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Aug 2015 31 Aug 31, 2015

There are a couple of new books that I want to bring to your attention and recommend for your reading pleasure (and education). I wrote endorsements for both of them. There is also a new study bible just released that you need to be aware of. Continue reading . . . There are a couple of new books that I want to bring to your attention and recommend for your reading pleasure (and education). I wrote endorsements for both of them. There is also a new study bible just rele...Read More

Aug 2015 27 Aug 27, 2015
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In the most recent issue of Modern Reformation (Vol. 24, No. 5, September-October 2015), Michael Horton conducts an interview with Sam Allberry, associate pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Maidenhead, England. Continue reading . . . In the most recent issue of Modern Reformation (Vol. 24, No. 5, September-October 2015), Michael Horton conducts an interview with Sam Allberry, associate pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Maidenhead, England. Allberry is the author of...Read More

Aug 2015 26 Aug 26, 2015

The persistent, relentless faith of Bartimaeus, which we looked at briefly in the previous article, is a perfect introduction to the story we now turn to in Luke 18. Continue reading . . . The persistent, relentless faith of Bartimaeus, which we looked at briefly in the previous article, is a perfect introduction to the story we now turn to in Luke 18. And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a cer...Read More

Aug 2015 25 Aug 25, 2015

This week we are looking at several scenarios in the life of Jesus that involve physical healing. In the previous article we looked at Mark 7:31-37. Today we look at the healing of a blind man named Bartimaeus. Continue reading . . . This week we are looking at several scenarios in the life of Jesus that involve physical healing. In the previous article we looked at Mark 7:31-37. Today we look at the healing of a blind man named Bartimaeus. And they came to Jericho. ...Read More

Aug 2015 24 Aug 24, 2015
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This week I want to focus our attention on several episodes in the gospels that pertain to prayer and healing. The first is found in Mark 7:31-37. Continue reading . . . This week I want to focus our attention on several episodes in the gospels that pertain to prayer and healing. The first is found in Mark 7:31-37. Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man who w...Read More

Aug 2015 20 Aug 20, 2015

[This article was written by Ben Reaoch who is the pastor of Three Rivers Grace Church in Pittsburgh and the author of Women, Slaves, and the Gender Debate (P&R, 2012). It was posted at the website of the Gospel Coalition on August 14, 2015.] Continue reading . . . [This article was written by Ben Reaoch who is the pastor of Three Rivers Grace Church in Pittsburgh and the author of Women, Slaves, and the Gender Debate (P&R, 2012). It was posted at the website of...Read More

Aug 2015 19 Aug 19, 2015
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Have you paused to consider what would be true were it possible for one of God’s blood-bought children to fall fully and finally from saving grace? Continue reading . . . Have you paused to consider what would be true were it possible for one of God’s blood-bought children to fall fully and finally from saving grace? Often I hear people casually speak of “losing” their salvation. But there would be far more involved were it possible for a justifi...Read More

Aug 2015 18 Aug 18, 2015

In the previous article we looked at our Lord’s words in Mark 10:45, to the effect that he, the Son of Man, did not come to be served by us but to serve us by giving his life as a ransom for our souls. We looked at what it means to say that Jesus serves us rather than our serving him. But in what way does Jesus “serve” us? What is the preeminent expression of his serving us? According to Mark 10:45 it is in giving his life as a ransom in our place so th...Read More

Aug 2015 17 Aug 17, 2015
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One of the more stunning statements on the lips of our Lord is found in Mark 10:45 – “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Continue reading . . . One of the more stunning statements on the lips of our Lord is found in Mark 10:45 – “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” John Piper has repeatedly reminded...Read More

Aug 2015 14 Aug 14, 2015

Pliny was Roman governor in Asia Minor in the early second century. He struggled to understand why Christians responded as they did when they were brought before him to undergo trial and eventual punishment. Continue reading . . . Pliny was Roman governor in Asia Minor in the early second century. He struggled to understand why Christians responded as they did when they were brought before him to undergo trial and eventual punishment. So he wrote a letter to the Roman E...Read More

Aug 2015 13 Aug 13, 2015
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There is a fascinating statement in James 1:10 that has stumped a lot of Christians. James has just told “the lowly brother,” that is, the brother who suffers from material poverty, to “boast in his exultation” (James 1:9). He follows this by telling “the rich” to boast “in his humiliation” (James 1:10). What does this mean? Continue reading . . . There is a fascinating statement in James 1:10 that has stumped a lot of Chr...Read More

Aug 2015 12 Aug 12, 2015
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Recent revelatory videos about the practices of Planned Parenthood have stirred many to ask about the eternal destiny of these precious unborn babies. Continue reading . . . Recent revelatory videos about the practices of Planned Parenthood have stirred many to ask about the eternal destiny of these precious unborn babies. Here is a shortened version of what I wrote in my book, Tough Topics: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions (Crossway). If you want a more in-...Read More

Aug 2015 11 Aug 11, 2015

It was 1984, our daughter Melanie was about to turn six years of age, and all she wanted was for us to take her to the Texas State Fair. Continue reading . . . It was 1984, our daughter Melanie was about to turn six years of age, and all she wanted was for us to take her to the Texas State Fair. We were living in Dallas at the time and didn’t want to disappoint her. However, the city had been filled with disturbing reports of young children being snatched while pl...Read More

Aug 2015 10 Aug 10, 2015

Recent events across the globe have cast many professing Christians into the throes of pessimism. Be it the expansion and brutality of ISIS abroad or the Supreme Court legalization of same-sex marriage here at home, one often hears cries of fear and doomsday. Continue reading . . . Recent events across the globe have cast many professing Christians into the throes of pessimism. Be it the expansion and brutality of ISIS abroad or the Supreme Court legalization of same-se...Read More

Aug 2015 7 Aug 7, 2015
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Thomas Kidd, Professor of History at Baylor University, and Senior Fellow at Baylor’s Institute for the Study of Religion, recently wrote this review of my book, Packer on the Christian Life. Continue reading . . .  Thomas Kidd, Professor of History at Baylor University, and Senior Fellow at Baylor’s Institute for the Study of Religion, recently wrote this review of my book, Packer on the Christian Life. “I just finished reading Samuel Storms' wo...Read More

Aug 2015 6 Aug 6, 2015

James encourages us all to ask God for the wisdom we need not simply to survive hardship and disappointment but to thrive and grow spiritually by means of such trials. Continue reading . . . James encourages us all to ask God for the wisdom we need not simply to survive hardship and disappointment but to thrive and grow spiritually by means of such trials. But our asking must be “with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and...Read More

Aug 2015 5 Aug 5, 2015

I think it holds true with a lot of people that the primary reason they don’t pray as they know they should is lingering doubt about the character of God. Continue reading . . . I think it holds true with a lot of people that the primary reason they don’t pray as they know they should is lingering doubt about the character of God. What’s he like? Does he really want me to ask him for help? What is he thinking of me when he hears me cry out for answers?...Read More

Aug 2015 4 Aug 4, 2015

This was posted by Justin Taylor on his blog, July 22, 2015. I’m posting it here in case you failed to read it. Don’t fail twice! Continue reading . . . [This was posted by Justin Taylor on his blog, July 22, 2015. I’m posting it here in case you failed to read it. Don’t fail twice!] Charles Spurgeon: I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God wishes—that every particle o...Read More

Aug 2015 3 Aug 3, 2015
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Why do we who identify as conservative evangelicals put so much emphasis on the importance of heterosexual monogamy as the only morally acceptable option? Continue reading . . . Why do we who identify as conservative evangelicals put so much emphasis on the importance of heterosexual monogamy as the only morally acceptable option? Two reasons may be cited. Of course, I could mention historical, social, and cultural arguments, even psychological arguments for the benefit...Read More