of a literal Adam and Eve is crucial to...

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Recommended Reading on Astronomy, Geology, Apologetics, and More
Recommended Reading on Astronomy, Geology, Apologetics, and More

Recommended Reading on Astronomy, Geology, Apologetics, and More

This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been considering the topics of Adam as a real person in real history and science. We are living in a time when many people are questioning whether Adam is a real person in real history along with a literal reading of Genesis....

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Lessons from the Garden: The Theological Importance of No Animal Death Before Sin
Lessons from the Garden: The Theological Importance of No Animal Death Before Sin

Lessons from the Garden: The Theological Importance of No Animal Death Before Sin

Other than the discussion over the issue of how long the days of Genesis 1 are, arguably one of the most heated debates among evangelicals on the issue of origins is whether there was any death and more specifically, whether the is a biblical case for animal death...

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Evolution vs. Creation: The Order of Events Matters!
Evolution vs. Creation: The Order of Events Matters!

Evolution vs. Creation: The Order of Events Matters!

The order of events of creation recorded in Genesis 1 contradicts (at very many points) the order of events according to the evolution story. Many Christians think that if we just take each of the days of creation as being figurative of long ages (hundreds of...

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God’s Covering of Man’s Nakedness
God’s Covering of Man’s Nakedness

God’s Covering of Man’s Nakedness

Over the past couple of weeks at a Bible Study I have been attending, we have been exploring some fundamental aspects of Scripture and theology in general. As a starting point, a necessary one I might add, the discussion has centered on Genesis 1-4, for it is in...

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In Defense of the Historical Adam
In Defense of the Historical Adam

In Defense of the Historical Adam

The cover story in Christianity Today in June 2011 was “The Search for the Historical Adam”. The subtitle read, “Some scholars believe genome science casts doubt on the existence of the first man and woman. Others say the integrity of the faith requires it.” The...

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The Quest for the Historical Adam – A Review
The Quest for the Historical Adam – A Review

The Quest for the Historical Adam – A Review

The intriguing title, The Quest for the Historical Adam, by William VanDoodewaard, is patterned after Albert Schweitzer’s (in)famous The Quest for the Historical Jesus (1910). But rather than a focus on the “last Adam,” VanDoodewaard focuses on the first Adam. And...

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Did Bible Authors Believe in a Literal Genesis?
Did Bible Authors Believe in a Literal Genesis?

Did Bible Authors Believe in a Literal Genesis?

Anyone who has read the Bible very much will recognize that there are different kinds of literature in the Old and New Testaments. There are parables, poetry, prophetic visions, dreams, epistles, proverbs, and historical narrative, with the majority being the...

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Adam A Determinative Hermeneutic in the Bible
Adam A Determinative Hermeneutic in the Bible

Adam A Determinative Hermeneutic in the Bible

Adam as a real person in real history is under attack in our day. From attacks on the scientific community to the Christian community, some are suggesting we shouldn’t take seriously the Bible’s teaching on Adam. What is often missed in books and articles on this...

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Interpretations of the Genesis Creation Narrative
Interpretations of the Genesis Creation Narrative

Interpretations of the Genesis Creation Narrative

With the influence of evolutionary and humanistic constructs which gained prominence during the latter stages of the nineteenth century cultural and academic milieu, alternative interpretations of creation became vogue. The increasing pressure from the scientific...

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Is Genesis 1 Literal, Literalism, or Literalistic?
Is Genesis 1 Literal, Literalism, or Literalistic?

Is Genesis 1 Literal, Literalism, or Literalistic?

Young earth creationists, or rather biblical creationists, are often accused of being over-literal in their interpretation of Genesis 1. Regrettably, this accusation caricaturizes this position as a “literalistic interpretation”, which is unfortunate since biblical...

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Seven Reasons Why We Should Not Accept Millions of Years
Seven Reasons Why We Should Not Accept Millions of Years

Seven Reasons Why We Should Not Accept Millions of Years

There is an intensifying controversy in the church all over the world regarding the age of the earth. For the first 18 centuries of church history, the almost universal belief of Christians was that God created the world in six literal days, roughly 4,000 years...

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The Image of God an Explanation of Man Created in the Image of God
The Image of God an Explanation of Man Created in the Image of God

The Image of God an Explanation of Man Created in the Image of God

At the heart of much of the discussion on gender today is a wrong understanding of the image of God in man. Much of this discussion is occurring in a secular media that wants to promote “equality and tolerance”. These people want people to believe that there is...

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The Fight for Purity: Uncovering the Evils of Pornography and Sex Trafficking
The Fight for Purity: Uncovering the Evils of Pornography and Sex Trafficking

The Fight for Purity: Uncovering the Evils of Pornography and Sex Trafficking

Men, and now women also, are struggling in silence with pornography. All over our world, children and adults are being kidnapped (or otherwise entrapped) and sold into the world of sex trafficking. With every click, men and women perpetuate the pornography and sex...

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Tiny Hands International: Helping Those Enslaved by Sex-Trafficking— An Interview with Vicki Tiede
Tiny Hands International: Helping Those Enslaved by Sex-Trafficking— An Interview with Vicki Tiede

Tiny Hands International: Helping Those Enslaved by Sex-Trafficking— An Interview with Vicki Tiede

Vicki Tiede is an inspiring Bible teacher, conference speaker, and author. Her passion is to open the Scriptures with women in order to share God's grace and enduring faithfulness. She transparently relates life experiences that resonate and draw others into a...

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Gender Roles and the Biblical Standard of Purity An Interview with Grant Castleberry
Gender Roles and the Biblical Standard of Purity An Interview with Grant Castleberry

Gender Roles and the Biblical Standard of Purity An Interview with Grant Castleberry

Grant serves as the Executive Director for CBMW. He is also a PhD student in Church History at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is Marine Corps veteran. He holds a B.S. from Texas A&M and an M.Div from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He...

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The Lord Calleth: Giving Hope for a New Day of Freedom— An Interview with Luke and Susan Carter
The Lord Calleth: Giving Hope for a New Day of Freedom— An Interview with Luke and Susan Carter

The Lord Calleth: Giving Hope for a New Day of Freedom— An Interview with Luke and Susan Carter

Luke and Susan Carter worship at Ustick Baptist Church in Boise, Idaho. Between them, they have a total of seven adult kids and 10 grands. In 2013, when both were retired and in their mid-60s, they answered the call to volunteer with a Christian non-government...

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