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Jun 2017 30 Jun 30, 2017
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In a recent tweet my friend Matt Chandler made this comment about the acquittal of a police officer in the shooting death of Philando Castile Continue reading . . .  In a recent tweet my friend Matt Chandler made this comment about the acquittal of a police officer in the shooting death of Philando Castile: “This brokenness requires radical steps but it’s deeply demonic. Praying for Holy Spirit breakthrough and the binding of this spirit.” I...Read More

Jun 2017 29 Jun 29, 2017
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I’m currently reading through John Piper’s most recent book (and so should you!), Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture (Crossway, 2017). I’ll have a more complete review of it when I’m done, but I can assure you that it will most definitely be on my list of Top Ten Best Books of 2017. Continue reading . . .  I’m currently reading through John Piper’s most recent book (and so should y...Read More

Jun 2017 28 Jun 28, 2017

I was recently invited by the Gospel Coalition to contribute to their series of posts called “On My Shelf.” Numerous individuals have also been asked to share what they are currently reading and what they’ve read in the past that has had a significant impact on their lives. Here is my list. Continue reading . . .  I was recently invited by the Gospel Coalition to contribute to their series of posts called “On My Shelf.” Numerous indivi...Read More

Jun 2017 26 Jun 26, 2017

In last week’s installment of our ten-things-you-should-know series I focused on the causes for the demise of biblical preaching. Today I want to focus on why it is so critical that pastors be committed to the exposition of the Word. Continue reading... In last week’s installment of our ten-things-you-should-know series I focused on the causes for the demise of biblical preaching. Today I want to focus on why it is so critical that pastors be committed to th...Read More

Jun 2017 22 Jun 22, 2017
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The New City Catechism: 52 Questions & Answers for Our Hearts & Minds was published earlier this year by Crossway. A companion volume, The New City Catechism Devotional (239 pages), with an Introduction by Timothy Keller and under the general editorial oversight of Collin Hansen was also published by Crossway. Part Three of the Devotional is devoted to short chapters on the theme of Spirit, Restoration, and Growing in Grace. I was asked to contribute the devotion...Read More

Jun 2017 21 Jun 21, 2017
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Back in April of this year, at the national conference of the Gospel Coalition, Kevin DeYoung addressed the question of why there appear to be so many different interpretations of the Bible? If the Bible is inspired and sufficient, why do so many Christians disagree with one another on particular texts and topics? The language of “pervasive interpretive pluralism” was first used by author Christian Smith, who recently converted to Roman Catholicism. Kevin&rsq...Read More

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Jun 2017 19 Jun 19, 2017
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Biblical preaching has fallen on hard times in the western world. There’s certainly no lack of speaking and sharing and shouting. And dramatic presentations and video clips are prevalent in pulpits across America. But there is precious little biblical preaching. The Bible makes a token appearance here and there, but rarely to be explained and expounded and acknowledged as authoritative for how we think and live. There are several reasons for this dearth of biblical...Read More

Jun 2017 15 Jun 15, 2017
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I doubt if many of you have ever heard the name Octavius Winslow. He was a Baptist pastor in England in the 19th century (d. 1878), a contemporary of Charles Spurgeon, who late in life became an Anglican. But that’s not important. What is important is that you hear and understand the truth of one thing he said about the Holy Spirit: Continue reading... I doubt if many of you have ever heard the name Octavius Winslow. He was a Baptist pastor in England in the 19th ...Read More

Jun 2017 12 Jun 12, 2017
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No one outside the biblical authors themselves has exerted the influence on me personally as has Jonathan Edwards. So here are ten things you should know about his life and ministry. Continue reading... No one outside the biblical authors themselves has exerted the influence on me personally as has Jonathan Edwards. So here are ten things you should know about his life and ministry. (1) Edwards was born October 5, 1703, in East Windsor, Connecticut. He had 10 sisters (...Read More

Jun 2017 11 Jun 11, 2017
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Will you endure in faith all the way to the end of life? How do you know that you will still be a Christian when you wake up tomorrow morning? These and related questions are addressed in the eighth chapter of John Piper’s new book, Doctrine Matters: Ten Theological Trademarks from a Lifetime of Preaching (Minneapolis: Desiring God, 2014). Continue reading . . . Will you endure in faith all the way to the end of life? How do you know that you will still be a Chris...Read More

Jun 2017 8 Jun 8, 2017
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How is it that a woman called “Jezebel” came to exert such incredible power over the lives of Christians in Thyatira (Rev. 2:18-29)? What accounts for the authority she possessed to convince the followers of Jesus to abandon their commitment to ethical purity and engage in sexual immorality and other forms of compromise with the surrounding culture? Continue reading... How is it that a woman called “Jezebel” came to exert such incredible power ov...Read More

Jun 2017 7 Jun 7, 2017

This is now the third announcement of the topics and content of what you will hear in the plenary sessions at the Convergence Conference, October 5-7, 2017, here in Oklahoma City. I’ve already shared what I plan on addressing, as well as the subjects on which Andrew Wilson will speak. In this brief post I will mention the sessions to be taught by Matt Chandler, Francis Chan, and Jack Deere. Continue reading... This is now the third announcement of the topics and c...Read More

Jun 2017 5 Jun 5, 2017
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With the English Reformation we come to the fourth major tradition to emerge from the events of Oct. 31st, 1517 (Lutheran, Reformed [Calvinistic], and Anabaptist being the other three). The reformation in England differed from that on the continent in three ways: 1) The English reformation was dominated by political events. 2) There was no one figure who stood out in the way Luther, Calvin, or Zwingli did in Europe. 3) The struggle in England focused less on theological ...Read More

Jun 2017 1 Jun 1, 2017
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Three times in James 5:7-9 the author of this letter calls for Christians to be “patient” in light of the impending return of Jesus Christ. Continue reading . . . ...Read More

Jun 2017 1 Jun 1, 2017
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The letter that Jesus sent through John to the church in Pergamum contains two glorious promises for the “the one who conquers” (Rev. 2:17). We looked in a previous article at the promise that Jesus would give him/her “some of the hidden manna.” Today we look at the second promise: “And I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it” (2:17). Continue reading... The ...Read More